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It's My Life

by

The Animals



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Animals lead singer Eric Burden sings about how he's going to go from "Rags to Sable," meaning he'll do what it takes to make it.
This was written by Carl D'Errico (music), and Roger Atkins (lyrics). The duo were at the time working for Screen Gems Music, part of the the New York City music scene that included the Brill Building. "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" (Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) and "Don't Bring Me Down" (Gerry Goffin and Carole King) were also hits for the Animals, which originated from the Brill Building songwriting scene.
Carl D'Errico: "'It's My Life" came about when Mickie Most, the producer of The Animals, said he was looking for songs for the group. The writers got busy writing and then handed in their acetates and there was a tall stack of them waiting for Mickie when he came in from London. Three of the songs in that stack were "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "Don't Bring Me Down" and "It's My Life." Actually, the melody for "It's My Life" was the second one that I wrote for it. When I played the first one for Emil, he said that it didn't have enough punch and it was the wrong groove, so I rewrote it. After the rewrite everyone knew it was a hit. Some of the writers would play their songs for one another to get feedback - we used these small rooms with pianos in them, so people would hop around and check out what was happening next door." (Courtesy: www.spectropop.com. Thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)
The Animals recorded this when they were touring America in 1965.
Burden recorded a new version of this as a solo artist in 1974.
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Comments (11):

I must set the record straight about 2 lines of the chorus. Eric, and almost everyone since, has sung lines that make no sense,"Show me I'm wrong, hurt me sometime, but someday I'll treat you so fine.." The correct lines are, "Sure I'll do wrong, hurt you sometime, but someday I'll treat you so fine.." Also, in the first verse Eric sings, "Though I'm drssed in these rags I'll wear sable someday." The correct line is, "Though I'm dressed in these rags I'll flash labels someday."
- Roger, Thousand Oaks, CA
Bravo Ivy in Valinda, CA! It took years for my friends and I in Chicago in the 70's to figure that final line, "So girl throw out any doubt" (musicians, teachers, a journalist and a musicologist now).
- Ross, New York, NY
I was wondering if this song was in response to a movie script. It's about a gigolo. The lyrics are brutal. I saw a lot of that while working security in Tiffany's and other jewelry stores in San Francisco. Some young guy with some old cow. Money blinds everybody.....
- don, pittsburg, CA
what a great sing along song !
- Ben, whittier, CA
I've seen Eric in concert twice in my life. He rules!
- Cameron, Irvine, CA
Oh' one more. The phrase "And leave only money"

Is "And live on their money"

I hope this helps : )
- Ivy, Valinda, CA
"There'll be women and their fortunes/Who just WANT TO MOTHER ORPHANS/Are you going to cry/When I'm SQUEEZIN' THEM DRY/Taking all I can get, no regrets, when I openly lie..

Indeed, this is the correct phrase : )

Also the last phrase of this verse is incorrect
" So girl go out Hand it out"

Should read, "So girl throw out any doubt"
I turned in these corrections about three weeks ago?
- Ivy, Valinda, CA
"There are women and their fortunes who just won't do"(?) Try singing that. It doesn't even rhyme! Eric actually says: "There'll be women and their fortunes/Who just WANT TO MOTHER ORPHANS/Are you going to cry/When I'm SQUEEZIN' THEM DRY/Taking all I can get, no regrets, when I openly lie..."
- Joe, San Diego, CA
- Joe, San Diego, CA
I met Eric Burdon Backstage in Ventura Calif. One big acid trip but the dude could still wail.
- Tom, Fillmore, CA
OMG I loved this song when I was 16
- Deana, Indianapolis, IN
Teenybopper Truth is Stranger than Fiction Tale- The Animals were the "warm up band" for Herman's Hermits on US tour in the sixties!!!!!! YOIKS! I saw them perform in Chicago together... possibly at McCormick place--- I mean this is going waaay back to my very first concert. I was amazed how short Eric Burdon is- but he can belt it out, for sure. Big sound... regardless. Sharon - now in Florida
- sharon, daytona, FL
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