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It Was a Very Good Year
Composer
Ervin Drake
Lyricist
Ervin Drake
Published
October 1965
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October 1965
Recording
April 13, 1965
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"It Was a Very Good Year" is a song featured in Frank Sinatra's 1965 album September of My Years.

Liver versions of this song performed by Sinatra can be found on Sinatra at the Sands and Live at the Meadowlands.

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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 stair
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 the year
And now 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

It was a mess of good years

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