"I Didn't See The Time Go By"
("Je n'ai pas vu le temps passer")
As sung by Charles Aznavour

This is my favorite Charles Aznavour song. I love the words so much, I decided I wanted to share them with you...If you ever have the chance to listen to this song in either English or French, please listen to it and let me know what you thought of it.  - poetheart 09/30/01

Now as the wheel of life turns faster,
Now as the seasons seem to fly,
I see so many things at last -
But didn't see the time go by.
I've known delight, I've known disaster -
The caviar, the humble pie.
From the absurd to the sublime,
I didn't see the time go by.
I didn't see the years roll on,
I didn't know the road would bend,
Refused to see when youth was gone -
Pretending it might never end.
Now there is a price to pay
For every day I threw away
It seems I wasted half a lifetime,
Within the blinking of an eye.
I didn't hear the midnight chime.
I didn't see the time go by.

In still of nights and brief romances
I kissed the girls and made them cry.
While there were balconies to climb
I didn't see the time go by.
I was the guy with all the answers
The half-way truth, the little lie.
So sure so certain in my prime.
I didn't see the time go by.
I hit the heights, I bit the dirt
I left some wreckage in my wake
I didn't see that lies can hurt
I didn't know how hearts can break
And now they come to haunt my mind
The lives I touched and left behind
I've sung a hundred songs of longing
Of sweet regret and hope run dry
I've searched for melody and rhyme
But never saw how time can fly,
Never saw the darkening sky.
I was a minstrel of my time
Who did not see the time go by.

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