Nancy Sinatra, the 76-year-old daughter of Frank Sinatra, is not a huge fan of Donald Trump. The singer and actress has made her feelings clearer in recent weeks after finding out that “My Way,” a song that was popularized by her late dad was selected for the first dance Donald and Melania Trump will share at the inauguration. In a viral tweet, the “Bang Bang” artist reminded the world that the meaning of the song is little darker than it appears.
About two weeks ago, Nancy was asked if her father would have accepted an invitation from Donald Trump to perform at the inauguration. Her answer was epic; she said that the legendary artist would not have supported a bigot.
Frank Sinatra had a stellar record when it comes to advancing the rights of people of color at a time when it was not fashionable. However, he also had some interesting connections with individuals who had a shady reputation. It is not entirely clear what he would have done in this situation. Moreover, the 45th president has been able to blur so many lines that it is hard to pin him down as a bigot.
Nonetheless, Nancy wants him to think about the opening line of the song, “And now, the end is near.” Yes, the song is about forging your own path, but it is also about someone realizing that the end is very close. When seen from that angle, it is a weird choice for an inauguration, which is supposed to mark the beginning of a new era.
Trump critics often depict his upcoming presidency in very tragic and apocalyptic terms, and this song indirectly fits that narrative. Paul Anka wrote the lyrics to the track in 1969. The music is from a French song called “Comme d’habitude” that was performed by Claude François.