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It Was a Very Good Year
by Frank Sinatra

When I was seventeen, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for small town girls
And soft summer nights
We'd hide from the lights
On the village green
When I was seventeen

When I was twenty-one, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for city girls
Who lived up the stairs
With all that perfumed hair
And it came undone
When I was twenty-one

When I was thirty-five, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for blue-blooded girls
Of independent means
We'd ride in limousines
Their chauffeurs would drive
When I was thirty-five

But now the days are short, I'm in the autumn of my years
And I think of my life as vintage wine
From fine old kegs
From the brim to the dregs
It poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year

Written by: Ervin Drake

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This song has haunted me, since my Dad played it to me when I was small.. I'll be 60 in a few weeks..


you too huh, funny how we can comprehend emotion so young

EyesOpen 67

@Greekpapi what a great story! Thank you for sharing 🙏🙏


I first heard this tune in my fathers barber shop back in the 70's. I was maybe 10 years old. My dad's shop was on 7th Ave and 57th Street, right around the corner from the old ABC studio on 58th Street. I worked as a shoe shine boy...You wont believe how many big stars used to drop in from the studio. I met Sinatra, Ed McMahon, Dick Clark, Larry Hagman, Sammy Davis, bunch of producers... but being a kid, I had no idea who these people were. My dad had that shop open for 40 years. Sadly he passed in 2004..... How I wish I could go back!!!

EyesOpen 67

@Nick It sure is 😎


@EyesOpen 67 I'm in my 20's and happened upon this on my own because I enjoy Sinatra. Some music is timeless. :)

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This song was MEANT for Sinatra---no other human being on the planet past, present, or future will ever sing this like he did!! IMMORTAL!!

Christian Garcia

Al Martino is better than Frank sinatra

Brian Kelly

@Brian Larsen Yes I heard part of it - could only handle so much.

Brian Larsen

You obviously haven't heard William Shatner's version ;)

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