Gavin DeGraw Spoke To Me – I Don’t Want To Be

Gavin DeGraw - Chariot Stripped (2004)Doing some work this morning and this one came across the iPod shuffle and it compelled me to write a quick post.  Believe it or not, I’m a pretty introspective person.  I’m guessing this is why I’m such a big lyrics guy.

Like everyone else, I’ve always got a ton of shit going on in my life, and if you follow me here you know that my family means everything to me.  I often find myself sitting thinking about how I can make things better for my beautiful Wife and perfect kids.  I was working away and this song came on and I just stopped doing what I was doing and listened for a few minutes.

I don’t want to be anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately.  Dad, husband and friend.  That’s the perfect amount of me.

This particular version of I Don’t Want To Be comes from the 2004 album Chariot – Stripped by Gavin DeGraw.  It was a re-release of his 2003 album Chariot and inclues some additional tracks which are pretty outstanding.  If you’ve never heard it I’d highly suggest it.  And make sure you listen to the lyrics!

“I Don’t Want To Be”

I don’t need to be anything other
Than a prison guard’s son
I don’t need to be anything other
Than a specialist’s son
I don’t have to be anyone other
Than the birth of two souls in one
Part of where I’m going, is knowing where I’m coming from

[Chorus:]
I don’t want to be
Anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind
I’m tired of looking ’round rooms
Wondering what I’ve got to do
Or who I’m supposed to be
I don’t want to be anything other than me

I’m surrounded by liars everywhere I turn
I’m surrounded by imposters everywhere I turn
I’m surrounded by identity crisis everywhere I turn
Am I the only one who noticed?
I can’t be the only one who’s learned!

[Chorus]

Can I have everyone’s attention please?
If you’re not like this and that, you’re gonna have to leave
I came from the mountain
The crust of creation
My whole situation-made from clay to stone
And now I’m telling everybody

[Chorus]

I don’t want to be [x4]

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