It's My Way

Album: It's My Way! (1964)

Songfacts®:

  • When Canadian-born singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie emerged on the folk scene with her debut album in 1964, she was determined to do things her way - a sentiment she expressed on the title track. In a career that's spanned more than 50 years, the singer-songwriter has certainly followed her own path, singing protest songs about the mistreatment of Native Americans but refusing to fit the "Pocahontas with a guitar" stereotype, and bucking "sellout" outcries from the folk community by co-writing pop songs like "Up Where We Belong."
  • In 2015, Sainte-Marie included this on her album Power In The Blood. She explained how the song has remained relevant half a century after its release: "The song still works and the message of finding your own uniqueness and being your own mutation is still relevant. In this world of drones and robots and corporate jobs, people don't get much encouragement to be the something new that only each one of us can be."
  • America was in the grip of Beatlemania in 1964, the same year the Fab Four landed in the States and gave their iconic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Yet it was Buffy Sainte-Marie, whose debut folk album didn't even make the charts, who was named Best New Artist by Billboard magazine.

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