Everything Happens to Me
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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Black cats creep across my path
Until I'm almost mad
I must have roused the Devil's wrath
'Cause all my luck is bad
I make a date for golf
And you can bet your life it rains
I try to give a party
But the guy upstairs complains
I guess I'll go thru life
Just catchin' colds and missin' trains
Everything happens to me

I never miss a thing,
I've had the measles and the mumps
And every time I play an ace
My partner always trumps
I guess I'm just a fool
Who never looks before he jumps
Everything happens to me

At first my heart thought
You could break this jinx for me
That love would turn
The trick to end despair
But now I just can't fool
This head that thinks for me
So I've mortgaged
All my castles in the air

I've telegraphed and phoned
Sent an Air Mail Special, too
You answer was goodbye
There was even postage due
I fell in love just once
And then it had to be with you
Everything happens to me

I've never drawn a sweepstake
Or a bank night at a show
I thought perhaps this time
I'd won but Lady Luck said no
And though it breaks my heart
I'm not surprised to see you go
Everything happens to me





Everything happens to me

Overall Meaning

The song "Everything Happens to Me" by Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey tells a story of a man who perceives himself to be unlucky. The lyrics, filled with references to superstitions and misfortunes, suggests that the singer is a victim of a curse. He is plagued by black cats, bad weather, complaints from neighbors, missed appointments, and unsuccessful love affairs. Despite his efforts to change his fate, he seems powerless to escape his bad luck.


The second half of the song shifts the focus to his romantic misfortunes. He had hoped that love would break the spell of his misfortunes, but even that failed him. His attempts to reach out to his beloved are met with rejection, and he resigns himself to his fate with a sense of despair.


On a deeper level, the song can be seen as a reflection of the human condition. It speaks to the universal experience of feeling powerless and victimized by life's circumstances. It suggests that no matter how much we may try to control our fate, we are ultimately subject to the whims of fate.


Line by Line Meaning

Black cats creep across my path
I am superstitious and believe that black cats are bad luck.


Until I'm almost mad
My bad luck drives me crazy.


I must have roused the Devil's wrath
I believe that I have angered the Devil and he is punishing me with bad luck.


'Cause all my luck is bad
I never have good luck; everything always goes wrong for me.


I make a date for golf
I plan to go golfing on a particular day.


And you can bet your life it rains
No matter what, if I plan an outdoor activity, it always seems to rain.


I try to give a party
I attempt to host a social gathering.


But the guy upstairs complains
My upstairs neighbor complains about the noise and ruins the party.


I guess I'll go thru life
It seems like I will have to face life's challenges as they come.


Just catchin' colds and missin' trains
I always seem to get sick and miss my transportation when I have somewhere to be.


Everything happens to me
Overall, I am always facing negative experiences.


I never miss a thing,
I am always alert and aware of everything that happens around me.


I've had the measles and the mumps
I have had many illnesses.


And every time I play an ace
Whenever I have an advantage, something goes wrong.


My partner always trumps
Someone else always ends up winning or has a better outcome than me.


I guess I'm just a fool
I may be naive or make poor decisions.


Who never looks before he jumps
I act impulsively without thinking things through first.


At first my heart thought
Initially I believed that someone or something could change my luck.


You could break this jinx for me
You were the one I hoped would bring me good luck and change my bad fortune.


That love would turn
I believed that love had the power to change my fate.


The trick to end despair
I hoped that love could end my suffering and sadness.


But now I just can't fool
I can no longer deceive myself about the reality of my situation.


This head that thinks for me
My mind has become clear and I am no longer deluding myself.


So I've mortgaged
I have risked everything by putting my faith in this one attempt to break my streak of bad luck.


All my castles in the air
I have invested all my hopes and dreams into this one plan, which may not work out.


I've telegraphed and phoned
I have tried to contact and connect with someone, most likely the person I love.


Sent an Air Mail Special, too
I have tried to communicate my feelings through various means, including sending messages from far away.


You answer was goodbye
The person I wanted to connect with has rejected me and said goodbye.


There was even postage due
I had to pay more than expected for my attempts at communication or connection.


I fell in love just once
Although I have had many negative experiences in life, I have experienced love once.


And then it had to be with you
The one time I was in love was with you, the person who has now rejected me.


Everything happens to me
In the end, I am still unfortunate and everything seems to go wrong.


I've never drawn a sweepstake
I have never won a large prize or lottery.


Or a bank night at a show
I have never won a prize or cash at a performance or event.


I thought perhaps this time
I had hope that maybe, just maybe, I would have a stroke of good luck.


I'd won but Lady Luck said no
But once again, I am disappointed and unlucky; I did not win anything.


And though it breaks my heart
Despite how upsetting it is for me, I am not surprised by my misfortune.


I'm not surprised to see you go
I was not surprised when the person I loved said goodbye, adding to my pile of bad luck.


Everything happens to me
Once again, everything seems to go wrong for me.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Royalty Network, Reservoir Media Management, Inc., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: HOAGY CARMICHAEL, JOHNNY MERCER

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Comments from YouTube:

Andrew Sokol

Love this version of the song.  Much more melancholy than the earlier, shorter version.  And his voice is perfect for it at this stage in his life.  "But pal you don't find rainbows in the bottom of a glass."  Great!

Linda Adams

CHET BAKER version is great ( and even Mr. Hudson and the Library has its merits )

Peter Gerstenzang

Check the version by Chet Baker. Gently funny

charaf eddine kasmi

try chet baker version trust its a lot more blue

Deedeethekingofqns

+Andrew Sokol Yes Andrew you nailed it - and, now I'm chasing rainbows with the losers from the class.

Cool Man

Oh yes! Ole Blue Eyes is a favorite

Laf

My favorite version of this song, by far.

Ronald Carranza

It is definitely one of the best songs ever for me.

Ed P

Good luck pal

Gabriela Ramazzotti

la mejor cancion de Sinatra. Esta version es brillante. Su voz, el tema, hermoso.

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