The Way I Am

Ingrid Michaelson

About The Way I Am

"The Way I Am" is a song written by Ingrid Michaelson on her album Girls and Boys. On September 21, 2007, Michaelson made her network television debut performing the song on Last Call with Carson Daly. Caroline Pennell sang the song on the fifth season of The Voice in the knockout rounds, winning widespread fame, and was deemed the front runner of the show with her performance. American Idol Season 9 finalist Didi Benami performed a cover of the song on the Top 12 female performances on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. The song is frequently used to demonstrate Bose Corporation products due to its deep bass and crisp vocals. 


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If you were falling, then I would catch you
You need a light, I'd find a match
'Cause I love the way you say good morning
And you take me the way I am

If you are chilly, here take my sweater
Your head is aching, I'll make it better
'Cause I love the way you call me baby
And you take me the way I am

I'd buy you Rogaine
When you start losing all your hair
Sew on patches to all you tear

'Cause I love you more than
I could ever promise
And you take me the way I am
You take me the way I am
You take me the way I am

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Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Ellen Egbert Michaelson (born December 8, 1979) is a New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter. Her music has been featured in episodes of several popular television shows, including The Vampire Diaries, Scrubs, Body of Proof, Bones, Grey's AnatomyThe Big C, In Plain Sight, and One Tree Hill, as well as in Old Navy's fall 2007 Fair Isle and Opel's/Vauxhall's Meriva 2010 advertising campaigns. She is known for being an independent artist and never signing to a major record label, despite achieving a large amount of popularity. more »

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Written by: Ingrid Michaelson

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10 facts about this song

Song Release
"The Way I Am" is a song by American singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. The song was released on May 29, 2007.
Chart Performance
The song climbed the Billboard chart and peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100. This marked Michaelson's first entry on the Hot 100.
Album Information
The song appears on Michaelson's second album, "Girls and Boys." The album was released in 2006, then re-released by a major label in 2007.
Song Composition
Michaelson wrote the entire song herself, which showcases her songwriting talents. The song’s melody is built around a prominent ukulele riff.
Television Features
"The Way I Am" received significant media exposure through television. It was featured in an Old Navy commercial and was used in several popular TV series, including "Grey's Anatomy."
Live Performances
Ingrid has performed this song in numerous live performances, including on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2007.
Song Theme
The song is a tribute to unconditional love and acceptance. The lyrics express the idea of taking someone just "the way they are," with all their flaws and imperfections.
Cultural Impact
"The Way I Am" is known as Ingrid Michaelson’s break-out hit. The song's popularity helped to launch her music career.
Music Video
A music video for "The Way I Am" was released, which features Michaelson knitting a long scarf which transforms into different objects such as a raincloud and a tree.
Song Reviews
The song has received mostly positive reviews from music critics. It was praised for its catchy melody and its honest, intimate lyrics.

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