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The first love I ever had, the first time I went mad
The first time I left home, the first time I felt alone
The first time my heart was hurt, the first thing I did wrong
If I had one wish I’d ask to relieve splendor in the grass

The first time I was ever kissed, the very first person I did miss
the first time I said goodbye, the first time I felt I’d die
the first time I felt shame, the first time I was to blame
If I had one wish I’d ask to relieve splendor in the grass

The first time I did see the wonder of the sea
The first time I did hold a baby close to me
The first I held near, the first time I felt tears
If I had one wish I’d ask to relieve splendor in the grass

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    sluggoJimMay 21, 2008 at 1:48 pm
    This song was not the theme, nor was it used in the 1961 Elia Kazan film "Splendor in the Grass" (with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty) but it was obviously inspired by it, just a few years after the movie's release. The film deals with the first love and romance of a boy and girl, and how the girl goes mad for awhile when the boy breaks the relationship off due to several outside pressures. The song lyrics are similiar in theme, right down to the line that says "the first time I went mad." The phrase Splendor in the Grass refers to a Wordsworth poem that is quoted in the movie in the lines:

    Though nothing can bring back the hour
    of splendor in the grass and glory in the flower,
    we will not grieve, yet we will find
    strength in what remains behind.

    These lines are essentially saying that we can't bring back the past, no matter how pleasant a certain time was, but rather than mourn and long for that time, we can cherish the memories of it and gain strength from it, as it has made us what we are.

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