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"Who I Am" is an unused song from Shadow the Hedgehog. It was originally going to be the opening/main theme for the game, but was replaced with "I Am... All of Me". The unused song came from Magna-Fi's second studio album "VerseChorusKillMe".

Lyrics

You never really understood me
You always put me down
Like a dog that's beaten over and over
One day I'm gonna take you down

This is who I am
Not a shadow of who I want to be
Try to understand
That this is what you made me
And you're not ever gonna change me

You underestimate my sorrow
All the wreckage of my life
I tried so many times to tell you
The silence deafened both of us (No more excuses)

This is who I am
Not a shadow of who I want to be
Try to understand
That this is what you made me
And you're not ever gonna change me

You have made me
You can't change me
You don't know me
This is who I am

You have made me
You can't change me
You don't know me
This is who I am

(Guitar solo)

This is who I am
Not a shadow of who I want to be
Try to understand
That this is what you made me
And you're not ever gonna change me

You have made me
You can't change me
You don't know me
This is who I am

You have made me
You can't change me
You don't know me
This is who I am

You have made me
You can't change me
You don't know me
This is who I am

Connection to Character

  • Like a dog that's beaten over and over - Shadow enduring the physical and mental abuse of the Black Arms and G.U.N. and the many other trails, tribulations and tragedies that he's had to deal with through his life.
  • You never really understood me - Black Doom using Shadow to do his dirty work without deeply knowing him. It can also relate to how G.U.N originally tried to destroy him seeing him as a threat. And how Sonic and the rest of the characters keep trying to get him to help them when he has problems of his own to deal with.
  • This is who I am - Shadow making a choice about who he is after having everything he thought he was ripped away from him and having determination to close off the loose ends of who he was and leave his past behind him.
  • This is what you made me - Black Doom creating Shadow as the Ultimate Lifeform. And also G.U.N killing Maria and almost everyone else he knew, leaving him with hatred for them and almost no other options than to side with the Black Arms. Or following the Neutral path a more literal interpretation about how he thinks he is another android made by Eggman.
  • And you're not ever going to change me - Shadow committing to the path he is chosen and deciding that he is found his new life and he is never going to let anyone take that away from him again.
  • You have made me - Shadow being created from Black Doom, feeling that what G.U.N did sent him down his new path and literally thinking Eggman made him.
  • You can't change me - Shadow refusing to let anyone take anything away from him again.
  • You underestimate my sorrow all the wreckage of my life - Shadow dealing with G.U.N's assaults throughout the game because of Maria's death. Shadow also dealing with the much more happy-go-lucky attitude of many of the other characters that still ask him to help them and act like their problems are much bigger than his or just completely ignore his feelings altogether. Or Shadow saying that Black Doom actually overestimates or misestimates his sorrow in thinking that he will just help him kill and destroy everyone else just for revenge and that he actually feels that no one else's life should be as much of a wreckage as his and that no one else should have to feel as much sorrow as he does.
  • One day I'm gonna take you down - Shadow opposing Black Doom. Shadow also opposing G.U.N and anyone else he feels is associated with killing Maria and destroying his life. And during the neutral route him opposing Eggman assuming that he is just another android and then rebelling against Eggman with Omega. It is also foreshadowing as in each of the endings Shadow does take down each of the people he holds responsible for destroying his life.
  • I tried so many times to tell you - Shadow's remorse right before the level Cosmic Fall.
  • Try to understand - Shadow trying to remember and make sense of his memories. Shadow also condescendingly commenting on how none of the other characters seem to understand how he feels.
  • Not a shadow of who I want to be - Shadow realizing who he is and not what he wants to be. Or Shadow saying that he has become who he wanted to be and no longer feels like a metaphorical shadow.
  • I tried so many times to tell you the silence deafened both of us (No more excuses) - Shadow is done trying to explain how he feels to everyone and is also done listening to them, their excuses and their pleas. Essentially he decided if they are going to be deaf towards how he feels then he will be deaf towards how they feel.

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