It Was a Very Good Year
Frank Sinatra
Writer(s) Ervin Drake
Length 4:27

"It Was a Very Good Year" is a song by Frank Sinatra, composted by Ervin Drake, from Sinatra's 1986 studio album titled September of My Years.

Cover versionEdit

Lana Del Rey performed a cover of the song on September 14, 2011 at The Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. There is no known recording of this performance, but her cover of this song was confirmed in a review of the show.[1]


"Here's an awfully pretty folk song"

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

Then 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 grow 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, and it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year

It was a mess of good years


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