Looking Back and Looking Forward: Nostalgia Blast! "Those Were the Days"


Video from The Ed Sullivan Show


"Mary Hopkin "Those Were The Days" on The Ed Sullivan Show, October 27, 1968.' from the video introduction.


Was the, our past better than today? No, but we often think so. The past, our past was different and that past will never come again. Life is short and death approaches.

What our Lord tells us about the past, our past:


Ecclesiastes 7:10

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”

For it is not wise to ask such questions.


Isaiah 43:18-19

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.


Job 12: 12

12 Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?


The Ed Sullivan Show

How many of you know first of all who Ed Sullivan was? Ah... we give away our age! I grew up in the 1960s and with only three TV channels, the highlight of our family time in front of the TV was the Ed Sullivan Show!


Host Ed Sullivan
The Ed Sullivan Show

"About Ed Sullivan

ED SULLIVAN (1902-1974) “Master of Variety” “Ed Sullivan can’t sing, can’t dance and can’t tell a joke, but he does it better than anyone else.” – Alan King The story of Ed Sullivan is one of a man whose on-camera persona was that of a stone-faced, humorless emcee. However, his off-screen life was full of glamour, great career heights and the personal satisfaction of being famous. He tried to make a name in the movies, loved the New York nightlife and was an avid world traveler. Ed led the life of an eccentric celebrity living in the Delmonico Hotel, out all night and eating pork chops for a late breakfast. But Ed’s ultimate claim to fame was that he hosted the longest running primetime variety show in the history of television. The true story of Ed Sullivan is a fascinating tale of a complex man that has never been told...from the website:

Edsullivan.com (link)


"Mary Hopkin is a Welsh singer-songwriter, and she was one of the earliest signings to the Beatles’ Apple label. Hopkin took singing lessons in her childhood and began her musical career as a folk singer with a local group.

Singing career

Hopkin released an EP of Welsh-language songs for a local record label called ‘Cambrian’ before joining the Beatles’ Apple Records. She also played solo gigs with her band around the local clubs. She released her single ‘Those Where the Days,’ produced by McCartney, was released in the UK on 30 August 1968. The single reached number 1 hit on the UK Singles Chart and number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It sold over 8 million copies worldwide and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA...' from the article: Mary Hopkin: Story and Beautiful Photos of Welsh Singer who sang ‘Those Were the Days’


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

Lyrics from: Lyrics.com (link)


Notice what the lyrics say.


The song is credited to Gene Raskin, who adapted English lyrics to the Russian romance song "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" ("By the long road") which was composed by Boris Fomin (1900–1948) with words by poet Konstantin Podrevsky. It is a song about the reminiscences of our youth and romantic idealism.


Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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