A Hundred Years from Today

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"A Hundred Years from Today" is a popular song written by Victor Young, Ned Washington and Joe Young. The song was published in 1933. The song is about how one should enjoy life because what is done won't matter in a hundred years. It evokes images of a young man using that argument with his date, typified by both the opening lines of the main song:

"Don't save your kisses, just pass them around. You'll find my reason is logically sound. Who's gonna know that you passed them around a hundred years from today?"

and the closing lines: "The moon is shining and that's a good sign. Cling to me closer and say you'll be mine. Remember darling, we won't see it shine a hundred years from today."

It also has an intro which is frequently omitted: "Life is such a great adventure. Learn to live it as you go. No one in the world can censure what we do here below."

Jack Teagarden recorded at least four versions of it, one from 1932-1935 that is featured in the album, Jack Teagarden, King of the Blues Trombone, one in "A Hundred Years from Today'," an early 1940s single which is, as of this writing, on YouTube, that omits the intro, and one in his last album. The first is sung by Teagarden in the style of smooth singers of the time, the last is bluesy.

Joni James covered the song as part of her 1956 songbook album Songs of Victor Young and Frank Loesser. Several other artists have also recorded it, including a boozy version by Dean Martin, apparently done on his 1970's TV show, that omits the intro and is, as of this writing, on YouTube.


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