I Am What I Am (Merle Haggard album)

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I Am What I Am
Merle Haggard - I Am What I Am - coverart.jpg
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20)
Genre Country
Length 40:25
Label Vanguard
Producer Lou Bradley
Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard chronology
The Bluegrass Sessions
I Am What I Am
Working in Tennessee
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

I Am What I Am is a studio album by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released on April 20, 2010 by Vanguard Records. The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[2]

The final song, “It's Gonna Be Me,” was only released on Amazon.com, despite having received positive review as a song which stands out with a heavy bass line and social-critical lyrics.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Merle Haggard except where noted.

  1. "I've Seen It Go Away" – 3:00
  2. "Pretty When It's New" – 3:12
  3. "Oil Tanker Train" – 3:02
  4. "Live and Love Always" – 2:30
  5. "The Road to My Heart" (Freddy Powers) – 2:50
  6. "How Did You Find Me Here" (M. Haggard, Theresa Lane Haggard) – 3:55
  7. "We're Falling in Love Again" – 3:31
  8. "Bad Actor" (Doug Colosio, M. Haggard, Scott Joss) – 3:28
  9. "Down at the End of the Road" – 3:10
  10. "Stranger in the City" – 2:09
  11. "Mexican Bands" – 3:27
  12. "I Am What I Am" – 2:38
  13. "It's Gonna Be Me" - 3:27 (Amazon Exclusive)


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 77
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[5] 18
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[6] 11


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "I Am What I Am review". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "I Am What I Am Charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Best Music Writing 2010 p240 "One tune, called “It's Gonna Be Me,” stands out with its heavy bass line and lyrics that stake Haggard's claim to singing about what's wrong with the country today. “Who's gonna say the people's mad?” he growls. “Who's gonna say the music's .."
  4. ^ "Merle Haggard – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Merle Haggard.
  5. ^ "Merle Haggard – Chart history" Billboard Top Country Albums for Merle Haggard.
  6. ^ "Merle Haggard – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Merle Haggard.