My Way

Frank Sinatra

About My Way

"My Way" is a song popularized in 1969 by Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by Paul Anka and set to the music of the French song "Comme d'habitude" composed and written by French songwriter Jacques Revaux,performed in 1967 by Claude François. Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the original French song. The song was a success for a variety of performers including Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Sid Vicious. Sinatra's version of "My Way" spent 75 weeks in the UK Top 40, a record which still stands.  


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And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain

I've lived a life that's full
I've traveled each and every highway
But more, much more than this
I did it my way

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption

I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way

I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fill my share of losing
And now, as tears subside
I find it all so amusing

To think I did all that
And may I say - not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way

For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way

Yes, it was my way

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Frank Sinatra

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra, /sɨˈnɑːtrə/, (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and film actor of Italian origin. more »

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Written by: Claude Francois, Gilles Thibaut, Jacques Revaux, Paul Anka


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7 facts about this song

Song Composition
"My Way" is originally a French song titled "Comme d'habitude." Paul Anka rewrote the lyrics in English and customized the song for Frank Sinatra.
Frank Sinatra version
Sinatra recorded "My Way" for his album "My Way" in 1969. - It's considered one of Frank Sinatra's signature songs, even though he reportedly claimed to dislike the song in his later years. - Despite its popularity, "My Way" never topped the Billboard charts in the US but reached number 27.
Elvis Presley version
Elvis Presley's version of "My Way" was recorded in 1977 during his last tour and released after his death. - The song is not originally in Presley's discography; he performed it live in several concerts. - Elvis Presley's live rendition of "My Way" from the CBS TV special Elvis in Concert was posthumously released in 1977, where it reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sid Vicious version
Sid Vicious, former Sex Pistols band member, recorded "My Way" in 1978. - His version of the song has a punk rock vibe which was very different compared to the original and Sinatra's versions. - The recording was featured in "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle," a movie about the Sex Pistols.
Paul Anka version
Although Anka wrote the song specifically for Sinatra, he took his own turn at performing "My Way" years later. - His version is featured in his 1969 album "Goodnight My Love".
Song Reception
"My Way" is, undoubtedly, one of the most covered songs, with versions in various languages. - Despite its success, the song has been criticized as self-indulgent and pompous in its character. - The song is played frequently at funeral services in the UK, and several venues have banned it for fear of inciting brawls.
Other Versions
Apart from Sinatra, Presley, Vicious, and Anka, numerous other artists like Nina Simone, Gipsy Kings, and Il Divo have shared their interpretations of "My Way."

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  • Ruby Franklin
    Ruby Franklin
    And that's all I have to say about that!
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