The Way I Am (Merle Haggard song)

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"The Way I Am"
Single by Merle Haggard
from the album The Way I Am
B-side "Wake Up"
Released March 15, 1980
Genre Country
Length 2:56
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Sonny Throckmorton
Producer(s) Fuzzy Owen
Don Gant
Porter Wagoner
Merle Haggard singles chronology
"My Own Kind of Hat"
"The Way I Am"
"Bar Room Buddies"

"The Way I Am" is a song written by Sonny Throckmorton, and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released in March 1980 as the first single and title track from his album The Way I Am. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart[1] and number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Cover versions[edit]

"The Way I Am"
Song by Alan Jackson
from the album Under the Influence
Released October 26, 1999
Genre Country
Length 3:05
Label Arista Nashville
Songwriter(s) Sonny Throckmorton
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Under the Influence track listing
"She Just Started Liking Cheatin' Songs"
"The Way I Am"
"It Must Be Love"
Preceded by
"It's Like We Never Said Goodbye"
by Crystal Gayle
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 17-May 24, 1980
Succeeded by
"Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer"
by Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes