"(Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young
" is a popular song
composed by Philippe-Gérard [fr]
, with lyrics by Angèle Vannier [fr]
. The English lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer
. The original French title was "Le Chevalier de Paris". Apart from a reference to apples, the English lyrics only have minor commonalities with the original French words.
English lyrics were originally written by Carl Sigman
, but these were rejected by the music publisher, Mickey Goldsen. Sigman suggested Mercer, and Mercer wrote the English lyrics (three verses and three choruses) in three days.