The Way I Am

Album: Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Charted: 8 58
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  • Man, whatever
    Dre just let it run
    Ayo, turn the beat up a little bit
    Ayo, this song is for anyone
    Fuck it, just shut up and listen, ayo

    I sit back with this pack of Zig-Zag's and this bag
    Of this weed, it gives me the shit needed to be
    The most meanest MC on this—on this Earth
    And since birth I've been cursed with this curse to just curse
    And just blurt this berserk and bizarre shit that works
    And it sells and it helps in itself to relieve all this tension
    Dispensing these sentences, getting this stress
    That's been eating me recently off of this chest
    And I rest again peacefully
    But at least have the decency in you
    To leave me alone, when you freaks see me out
    In the streets when I'm eating or feeding my daughter
    To not come and speak to me, I don't know you
    And no, I don't owe you a mothafuckin' thing
    I'm not Mr. N'Sync, I'm not what your friends think
    I'm not Mr. Friendly, I can be a prick if you tempt me
    My tank is on empty, no patience is in me
    And if you offend me, I'm lifting you ten feet in the air
    I don't care who was there and who saw me just jaw you
    Go call you a lawyer, file you a lawsuit
    I'll smile in the courtroom and buy you a wardrobe
    I'm tired of all you, I don't mean to be mean
    But that's all I can be, it's just me

    And I am whatever you say I am
    If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?
    In the paper, the news, every day I am
    Radio won't even play my jam
    'Cause I am whatever you say I am
    If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?
    In the paper, the news, every day I am
    I don't know, it's just the way I am

    Sometimes I just feel like my father
    I hate to be bothered with all of this nonsense
    It's constant, and, "Oh, it's his lyrical content
    The song 'Guilty Conscience' has gotten such rotten responses."
    And all of this controversy circles me
    And it seems like the media immediately points a finger at me
    So I point one back at 'em, but not the index or pinkie
    Or the ring or the thumb, it's the one you put up
    When you don't give a fuck, when you won't just put up
    With the bullshit they pull, 'cause they full of shit too
    When a dude's getting bullied and shoots up his school
    And they blame it on Marilyn and the heroin
    Where were the parents at? And look where it's at!
    Middle America, now it's a tragedy
    Now it's so sad to see, an upper-class city havin' this happening
    Then attack Eminem 'cause I rap this way
    But I'm glad, 'cause they feed me the fuel that I need
    For the fire to burn, and it's burning, and I have returned

    And I am whatever you say I am
    If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?
    In the paper, the news, every day I am
    Radio won't even play my jam
    'Cause I am whatever you say I am
    If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?
    In the paper, the news, every day I am
    I don't know, it's just the way I am

    I'm so sick and tired of being admired
    That I wish that I would just die or get fired
    And dropped from my label, let's stop with the fables
    I'm not gonna be able to top on "My Name Is"
    And pigeon-holed into some poppy sensation
    To cop me rotation at rock-n-roll stations
    And I just do not got the patience
    To deal with these cocky Caucasians
    Who think I'm some wigger who just tries to be black
    'Cause I talk with an accent and grab on my balls
    So they always keep asking the same fucking questions
    What school did I go to, what hood I grew up in
    The why, the who, what, when, the where and the how
    'Til I'm grabbing my hair and I'm tearin' it out
    'Cause they driving me crazy, I can't take it
    I'm racin', I'm pacin', I stand and I sit
    And I'm thankful for every fan that I get
    But I can't take a shit
    In the bathroom without someone standing by it
    No, I won't sign you an autograph
    You can call me an asshole, I'm glad

    'Cause I am whatever you say I am
    If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?
    In the paper, the news, every day I am
    Radio won't even play my jam
    'Cause I am whatever you say I am
    If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?
    In the paper, the news, every day I am
    I don't know, it's just the way I amWriter/s: Marshall B Mathers
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 6

  • Michael from Las Cruces, Nm@Vince: Dude, that was amazing. xD
  • Star from Hollister, Ca"I'm not gonna be able to top on "My Name is... "
    This song was his response to the record company who was pressuring him to make another funny song similar to his first hit single 'My Name Is'. Shortly after he made this song he came up with a similar song, "The Real Slim Shady". The pattern has continued with some of his latter albums where he picks more humorous songs as the first singles/music videos from his albums: "Without Me", "Just Lose It", and "We Made You".

    This pattern also shows up on the D12 albums as well: "Purple Pills" (called 'Purple Hills' on TV/radio) and "My Band".
  • Sean from Denver, CoHe uses the same tune from this song in "Kim"
  • Vince from Tucson, AzI can't tell if Cortney is being sarcastic or is just very shallow. I could easily go get a friend, have him go on some insane guitar solo, then scream random syllables into a mic, but that would be far from good music.
  • Marla from Los Angeles, Ca"when a dude's getting bullied and shoots up the school, and they blame it on Marilyn..."
    He refers to the Columbine shootings, where the media blamed it on Marilyn Manson, even though both shooters had said that they HATED Marilyn's music and didn't listen to it. The only reason they blamed Marilyn is because the guys had worn trench-coats a few times...completely stupid.
  • Cortney from Grand Junction, CoEminem made a remix of this song with my personal hero,Marilyn Manson!It is alot better because ther is some elec. guitars and screaming and,well,that always makes a song better!Dont you think?
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