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bekannt durch die Interpretation von Frank Sinatra
Text: Paul Anka
Französischer Text: Giles Thibault
Musik: Jaques Revaux und Claude François

"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 travelled
Each and every highway
And more,
Much more than this
I did it my way.


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 by-way
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
Than he has not
To say the things
He truly feels
And not the words
Of one who kneels
The wrack it shows
I took the blows
And did it my way.


Yes, it was my way.

Sehr sehenswert ist der Auftritt Frank Sinatras im Madison Square Garden, 1974. Er kündigt "My Way" an mit den Worten: "And we are now doing the National Anthem, but you need not rise!" - Dies zeigt recht genau, wie stark das Gefühl von Willensfreiheit und deren "Mehrwert", den sie jeglicher Handlung verleiht, im amerikanischen Denken verwurzelt ist.

Stefan Brix

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