I Didn
Charlie Parker Lyrics


Once I was young
Yesterday, perhaps
Danced with Jim and Paul
And kissed some other chaps

Once I was young
But never was naive
I thought I had a trick or two
Up my imaginary sleeve
And now I know I was naive

I didn't know what time it was
Then I met you
Oh, what a lovely time it was
How sublime it was too

I didn't know what day it was
You held my hand
Warm like the month of May it was
And I'll say it was grand

Grand to be alive, to be young
To be mad, to be yours alone
Grand to see your face, feel your touch
Hear your voice say, "I'm all your own"

I didn't know what year it was
Life was no prize
I wanted love and here it was
Shining out of your eyes
I'm wise and I know what time it is now

Grand to be alive, to be young
To be mad, to be yours alone
Grand to see your face, feel your touch
Hear your voice say, "I'm all your own"

I didn't know what year it was
Life was no prize
I wanted love and here it was
Shining out of your eyes
I'm wise and I know what time it is now

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
Written by: LORENZ HART, RICHARD RODGERS

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vova47

Three cheers for the man who made this album possible -- the great Norman Granz!!

Darius Keith

My blessed youthful introduction to Jazz in 1963 at the tender age of 15. My 7th grade music teacher began the transition by opening my mind to Gershwin but, my favorite high school friend, Dennis, baritone sax in out stellar swing band, awakened me to the real deal one afternoon when he shared his dad’s record of Charlie Parker with Strings. This masterpiece changed my wholly music land scape! Still one of the best old classics for me on all time!

vova47

My favorite Charlie Parker album! Thanks for the lovely pictures!

Anonymous

To me, this is the definitive version. I love Bird. So beautiful...

jamespjohnson

Mitch Miller plays his square straight man to Bird’s swinging genius. Parker was so proud of his work on this album. What a loss although his legacy is infinite!
Thanks for sharing!

Noreen Jackson

What a lovely rendition of this tune. So heartfelt and always one of my favorite recordings of Bird.

Charlie rum ole boi!

First heard this over 35 years ago on an old Verve compilation album. Love it just as much now. But time has made it even more nostalgic and magic.

Noreen Jackson

What a lovely rendition of this tune. So heartfelt and always one of my favorite recordings of Bird. This one makes me cry.

AZ2

@catman916 Totally agree with you. This album touches the soul from beginning to end. It's a national treasure.

Noreen Jackson

I loved Bird playing this. It is the best rendition of all!

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