Yesterday Today And Tomorrow
Small Faces Lyrics


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When the children play
You're so far away
Playing had no meaning for so long
When they're old and gray
They'll hide their minds away
Living for the dawn of tomorrow
Why do birds fly high,
straight up to the sky?
Can't feel alive
Do you see me?
What else will I see in you?
You must live your dreams
Can't you feel me?
So in love
Tomorrow




See me
Feel me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Small Faces' song "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" explore the themes of nostalgia, aging, and the importance of living in the present. The opening line "When the children play, you're so far away" highlights the idea that as we grow older, we tend to lose touch with the carefree and imaginative spirit of our childhood. The second line "Playing had no meaning for so long" suggests that as we become more focused on work and responsibilities, we forget what it means to simply enjoy life.


The lyrics then take a turn towards the future, speculating about what it will be like when the current generation of children grows old. "When they're old and gray, they'll hide their minds away/Living for the dawn of tomorrow" suggests that the future will be bleak, with people becoming more isolated, introverted, and disconnected from the world around them. The line "Why do birds fly high, straight up to the sky? Can't feel alive" seems to reflect a sense of disconnection from nature and the world around us, as if we are trapped in our own heads and unable to fully experience life.


The lyrics then shift to a more personal reflection, with the line "What else will I see in you?/You must live your dreams/Can't you feel me?/So in love/Tomorrow/See me/Feel me." This seems to suggest that the singer is talking to a loved one, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and live life to its fullest. The repeated use of the word "tomorrow" throughout the song highlights the importance of looking to the future, while also recognizing the value of the present moment.


Line by Line Meaning

When the children play
The singer observes children at play.


You're so far away
The singer feels distant from the idea of play.


Playing had no meaning for so long
The singer has lost touch with the importance of play in their life.


When they're old and gray
The artist contemplates a future when the children will be old and no longer playful.


They'll hide their minds away
The elderly will suppress their thoughts and feelings.


Living for the dawn of tomorrow
The elderly will focus on surviving until the next day.


Why do birds fly high,
The singer ponders the behavior of birds.


straight up to the sky?
The artist wonders why birds fly upward.


Can't feel alive
The artist feels disconnected and numb.


Do you see me?
The artist is seeking validation and recognition from someone.


What else will I see in you?
The singer is exploring the depth of their connection with someone.


You must live your dreams
The artist urges someone to pursue their aspirations.


Can't you feel me?
The singer desires emotional connection.


So in love
The singer is deeply infatuated with someone.


Tomorrow
The singer references future prospects.


See me
The artist seeks visibility and attention.


Feel me
The artist seeks physical and emotional contact.




Writer(s): Stephen Peter Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Michael Kevin O. Sullivan

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