Over the past couple of years, I’ve been increasingly listening to oldies music. While the messages can be often cheesy and beta, I prefer yesterday’s innocence and naivety compared to today’s degeneracy and mumble rap.

There are many songs that were popular in their day that I’m only now discovering. One of those songs is My Way, originally recorded by Frank Sinatra, though better performed by Elvis Presley. Let’s take a look at the lyrics.

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

He sees that it’s his turn to die and accepts it. He doesn’t look for miracle cures or beg God for more time. Instead, he does an accounting of the life he’s lived, and because it was rich and fill, the end is far easier to accept than if he had lived with the expectation that he could delay the inevitable.

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

Sure, he made mistakes and lost out on opportunities. He said things he shouldn’t have said and hurt people he shouldn’t have hurt, but he did these things based on how he wanted to live his life. He doesn’t allow regrets to hang over him or make him feel guilty for who he is.

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

His ego repeatedly got the best of him and he was often checked by powerful forces, but he humbly took his lashes and carried on. He wasn’t ashamed of the mistakes he made because he believed he was acting righteously at the time. Perfection was never his goal.

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

His life wasn’t always easy. There was pain and setbacks, but also pleasure and love. What’s left but to see it all for what is was: a big game of laughter and tears. He moved through life with confidence, and for him, that’s what really matters.

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

If a man is not living as a man, why he is living? If he does not act or live in the moment, who is he existing for? If a man can’t take a punch and get right back up, until he no longer can, how can he call himself a man?

I will instruct my next of kin to play this song at my funeral. I want people to be reminded that I lived life in the way I saw fit, and endured what was thrown my way. By doing so, I hope that my end will be a bit easier to bear compared to a life that was full of regret and things left unsaid.

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47 Comments

  1. Ho Ho Hum June 18, 2018 at 10:21 am

    I’m not sure it’s sung better than Sinatra who by all accounts was much more of an alpha than Elvis ever was. He was cool, calm, well dressed, successful and nailing ass like it was free.

    1. antnioglauco June 20, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      I prefer the Elvis Presley version. In my opinion, Elvis also had bigger balls than Sinatra to do things his way. Elvis shocked people around the world with his moves and style (Sinatra was one of his critics), yet he still made it to be recognized as the king of rock.

    2. Greg Kelemen June 25, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Actually, not to disparage the awesomeness of Sinatra but you’d be surprised to know how much he simped out to Ava Gardner, it was embarrassing, she openly cheated on him and he took it for ages, look it up, she is what turned him into a true womanizer and then he went full Rat Pack, it’s my opinion she fucked him up royally.

    3. David June 26, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      All the crooners are weaklings.
      Bad Company by Bad Company is the most masculine song ever recorded.
      You gotta be a rock n roller to be masculine.
      If you can’t rock. Forget it!

      1. King Lion June 30, 2018 at 10:08 am

        Most ‘rockers’ are effeminate looking and sounding, with their weak skinny bodies and long, crimped bleached blond hair, wearing high heel boots, spandex and eyeliner while wailing away like teenage girls…That is NOT masculine – That’s hilarious!

      2. David Ard July 3, 2018 at 12:24 am

        Not true of Paul Rodgers & Bad Company or ZZ Top.

  2. Davis M.J. Aurini June 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    This has been one of my favourite songs since I was a young man.

  3. Anton June 18, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    The original song is French: comme d’habitude, from Claude François

    1. Roosh June 18, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      The lyrics are way different though. They seemed to have only preserved the title.

      1. Anton June 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm

        Yeah except the title is not the same. In French, it means: as usual.

      2. JPSC June 20, 2018 at 8:34 am

        So what you’re saying is it’s not the same at all?

        The tune is the *only* thing that’s the same. “Comme d’habitude” is about a complete beta chump who sticks with his frigid cunt of a wife who doesn’t love him. He hasn’t the guts or testosterone level to get up and leave her, so he stays in a passionless relationship and lives his life in a gray cloud of regrets, going through the motions and letting his precious time slip away from him.

        If you took “Comme d’habitude” and set out to write a song that was exactly its opposite but with the same tune, you’d get “My Way”.

  4. Matt June 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I can’t listen to most rock/”alternative” music anymore because the lyrics are almost always from the perspective of some goober waxing poetical over some hipster broad who I guarantee in an objective analysis would be worth pining over for like, five minutes. I meet her on Tinder a month later she seemed kind of annoying honestly just going on and on about herself and her wussy ex who was in a band or somethin. and she stiffed the bartender on the tip

  5. Samir Mustafa June 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    How about Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue”? Also, please analyze the deep meaning of songs by other male artists like The Moody Blues and Hanson. They are much deeper than girl songs by Adele and Lady Gaga.

    1. Marius Aetius Lucullus June 19, 2018 at 3:38 am

      “son, this world is rough and if a man’s gonna make it, he’s gotta be tough”

      good call on the Johnny Cash

    1. Clever Anonymous Handle June 21, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Public Enemy (whose politics SUCK) are much much better. Also better: Beastie Boys. Wait….((((Beastie Boys)))).

  6. Ryan Lewis June 18, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Roosh have you seen Fences with Denzel Washington? I thought it was pretty red pill/masculine and definitely worth a look

  7. robert franklin stroud June 18, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Sinatra’s version was better.

    1. anon1 June 19, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      i prefer it too

  8. Tim June 18, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    It is widely believed here in NY that Frank intended this song to be a tribute to his wiseguy friends.

  9. Edward Easterling June 18, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Good song. Under My Thumb, the Rolling Stones, would be a more masculine song.

