Song of the Day #4,684: ‘Last Night When We Were Young’ – Frank Sinatra

September of My Years is a 1966 concept album by Frank Sinatra, exploring the existential angst of middle age. Sinatra won one of his three Album of the Year Grammys for this record.

When I was a kid, hearing September of My Years along with so many other Sinatra classics, I always thought of this as an old man’s album. As in, the final thoughts of a man on his death bed, looking back on a long and eventful life.

Turns out Sinatra recorded this album when he was about to turn 50, as I will in a couple of years.

To be fair to my younger self, this album does have a melancholy and somber tone more appropriate to old age than what I (now) consider the prime years of my life.

Of course, I say that as a happily married man with two great kids, a loving extended family, money in the bank, great experiences both behind and ahead of me. I guess if you hit 50 all alone, it would feel a lot more like September of My Years.

Today’s track is one of two on this album that originally appeared on other Sinatra albums, though they were rerecorded for this one.

[Verse 1]
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

[Verse 2]
Today the world is old
You flew away and time grew cold
Where is that star that seems so bright?
Ages ago last night

[Bridge]
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

[Verse 3]
So now let’s reminisce
And recollect the sighs and the kisses
The arms that clung
When we were young last night

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,684: ‘Last Night When We Were Young’ – Frank Sinatra

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    You are a lucky man (not that Sinatra wasn’t as well).

  2. Peg says:

    One of my favorite albums of Sinatra’s ❤️ It is interesting that he was so young when he did this album. I know it’s sad but having Sinatra start my day makes me smile 😊

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