Kate Davis went through a long journey to arrive at the place of self-acceptance she sings about in "I Like Myself." A big step was realizing that validation needed to come from herself, not from others, and especially not a boyfriend.
The lyric is a take-off on a 1955 song called "I Like Myself
" written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Gene Kelly introduced the song in the movie It's Always Fair Weather
, but the version Davis remembered is by Blossom Dearie, who sings:He likes me, so I like myself.
If someone wonderful as he is can think I'm wonderful
I must be quite a gal!
In a Songfacts interview with Davis
, she said: "When I was writing and I would get stuck, I would just go back 50 years or more and get inspired by these sentiments and these writing styles and older stories that I could pick out and shine a different light on. So the song went through a big evolution because it started out feeling like you only liked yourself if you were validated by another person, and as I went through more things in my life, I realized that wasn't the way I wanted to live, and it wasn't a way in which I would be empowered, so the only way to help change the narrative in my own life was to literally write it into a song, so I did that."