Yesterday when I was young  

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Yesterday when I was young     the taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue
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I teased at life as if, it were a foolish game  the way the evening breeze may tease a candle flame
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The thousand dreams I dreamed, the splendid things I planned  
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I always built alas on weak and shifting sand
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I lived by night and shunned the naked light of the day
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 and only now I see how the years ran away

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Yesterday when I was young    so many lovely songs were waiting to be sung,
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so many wayward pleasures lay in store for me    and so much pain my dazzled eyes refused to see
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I ran so fast that time and youth at last ran out,  I never stopped to think what life was all about
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and every conversation I can now recall,  concerned itself with me and nothing else at all

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Yesterday the moon was blue     and every crazy day brought something new to do
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I used my magic age as if it were a wand   and never saw the waste and emptiness beyond
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The game of love I played with arrogance and pride
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and every flame I lit too quickly quickly died
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The friends I made all seemed somehow to drift away
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and only I am left on stage to end the play

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There are so many songs in me that won't be sung
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I feel the bitter taste of tears upon my tongue
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The time has come for me to pay for yesterday when I was young