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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, 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, 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... young... young



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    UnregisteredJan 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm
    He was never able to commit to true love and fulfillment because he was always chasing the next big kick. But once youth ran out, he realized that he had built his life on quicksand. No meaningful sustained relationships. Alone and lonely, he realizes he cannot reap the benefits of the true friendships and loves which he didn't sow when he was too busy living fast, running out on girlfriends and causing them the pain he didn't hang around to see. Tears of self pity.
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    UnregisteredOct 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm
    To put off doing something that's right there in front of you ccould mean the end of a dream that could have become real. "Life is an ocean, but it ends at the shore...You may not see me tomorrow". Bob Dylan
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    Absol BoucardJun 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    I grew up with this beautiful song in french, it is as beautiful today in english as it was 50 years ago.
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    UnregisteredSep 2, 2012 at 4:04 am
    Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Live your dreams. Be happy. It's easier to be fulfilled than miserable. Plan ahead for all those you will leave behind.
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    UnregisteredFeb 9, 2012 at 9:24 am
    Yesterday is the innocence we had within us .. And that is why we never saw the pain coming ahead and the loss we will face .. Everything was so beautiful.. Now every thing is real ..

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