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Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And think of all the great things we would DO
Chorus:

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I'd see you in the tavern
We'd smile at one another and we'd say

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days
Oh, yes, those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

Just tonight I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely woman really me?

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days
Oh, yes, those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

Through the door there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same...

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days
Oh, yes, those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la



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    UnregisteredMar 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    It was the sixties. We were young. We made the boat come to us. Some got on. Others stayed. Now you look back and the words are simply life as we have lived it. No regrets! As edith piaf sung in her day.
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    Susan JakuMar 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm
    "Then the busy years went rushing by us.
    We lost our starry notions on the way...Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser.
    For in our hearts the dreams are still the same..." We just put them on a back burner.
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    UnregisteredJun 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    A snowy night in greenwich village on a first date. Angti establishment and war poetry being read in a pub. 1967.
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    UnregisteredMay 15, 2012 at 10:20 am
    Maybe this woman remembers the good days she had with her friends. All though the generation has moved on, she still remembers the days.
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    UnregisteredMay 12, 2012 at 6:14 am
    Al-darraji: i used to hear this song since my youth days, i remember the tune of it but had no chance to know all what was said for english wasn't my mother tongue, arabic. Now for the first time i know the two parts of the song; thank you.

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