Aiken, Clay - The Real Me Lyrics

Foolish heart looks like we're here again
Same old game of plastic smile
Don't let anybody in
Hiding my heartache, will this glass house break
How much will they take before I'm empty
Do I let it show, does anybody know?

But you see the real me
Hiding in my skin, broken from within
Unveil me completely
I'm loosening my grasp
There's no need to mask my frailty
Oh, cause you see the real me
Painted on, life is behind a mask
Self-inflicted circus clown
I'm tired of the song and dance
Living a charade, always on parade
What a mess I've made of my existence
But you love me even now
And still I see somehow
But you see the real me
Hiding in my skin, broken from within
Unveil me completely
I'm loosening my grasp
There's no need to mask my frailty
Oh, cause you see the real me
Wonderful, beautiful is what you see
When you look at me
You're turning the tattered fabric of my life into
A perfect tapestry
I just wanna be me
But you see the real me
Hiding in my skin, broken from within
Unveil me completely
I'm loosening my grasp
There's no need to mask my frailty
Oh, cause you see the real me
And you love me just as I am
Wonderful, beautiful is what you see
When you look at me

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Aiken, Clay The Real Me Comments
  1. Diane R-D

    Clay, that song emphasizes how God knows us on the inside, including all of struggles, pain and fragility. Yet, He continues to love us and forgive us since we are all sinners and have gone astray in one way or another. Great job my brother. Praise be to God. May you always experience His peace and be guided by scripture.

  2. Sarah Garcia

    Hi clay aiken your vioce is soft and strong i like this song may the lord be with you for ever and. Rember when we dont see a way god has a way

  3. Sherrin Nolfi

    This brought tears to my eyes straight from my heart....Clay is so talented ..and I absolutely have huge amount of respect for his choices over the years ..not easy and yet he has prevailed and then some!!! He sings from his spirited soul ...his gift is truly from God!!!

  4. silverlom60

    I miss his facial expressions, it showed the real clay

  5. GirlPoi03

    Love Love Love this beautiful video and Clay singing this heartwarming song with his touching emotional performance.👏❤️👏

  6. GirlPoi03

    Love Love Love Clay🥰❤️🥰 Great performance and his voice is super awesome. Love this beautiful song and the emotion he presents. I have chills just watching this very touching video and listening to Clay’s beautiful heartwarming voice. 👏❤️👏❤️👏 l even put this song on repeat on my iPad.

  7. Lily Gardner

    Clayaiken can sing and express his songs

  8. Daisylady KLG

    Everything in this video is absolutely beautiful.
    Pure, precious beauty.

  9. Helen Fong

    Clay, I love your beautiful voice!!!! You have the most perfect nose. Wish you would make a new album!!!!! I MISS YOU!!!!! :) XOXO

  10. Karen Williams

    Still my Favourite American Idol contestant What a voice I am a fan still!!

    Line Richelieu

    So am I a fan forever

  11. LCToner

    He is wearing too much make up here but Clay's voice who did his make up? My gaaawd, too much..this is not. Broadway. Anyway, great song. Natalie Grant, thanks for writing it. Clay, thanks for singing this.

  12. MrJacobrabbit

    Another great single from this great cd

  13. Cheryle Chaney

    I am happy, I am Love, I am caring, I will not leave you or forsake you to die.
    I won't kill myself over here.
    Remember I am human?
    Please don't betray me👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👨‍👨‍👧👨‍👧‍👦👨‍👧‍👧👨‍👦👩‍👦‍👦👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧👨‍👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👩‍👦‍👦👩‍👩‍👦
    I put the "F" in Family.
    The bridged sacrifice so you won't have to go through what has happened to me.🚶🚶🚶🏃🏃🏃🚶🚶🏃

  14. Rhonda Smith

    I Love your raw realness. keep singing the true you for All of us who can't and don't. I love when You just Do You! being gay is just a part of his Divine uniqness and God given talent. This Man can sing! changing lives one note at a time. Thank You Clay! Please keep being You, and please keep singing!

    Line Richelieu

    So so true

  15. Optimus Primal

    We know you were born a girl, Clay. It's okay

  16. phenixboy1

    The tone in his voice has a different edge to it! WOW!

  17. Лада Шевчик

    голос потрясающий, как и харизматичность певца. Впервые его услышав под впечатлением до сих пор.

  18. Lana Hodge

    Absolutely brilliant your Scottish super fan

  19. livia ann

    Oh yes this brings back great memories.😍

  20. Gina Fernandez

    love clay aiken then now and forever...❤💙💚💛💜

  21. Patsy Casper

    love you!!!!

