Last Night When We Were Young
Frank Sinatra Lyrics

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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 the time grew cold
Where is that star
That seemed 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 lets reminisce
And recollect the sighs and the kisses

The arms that clung
When we were young last night

Overall Meaning

In "Last Night When We Were Young," Frank Sinatra reflects upon the ephemeral nature of love and the passage of time. The first stanza describes how, in the past, when he was young and in love, life felt new and full of possibility. He contrasts this with the present, where love has faded, his lover has left him, and the world feels old and cold. The second stanza emphasizes how quickly love can slip away, taking something splendid with it, only to leave behind memories and regrets. In the final stanza, Sinatra invites his listener to reminisce with him, recollecting the tender moments they once shared.

The song's lyrics resonate with anyone who has experienced the bittersweet feeling of nostalgia, looking back with fondness on a period that is now long gone. Sinatra's melancholy delivery adds to the song's sense of wistfulness, as he evokes the passing of time with lines like "the time grew cold" and "ages ago." The song is a mature reflection on love and the inevitability of its loss, as well as a reminder to appreciate the moments that we do have, as they can slip away so quickly.

Line by Line Meaning

Last night when we were young
We were young once and did things as young people do

Love was a star, a song unsung
Love was bright and beautiful and full of promise

Life was so new, so real, so right
Life was full of hope and possibility

Ages ago, last night
It seems like a lifetime ago that we were that young and carefree

Today, the world is old
Things are different now from how they were when we were young

You flew away
You left me and moved on with your life

And the time grew cold
As time passed, our love faded and died

Where is that star
Where is the bright, shining love we once had?

That seemed so bright
It once seemed like our love would last forever

To think that spring had depended
It's amazing to think that the whole world seemed to depend on our love

On merely this, a look, a kiss
All it took was a simple moment to fall in love

To think that something so splendid
It's sad to think that our love was once so beautiful and now it's gone

Could slip away in one little daybreak
Our love disappeared just as quickly as it came

So now let's reminisce
Let's remember the good times we had when we were young

And recollect the sighs and the kisses
Let's think back to the moments we shared and how they made us feel

The arms that clung
The embraces we shared

When we were young last night
When we were young and in love, it felt like it would never end

Lyrics © S.A. MUSIC
Written by: E. Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen

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on The Lady Is A Champ


She gets too hungry for dinner at eight
She can't eat late and stay up all night, because unlike society types, she has to get up in the morning.

She likes the theatre and never comes late
She cares more about seeing the play than being seen making an entrance.

She never bothers with people she'd hate
Her friends are friends, not social trophies.

Doesn't like crap games with barons or earls
While barrns and earls probably don't play craps, she associates with friends, not people to be seen with.

Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls
She doesn't "slum", the practice of the rich in the 30's, when the song was written, of touring poor neighborhoods dressed in rich clothes to "tut, tut" about the deplorable conditions, and congratulate each other for "caring about the poor"

Won't dish the dirt with the rest of the girls
Doesn't trade gossip for acceptance among an in-crowd

She likes the free, fresh wind in her hair
She cares more about how her hair feels than conforming with current hair fashions

Hates California, it's cold and it's damp
Since most of California is noticeably warmer and / or drier than New York, where the play the song was written for is set, this is probably a facetious excuse to like what she likes.

And she won't go to Harlem in Lincoln's or Ford's
Another reference to slumming, but facetious, since Lincolns and Fords were middle-class, not luxury brands when the lyric was written


on Try a Little Tenderness

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Try A Little Tenderness - Frank Sinatra - Lyrics

Oh she may be weary
Women do get wearied
Wearing that same old shabby dress
And when she’s weary
You try a little tenderness

You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating things she’ll may never possess
While she is without them
Try just a little bit of tenderness

It’s not just sentimental
She has her grieve and her care
And the words that soft and gentle
Makes it easier to bear
You wont regret it
Women don't forget it
Love is their whole happiness
And it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness

Musical Interlude

And, it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness


on The Way You Look Tonight

I met Frank Jr. in Las Vegas, a real gentleman. RIP you both.

Giorgi Khutashvili

on Theme from New York, New York


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