Bob Dylan: The Times We’ve Known (Charles Aznavour)

charles-aznavour & bob dylan


The times we’ve known are slipping by
Iike vapour trails across the sky
The best of times, the worst of times
Have come and gone

  1. Song facts & Charles Aznavour versions
  2. Lyrics
  3. Bob Dylan
  4. Bob Dylan versions

Song Facts

Written & originally by:

Charles Aznavour (born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian – born 22 May 1924) is a French and Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat. Aznavour is known for his unique tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes. He has written more than 1,200 songs, sung in seven languages,  sold more than 180 million records.

Birth name Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian
Born 22 May 1924 (age 90)
Paris, France
Genres Pop, chanson, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, public activist, diplomat
Years active 1933–present
Labels EMI, Barclay, Mercury,Monument, MGM, Polydor,Reprise, MusArm Records

Original title: Les Bons Moments

Charles Aznavour chante Les bons moments – 1989:

Carnegie Hall – 1995


The times we’ve known are slipping by
Iike vapour trails across the sky
The best of times, the worst of times
Have come and gone

The years of debt, the years of doubt
the years of ‘what’s it all about?’
Of holding fast, and holding out
And holding on

When life was hard and chances few
Still I was rich in having you
Though people said we wouldn’t go far
We went ahead and here we are

Together still remember me
Together still through everything
The times we’ve known

Sometimes the years were lush and green
Sometimes we lived on hope alone
A little bit of both have been
The times we’ve known

Some lucky flings, some rotten breaks
Some funny things, a few mistakes
The dreams that every dreamer takes
And makes his own

The time to laugh, a time to cry
A time to let the world go by
And if there were some tears to pay
No one can take those years away

On fragile wings our days have flown
Still we have things to call our own
The times we’ve known
The times we’ve known

Bob Dylan

Kurt Loder: Who are some of the greatest live performers you’ve ever seen?
Bob Dylan: I like Charles Aznavour a lot. I saw him in sixty-something at Carnegie Hall, and he just blew my brains out.
~Rolling Stone interview 1987

Dylan has performed this song only 2 times. Lucky for us both of them are available on youtube.

bob dylan 1998

Bob Dylan versions

Beautifully sung and seemingly well rehearsed, Dylan introduced this song in his spiritual hometown of New York City with the words “I usually play these songs all by myself; but I feel all by myself tonight”. Sure enough, Mr. Dylan could have been singing this one just for you in your living room!
~Derek Barker (The Songs He didn’t write)

GREAT song and performance!

Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
1 November 1998

Palais des Congrès de Paris
Paris, France
8 April 2009

bob dylan & Aznavour

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