The Ballad of the Sad Young Men


From 1976 comes this wonderful ballad, so loved by many of DSB’s fans…

Thanks to Scot

The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men
Music written by Thomas J. Wolf Jr. and lyrics by Frances Landesman.

Released on the 1972 album And I Love You So and on a single. Also on the collection Bassey – The EMI/UA Years 1959 – 1979. Shirley Bassey sang this song also in the 1976 and 1979 BBC specials. She sang it again live on her Millennium Tour.

This song is from the 1959 Broadway jazz musical “The Nervous Set”. Also performed by for example: Gil Evans (1958), Anita O’Day (1960), Roberta Flack, Petula Clark, Rod McKuen.

Sing a song of sad young men, glasses full of rye
All the news is bad again, kiss your dreams goodbye

All the sad young men, sitting in the bars
Knowing neon nights, and missing all the stars

All the sad young men, drifting through the town
Drinking up the night, trying not to drown

All the sad young men, singing in the cold
Trying to forget, that they’re growing old

All the sad young men, choking on their youth
Trying to be brave, running from the truth
Autumn turns the leaves to gold, slowly dies the heart
Sad young men are growing old, that’s the cruellest part
All the sad young men, seek a certain smile
Someone they can hold, for just a little while

Tired little girl, does the best she can
Trying to be gay, for a sad young men

While a grimy moon, watches from above
All the sad young men, who play at making love

Misbegotten moon shine for sad young men
Let your gentle light guide them home again
All the sad, sad, sad, young men