There are so many songs in me that won't be sung,
I feel the bitter taste of tears upon my tongue.
The time has come for me to pay for yesterday when I was young.
I was young, probably in my twenties, when I first heard Roy Clark sing this song, and it immediately hit home. It was serious. None of his funny faces and jokes that I loved when he appeared on Hee Haw, The Tonight Show, and other television shows. Just his solemn face, singing the words that stuck in my heart. I saw a different man.
“Yesterday, When I Was Young” speaks to most of us. I can look back at my life and see mistakes. Now I am much older, and I still do things that I regret. I have paid dearly for some of those acts and wish I could change them. I feel blessed that I can ask God for forgiveness and know that He will help me overcome my faults.
Was Roy Clark perfect? No, of course not. I wonder if every time he sang “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” he thought of mistakes he had made. But he was talented in many ways, and I admired him and wished I could be like him. He had the ability to play several instruments. He flew airplanes. He was known for the good life that he lived. When he died, his death was announced briefly in the news and on social media. However, he lives in the hearts of thousands of people. I can only hope my life and deeds will linger in peoples’ hearts when I am gone. Donna Witlif
To hear and see Roy Clark sing “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” click here.