When You Are Who You Are Lyrics

Gil Scott-Heron


publisher: ©CARLIN AMERICA INC
writers: Brian Jackson, Gil Scott-Heron
album: Track 5 in album Pieces of a Man
release date: 1971
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genres: Jazz Funk / Soul
styles: Soul-Jazz/Jazz-Funk/Political/Poetry
length: 3:24
producer: Bob Thiele
mixer: Bob Simpson
lead vocals: Gil Scott-Heron
electric guitar: Burt Jones
drums: Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
piano & electric piano: Brian Jackson
electric bass guitar & bass guitar: Ron Carter
conductor: Johnny Pate
saxophone & flute: Hubert Laws
composer: Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson

Cover Art

Gil Scott-Heron Pieces of a Man cover art
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You always go out of your way to impress me
Don't you know by now, ain't no need to impress me
I'm impressed every time you smile
When I feel like you mean to smile

You can be so very beautiful
When you are who you are

Every morning when you wake up you put on a new disguise
How long did you long did you think it would take me to realize?
Girl, the things you wore ain't real
You never tell me just how you feel

Girl you can be so very beautiful
When you are who you are

People never seem to want to be themselves
So they end up running in circles confused
Yeah, confused
Just like everyone else

Every morning when you wake up you put on a new disguise
Just how long did you think it would take me to realize
That the things you wore ain't real
You never just how you feel

When you could be so very beautiful
When you are who you are
Yeah, when you are who you are, yeah
Oh, when you are who you are, yeah
When you are who you are, yeah
When you are who you are
Get it, get it, get it, get it, get it, get it, get it

When you are who you are, yeah
Oh when you are who you are, yeah
Oh when you are who you are, yeah
Oh when you are who you are


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2 Save the Children
  • 3 Lady Day & John Coltrane
  • 4 Home Is Where the Hatred Is
  • 5 When You Are Who You Are
  • 6 I Think I'll Call It Morning
  • 7 Pieces of a Man
  • 8 A Sign of the Ages
  • 9 Or Down You Fall
  • 10 The Needle's Eye
  • 11 The Prisoner