Odd One Out

I Am What I Am

I Am What I Am is the title of a song sung by Dame Shirley Bassey, age 74:

The song was written by Jerry Herman in 1983, an openly gay man. Later the song has been used by the gay pride movement.  

"I am what I am

I am my own special creation.

So come take a look

Give me the hook or the ovation.


Life's not worth a damn till you can say

Hey world, I am what I am.


About Dame Shirley Bassey:

Shirley Bassey, born Jan, 1937, a Welsh singer best known for the themes songs to the James Bond films (e.g. "Goldfinger").

Professionally she has been very successful for more than 5 decades!

In her personal life she has been married twice, and had two daughters of which one of them was found dead in the River Avon in Bristol, England, 1985. She claimed that the death of her daughter wasn't suicide, and for many years the police investigated the case as murder. 


From a live performance at Glastonbury Festival, UK, 2007 (at the age of 70!):