Don't
Tell me what's in
Tell me how to write
Don't tell me how to win this
Fight
Isn't your life
It isn't your right
To take the only thing that's
Mine
Proven over time
It's over your head
Don't try to read between
The Lines
Are clearly defined
Never lose sight of something
You believe in

Takin' in the view from the outside
Feelin' like the underdog
Watchin' through the window I'm on the outside
Living like the underdog

I've been trying
To justify you
In the end I will
Just defy you

To those who understand,
I extend my hand
To the doubtful I demand
Take me as I am
Not under your command,
I know where I stand
I won't change to fit your plan
Take me as I am

As I am

Still
Running uphill
Swimming against the current
I wish I weren't so
Fucked
Feels like I'm stuck,
Lost in a sea of mediocrity
Slow down,
You're thinking too much,
Where is your soul
You cannot touch the way
I play,
Or tell me what to say
You're in the way
Of all that I believe in

Takin' in the view from the outside
Feelin' like the underdog
Watchin' through the window I'm on the outside
Living like the underdog

I've been wasting my breath
On you
Open mind will descend
Upon You

To those who understand,
I extend my hand
To the doubtful I demand
Take me as I am
Not under your command,
I know where I stand
I won't change to fit your plan
Take me as I am

[Guitar/Drum solos]

To those who understand,
I extend my hand
To the doubtful I demand
Take me as I am
Not under your command,
I know where I stand
I won't change to fit your plan
Take me as I am

As I am

Yeah!

As I am



Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Octavarium64

"As I Am" as written by John Petrucci, Michael Portnoy, John Myung, Jordan Rudess

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +3
    General Comment:It's ironic how when this album came out, people were saying "Dream Theater should have done this album differently, should be less heavy, less keyboards, better solos, better songwriting, blah blah blah" when this song is exactly about those kind of people :P
    IdiotequeDanceon April 20, 2004   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:The way I've always seen this song is as sort of a "fuck you" to the music industry. Cookie cutter industry created bands who are just there to sell records (the sea of mediocrity) get all the attention, while bands who actually care about making good music (like Dream Theater) are told to change and be more radio friendly.
    The entire first verse is telling the industry to stop asking them to be more commercial.
    I also take parts of it as telling music critics to stop criticizing progressive music just because they don't understand it.
    TubularLuggageon January 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Perhaps about all the fans who expect another "Images and Words"?
    Thunderbolton April 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Woah, how incredibly not-helpful everyone is. Well, at least Thunderbolt TRIED to help.

    This song is about the record companies cutting up songs to make them more radio-friendly.

    "I won't change to fit your plan, take me as I am"
    "I've been wasting my breath on you"
    This line is actually pretty good. It implies arguement, but also plays on the idea of "Why bother doing this if they're gonna cut it out"

    "You cannot touch
    The way I
    Play
    Or tell me what to say "
    x0p30d3on February 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song is about fighting life, and running up hill and not giving up. I listen to it everytime I run.
    Cassius Killswitchon February 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:If you don't like Dream Theater nor this album, why did you give them 5 stars? :D

    A great "in your face" song for all those who oppose the Kings of Prog. ;)

    Edited by YtseJam on May 26 2004, at 03:31PM

    Idanon April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Basically the whole album was Mike Portnoy's idea. He said that he doesn't want to be like other Prog bands and become soft after the age of 40. So he just tried to be as hard as possible basically. Did DT go over board yea maybe, but i still have SfaM and 6doit.
    RobGarcinon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:ToT is their best album. i'm glad they dropped much of the typical prog cliches and cheesiness and made a good heavy album.
    Disposition_987on January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I really like this song....This song and Through Her Eyes and Hollow Years are the only songs i like...by DT

    ~Vampy
    vampirella666on March 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Oh and something that annoyed me is after the first time they go through

    "To those who understand, I extend my hand
    To the doubtful I demand, take me as I am
    Not under your command, I know where I stand
    I won't change to fit your man, Take me as I am"

    And they sing "As I am" after a bit of guitars...it sounds sooo Metallica-esque it's just scary! :P...
    vampirella666on March 05, 2005   Link

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