I am what I am, I don't want praise, I don't want pity
I bang my own drum, some say 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 till 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 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 say "Hey, world,
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 good and new.
Yes, I am what I am!