My Way by Frank Sinatra

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In Loving Memory of the old lady who lived next door to me throughout my childhood, Mrs Ida Lester, who passed away 3/12/2005 & always told me she wanted ‘My Way’ played at her funeral. It was played along with the release of 6 white doves. 

‘My Way’ was originally a French song called ‘Comme D’Habitude’ (meaning: as usual) but it was discovered by American singer Paul Anka who wrote lyrics in English for Frank Sinatra. It has become one of Frank Sinatra’s most popular hits.

A 2005 survey of funeral homes listed this song as the most often requested song to be played at funeral services.

Other notable versions of “My Way’ are a punk version recorded by The Sex Pistols and a Spanish version recorded by The Gypsy Kings called ‘A Mi Manera’.

Reference: SongFact

Lyrics

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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Songwriters: Claude Francois / Gilles Thibaut / Jacques Revaux / Marcelo Drumond Nova
My Way lyrics © Warner Chappell Music France, Jeune Musique Editions, BMG Rights Management US, LLC, Songs Music Publishing

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