well lemme tell you the story
bout a girl i know real well
she grew up in the south you see
and lemme tell you it was hell
the messages she heard inside
were really loud and clear
don’t bother trying to be yourself
just say what others want to hear

but when you start to compromise
it’s worse than living in a lie
and i’ve made my choice
and now i want to say

are you gonna take me as i am
gonna take me as i am?
are you gonna take me as i am
gonna take me as i am?
take me…take me honey
take me…take me honey
take me…take me honey
as i am…

we live in a world and fear
and we live in a world of hate
wea are still divided
though we are called the united states
i grew up in confusion
i grew up in the promised land
and i am still divided
but i’m a doin’ the best i can

cause when you start to compromise
it’s worse than living in a lie
and i’ve made my choice
and now i want to say

are you gonna take me as i am
gonna take me as i am?
are you gonna take me as i am
gonna take me as i am?
take me…take me honey
take me…take me honey
take me…take me honey
as i am…

well i stand for anyone
who would read between the lines
and i stand for anyone
whose into changing with the times
i stand for the women
i stand for the men
and i sit down when i get tired
of standing around my friend

are you gonna take me as i am
gonna take me as i am?
are you gonna take me as i am
gonna take me as i am?
take me…take me honey
take me…take me honey
take me…take me honey
as i am…


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