Anyone but Me
Christy Carlson Romano Lyrics


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Ah, ah, ah yeah yeah

We never seem to get along
You're always right, I'm never wrong
I wish that you could see the way I see it
I say left, you say right
You say day and I say night
You may have your dream but I can't be it

So don't try to change me
'Cause I'm not you

And I walked a mile in your shoes
Learned a lot, I was amused
But I can't be anyone but me
I could change what I wear
Change the color of my hair
But I can't be anyone but me

If you could try to understand, you'd see who I really am
I just want to make my own decisions
You try to make me someone else, but I've got to be myself
Don't want to have to ask for you're permission

So don't try to change me
'Cause I'm not you

And I walked a mile in your shoes
Learned a lot, I was amused
But I can't be anyone but me
I could change what I wear
Change the color of my hair
But I can't be anyone but me

Now that we've found a way to start to be just who we are
It doesn't have to be so hard now that we've come so far
I'm part of you, you're part of me, together we will see
All the missing pieces in this wild crazy mystery

Ah, ah, ah yeah yeah, oh, hey, anyone but me
Ah, ah, ah yeah yeah, anyone but me

I walked a mile in your shoes
Learned a lot, I was amused
But I can't be anyone but me
I could change what I wear
Change the color of my hair
But I can't be anyone but me
No, I can't be anyone but me





Ah, ah, ah yeah yeah, anyone but me, anyone but me
Ah, ah, ah yeah yeah, oh, hey anyone but me

Overall Meaning

Christy Carlson Romano’s song Anyone But Me is a tune about self-identity, the search for one’s individuality, and the difficulties of being true to oneself amidst judgment, expectations, and criticisms. The opening lines, “we never seem to get along, you’re always right, I’m never wrong,” is a reflection of how, at times, society expects one to conform to certain standards and be a certain way, even if it means suppressing one's real identity. The chorus “I can’t be anyone but me” is a declaration of the singer's determination to break free from expectations and live as herself. The song’s message encourages listeners to embrace their individuality and to be confident in being themselves.


The second verse, “If you could try to understand, you'd see who I really am,” shows a desire for mutual understanding and acceptance. The singer wants the person to understand that everyone is different and that this diversity should be celebrated. The bridge, “I'm part of you, you're part of me, together we will see, all the missing pieces in this wild crazy mystery,” emphasizes how being true to oneself contributes to a better and more unified society.


The song's overall message is not to allow others to define who we are and determine how we live. We should all be proud of who we are and seek to make our own decisions for ourselves. We should allow others to embrace their true identities, as well.


Line by Line Meaning

We never seem to get along
Our opinions always clash and we can never agree


You're always right, I'm never wrong
You believe you're always correct while I am always incorrect in your eyes


I wish that you could see the way I see it
I desire for you to understand my view of things


I say left, you say right
I suggest one option, but you propose a conflicting one


You say day and I say night
We have contradictory thoughts and opinions


You may have your dream but I can't be it
Your dream life may not align with what brings me contentment


So don't try to change me
Do not push me to become someone I'm not


'Cause I'm not you
I am my own person and cannot emulate you completely


And I walked a mile in your shoes
I tried to comprehend your point of view and see things from your perspective


Learned a lot, I was amused
I gained knowledge and had a good time while trying to understand you


But I can't be anyone but me
I can only be myself and not someone else


I could change what I wear
I could alter my clothing to match someone else's preference


Change the color of my hair
I could dye my hair to please someone else


But I can't be anyone but me
Ultimately, I must always stay true to myself


If you could try to understand, you'd see who I really am
If you could attempt to grasp my viewpoint, you would see my genuine character


I just want to make my own decisions
I desire the ability to decide for myself


You try to make me someone else, but I've got to be myself
You attempt to alter my identity, but I must remain true to who I am


Don't want to have to ask for you're permission
I don't want to be reliant on your authorization to be myself


Now that we've found a way to start to be just who we are
We have discovered a means to embrace our genuine selves


It doesn't have to be so hard now that we've come so far
Since we have progressed so much, it should no longer be difficult


I'm part of you, you're part of me, together we will see
We are connected, and our collaboration will reveal more to us


All the missing pieces in this wild crazy mystery
Together we will be able to make sense of things and sort out the unknowns


Ah, ah, ah yeah yeah, oh, hey, anyone but me
I prefer to be myself and nobody else


No, I can't be anyone but me
No matter what, I can only be myself


Ah, ah, ah yeah yeah, anyone but me, anyone but me
I don't want to be anyone except who I am




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: BRIDGET BENENATE, MATTHEW GERRARD, MATTHEW R.T. GERRARD

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