It's My Life (The Animals)

8 JANUARY 1966


The Animals’ excellent ‘It’s My Life’ was still in the UK Top 30. The cool and moody musical arrangement has strange and edgy lyrics that I always thought were about a young poor man setting out to be something of a gigolo for old rich women. After all, Eric Burdon sings about -
‘It’s a hard world, to get a break in
All the good things have been taken
But girl there are ways
To make certain things pay’
He goes on to say -

‘There'll be women and their fortunes
Who just want to mother orphans
Are you gonna cry
When I'm squeezing them dry?
Taking all I can get
No regrets.’
This performance clip from the US show ‘Hullabaloo’ is a bit weird, with women’s head ‘mounted’ on the wall like trophies.

B-side: 'I'm Going to Change the World'
Recorded: 1965
Released: October 1965
Highest chart position: #7 (UK), #23 (US)
Length: 3:09
Label: Columbia (UK), MGM (US)
Writers: Roger Atkins, Carl D'Errico
Producer: Mickie Most

It's My Life (The Animals)

'It's a hard world to get a break in
All the good things have been taken
But girl there are ways
To make certain things pay
Though I'm dressed in these rags
I'll wear sable some day
Hear what I say
I'm gonna ride the serpent
No more time spent sweatin' rent
Hear my command
I'm breakin' loose, it ain't no use
Holdin' me down, stick around

And baby, baby
Remember, remember
It's my life and I'll do what I want
It's my mind and I'll think like I want
Show me I'm wrong, hurt me sometime
But some day I'll treat you real fine

There'll be women and their fortunes
Who just want to mother orphans
Are you gonna cry
While I'm squeezin' them dry
Takin' all I can get, no regrets
When I, openly lie
And live on their money
Believe me honey, that money
Can you believe, I ain't no saint
No complaints
So girl throw out
Any doubt

And baby (baby)
Remember (remember)
It's my life and I'll do what I want
It's my mind and I'll think like I want
Show me I'm wrong, hurt me sometime
But some day I'll treat you real fine

(It's my life and I'll do what I want) Don't push me
(It's my mind and I'll think like I want) It's my life
(It's my life and I'll do what I want) And I can do what I want
(It's my mind and I'll think like I want) You can't tell me
(It's my life and I'll do what I want)'