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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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    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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    UnregisteredJan 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    I actually got the opportunity to see roy clark perform at the ip casino & spa resort in biloxi, ms and when he performed this song, it reminded me so much of the life I was wanting and hoping to live compared to the life I am living now. I may have done some things in my life that I am now regretting but those are things from my past I cannot change anymore. This song really resembles the life I could have had versus the life I am living now. This song really means a lot.
    To me in many ways. I was only still a youngster when roy clark came out with this song and I also remember him and buck owens from hee haw.
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    UnregisteredSep 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm
    The beauty part of this sad song is it is never to late while we are alive to begin a new life in jesus. Even the thief on the cross was honest about his past and said he deserved what he got, asked jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom. Because of his repentant heart the thief was forgiven and saved. Even if you have wasted your life untill now there is still hope!
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    UnregisteredMay 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm
    I was 15 when roy produced this song. I liked the sounds, the beat, the music. But never really listened to the words like so many kids in my youth. I just recently reacquainted myself with the song and how the tears flowed. I am now a single man with nothing but memories, some pleasant, some not so. I really don't wish to back and do it all again, because I would probably do it the same way. But I am just so lonesome now,.
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    UnregisteredMar 6, 2012 at 12:48 am
    I never thought that the time would come for me to regret my wasteful way of living without seriously planning for my old age. I first heard this song when I was 18 & was carefree. Now, that I am 60 I started to realize the limitations of what I can do. I played this song for an hour and I cried & cried. I wish I could go back in time to change my life.

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