It was written for the show Roberta (1933), where it was introduced by Fay Templeton. The song was soon picked up by jazz musicians and has since gone on to become one of the top jazz standards. Jazz Standards.com (see "External links" below) ranks it ninth among all jazz standards, in terms of being "included most often on currently issued CDs by the greatest number of jazz artists."
Irene Dunne performed the song in the film version Roberta (1935).
Barbra Streisand performed the song in her TV special Color Me Barbra and included a recording on her album Color Me Barbra (1966).
Yesterdays, yesterdays Days I knew as happy sweet, sequestered days Olden days, golden day Days of mad romance and love
Then gay youth was mine And truth was mine Joyous, free and flaming life forsooth was mine Sad am I, glad am I For today I'm dreaming of Of yesterdays
Then gay youth was mine The truth was mine...
Sad am I, glad am I Because today I'm dreaming of Of yesterdays