“My Life” is a song by Billy Joel that first appeared on his 1978 album 52nd Street. A single version was released in the fall of 1978 and reached #2 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. Early the next year it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The melody echoes the ending of Elton John’s 1975 single “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”.The verse about an old friend who “closed the shop, sold the house, bought a ticket to the west coast, now he gives them a stand up routine in LA.” is a reference to comedian Richard Lewis. Chicago members Peter Cetera and Donnie Dacus performed the backing vocals and sang along with Billy Joel during the bridge and in the outro (“Keep it to yourself, it’s my life”). “My Life” was used as the theme song for the television series Bosom Buddies (1980-82), however due to licensing issues it does not appear on the DVD release of the series.