Those Were The Days

I’m a huge music buff and absolutely love most of the tunes from the 60’s. I often wonder if I was born in the wrong era, although I do love my own generation (the 80’s and 90’s.) My affinity for the 60’s, however, has never wavered.

I remember this song playing on the radio when I was a kid, especially once when I was in the backseat of the car when I was perhaps 13 or so. Even though I was so young and couldn’t have possibly understood the sadness in Mary Hopkin’s voice (a bit of trivia, it was produced by none other than Sir Paul) it still made me strangly melancholy.

An old photo was on the floor this morning. It was of my mom, my younger brother and myself.

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I was 15 years old, so this was taken some 30 years ago if my math is correct.

When I reached down to pick the photo up for a closer look, this song suddenly popped into my head.

I sang it first to my dog Maya and my grand-cat, Rico. Poor furbabies. Then I went on YouTube and this time around, the nostalgia hit me so hard that I almost cried.

How strange that this particular photo found its way to the floor so it could make me think of this heartbreaking song after so many years. Perhaps it’s a sign from my mom to help me let go of the past.

I’m currently in the process of ending an era in my life and dealing with some extremely heavy things that I wish I didn’t have to carry.

But as my mom used to say, such is life.

Mary Hopkin  Those Were The Days  1968

Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And think of all the great things we would do
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I’d see you in the tavern
We’d smile at one another and we’d say
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
Just tonight I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely woman really me
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
la la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
Through the door there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh my friend we’re older but no wiser
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la

4 comments

  1. I’m well versed in 60’s music, but I’d never heard this song before. However, someone I know used to quote it anytime nostalgia came up (“Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end”), and now I can’t recall who it was. It might’ve been the one guy I used to work with, but he was listening to acid rock back then…

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