  22. MrBlactye

    This is a beautiful song. This man has amazing vocalist.

  23. MrJacobrabbit

    btw thank Natalie Grant for the lyrics

  24. MrJacobrabbit

    he is one of the most unlucky people i know when it comes to love finding that right guy

  25. Aikenclay P

    2016   :)

  26. 조생명

    excellent ~♡♡

    Sue Achenbach

    Love him

  27. carmen roy

    wow so beautiful

  28. 이영호

    클레이 콘서트 꼭 가보고 싶다...ㅠㅠ

  29. Weston Niedermier

    "Clay Aiken is not actually good, he paid me to get as far as he did in life."

    -Simon Cowell

    Haley Post

    Right, because Simon Cowell somehow rounded up thousands of devoted fans to attend his concerts even 12 years later. Don't you have anything better to do with your life?

    Weston Niedermier


    - Randy Jackson

  30. mihail stelian Bandila

    Talent beyond any personal issues! That's the Real Him!

    Line Richelieu

    So true

  31. Veronica Nicha

    I love his voice honestly despite everything that happening in his real life i enjoy his voice n music n thats it ^^

  32. Manderly

    Stunningly beautiful!  This song give me chills every time. What a beautiful, pure voice Clay has.  He's beautiful too.  God bless you Clay!

  33. ClaysSTO

    Best of the best -- love this song from his On My Way Here CD.  Also, Ashes, Falling, and Something About Us, too.  Great CD.  Thanks for the montage, Claysidney.

  34. Elaine Burton

    I will be a Clay fan forever.  I don't care that he's gay....his voice is amazing and so full of emotion.  Keep on singin, Clay!!!!


    I absolutely agree that because He's an awesome gift and talent.

    Olivia Piper Robeck

    Why would his sexuality matter at all?


    Olivia Piper Robeck because he is queer


    @Chad121130 you are one person is not entitled to an opinion. Your entitlement has been permanently revoked.

  35. GABBS! C.H.

    Dude looks like a lady.

  36. Aikenclay P

    He touches my heart every time I listen to him sing. What a voice he has. Just can't get enough of his music. Love Clay so much!!

  37. Zespol Gaweda by AGA

    Clay's Voice Is Extraordinary- I Love this songs so much! THE REAL ME.

  38. Petra Zapf

    just bougth it

  39. Mike Dillon

    he sounds so much different from his american idol days :/

  40. Mina Jones

    Love this song from Clay's most wonderful CD "On My Way Here"!

  41. whitebengal100

    This was actually recorded live when he made an appearce for the CD On My Way Here. The sound is off, but I watched it in real time and this is exactly the way he sang it live.

  42. whitebengal100

    Gorgeous song, gorgeous voice, gorgeous montage, gorgeous man. He is still THE BEST!!

  43. Molly Rogers

    This is so beautiful and so sad. I love the way Clay sings it.

  44. ClaysSTO

    I'm always enthralled when listening to Clay sing -- especially this song. Beautifully done. Love how you put together the montage. Great songs on his On My Way Here CD. Many should have been on the radio!

  45. Aikenclay P

    I love this song and I love Clay Aiken! I will never get tired of his vioce.

  46. Aikenclay P

    I am still in love with Clay's beautiful voice! Can't stop listening to him sing...I can't wait to see what he dose next...I am going to be so sad after Sunday, since it is the final Celebrity Apprentice.....I have loved watching him for 2 hours on Sunday's...I know he can win this!!!
    Clay you rock!!

  47. SimsLover1989

    I love this song...

  48. Aikenclay P

    I love this song..And Clay's beautiful voice..I could listen to him sing all day and all night everyday...He has the best voice ever, he is the best of the best...God bless you Clay Aiken!!

  49. MsSweetgirl1993

    he's sort of beautiful

  50. Hania Nuñez

    its cute

  51. Miguel Muñoz

    What a beautiful song, and him voice, just wow, love him

  52. Cherry-Ann Sylvester

    his voice is beautiful though

  53. Cherry-Ann Sylvester

    @gunybrax lol

  54. Cherry-Ann Sylvester

    @mindsaglowin LOL MAYBE....LOLOLOLOLOL!

  55. gunybrax

    The real me??? dude, that aint even your real face!

    Buddy Mary

    Yes it is, don't listen to rumors and tabloids. People are mean.

  56. mindsaglowin

    What's happened to his voice?! HPV infection?

