“Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think,
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink,
The years go by as quickly as a wink,
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.”
Some concepts have staying power and the message behind the song “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)” is a perfect example. Written in 1949, the song was first popularized by Guy Lombardo. Over the past seven decades, musical giants such as Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Louis Prima, and even The Supremes recorded the simple tune.
I love the song for the way it uses humor to remind us to live in the present moment. Or in the parlance of the day, YOLO (text-speak for “You only live once”). My favorite version is this stripped down one, performed by Todd Snider.
Evening at the Beach, Lincoln City, Oregon 2018