I Belong to me

The lyrics in musical songs have the power to move me, make me think and bring the unexpected tear to my eye. The song I belong to me from the musical Elisabeth did that like no other. Its power, its relevance and so recognisable.

That’s why I like to share it with you. Don’t use a tissue, just let the tears flow 🙂

English version by Susan Erens

Dutch version by Pia Douwes


English lyrics:

I will not give up my own self
Just to be with you
I will not be glad just to do
What I’m told to do
I’m not meant to be your property
No, I belong I me

If I want to reach for the stars
You can’t hold me back
I want to take chances
Far off from the beaten track
Don’t force me to be what I can’t be
I belong to me

If you try to tame me
I will not obey
I’d rather leave you alone
If you try to change me
I must break away
To be what I am on my own

I’m freezing, I’m burning
I live without compromise
I’m growing, I’m learning
I’m ready to pay the price
I know it’s not easy to be free
But I belong to me

I hate to be burdened
With duties that I despise
You know I can’t stand
To be watched by a thousand eyes
I flee from the crowd in agony
I just belong to me

If you want to keep me
Don’t hold me so tight
I can’t give my life for your love
If you want to break me
I’ll not even fight
I’ll just fly away like a dove

I’m here when you need me
I live and I die with you
I’ll share all your troubles
I’ll laugh and I’ll cry with you
You can blame me and bless me
But you cannot possess me
‘Cause I belong to me
To me!


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