The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson song)

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"The Way I Am"
Single by Ingrid Michaelson
from the album Girls and Boys
Released September 18, 2007 (U.S.)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre Indie folk
Length 2:15
Label Cabin 24
Writer(s) Ingrid Michaelson
Producer(s) Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid Michaelson singles chronology
- "The Way I Am"
(2007)
"Be OK"
(2008)

"The Way I Am" is a pop song written by Ingrid Michaelson on her album Girls and Boys.

On September 21, 2007, Michaelson made her network television debut performing the song on Last Call with Carson Daly.

American Idol Season 9 finalist Didi Benami performed a cover of the song on the Top 12 female performances on Tuesday, February 23, 2010.

The song is frequently used as one of the songs used to demo Bose Corporation products due to its deep bass and crisp vocals.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Autumn de Wilde. It depicts Michaelson dancing with a man (played by Greg Laswell,[1] whom Michaelson would later marry) in a gymnasium where everyone present, except for Michaelson, is a clown or mime. Other dancers glare at Michaelson and she runs from the dance to a bathroom, where she uses lipstick to give her reflection the appearance of a clown nose, and then labels herself a "freak." Her dance partner, a clown, has followed her and embraces her when she emerges from the bathroom. They share a kiss and leave together.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #80 on October 4, 2007, and peaked at #37. The single benefited from the exposure through its use in a national television ad campaign for Old Navy sweaters.[3] On the Canadian Hot 100, "The Way I Am" peaked at #51. It has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 51
German Singles Chart [5] 73
US Billboard Hot 100 37
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 15
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 20
Chart (2009) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart [6] 36
German Singles Chart [5] 69

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