3. I Am

INTRODUCTION:

I love this song. For a few different reasons - first of all, it’s an empowering song. Everyone should feel as big as the ocean waves or as tall as the mountains. ALWAYS be as strong as saying goodbye. Secondly, I love singing it. It's a very emotional song, and it's easy to get lost in the music. I love the powerful build up in the bridge, and I love the quiet chorus right afterwards. Strength comes in all forms, and I love showing it in this song. Finally, when I started writing the song, I knew what I wanted, but could not think of the right words. My mom loves to write (and is damn good at it, if I do say so myself), so I texted her looking for metaphors and comparisons for the chorus. I honestly don’t know who came up with what, but it's kind of a collaboration with my mom. Which is awesome. 

LYRICS:

Verse 1: I am soft, but I am strong. 
I am wise, even though I’m young. 
It may seem like you can take me out, 
But you will never break me down. 

Things aren’t always as they seem. 

CHORUS: I am, I am, as fierce as an earthquake shakes. 
I am, I am, as big as the ocean waves. 
I am, I am, as free as walking away. 
I am, I am… Unbreakable. 

Verse 2: Went through hell and made it out alive. 
But you threw a match just to start a fire. 
Now you’re gonna just watch me burn? 
You can watch me leave, maybe then you’ll learn. 

Mmm, it’s gonna hurt. 

CHORUS: I am, I am, as bright as the stars in the sky. 
I am, I am, as tall as the mountains are high. 
I am, I am, as strong as saying goodbye. 
I am, I am… Unbreakable. 

Bridge: You were the first, you were the one, 
But you disappeared when I came undone. 
You couldn’t handle all of my light, 
You were scared of something so alive. 
You ran away from the first thing you felt. 
You could’ve saved me, now I’m saving myself. 
I am as free as walking away. 
I am strong and I will say… 

CHORUS: I am, I am, as fierce as an earthquake shakes.  
I am, I am, as big as the ocean waves.  
I am, I am, as free as walking away.  
I am, I am… Unbreakable.

CHORUS: I am, I am, as bright as the stars in the sky.  
I am, I am, as tall as the mountains are high.  
I am, I am, as strong as saying goodbye.  
I am, I am… Unbreakable. 

LYRIC ANALYSIS:

I am soft, but I am strong.  
I am wise, even though I’m young.
It may seem like you can take me out,  
But you will never break me down.  - I have my weaknesses, but I know enough about life to know you can't break me.

Things aren’t always as they seem.  - I may seem weak, but I'm not.

I am, I am, as fierce as an earthquake shakes.  
I am, I am, as big as the ocean waves.  
I am, I am, as free as walking away.  
I am, I am… Unbreakable.  

Went through hell and made it out alive.
But you threw a match just to start a fire. 
Now you’re gonna just watch me burn?  - I've had some shitty times, and now you come along thinking you can mess with me?
You can watch me leave, maybe then you’ll learn.  - I am stronger and better than that.

Mmm, it’s gonna hurt.  

I am, I am, as bright as the stars in the sky.  
I am, I am, as tall as the mountains are high.  
I am, I am, as strong as saying goodbye.  
I am, I am… Unbreakable.  

You were the first, you were the one,  - I loved you.
But you disappeared when I came undone.  
You couldn’t handle all of my light,  
You were scared of something so alive.  
You ran away from the first thing you felt.  - You couldn't handle my love.
You could’ve saved me, now I’m saving myself.  - I don't need you.
I am as free as walking away.  
I am strong and I will say…  

I am, I am, as fierce as an earthquake shakes.   
I am, I am, as big as the ocean waves.   
I am, I am, as free as walking away.   
I am, I am… Unbreakable. 

I am, I am, as bright as the stars in the sky.   
I am, I am, as tall as the mountains are high.   
I am, I am, as strong as saying goodbye.   
I am, I am… Unbreakable. 

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