This song is written from the perspective of a singer's significant other. "What about me," she asks. "I'd like to have a song to sing, too."
Songwriters have plenty of opportunities to express themselves, but the subjects of their songs often don't.
Anne Murray's first single, "What About Me" is the title to her 1968 debut album. It failed to chart, but five years later she released a live version that hit the mark, going to #64 in the US. It did even better in Murray's native Canada, where it reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary chart.
Murray recorded the live version, which was included on her 1973 album Danny's Song, in Ottawa, Ontario, at the National Arts Centre.
Joni Mitchell, John Denver, Ian and Sylvia, and Ken Tobias all recorded versions of the song.