Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

"I Am What I Am", John Barrowman

John Barrowman also sang this number at the London Palladium back in November 2011. It is his anthem. His performance of the number, and the passion and feeling behind it, blew me away. The song is, and always has been, a real inspiration to me, and I back the lyrics 100%. John says that this song is about being proud "of who you are, and what you do and what you look like".

Photo credit: http://greginhollywood.com/afternoon-greg-two-spirits-is-a-moving-outfest-film-john-barrowman-dazzles-in-drag-8484

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

"I am what I am" is a song originally introduced in the Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles. The song is the finale number of the musical's first act and performed by the character of Albin Mougeotte. The song was composed in 1983 by Jerry Herman, an openly gay man. "I am what I am" has become a rallying cry of the Gay Pride movement.

Lyrics reproduced in full:

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
'Til you can say, "Hey world, 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 feather and each spangle,
Why not try to see things from a different angle?
Your life is a sham 'til you can shout out loud
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.
There's one life, and it's no return and no deposit;
One life, so it's time to open up your closet.
Life's not worth a damn 'til you can say,
"Hey world, I am what I am!".
Tags: big society, music, politics, random, theatre
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