My Way (song)

"My Way" is a song with lyrics written by Paul Anka and popularized by Frank Sinatra. The melody is an adaptation of the French song "" composed by Claude François and Jacques Revaux. Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the original French by Claude François and Gilles Thibaut.


The lyrics of "My Way" tell the story of a man who is nearing death.

Frank Sinatra version

Released on Frank Sinatra's 1969 album My Way, "My Way" was at first a modest hit for Sinatra in the United States, reaching number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in spring and early summer 1969. However it fared better on the Adult Contemporary chart, reaching number 2.

In the United Kingdom, "My Way" was a more immediate hit, reaching number 5 on the UK Singles Chart in Spring 1969 and becoming the year's best-selling single there. Remarkably, the Sinatra "My Way" then re-entered the singles chart six more times during 1970 and 1971, achieving placements between numbers 18 and 39. In all this "My Way" holds the UK Singles Chart record for most total weeks on the chart, across all these runs.

Even beyond chart performance, Sinatra's recording of "My Way" had staying power, and soon became the signature song for the latter stage of his career, even though according to his daughter Tina, "he always thought that song was self-serving and self-indulgent."[1] It was the closing number on his 1974 concert document The Main Event - Live and is also featured as the penultimate song on his Live from Las Vegas 1986 performance. A DVD of a 1978 Vegas performance of it is included in the collection.

Sinatra also duetted the song with two performers in the last years before his death: Luciano Pavarotti (released on the album ) and Willie Nelson (recorded for the Duets series in the mid-1990s but not released until 2005 in the Collector's Edition Set). Both recordings use the same Sinatra vocal and instrumental track.

Dorothy Squires version

In the midst of Sinatra's multiple runs on the UK Singles Chart, Welsh singer Dorothy Squires also released a rendition of "My Way", released in Summer 1970. Her recording reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, and itself re-entered the chart twice more during that year.

Elvis Presley version

Elvis Presley began performing the song in concert during the mid-1970s. In December 1977, several months after his death, his live recording of "My Way" was released as a single. In the U.S., it reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, number 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and the following year reached number 2 on the Country singles chart. In the UK, it reached number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.

Sid Vicious version

Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols did a well-known punk rock version of the song, which charted at #6 in the UK in 1979 in which he changed a large body of the words and the arrangement was sped up.

An edited version of the Sid Vicious cover is played during the closing credits of the movie Goodfellas.

In the album released in conjuction with the second NANA movie, singer and actress Mika Nakashima did a cover of Sid Vicious' version of the song with what sounds like an audience singing background vocals.

Other versions

Greta Keller always included the song during her last decade performing and did a duet with Rod McKuen singing the song at Lincoln Center in New York City and in Vienna.

U2 regularly performed a snippet of "My Way" at the end of their song "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" during their 1992-1993 Zoo TV Tour.

Broadway luminary Patti LuPone performs this song as part of her one-woman show Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.

"My Way" is a favorite of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Minuteman Marching Band, which often concludes its performances with the song.

Runner up Raymond Quinn from the UK TV series X-Factor (fourth) covered 'My Way' for his album 'Ray Quinn (Doing It My Way)'

Alternate Versions

When David Bowie was asked to write English lyrics to "Comme d'habitude" in 1968, the song he came up with was "Even a Fool Learns to Love." However, Paul Anka bought the rights to the original French version, and Bowie's version was never released. "Life on Mars?" was Bowie's riposte to losing out on a fortune; it has similar chords to "My Way."

In 1969 Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz were the first ones to released a Spanish version, "A Mi Manera", which later on won them a Gold record.

The song "A Mi Manera", on the Gipsy Kings' eponymous 1988 album Gipsy Kings, is a literal translation of Anka's lyrics into Spanish. Robin Williams, voicing the penguin character Ramón, sings A Mi Manera in the CGI animated movie Happy Feet.

In a segment for Sesame Street, Oscar the Grouch sang an anti-littering song called "Just Throw It My Way", a parody of the song.

Songwriter Bob Blue wrote a satire about life as a college student called "Their Way" Lyrics here: [1]. The Kipper Family[2], an 'alternative folk' English group covered the song, with their own satirical lyrics [3]

Bollywood Music director Pritam made a copied version of this song Is This Love in his film Pyaar Ke Side Effects. This film was made in 2006.

Famous Russian singer Iosif Kobzon during the concert dedicated to his 70th anniversary (in 2007), performed Russian version of the song "Moy put'" (Russian text written by Ilia Reznik).

Cultural References

Popularity as a Tribute

"My Way" was found to be the song the most frequently played at British funeral services.[2]

It was played at the 1992 Winston Cup Awards Banquet in honor of Alan Kulwicki.[3] The tribute was also played on ESPN following Kulwicki's death in April 1993.

William Shatner opened the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to George Lucas by performing a spoken word version of the song.[4]

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder requested the song for his final military sendoff () prior to the inauguration of Angela Merkel.

At the 2006 Boston Celtics season opener, a video tribute set to Sinatra's version of "My Way" was shown to honor Red Auerbach, who had died days earlier.

The former Serbian president charged with war crimes Slobodan Milosevic was said to be a huge fan of the song, which he would play the song repeatedly in his prison cell in the Hague during his trial for crimes against humanity.

References In Songs

The chorus of Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" (subsequently covered by Paul Anka on Rock Swings) references the song, in the line "My heart is like an open highway/Like Frankie said, I did it my way."

The eclectic pop duo Sparks released a song titled "When Do I Get to Sing 'My Way'" on their 1994 album Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins.

Rapper Jay-Z has made reference to the song several times over his career, and on The Blueprint 2 he samples the tune for his own song, entitled "I Did It My Way."

On his 2005 live DVD Who Put the M in Manchester?, Morrissey kicks off the set list by singing an a cappella snippet of "My Way", prior to launching into "First of the Gang to Die".

Other Popular Culture References

The identification of the song with Sinatra became so strong, and the song so iconic, that the Soviet government of Mikhail Gorbachev jokingly referred to its policy of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other Warsaw Pact countries as the Sinatra Doctrine.

It was briefly sung in Russian in by an astronaut. His crew are irritated by the song and shout "Sing at home!", while the singer replies, with a giggle, "At home, they tell me to sing in space."

"My Way" is one of the most popular songs sung in karaoke bars in the Philippines to the point that it has been reported to cause numerous incidents of violence and homicides among drunkards in bars. [4]

"My Way" was in the Buffy season 3 episode "Lover's Walk" twice, first sung by the character Spike in a drunken moment of self-pity, and again at the very end the Sid Vicious version was played as a symbol of hope.

My Way is number two on George Carlin's 10 Most Embarrassing Songs of All Time

"My Way" was translated into a made-up language called Dogg by Tom Stoppard in his play Dogg's Hamlet, where it is entitled "Satisfied Egg".

It was played during an episode of Season 6a of The Sopranos while Vito drives back to New Jersey to face Tony regarding his homosexuality.

"My Way" was played at the 880th victory of Bobby Knight. He passed Dean Smith as the coach with the most wins in NCAA Division I basketball with this win.

"My Way" has been referenced several times in the comic strip Dilbert, primarily by Bob the Dinosaur.

During an interview with J. K. Rowling she mentioned that My Way was the song that she would have played at Professor Dumbledore's funeral

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1. ^ Sinatra 'loathed' My Way – An article on BBC News
2. ^ My Way tops funeral charts – An article in The Guardian
3. ^ Gary D'Amato (July 25 1999). Honor stirs up fond memories of Kulwicki. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
4. ^ Shatner Sings to Lucas - Video hosted by YouTube
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