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"The record shows I took the blows / And did it my way."
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My Way is the forty-ninth studio album by Frank Sinatra, released in 1969. The record was notable because, for the first time ever, Sinatra covered Rock & Roll songs, a genre Sinatra had previously dismissed in a 1957 Los Angeles Mirror News article with the words:

"My only deep sorrow is the unrelenting insistence of recording and motion picture companies upon purveying the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear— Naturally I refer to the bulk of rock ’n’ roll. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd—in plain fact, dirty—lyrics, and as I said before, it manages to be the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth … this rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore. But, in spite of it, the contribution of American music to the world could be said to have one of the healthiest effects of all our contributions."
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By 1960 Sinatra seemed to have eased up enough about rock to sing a duet with Elvis Presley and nine years later "My Way" featured covers of "Yesterday" by The Beatles and "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel. He also covered "Something" from Abbey Road on a single, despite mistakenly attributing it to John Lennon and Paul McCartney instead of George Harrison during concerts. Other notable covers on "My Way" were Ray Charles' "Hallelujah, I Love Her So", Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (covered as "If You Go Away") and, of course, the Title Track, a cover of Claude François' "Comme d' Habitude", which has since then become Sinatra's Signature Song and Covered Up in too many versions of its own to list note . It got to the point that even Sinatra began to dislike the song.

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Tracklist:

Side One

  1. "Watch What Happens" (2:17)
  2. "Didn't We?" (2:55)
  3. "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" (2:47)
  4. "Yesterday" (3:56)
  5. "All My Tomorrows" (4:35)

Side Two

  1. "My Way" (4:35)
  2. "A Day in the Life of a Fool" (3:00)
  3. "For Once in My Life" (2:50)
  4. "If You Go Away" (3:30)
  5. "Mrs. Robinson" (2:55)


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  • Alliterative Title: "Watch What Happens"
  • Badass Boast: "My Way" is one entire badass boast from the start to finish, all the more impressive if you consider it to be from the viewpoint of someone at the end of his life, who may have had "times when he bit off more than he could chew", but still thinks that despite all he still came through.
  • Break Up Song: "Yesterday" and "If You Go Away" both feature a protagonist depressed over the fact that his partner has left him.
  • Cover Album: All tracks are covers: "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" (Ray Charles), "Yesterday" (The Beatles, from Help!), "A Day In The Life Of A Fool" (originally by Luiz Bonfá and Antônio Maria as "Mañha de Carnaval" from Black Orpheus), "If You Leave Me" (originally by Jacques Brel as "Ne Me Quitte Pas"), "For Once In My Life" (Ron Miller and Orlando Murden, most famous in the 1968 version by Stevie Wonder), "Didn't We?" (Jimmy Webb), "Watch What Happens" (Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand, Jacques Demy), "Mrs. Robinson" (Simon & Garfunkel from the album "Bookends") and "My Way" (Claude François , originally called "Comme d' Habitude", but the English lyrics are by Paul Anka, who wrote it specifically with Sinatra in mind.).
  • Face on the Cover: Sinatra in the presence of a bunch of chairs.
  • Grief Song: "My Way" starts off as this, from the viewpoint of a man facing death after a full life. But as he looks back on his life he finds peace with himself, eventually concluding that, good or bad, he at least did it his own personal way.
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "My Way." Frank went on the record as disliking the song, but it fit his persona so perfectly that he was obliged to top off every concert with it.
  • One-Woman Song: "Mrs. Robinson"
  • Questioning Title?: "Didn't We?"
  • Pep-Talk Song: "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!
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis: Nowadays "My Way" is mostly associated with karaoke bars, as it is the most popular choice for people to sing. In the Philippines, "My Way" has been so treasured that people have been killed for singing it incorrectly at karaoke bars. We're NOT making this up.
  • The Power of Love: "Hallelujah, I Love Her So".
  • Shout-Out:
    • "My Way" was infamously covered by Sid Vicious on his only album Sid Sings (1979).
    • It was also covered (more favorably) by Takahata101 for Episode 60-Part 3 of Dragon Ball Z Abridged as Perfect Cell dies, sung in-universe by Cell himself as he reflects on his life and dies content.
    • Mikhail Gorbachev referred to his policy of non-intervention in the internal affairs of many Eastern European Countries as the "Sinatra Doctrine", in reference to this song.
    • One of the more recent people to cover the song was the late British actor Sir Christopher Lee.
    • Add Sparks, who of course must go meta with "When do I get to sing My Way".
    • The Bon Jovi song "It's My Life" includes the line "Like Frankie said / I did it my way".
    • One Get Fuzzy strip has Bucky singing a parody of the song about killing a pigeon.
  • Title Track: "My Way".
    I lived a life that's full
    I travelled each and every highway
    And more, much more than this
    I did it my way.

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