Let Me Be Myself

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"Let Me Be Myself"
Single by 3 Doors Down
from the album 3 Doors Down
Released December 2, 2008 (radio)
Recorded 2007 in Houston and Tokyo
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 3:48
Label Universal Records
Republic Records
Writer(s) Brad Arnold, Chris Henderson, Matt Roberts, Todd Harrell
3 Doors Down singles chronology
"Train"
(2008)
"Let Me Be Myself"
(2008)
"The Champion in Me
(2008)

"Let Me Be Myself" is the second main single (fourth, counting the promo singles "Citizen/Soldier" and "Train") by rock band 3 Doors Down from their eponymous fourth studio album. The song was released on December 2, 2008.[1] The song is a power ballad, similar to previous hits by the band, "Be Like That" and "Here Without You".

Song meaning[edit]

Lead singer, Brad Arnold, said the song has a lot of meaning to him personally, and cited it as his favorite track from the album. During a performance of the song on the famous New York City rock station, K-Rock, he stated that the song "is about just be yourself, without thinking in what the people say".

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song is an incorporation of GEICO's cavemen. The music video follows around the GEICO caveman, who runs away from a party after not fitting in. Throughout the video, he is constantly approached by humans whom he pushes away. At the end of the video he meets up with several other caveman at the local bowling alley where he finally relaxes and has a good time. The video also includes actor Michael Raymond-James from True Blood.

The music video was preceded by about a month by a GEICO commercial featuring the song along with a scene reminiscent of the last scene of the music video. The commercials, however, ended differently in that the Caveman became depressed when he saw that the bowling alley's pinsetter was sponsored by GEICO, and prominently displayed their slogan "So Easy A Caveman Can Do It." The music video ended on a happier note and does not feature the GEICO logo at all.

Chart performance[edit]

"Let Me Be Myself" has debuted at #38 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart and so far, the song reach the half of the chart of the Adult 40 Tracks, even being a radio single only. The song peaked, until now, at #12, and is becoming a success, climbing every week. The song has also reached as high as 4# on the Hot AC Recurrent Chart.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 29
German Singles Chart 41
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[3] 21
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs[4] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ CHR Available for Airplay FMQB.com. Accessed November 13, 2008
  2. ^ Billboard.com
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]

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