Song of the Day: Charlie Puth, “The Way I Am”

Today’s assignment is "A Love Song to Yourself," and I had no idea what to do with it, so I DuckDuckGoed "love songs to self" and came up with this. The song is "The Way I Am," from 2018, written by singer-songwriter Charlie Puth and Jacob Kasher, from his second album, Voicenotes. The song reached #9 on the Adult Top 40 and #61 on the Hot 100. Wikipedia tells us

In an interview with Genius, Puth explained the meaning behind the song, saying: "I was known for who I was dating more than my music. People were forgetting that I was actually a singer. And that was not good and multiple people told me that wasn’t good. I worked too hard to have that reputation. So I just like a slight steer to the left and brought it back to the music. I honestly feel better mentally than I ever have in my life."

I’ve been there at various points in my life, where I needed to get back to who and what I was. After my stroke, I didn’t write for a good four years, until finally I said, "you know? I think I need to get back to that," because I was tired of being the guy that survived a stroke. That’s when I started the blog.

The lyrics, from AZLyrics:

Maybe Imma get a little anxious
Maybe Imma get a little shy
Cuz everybody’s trying to be famous
And I’m just trying to find a place to hide

All I wanna do is just hold somebody
But no one ever wants to get to know somebody
I don’t even know how to explain this
I don’t even think I’m gonna try

And that’s OK
I promise myself one day

Imma tell em’ all
Imma tell em’ all that
You could either hate me or love me
But that’s just the way I am
Imma tell em’ all
Imma tell em’ all that
You could either hate me or love me
But that’s just the way I am

That’s just the way I am
That’s just the way I am
That’s just the way I am
That’s just the way I am

Maybe Imma get a little nervous
Maybe I don’t go out anymore
Feeling like I really don’t deserve this
Life ain’t nothing like it was before

Cuz all I wanna do is just hold somebody
But no one ever wants to get to know somebody
If you go and look under the surface
Baby I’m a little insecure

And that’s OK
I promise myself one day

Imma tell em’ all
Imma tell em’ all that
You could either hate me or love me
But that’s just the way I am
Imma tell em’ all
Imma tell em’ all that
You could either hate me (hate me) or love me (love me)
But that’s just the way I am

That’s just the way I am (I am)
That’s just the way I am (I am)
That’s just the way I am
That’s just the way I am

Imma tell em’ all
Imma tell em’ all that
You could either hate me (hate me) or love me (love me)
But that’s just the way I am, am, a-a-a-a-am
Yeah, this is what you wanted
Oh, this is what you wanted
I am, am, a-a-a-a-am
Yeah, this is what you wanted
Oh, this is what you wanted all along

Everybody’s trying to be famous
And I’m just trying to find a place to hide

Imma tell em’ all
Imma tell em’ all that
You could either hate me or love me
But that’s just the way I am
Imma tell em’ all
Imma tell em’ all that
You could either hate me (hate me) or love me (love me)
But that’s just the way I am

That’s just the way I am (Maybe Imma get a little anxious)
That’s just the way I am (Maybe Imma get a little scared)
That’s just the way I am (Cuz everybody’s trying to be famous)
That’s just the way I am

Imma tell em’ all (That’s just the way I am)
Imma tell em’ all that (That’s just the way I am)
You could either hate me or love me (That’s just the way I am)
But that’s just the way I am

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Charlie Puth, “The Way I Am”

  1. I never heard of this kid nor the song. It may not be my favourite but it seems to fit you especially once you picked yourself up after the stroke. I think “I will Survive” is a song that comes to mind for myself.

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