"My Life" as written by Marshall B. Iii Mathers, Adam Levine, Larry Darnell Jr. Griffin, Curtis James Jackson and Herbert Louis Rooney....
Got a call from an old friend we'd used to be real close
Said he couldn't go on the American way
Closed the shop, sold the house, bought a ticket to the west coast
Now he gives them a stand-up routine in L.A.

I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm alright
I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home
I don't care what you say anymore this is my life
Go ahead with your own life leave me alone

I never said you had to offer me a second chance
I never said I was a victim of circumstance
I still belong
Don't get me wrong
And you can speak your mind
But not on my time

They will tell you you can't sleep alone in a strange place
Then they'll tell you can't sleep with somebody else
Ah but sooner or later you sleep in your own space
Either way it's O.K. you wake up with yourself

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"My Life" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentThe guy who moves to Hollywood at the start of the song is Billy Joel, who moved to Hollywood for a couple years, then moved back to New York. During his stay in LA he was a lounge singer/pianist, and this is much of the basis for "Piano Man." Except in this song he's not a lounge singer but a comedian.
    Vozzyon May 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it's easy to see that Billy is writing the song about personal freedom - don't let anyone or anything control your life.

    "I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life"

    This is what the song is all about right here. "Don't tell me what to do, I'll do what I want" is basically what he is saying.

    I think that the rebellion could be directed towards many things, such as a boss, wife, family, or even the seemingly inevitable protocol all people follow in their adulthood - routine. I can easily relate to all of these things - after sticking with one thing for so long, it's hard to resist from stopping and doing something else. After all, it's "My Life". Do what makes you happy.
    Marcisbackon December 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOkay, I'm going through something that this song fits perfectly.

    But, i think I'm getting a different feeling from it than the previous posts. It seems almost satirical, in my opinion. "This is my life" is very obviously sayingjust what it says. But the whole idea of not needing anyone but yourself.. We are social creatures by nature, we do need other people, whether we believe it all of the time or not.

    It is a song about a friend, a very good friend. Sometimes, friends know you better than anyone and you don't want to hear what they say when they tell you that youare wrong. I think he's trying to remind us of that. We may not want to hear it, and we may be angry. But we have to get past thinking that or else we'll be singing songs like this for the rest of our lives.
    sirrahsaraon May 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a great one to listen to when you're fired up!
    freddysgirlon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGot a call from an old friend
    "We used to be real close
    Said he couldn't go on the American way
    Closed the shop, sold the house
    Bought a ticket to the West Coast
    Now he gives them a stand-up routine in L.A."

    Maybe it's about someone who lost there rural roots and sold there soul to Hollywood.

    I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm alright
    I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home
    I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life
    Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone

    Possibly about how people leave there birthplace and expect there birthplace to follow (ie:old friends)
    JoshFon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song brings trears to my eyes, everyone should listen to this song jsut to see if it fits there life, some times i just dont like to be bothered, once i say something once dont ask me again, because i never told anyone i need a second chance, and it is true, no matter what sooner or later we will be sleeping in our own place 6 ft under the ground, no body should be able to tell any one when its time to come home. JUST GO ON WITH YOUR OWN LIFE.
    PATIENCEon October 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis always reminds me of my parents and my brothers thinking they will have to bail me out if i take a chance and do something i love. I feel it is a song sung to parents about taking a shot, or maybe failing and talking to the told you so's, saying hey, I don't have to give up even if I fail.
    freddysgirlon October 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis may sound crazy, but I always thought that the line "now he gives them the stand up routine in LA" may have been a reference to Jerry Seinfeld. In 1978 Jerry Seinfeld was just starting to become a comic and the fact they they both grew up on Long island is interesting. Then in 2000 Jerry bought Billy's house in the Hamptons. Have no hard proof of this, but it is interesting.
    Fein Messon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song; a couple of years ago, I would play it whenever my parents pissed me off. I always thought it was about adults or authority figures trying to run your life for you, and you just want them to go away so you can do what you want.
    lilamishgirl26on March 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbossum buddies
    Rodman1977on March 17, 2005   Link

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