  10. Shmalkandik June 19, 2018 at 6:27 am

    C.S. Lewis particularly disliked this song. He saw it as the ultimate in anti-Christian thinking. He famously followed it up with the comment

    “There are only two kinds of people in the end:
    those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in
    the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without
    that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and
    constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who
    knock it is opened.”

    And yet this same man supported the duty that women owe obedience to their husbands.

    1. [email protected] June 26, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      C.S. Lewis died Nov. 22, 1963 (along with Aldous Huxley and some other guy). Paul Anka wrote this song in 1967, and the Sinatra recording came out in 1969.

      1. turn2 July 17, 2018 at 3:11 am

        The text quoted was in Lewis’s book, The Great Divorce. The title has to do with the question of sin, of humanity being “divorced” from God. I can see how the commenter made such a mistaken connection, but as you point out, it was impossible that Lewis could have disliked the song, that is unless he could see a few years into the future.

    2. turn2 July 17, 2018 at 3:12 am

      I just posted a comment you might want to read that’s very much in line with this, although I didn’t see yours before I wrote it.

  11. TyskKille June 19, 2018 at 9:15 am

    So why did Elvis take a much earlier exit from the highway?

    1. Roosh June 19, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Pharmaceutical drugs

      1. Vulgar Display of Power June 25, 2018 at 4:31 pm

        He was a flawed(who isn’t) but good man with a heart of gold. Too bad he was surrounded by scoundrels and fake friends

  12. paulieD June 19, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Roosh at first I thought you were referring to the Limp Bizkit song lmao. Though it has masculine lyrics, as well.

  13. Scotcho Rouleau June 19, 2018 at 10:20 am

    well, you certainly have put yourself out there, for all the world to see. the patriarchal views you espouse were considered perfectly normal not too long ago. for that, you have opened yourself up to public defamation. so yes, roosh, you have done it your way. respect.

  14. Donnyboy June 19, 2018 at 10:28 am

    The lyrics are strong beyond belief – I prefer Franks version but both are great. I remember a dear friend quoting the line “what is a man- what has he got, if not himself than he is not” in 1979, I was 15 and it left an impression that I’ll never forget..

    1. JPSC June 20, 2018 at 8:38 am

      “if not himself, then he has naught”.

      TFTFY.

  15. Sloane June 19, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    The most masculine song ever is “Like a Man” by none other than the greatest, Lil Wayne.

  16. anon1 June 19, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    hope you can one day speak about the loss you’ve faced the past few years Roosh, i think it will be a cathartic process

  17. Christopher Madden June 20, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Sinatra, hands down. Because Sinatra not only introduced “My Way” but never became a broken-down, pill-addicted joke with hundreds of people imitating him by wearing a fat suit after his death. Elvis fell on his face and didn’t get up AND HE WAS ONLY FORTY-TWO. Sinatra also didn’t crank out one horrible movie after another. “Elvis died when he went in the Army.” John Lennon.

  18. David June 23, 2018 at 11:47 am

    “my way” sounds like todays mgtow plus pussy. mgtows are pussy haters, closet masturbates.

  19. Vulgar Display of Power June 25, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Frank & Elvis, Alpha Male Icons.
    They did it their way!

  20. restless94110 June 26, 2018 at 11:49 am

    I haven’t scanned all of the comments, so don’t know if this has been brought up, but My Way was written by Paul Anka, who was a teen pop singer in the early 60s (and is still alive living in the Monterey area). There is video of Paul doing the song as he still tours the Nevada casinos every once in a while. Anka wrote other songs becoming rich from the royalties. It’s a great song, done by either Elvis, Sinatra, or Anka.

  21. Andrew June 27, 2018 at 4:54 am

    I think Ensiferum – Battle Song is the most masculine song ever created, but I really like this article, you make a compelling argument, and this was definitely one of Sinatra’s best.

    Testosterone fueling music is a must for men!

  22. King Lion June 30, 2018 at 10:34 am

    “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X

    “Rasta MAN is the only REAL man on earth” — My Aunt Gloria

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9OjPQMnY7c

  23. Scuzza Man July 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Now this opening lyric was written by Paul Roberts of Sniff n the Tears sometime before it’s release in 1980. It’s pretty red-pill imho:

    “Got this monkey sitting right on my shoulder:
    ‘Do I respect your ideals?’
    Took out the reason from all that I told ya,
    said, ‘How does it feel?’

    As one immediately divines, it’s a bloke remonstrating with the emotional antics of his woman.

  24. Angel July 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    “My Way” is also one of my fav songs of all time. It’s also one of the most played songs at funerals… I wonder why?

  25. turn2 July 17, 2018 at 2:58 am

    This is a song that’s open to more than one interpretation. Along with the “alpha male: take, it may also be seen as an anti-Christian song. The obsessive emphasis in the lyrics about “my way” sounds similar to occultist Aleister Crowley’s motto: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”, which is a rejection of living one’s life according to God’s Commandments, the _non serviam_ (“I will not serve”) of Lucifer.

    That’s a message that’s been promoted in music and in culture at least since the 1960’s in slogan’s like “do your own thing” and contiunues today. And some of the lyrics might seem point to a self-absorption that has no place for God or others as it’s all about the singer and only the singer: “I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway”, while “To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels” could be taken to sound like a put down of devout believers.

  26. BScrivner August 31, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Oh, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man,
    I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.
    I’m strong to the finich
    Cause I eats me spinach.
    I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.

    I’m one tough Gazookus
    Which hates all Palookas
    Wot ain’t on the up and square.
    I biffs ’em and buffs ’em
    And always out roughs ’em
    But none of ’em gets nowhere….