Yesterday, When I Was Young Lyrics

Roy Clark


publisher: ©T.R.O. INC.
writers: Charles Aznavour, Fred Ebb
album: Track 2 in album Greatest Hits
release date:
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genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 3:21

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Roy Clark Greatest Hits cover art
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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 to last 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.


Track Listing

  • 1 Tips of My Fingers
  • 2 Yesterday, When I Was Young
  • 3 Right or Left at Oak Street
  • 4 I Never Picked Cotton
  • 5 Thank God and Greyhound
  • 6 Magnificent Sanctuary Band
  • 7 The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter-Revolution Polka
  • 8 Come Live With Me
  • 9 Riders in the Sky
  • 10 Somewhere Between Love and Tomorrow
  • 11 Honeymoon Feelin'
  • 12 Heart to Heart
  • 13 If I Had to Do It All Over Again
  • 14 Think Summer