Song Lyric Sunday 09/02/2020 – I/Me/Them/Us/You/We

song-lyric-sundayThanks again to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some not so familiar, songs. This week he’s given us the task to find a song that has the personal pronouns: I /Me /Them /Us /You / or We in the title, or in the lyrics.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I’ve chosen a song containing the word “I”, but the lyrics also include “Me”.

The song is “Yesterday when I was young”, written by Charles Aznavour with Georges Garvarentz back in 1964.  Herbert Kretzmer, who also translated Aznavour’s hit “She,” wrote the English-language lyrics.

I’ve included a link, at the bottom,  to the writer’s recording, written and sung as only a Frenchman could,  but I am offering, as my main video, a recording made by Matt Munro in  1973.

Monro was a heavy smoker and battled alcoholism from the 1960s until 1981.  He died from liver cancer on 7 February 1985 at the age of only 54 which makes this recording particularly poignant.


And HERE is Charles Aznavour’s version


Yesterday When I Was Young

It seems the love I’ve known
Has always been the most destructive kind
I guess that’s why now
I feel so old
Before my time

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 happy songs were waiting to be sung
So many wild 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

Source: LyricFind

Yesterday When I Was Young lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

19 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday 09/02/2020 – I/Me/Them/Us/You/We

  1. I had no idea of Matt Monro’s back story. I don’t know if it is me, or because times were more private back then, but there is a whole generation of singers whose songs I recognise instantly, but who I know nothing about.

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    1. I think we were happy to accept the music and the artist as they presented themselves, or they were presented by their agents. It was not important, or relevant, what they were, or did, or thought, just that they entertained us.

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  2. The lyrics are sheer poetry and stand alone. When you set them to music you have a melancholic reverie. I first heard the song as a Roy Clark cover and loved it then. Munro gives it a smooth polish.

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  3. There have been many people cover this song, but Roy Clark covered it in 1969 and it was in the top 10 of the country charts. He recorded it just before his long stint with Hee Haw. Clark also sang this at New York Yankee’s great Mickey Mantle’s funeral in 1995 at Mantle’s request prior to his death. Great choice today!

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  4. Great song choice, Peter!
    What a beautiful voice! I’ve never heard of this version before.
    I’ve heard Glen Campbell, Dusty Springfield, Andy Williams and Roy Clark sing this song.
    This song always makes me sigh and get teary-eyed….more so the more well-seasoned I get.

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  5. Gosh. Heartbreaking….the song and Monro’s story. I grew up with my mom loving this song and hearing it but not listening. I guess I was 9 when this recording came out. Listening it to it now at 55….Good Lord. This one brings tears to my eyes. Thank You for sharing, Peter. 💙

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