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Seems the love I've known has always been
The most destructive kind
Yes, 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'd 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.

--- Instrumental ---

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...



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    UnregisteredFeb 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm
    We don't get a dress rehearsal at this experience called life. All too soon, we find ourselves at a age, where we ponder the choices that we made. Most of us did the best we could with what we had to work with. When we question our choices, many times we think that had we made other choices, we would have had better lives. I beg to differ. Not necessarily better, just different. Unfortunately the education doesn't come, until after the fact. I love the lyrics to this song. I am at that reflective age. But I bridge those sentiments with lyrics from another one of my favorite tunes, "Here's to Life", "I had my share, I drank my fill, and even though I'm satisfied, I'm hungry still. To see what's down another road beyond the hill, and do it all again. So to all of my life loving friends. It ain't over til it's over. Here's to life!
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    UnregisteredSep 6, 2014 at 12:14 am
    Although I didn't beat my children 3 times a day for 10 years like my mother did, or sexually abuse my son like my father, I still abandoned the 40 close friends I made in my teens (I haven't seen them in 40+ years). I married my wife when, (I was young) at 21, when she was 18. I had 2 children, one out o wedlock and adopted a third. I didn't realize that working 80 hour weeks for 35 years wouldn't guarantee financial success or solidify relationships. In essence, effort and determination didn't translate into happiness. I couldn't have tried harder and failed more miserably. At 63 I have no friends or family. So much for good intentions. That is why the time has come for me to pay for yesterday, when I was young. D. Are. G. P. S. Even my initials spell "dirge" (death march). I feel this song was written about my life and it's hard to listen to it without crying. Also, in spite of everything, I've been married 42 years and have the worlds greatest 11 year old grandson. My advice? Go after what's important.
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    Patrolman131Aug 17, 2014 at 2:22 pm
    As I listen to this song it takes me back to a time when life was so much better, little worries, no anxiety, no issues in life. I'm talking about my child hood when my mother and father took care of everything. We didn't have Cell phones for employers friends and family to keep track of us. We could disappear and just be a family. So much change in such a short time. I wish my son could see how my life was back then I feel sorry for the children of today for they might have everything but nothing at all.
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    UnregisteredJul 18, 2012 at 9:47 am
    I like this songs it bring back my mermory when i was young as a teenager, my tears were drop because i feel so muchlonely when imrember this when i was in high school. I'll nver forget this song so sweet,and swing like lullaby. My best friends, and i want to rexcall our happiest moment so memorable and i remeber my parents who love also this song. Everytime i listen and play this song, in feel lonely and teary eys. Thanks for the songwriter, and musician who dedicate to us specially to the lovers.
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    UnregisteredMar 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    One life is passing by so fast,one feel like we never have the time or strength to do the thing we wanted to do. Most of my uncle have passed
    away, my mother is gettin old and her mind is getting forgetful. She was a good cook. There a lots more to say

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