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Yesterday When I Was Young!
« on: November 15, 2018, 11:40:37 AM »
I have requested that the song, "Yesterday When I was Young" be played at my funeral.

This was one of the songs that I played and sang when I was a solo-artist. Written by Charles Aznavour, and performed by Roy Clark, I thought it was an extraordinarily moving piece, and I hope that I did justice to the not only the words, but also the guitar work.

I first heard the song while watching the popular show "Hee Haw' when I was much younger, but the song stuck in my head as I sat mesmerized with Roy's Clark's solo guitar work on the piece.

Roy Clark, sadly, has passed away at age 85 (https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/roy-clark-country-music-legend-and-hee-haw-star-dead-at-85), and that song will live with me to the grave.

Yesterday When I Was Young
Charles Aznavour

(spoken)
Seems the love I've known has always been
The most destructive kind
Guess that's why now I feel so old
Before my time.

(sung)
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 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
The fact that the GOVERNMENT would even consider removing the natural right to bear arms is the very reason why the 2nd Amendment was written.

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Re: Yesterday When I Was Young!
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2018, 09:37:28 PM »
I've never heard the song, but I am astounded by the combination of Charles Aznavour and Roy Clark.
A more unlikely-seeming amalgam could not be found, I think.

I wonder whether the original was written in French, since French was Aznavour's native tongue and romantic cabaret-style crooning was his mÚtier.

Aznavour, too, has just recently passed on (in October of this year).


The song's feeling reminds me a little of ╔dith Piaf's signature piece, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.
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Re: Yesterday When I Was Young!
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2018, 09:05:21 AM »
Thanks for reminding me!
I'd forgotten about that song.
I'll go find it and download it to my phone now!

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Re: Yesterday When I Was Young!
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2018, 10:15:29 AM »
Listening to Roy Clark doing a Charles Aznavour song would be as strange as hearing Elvis Presley doing a classical French song like Plaisir d'Amour.

Oh. Wait a minute. Elvis did sing Plaisir d'Amour. He just changed its title to I Can't Help Falling In Love With You. Well, he changed the words, too...and sang in English. But it was the same song. Honest.
(It makes Jean and me cry, every time.)
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Re: Yesterday When I Was Young!
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2018, 08:02:41 PM »
Your so easy Steve . . . . . such a romantic . . . . .
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Re: Yesterday When I Was Young!
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2018, 03:48:07 AM »
There was also an American version of a song by Flacid Domingo titled, "No me dejes caer" (Don't Let Me Down").
The fact that the GOVERNMENT would even consider removing the natural right to bear arms is the very reason why the 2nd Amendment was written.

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Re: Yesterday When I Was Young!
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2018, 07:40:10 AM »
In my opinion Roy was an outstanding performer. He and of course the Hee-Haw Honeys were the best part of Hee-Haw.