ESL Video Quiz: Paul Anka/Frank Sinatra: My Way

Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Quiz #: 3109
(ESL Category: listening) The late, great Frank Sinatra immortalized Paul Anka's "My Way," doing it his way

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 my

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

songwriter: Paul Anka

performed by: Frank Sinatra

release date: 1969 by Frank Sinatra

One of Canada's most beloved singer, songwriter, and actor, Paul Anka was born in Ottawa in 1941. His parents were immigrants from Lebanon who operated a successful restaurant in Ottawa. As a teenager, Anka developed a talent for writing songs which appealed to teenagers.

Anka wrote Diana for an older babysitter of his. He recorded the song in 1957, and it rose to Number One on the American and Canadian music charts and became one of the most successful hits in pop music history.

In his lifetime, Anka has won numerous awards and honours. Many of his recordings have become platinum records. Anka was an inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1980 at the annual Juno Awards Ceremony. His most memorable award was the prestigious Order of Canada which he received in 2005. Concurrently, Anka received a star in Toronto's Walk of Fame.

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