I Gotta Be Me



Here's a tune originally meant for a Broadway sequel in the late sixties. Eventually Berry Gordy gave it to Sammy Davis Jr(listen to it Here). Michael Jackson among a handful of Motown roosters have covered it ever since. But no one came close to how Sammy did it.

 I can understand why Michael's version never made the final selection of "Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5". If only Motown waited until puberty.



I Gotta Be Me Lyrics


Whether I'm right or whether I'm wrong
Whether I find a place in this world or never belong
I gotta be me, I've gotta be me
What else can I be but what I am

I want to live, not merely survive
And I won't give up this dream
Of life that keeps me alive
I gotta be me, I gotta be me
The dream that I see makes me what I am

That far-away prize, a world of success
Is waiting for me if I heed the call
I won't settle down, won't settle for less
As long as there's a chance that I can have it all

I'll go it alone, that's how it must be
I can't be right for somebody else
If I'm not right for me
I gotta be free, I've gotta be free
Daring to try, to do it or die
I've gotta be me

I'll go it alone, that's how it must be
I can't be right for somebody else
If I'm not right for me
I gotta be free, I just gotta be free
Daring to try, to do it or die
I gotta be me

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