Yesterday When I Was YoungWords & Music by Charles Asnavour
English Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Recorded by Roy Clark, 1965
Am7 D7 Yesterday when I was young GM7 CM7 The taste of love was sweet as rain upon my tongue; F#m7 B7 I teased at life as if it were a foolish game Em B+ E7 The way the evening breeze may tease a candle flame. Am7 D7 The thousand dreams I dreamed, the splendid things I planned-- GM7 CM7 I always built to last on weak and shifting sand; F#m7 B7 I lived by night and shunned the naked light of day, Em B+ E7 And only now I see how the years ran away. Am7 D7 Yesterday when I was young, GM7 CM7 So many happy songs were waiting to be sung, Am7 B7 So many wayward pleasures lay in store for me, Em B+ E7 And so much pain my dazzled eyes refused to see. Am7 D7 I ran so fast that time and youth, at last, ran out, GM7 CM7 I never stopped to think what life was all about; Am7 B7 And ev'ry conversation I can now recall Em B+ E7 Concerned itself with me, and nothing else at all. Am7 D7 Yesterday the moon was blue, GM7 CM7 And ev'ry crazy day brought something new to do, F#m7 B7 I used my magic age as if it were a wand, Em B+ E7 And never saw the waste and emptiness beyond. Am7 D7 The game of love I played with arrogance and pride, GM7 CM7 And ev'ry flame I lit too quickly, quickly died; F#m7 B7 The friends I made all seemed somehow to drift away Em B+ E7 And only I am left on stage to end the play. Am7 D7 There are so many songs in me that won't be sung, G CM7 I feel the bitter taste of tears upon my tongue; Am7 B7 The time has come for me to pay for yesterday (N.C.) Em Am Em When I was young.