My Life (Billy Joel song)
|Single by Billy Joel|
|from the album 52nd Street|
|Released||October 28, 1978|
|Length||4:44 (Album Version)
3:50 (Single Version)
|Billy Joel singles chronology|
"My Life" is a song by Billy Joel that first appeared on his 1978 album 52nd Street. A single version was released in the fall of 1978 and reached #2 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. Early the next year it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song begins with drums and electric bass, followed by a keyboard riff. The riff is also used as a fill between verse and chorus sections and is also played at the end. The section order is intro-verse-fill-chorus-bridge-v-f-c-b-solo-c-outro.[original research?]
"My Life" was used as the theme song for the ABC television series Bosom Buddies (1980–82); however due to licensing issues it does not appear on the VHS and DVD releases of the series, nor is it used in the show's syndicated airings; in both cases, it is replaced by a vocal version of the show's closing instrumental theme, "Shake Me Loose", sung by Stephanie Mills.
Single and album edits
The differences between the single and album versions are the following:
- The intro and the interlude that follows are abridged.
- The interludes between the verses and refrains are cut in half.
- The instrumental break that follows the second bridge is deleted, which was done by a very crude razor blade splice, such that drummer Liberty DeVitto's cymbal crash appeared to be audibly severed.
The lyrics borrowed are:
"Got a call from an old friend, used to be real close
Said he couldn't go on the American way
Sold his house, sold his car
Bought a ticket to the West Coast
Now he gives 'em a stand-up routine in L.A."
|Australian Singles Chart||6|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||11|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||27|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||2|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||22|
|Irish Singles Chart||3|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||6|
|South Africa (RISA)||2|
|Spanish Singles Chart||13|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||4|
|UK Singles Chart||12|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||2|
|UK||Silver||1 February 1979||200,000|
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- "Charts.org.nz – Billy Joel – My Life". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- ""My Life" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. January 26, 1979. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- "Billy Joel – My Life – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved 2 September 2008)