No.６ I Am What I Am
Lyrics / Composer: Jerry Herman
“La Cage aux Folles” 1983
Feelings for the song
The original is Jean Poiret’s stage play “Mr. Lady Mr. Madam”,
which received the Tony Award in 1984.
Like my favorite Gay’s movie “Torch Song Trilogy”
It ’s painful, but it ’s heartwarming.
On the other hand, this “La Cage au Fall” is
a play style that makes you laugh all the time.
Probably this is the reason for receiving it in Japan
As proof of that, as the role of Zaza
Known as Masachika Ichimura in Japan,
Before him it was Masaomi Kondo
Who is famous actor, not singer.
So it looks like a comedy, not a musical.
I got to know this song in
“Best Musical -4 Knights”
Kojiro Oka sings in a sexy way.
This poem is better than the musical version.
For those who are listening
The possibilities of being pleased expand.
In order to express feelings,
Subtle changes in tempo.
The piano teacher always plays together perfectly.
Thanks her again
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 sparkle and each bangle
Why not see things from a different angle
Your life is a shame
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 aces sometimes the deuces
It’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 dam till you can say
‘Hey, world, I am what I am’