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[Verse 1:]
She's been down and out
She's been wrote about
She's been talked about, constantly
She's been up and down
She's been pushed around
But they held her down, NYC
She has no regrets
She accepts the past
All these things they
Helped to make she
She's been lost and found
And she's still around
There's a reason for everything
(Yeah)

You know I've been holdin on.
Try to make me weak,
But I still stay strong.
Put my life all up in these songs
Jus so you can feel me.
So you can get the real me

[Chorus:]
So take me as I am, (take me as I am)
Or have nothing at all. (nothing at all)
Just take me as I am,
Or have nothing at all. (nothing at all)

[Verse 2:]
Now she's older now
Yes, she's wiser now
Can't disguise her now
She don't need
No one tellin her
What to do and say
No one tellin her
Who to be
She's on solid ground
She's been lost and found
Now, she answers to G-O-D
And she's confident
This is not the end
Ask me how I know
Cause she is me. (yeah)

You know I've been holdin on. (I've been holdin on)
Try to make me weak,
But I still stay strong. (stay strong)
Put my life all up in these songs
Jus so you can feel me.
So you can get the real me

[Chorus:]
So take me as I am,
Or have nothing at all. (at all)
Just take me as I am, (as I am)
Or have nothing at all. (this is me, this is me)

[Bridge: 2x]
So it's all or nothing at all,
All or nothing at all
Don't you know I can only be me.
(I can only be me, yeah I can only be me.) [x2]

[Chorus:]
So take me as I am,
Or have nothing at all.
Just take me as I am,
Or have nothing at all.

Take me as I am.
Take me as I am.
Said it's all or nothing at all
Said it's all or nothing at all

Just take me as I am,
Or have nothing at all. (This is me)
Just take me as I am, (take me as I am)
Or have nothing at all.
Just take me as I am, (take me as I am)
Or have nothing, nothing at all.
Take me as I am.



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    I have been through a lot. Physical, mental, and sexual abuse all starting at the age of 8 tell I was 14. From the time I can remember my mother got beat in front of us until I was five and got put into a foster home. I look at "take me as i am" by mary J. Blige as an uplifting song. Watching the video and seeing this person take pills made me feel like I was not alone and even people who are famous struggle with suicidal thoughts and feelings. If people cannot except me for who I am then they deserve nothing from me. I hope one day I can find love and not get what she got in the video just a man who does not care and would treat me that way not only in public but at all. I would have done more then just thrown water in his face. The song is signifigant in showing that no matter what situation(s) you have come across I am me and the only person or being I have to answwer to is god. So as long as I am me and do not change for anybody but myself and understand that I do not have to stay stuck at 26 that I can move on and remember the past, but that do not have to relive it everyday. I can become who I want to be and nobody can stop me.

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