MY DAY: I Gotta Be Me

While discussing the perils of romance with a younger friend, I was reminded of a wonderful song I sang my senior year for the very classy, Broadway-style Elwood High School Variety Show.

Over the years, Walter Marks’ music and lyrics have always served as a guideline for how I wish to approach life, and, live it. I forwarded the lyrics to my friend, hoping they can provide some sort if answers to a few of life’s mysteries.

“I Gotta Be Me”
Words & Music by Walter Marks
From the musical, GOLDEN RAINBOW

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

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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