A Hundred Years from Today

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"A Hundred Years from Today" is a popular song written by Victor Young, Ned Washington and Joe Young. The song was published in 1933, the song is about how one should enjoy life because what is done won't matter in a hundred years. It evokes images of a young man using that argument with his date, typified by both the opening lines of the main song:

and the closing lines:

It also has an intro which is frequently omitted:

Jack Teagarden recorded at least four versions of it, one from 1932-1935 that is featured on his album King of the Blues Trombone, one in "A Hundred Years from Today'," an early 1940s single that omits the intro, and one in his last album. The first is sung by Teagarden in the style of smooth singers of the time, the last is bluesy.

The song was included in the African-American Broadway review Lew Leslie's Blackbirds Of 1934.[1]

Joni James covered the song as part of her 1956 songbook album Songs of Victor Young and Frank Loesser. Frank Sinatra recorded it on the 1984 album L.A. Is My Lady. Several other artists have also recorded it, including Dean Martin on his 1970's TV show.


  1. ^ The Hal Leonard Real Jazz Book. p. 153. 

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