It’s only thanks to You Tube that I could find the name and face of the woman who sings this song. I heard this song a million times growing up, but sung only by my grandfather.

It’s his birthday today, and I remember how my vousin and I would stay with my grandparents for a few weeks every summer. In the morning, my grandpa would go into the bathroom to shave and I would hear him sing:

Those were the days my friends…

Usually he didn’t get much farther than that, or if he did I don’t remember. But I can close my eyes and hear the sound of his electric razor and the funny way he would pause just for an instant after he said the word “those.”

This Mary Hopkin is not as good as my grandpa, but it’s close enough for today.