My Way is a fabulous song from the 1970 Something album and was performed live many, many times by Dame Shirley Bassey in concerts and on numerous TV shows and performances. It is difficult to choose a good live version for this blog so I just picked the two you see below random. Below the sheet music you will find the studio version of the song.
And now, the end is near; And so I face the final curtain. My friends, 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 ev’ry 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, But 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 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 woman, what has she got? If not herself, then she has naught. To say the things she truly feels; And not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows – And did it my way!
Released 1966 on the album I’ve Got A Song For You. The song is available on CD on the 1988 collection Let Me Sing And I’m Happy, and it was released digitally remastered on Shirley Bassey – The Collection in 1993.
The song is from the soundtrack of the movie “The Sandpiper” 1965. The original soundtrack album contained ten variations of the theme and the song has been interpreted by many famous artists and jazz orchestras. The song received the Academy Award 1965 as “Best Song”.
Film Plot outline from the Internet
Elizabeth Taylor plays a beatnik mom living in a posh California surf-side home, raising her teenage son. She wants to home-school the boy, but the authorities won’t have it, so she sends him to a boarding school that is under the direction of an Episcopalian minister (Richard Burton) and headmaster. Taylor falls for the headmaster when she visits her son.
The composer John Alfred Mandel (Johnny Mandel, born 1925 in New York) began his career in the 1940’s playing trumpet and then trombone in jazz orchestras and big bands. He worked together with many famous musicians and bands like for example Woody Herman’s Second Herd (known from “Live At Carnegie Hall” 1973), Artie Shaw, Count Basie and many more. He wrote film credits like “The Sandpiper” and made arangements for Frank Sinatra and others.
The lyricist Paul Francis Webster (born 1907 in the USA) had his first hit 1932 with “Masquerade”. He worked successfully together with composers like Hoagy Carmichael and others. He won his first Academy Award in 1953 for “Secret Love,” written with Sammy Fain for the film “Calamity Jane”. His most famous song, also together with Sammy Fain, is the title theme to 1955’s “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing”, which earned Webster a second Oscar. (The movie actually received Oscars for “Best Song” and “Best Musical Score” and more.) And like mentioned before he received an Oscar for “The Sandpiper” together with Johnny Mandel 1965. Elected into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972, Webster died in Beverly Hills 1984.
One day we walked along the sand One day in early spring You held a piper in your hand To mend it’s broken wing Now I remember many a day And many a lonely mile The echo of a piper song The shadow of a smile
The shadow of your smile When you are gone Will colour all my dreams And light the dawn
Look into my eyes, my love, and see All the lovely things, you are, to me
Our wistful little star Was far too high A teardrop kissed your lips And so did I
Now when I remember spring All the joy that the love can bring I will be remembering The shadow of your smile
Released on the 1995 album Shirley Bassey Sings The Movies.
In 1980 Bette Midler reached a No. 3 in the US Billboard with this song. It is taken From the movie “The Rose” from 1979. It was also sung by Amanda Mcbroom herself 1980.
Short plot summary of the movie “The Rose” from the internet: Bette Midler plays “Rose”, an artist strikingly similar to Janis Joplin. The film follows Rose’s career during her last tour. Her rock and roll lifestyle of Drugs, Sex, and Rock and Roll and constant touring lead her to an inevitable breakdown.
Some say love, it is a river That drowns the tender reed Some say love, it is a razor That leaves your soul to bleed Some say love, it is a hunger An endless aching need I say love, it is a flower And you, it’s only seed It’s the heart afraid of breaking That never learns to dance It’s the dream afraid of waking That never takes the chance It’s the one who won’t be taken Who can not seem to give And the soul afraid of dying That never learns to live
When the night has been too lonely And the road has been too long And you think, that love is only For the lucky and the strong Just remember, in the winter Far beneath the bitter snows Lies the seed That with the sun’s love In the spring becomes the rose