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joan baez – a mi manera (my way) 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 travelled 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
did what i had to do
and saw it through without exemption
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!