My New Theme Song

Band:  The Turtles

Song Title:  “Let Me Be”

Lyrics:

Please don’t mistake me or try to make me
The shadow of anybody else
I ain’t the him or her you think I am
I’m just trying hard to be myself
Oh, society’s goal is to be part of the whole
That may sound good to you, not to me

Let me be, let me be
To think like I want to
Let me be, let me be
That’s all I ask of you
I am what I am and that’s all I ever can be

Don’t try to plan me or understand me
I can’t stand to be understood
I could never give in to or ever live up to
Being like you think I should
I’ve got some inner need which I’m tryin’ to heed
I can’t take hand-me-down destiny

Let me be, let me be,
To think like I want to
Let me be, let me be
That’s all I ask of you
I am what I am and that’s all I ever can be

Don’t try to change me or rearrange me
To satisfy the selfishness of you
I’m not a piece of clay to mold to your moves each day
And I’m not a pawn to be told how to move
I’m sorry I’m not the fool you thought would play by your rules
But to-each-his-own philosophy

Let me be, let me be,
To think like I want to
Let me be, let me be
That’s all I ask of you
I am what I am and that’s all I ever can be

I said that’s all I ever can be
I said that’s all I ever can be
I said that’s all I ever can be

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~ by lastcrazyhorn on October 23, 2008.

One Response to “My New Theme Song”

  1. Would you consider mentioning my newly-published memoir on your blog? I would be happy to exchange blog feeds as well.

    Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio was recently released by The University of Iowa Press.

    The memoir is a history — an American tale — of my fifty year wheelchair journey after being struck by both bulbar and lumbar poliomyelitis after a vaccine accident in 1959. The Press says Seven Wheelchairs gives “readers the unromantic truth about life in a wheelchair, he escapes stereotypes about people with disabilities and moves toward a place where every individual is irreplaceable.”

    Other reviewers have called Seven Wheelchairs “sardonic and blunt,” “a compelling account,” and “powerful and poetic.”

    I hope you can mention Seven Wheelchairs on your blog. We all live different disability stories, I know, but perhaps if you find the memoir worthwhile, you might want to recommend the book to others who are curious about what polio or disability in general.

    Of course, the book is also available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


    Gary Presley http://www.garypresley.com
    SEVEN WHEELCHAIRS: A Life beyond Polio
    Fall 2008 University of Iowa Press

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