I have to live with myself, and so, I want to be fit for myself to know, I want to be able, so days go by Always to look myself straight in the eye.
I don't want to stand with the setting sun, Hating myself for the things I've done, I don't want to keep on the closet shelf, A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go Thinking that nobody else will know The kind of person I really am. I don't want to dress up myself in shame.
I want to go out with my head erect, I want to deserve all men's respect; For here in the struggle for fame and self, I want to be able to like myself.
I don't want to look at myself and know That I'm bluster, bluff and an empty show. I do what others may never know, I see what others may never see, and so, Whatever happens, I want to be Self respecting and conscience free.