Composer Jerome Kern
Lyricist Otto Harbach
Year Written 1933
About Yesterdays
“Yesterdays” was written for the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta , where it was introduced by Irene Dunne. Roberta was made into a film in 1935. The Kern-Harbach score for Roberta also included “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “Let’s Begin,” which Tony Bennett recorded in 1957 for his third album, The Beat of My Heart.


Days I knew as happy sweet
Sequestered days
Olden days
Golden days
Days of mad romance and love

Then gay youth was mine
Truth was mine
Joyous free in flame and life
Then sooth was mine
Sad am I
Glad am I
For today I’m dreamin’ of

Session / Album Information


“Yesterdays” was recorded on February 26, 1964; it was released in 1966 on the album A Time For Love. The song was arranged by Ralph Sharon.


Listen to Yesterdays on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1966.

This recording released on:

  • 1966: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62800 — A Time For Love [UK]
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2560 — A Time For Love
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9360 — A Time For Love
  • 1973: Columbia LP 12″: C 32239 — Sunrise, Sunset
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5243 — A Time For Love [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #33 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK32) A Time For Love
  • 2011: Disc #48 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK47) Sunrise, Sunset

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