The Times Of Your Life

Words & Music by Bill Lane & Roger Nichols
Recorded by Paul Anka, 1975

E7    A      D9     A    D9
Good morning yesterday,

     A6     D9              AM7         D9
You wake up   and time has slipped away.

    Bm7   A       E       F#m      Bm7   A       E       F#m
And suddenly it's hard to find the memories you left behind.

   D9    Bm7            E7   E7/6    
Remember?   Do you re - mem - ber? 

E7    A      D9   A   D9
The laughter and the tears,

     A6     D9           AM7         D9
The shadows    of misty yester-years,

     Bm7        A       E        F#m      Bm7       A     E     F#m
The good times and the bad you've seen and all the others in between --

D9       Bm7            E7    E7/6     D9   E7 E7/6  AM7  DM7  AM7  F#my
Remember?   Do you re - mem - ber the times of your life? 


       Em7         Gdim         DM7      F#m7
Reach back for the joy and the sorrow,

C#m7-5       F#7          B
  Put  them away in your mind.

    Em7          Bm7-5         AM7    F#m
For memories are time that you borrow

    Am7          Gdim        Bm7-5   E7
To spend when you get to to - mor - row. 

E7    A        D9       A    D9
Here comes the setting sun.

    A6      D9             AM7         D9
The seasons    are passing one by one.

    Bm7    A       E        F#m     Bm7         A         E       F#m
So gather moments while you may, collect the dreams you dreamed today.

D9       Bm7              E7   E7/6      
Remember,   will you re - mem - ber 

     D9   E7 E7/6  AM7  DM7        AM7  DM7         AM7
The times of your life,    of your life,    of your life.

This song, which provided the background music for a Kodak commercial, is one of several cases that occurred in the late 60s and early 70s in which music created for a television commercial grew far beyond the original purpose. Two other cases I recall lacked lyrics, but had musically the same effect: "The Disadvantages of you" (developed for then-new 100 millimeter cigarettes by Bensen & Hedges, and also "No Matter What Shape You Stomach Is In," which as I recall came from an Alka-Seltzer commercial. To a lesser extent, I can still whistle the melody to another example -- "The Teaberry Shuffle" which was (I think) from a chewing gum commercial.

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.