Yesterday When I was Young
(sung by Elton John and Charles Aznavour)

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Artist: Mr. Steve Hanks

Yesterday when I was young
the taste of life was sweet 
as rain upon my tongue.
I teased at life as if it 
were a foolish game,
the way the evening breeze 
may tease a candle flame.
The thousand dreams I dreamed, 
the splendid things I planned
I always built alas 
on weak and shifting sand.
I lived by night and shunned 
the naked light of the day
and only now I see 
how the years ran away!

Yesterday when I was young
so many drinking songs 
were waiting to be sung,
so many wayward pleasures 
lay in store for me
and so much pain 
my dazzled eyes refused to see

I ran so fast that time 
and youth at last ran out,
I never stopped to think 
what life was all about
and every conversation 
I can now recall
concerned itself with me 
and nothing else at all

Yesterday the moon was blue
and every crazy day 
brought something new to do
I used my magic age 
as if it were a wand
and never saw the waste 
and emptiness beyond.
The game of love I played 
with arrogance and pride
and every flame I lit 
too quickly, quickly died

The friends I made all seemed 
somehow to drift away
and only I am left 
on stage to end the play
There are so many songs 
in me that won't be sung,
I feel the bitter taste 
of tears upon my tongue

The time has come for me to pay 
for yesterday when I was young...