“Everything Happens To Me was written in 1940 by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair and was first performed by Sinatra when he was with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
It’s become a standard and has been recorded by everyone from Chet Baker to Ella Fitzgerald. It’s a about a guy having bad luck with his girlfriend.
I love how the song opens:
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 through life just
catchin’ colds and missin’ planes
Everything Happens To Me…
Adair sets up the song perfectly. The listener immediately knows it’s going to be a song about bad luck with a wink and a sense of humor.
Oh, my. They just don’t write song like this anymore. How many songs do you know with the word “mumps” in it? I hope you enjoy this masterpiece.”