Young and Foolish

Young&Foolish

PROFILE
Composer Albert Hague
Lyricist Arnold B. Horwitt
Year Written 1954
About Young and Foolish “Young and Foolish” is from the 1954 musical Plain and Fancy concerning a New York couple who travel to Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to sell a piece of property and become involved with and learn from the community.

Lyrics

Once we were foolish children
Playing as children play
Racing through a meadow April bright
Dreaming on a hilltop half the night
Now that we’re growing older
We have no time to play
Now that we’re growing wiser
We are not wise enough to stay

Young and foolish
Why is it wrong to be
Young and foolish?
We haven’t long to be
Soon enough the carefree days
The sunlit days go by
Soon enough the bluebird has to fly

We were foolish
One day we fell in love
Now we wonder
What were we dreaming of
Smiling in the sunlight
Laughing in the rain
I wish that we were young and foolish again

Session / Album Information

1963

“Young and Foolish” was recorded on April 22, 1963 and released in 1963 on the album This Is All I Ask. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This recording released on:

  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8856 — This Is All I Ask
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2056 — This Is All I Ask
  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 66504 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 2011: Disc #27 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK26) This Is All I Ask

1975-1

“Young and Foolish” was recorded in June, 1975 and was released that year on The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album.

This recording released on:

  • 1975: Fantasy LP 12″: F 9489 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 1984: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab LP 12″: MFSL-1-117 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 1991: Fantasy CD: OJCCD-439-2 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 1992: Fantasy/OJC CD: OJCCD 439 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2000: Fantasy CD: 204392 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2001: JVC XRCD CD: JVCXR-020802 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2006: Fantasy CD: FCD-30177 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2009: Concord CD: FAN-31281 — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #52 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK51) The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

1975-2

“Young and Foolish” (alternate take #4) was recorded in June, 1975 and was released that year on The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album.

This recording released on:

  • 2006: Fantasy CD: FCD-30177 — The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
  • 2009: Concord CD: FAN-31281 — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #52 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK51) The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

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