Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Frank Sinatra: That's life




















Written by: Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon
Recorded: October 18, 1966-November 18, 1966
Released: 1966

The song and album hit number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart soon after its release.

It aptly describes in colorful language of the day the travails of being human in a world the rewards winners and punishes losers. Although it is faintly optimistic, in keeping with American-type optimism of the era, it also speaks about how some take  perverse pleasure in "stompin' on a dream."

The more things change, they remain the same. It's a life of ups and downs, a continual fight to stay on top, in a sort of neo-Darwinian struggle for the survival of the fittest. The weak just roll themselves "up in a big ball and die," both figuratively and literally.

That's Life: 1966

 That's Life

 That's life, that's what all the people say.
You're riding high in April,
Shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune,
When I'm back on top, back on top in June.

I said that's life, and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks,
Stompin' on a dream
But I don't let it, let it get me down,
'Cause this fine ol' world it keeps spinning around

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king.
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself, flat on my face,
I pick myself up and get back in the race.

That's life
I tell ya, I can't deny it,
I thought of quitting baby,
But my heart just ain't gonna buy it.
And if I didn't think it was worth one single try,
I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king.
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself laying flat on my face,
I just pick myself up and get back in the race

That's life
That's life and I can't deny it
Many times I thought of cutting out
But my heart won't buy it
But if there's nothing shakin' come this here July
I'm gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die
My, My