Who Sang My Life? Phil Ochs

Phil Ochs Rehearsals for Retirement cover art

Some other versions of "My Life"
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Larry Lee, Maggie Lee
release date: 1969
genres: Rock
styles: Folk Rock/Avantgarde
length: 3:14
My life was once a joy to me,
Never knowing, I was growing, everyday.
My life was once a toy to me,
And I wound it and I found it ran away.
So I raced through the night
with a face at my feet, like a god I would write,
All the melodies were sweet, and the women were white.
It was easy to survive, my life was so alive.
My life was once a flag to me
And I waved it and behaved like I was told.
My life was once a drag to me
And I loudly, and I proudly, lost control
I was drawn by a dream
I was loved by a lie, every serf on the scene
Begged me to buy.
But I slipped through the scheme
So lucky to fail
My life was not for sale.
My life is now a myth to me
Like the drifter, with his laughter in the dawn.
My life is now a death to me
So I'll mold it and I'll hold it till I'm born
So I turned to the land
Where I'm so out of place
Throw a curse on the plan
In return for the grace
To know where I stand
Take everything I own
Take your tap from my phone
And leave my life alone
My life alone.

Vinyl 1
  • 1 Pretty Smart on My Part
  • 2 The Doll House
  • 3 I Kill Therefore I Am
  • 4 William Butler Yeats Visits Lincoln Park and Escapes Unscathed
  • 5 My Life
  • 6 The Scorpion Departs and Never Returns
  • 7 The World Began in Eden and Ended in Los Angeles
  • 8 Doesn't Lenny Live Here Anymore
  • 9 Another Age
  • 10 Rehearsals For Retirement

  • Album Information
    label: A&M Records
    country(area): United States
    format: Vinyl
    script: Latin