  57. Joni Sng

    He's not doing anything for anyone's attention, he's just sitting there and singing and its so mesmerising, more so than the likes of lady gaga and all the other people who claim to have stage presence.

  58. Linda Perreault

    Clay Aiken you have an amazing voice and a stage presence that is unequaled..Your voice is so pure and powerfull, it is completely addicting. When I listen to you sing it everthing else disapears. Love you

  59. Aikenclay P


  60. Aikenclay P

    I so LOVE this song.......He has a wonderful voice.......He can pretty much sing any song and make it turn out great!! Love him!!

  61. Aikenclay P

    Great song...I love all his songs so far...Keep them coming.

  62. ste4ca

    @rayva1 Clay's now back to reddish brown. ;)

  63. dazma54

    Just got tickets to Clay's Tried & True tour, Feb 11th at the Hard Rock Orlando--so excited, can't wait to hear this fabulous voice live again!!!

  64. dazma54

    Love this song SO MUCH!!!!!

  65. rayva1

    What color is his hair?


    First time I heard this it! Great voice, Clay! Photos, too. Beautiful! Marrey Christmas!

  67. Emily Van Pelt

    is he wearing make-up?

  68. Aikenclay P

    I think Clay has an amazing voice...I love all of his songs...Keep them coming.

  69. jcbfly

    @ilovemaung being gay is not a choice.... you dont choose to be gay... if anything gay people can choose to come out or stay in the closet... banging their wives while thinking about Mario Lopez. and I'm not offended Im a str8 woman who happens to have many many gay friends.

  70. dee m

    @amarettaludia Wow! I couldn't have said it better myself. I, too, liked George Michael for a while & saw him in concert. I stopped buying his albums around the time he stopped putting his pics on the covers. I love Clay for his talent & personality & even tho he's very candid abt his sexuality, he doesn't want that to define him. I respect him for that.

  71. The Reasonable Liberal

    @amarettaludia Adam is just proud of being gay and getting people to accept it but I see what you are saying.

  72. amarettaludia

    This is one of his best songs ever . . . I use it regularly in my videos. Check out above my using this song with a movie and see how it fits the movie like a hand in glove.

  73. amarettaludia

    @CrimesonWitcher It's the same with me with Heterosexuals. I don't want to see your Silicone Implants nor your booty, I come to watch you act or hear you sing. I had a big crush on George Michael and even saw him in Concert. I don't care who he's sleeping with just "dont' shove your sexuality in my face and that goes for the heterosexuals with their 'Silicone breasts". Clay is class . . . Adam is trash.

  74. The Reasonable Liberal

    @amarettaludia OUCH, he's not that bad. He really can sing and hit those high notes. he just wants people to grow up and accept that gays are here to stay so they should get used to it. I love them both though

  75. amarettaludia

    @AlRaheem99 Adam Lambert constantly shoves his homosexuality in everyone's face. Whereas Clay is all about the Singer and that's all I care about. He's the ultimate entertainer and I'm always using his music for my videos. Adam Lambert has to constantly parade his homosexuality around for the lact of "singing talent".

  76. Melissa Williams

    A truly heartfelt song of who he really is. I love you Clay don't ever be someone that your not. Your TRUE fans will love you no matter what.

  77. Rebecca Richmond

    Love it!!:)

  78. neettim

    @sodapop81 haha true

  79. neettim

    woah this is a nice son. I never heard it before. I know I'm late

  80. sodapop81

    Clay needs to fire his hair stylist :p Nice song though.

  81. scootieboots

    beautiful, so of my all-time favorite songs, shima-chan! i press the repeat button on this song to play it over and over and over...i can't get enough of it! thank you for sharing!
    fb ClayNation group

  82. Sylvia K

    Clay can do no wrong. His magical voice can interpret anything and turn it into the most amazing song.

    Can't wait for his new CD.

  83. Linda Dolly

    A missed opportunity for a smash hit...beautiful rendition.

  84. ClaysSTO

    Hauntingly beautiful -- Clay does a wonderful job interpreting this song. thanks for creating the lovely montage.

  85. lvnc25

    Wow! This is the first time I have seen this montage of TRM. Just beautiful. I have to say that he looks just gorgeous in that blond hair. Great job!!

  86. scClayAikenfan

    WOW !!....Claysidney, You did a great job with this video and thank you too Mariko for posting this on FB !!! This is one of my favorites of Clay's songs. Just can't wait to see him in a couple of weeks at the Gala !!! Ruthie