Gloria Gaynor - I Am What I Am

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I Am What I Am

I am what I am,
I am my own special creation.
So come take a look,
Give me the hook or the ovation.
 
It’s my world
That I want to have a little pride in.
My world
And it’s not a place I have to hide in.
Life’s not worth a damn till you can say:
I am what I am!
 
I am what I am.
I don’t want praise, I don’t want pity.
I bang my own drum,
Some think it’s noise, I think it’s pretty.
 
And so what if I love each sparkle and each bangle?
Why not try to see things from a different angle?
Your life is a sham,
Till you can shout out:
I am what I am!
 
I am what I am,
And what I am needs no excuses.
I deal my own deck,
Sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces.
 
It’s one life and there’s no return and no deposit.
One life, so it’s time to open up your closet.
Life’s not worth a damn,
Till you can shout out:
I am what I am!
I am what I am!
 
I am what I am!
(×7)
 
I am what I am,
And what I am needs no excuses.
I deal my own deck,
Sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces.
 
It’s my life
That I want to have a little pride in.
My life
And it’s not a place I have to hide in.
Life’s not worth a damn,
Till you can shout out:
I am what I am!
 
I am, I am, I am useful!
I am, I am, I am true!
I am, I am, somebody!
I am as good as you!
I am what I am!
I am what I am!
 
I am, I am good!
I am, I am strong!
I am, I am worthy!
And I do belong!
I am what I am…
 
Submitted by Joutsenpoika on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 13:31
Last edited by Joutsenpoika on Mon, 22/01/2018 - 13:16
Submitter's comments:

Originally composed by Jerry Herman in 1983 for the musical play La Cage aux folles, based on the French theater play of the same name by Jean Poiret (1973).

Covered by Gloria Gaynor in 1983.

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