My Way

Monday, June 29, 2015


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There are some moments in life that have the power to make people remember. How they used to be. What they used to do. How they lived so far. What they have done so far. Memories of the past are flashing in their minds in that particular moment. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever had that kind of moment? A moment when you reminisce the past, take a look back at it, and realize what it has done to yourself and your surrounding. How it has made you who you are today. What it has made you become. Have you ever asked yourself; are you happy now? Have you ever wondered; did you do it your way? Sometimes it’s followed by some fears. Did you do the best? Did you choose right? Did you have any regrets? It’s okay to have those fears, as long as you don’t lose hopes. A hope that will bring you strength, to continue, to move on, to do it your way. Because it’s your life, and you only live once.

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 traveled each and every highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.” –Frank Sinatra, My Way

One of the signature songs and the biggest hits of American legendary singer, the late Frank Sinatra, titled “My Way”, is our today’s song for Moments Of Our Lives. It was first released on March 1969 as the title song from his album of the same name. The lyrics of this traditional pop orchestra song were written by Paul Anka, and set to music based on the French song “Comme d’habitude” composed in 1967 by Claude François and Jacques Revaux. Anka’s English lyrics are unrelated to the original French song. Even until nowadays, “My Way” is thought to be one of the most covered songs ever written, alongside The Beatles’ “Yesterday”.

"My Way" album cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

Have you ever had the moment when you reminisce, when you take a look back at your life so far, and think it through? The lyrics of “My Way” tell the story of a man who, having grown old, reflects on his life as death approaches. He is comfortable with his mortality and takes responsibility for how he dealt with all the challenges of life, while maintaining a respectable degree of integrity. And as his life comes to an end, he knows it’s all worth it because he did it his way. “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 traveled each and every highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.” Life is indeed a long journey, ends with a death. And what makes a death worthy? Well, they say, if we cherish every moment, celebrate every joy and smile, embrace every pain and scar, live this short life to the fullest. “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.”
“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, not me, I did it my way.” Life is indeed rough, wild, and dangerous. So what makes it worth the journey? Well, they say, it all will be beautiful when it’s time; a beauty that will wash away the pain and tears, turns them into happiness and laughters. A beauty that can make us realize in the end that, yes, it’s all worth it after all. “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.” Life is indeed full of choices. And what makes a choice worthy? Well, they say, after all, if we follow our hearts, count our blessings, and do it our way, for life is too short to be wasted in somebody else’s way instead of ours. “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.”

Im Tae Kyung performed "My Way" on episode 115 of "Immortal Songs 2"

Lee Dong Woo performed "My Way" on episode 199 of "Immortal Songs 2"

Since the late Frank Sinatra, and apparently, “My Way”, is very popular in South Korea, this song is one of few Western songs that has been covered in the entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. Not only once, but twice. The first one was on episode 115, during “The Legend 7 Special”, when it was performed by Im Tae Kyung. That episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on August 24th 2013 and by KBS World channel on September 14th 2013. The latest one was during the “Family: The Most Touching Word in the World” special episode, when Korean blind veteran singer, Lee Dong Woo, performed it. The episode 199 was aired on KBS television station on May 16th 2015 and on KBS World channel on June 6th 2015. “My Way” is indeed a heartfelt yet somehow self-empowering song. Its lyrics and melody is everlasting. And I believe it will live through another century ahead.

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, not me, I did it my way.” –Frank Sinatra, My Way




“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 traveled each and every highway
And 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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