Last Night When We Were Young
Yip Harburg
Harold Arlen
March 4, 1955
In the Wee Small Hours - Last Night When We Were Young

"Last Night When We Were Young" is a song featured in Frank Sinatra's 1955 Capitol album In the Wee Small Hours.

It was later re-recorded for Sinatra's 1965 album for Reprise, September of My Years.

History Edit

"Last Night When We Were Young" was written in 1935 by Harold Arlen with lyrics by his songwriting partner Yip Harburg. The first rendition of the song was performed by Lawrence Tibbett on October 9, 1935 to be used for the film Metropolitan, however, it was cut from the film and replaced with an instrumental version.[1]

Alec Wilder, a songwriter in traditional popular music, said that Judy Garland's performance of the song was "most remarkable and beautiful song" that "goes far beyond the boundaries of popular music." [2]

Releases Edit

Studio recordings

Lyrics Edit

Last night when we were young
Love was a star, a song unsung
Life was so new, so real so right
Ages ago last night

Today the world is old
You flew away and time grew cold
Where is that star that shone so bright
Ages ago last night?

To think that spring had depended
On merely this: a look, a kiss
To think that something so splendid
Could slip away in one little daybreak

So now, let's reminisce
And recollect the sighs and the kisses
The arms that clung

When we were young last night

Other artists Edit

References Edit

  1. Jablonski, Edward (1998). Harold Arlen: Rhythm, Rainbows, and Blues. UPNE. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-55553-366-3. Google Book Search. Retrieved on March 20, 2010.
  2. Wilder, Alec (1972). American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 26. ISBN 0-19-501445-6.

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