Styx - I'm O.K. Lyrics




Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey, Eight, Skate, Seven on the Rotate!

If I could stand
Beside myself
Would I see me or maybe someone else
'Cause it's hard to please
Most everyone
When your spirit's got you on the run, on the run

They say do your best
But don't cause a fuss
Don't make waves be like the rest of us
But I can feel the tide is turning fast
'Cause deep inside I know that I can't last
Another day
Not another day!

'Cause I'm O.K.
I finally found the person I've been searching for
I'm alright
I'm feeling good about myself and that's for sure

'Cause I believed them when they said I must do things their way,
They tried to cast me in their mold
But I just had to say,
That I'm O.K.
I'm O.K. this way yes I'm O.K. Yes I'm OK!

I'm O.K.
I finally found the person I've been searching for (everybody sing now!)
I'm alright
I'm feeling good about myself and that's for sure (whoo!)

I'm O.K.
I finally found the person I've been searching for (yahoo!)
I'm alright
I'm feeling good about myself and that's for sure
I'm O.K.
I'm feeling good about myself and that's for sure
I'm alright
I'm O.K. this way yes I'm OK!





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  1. Matthew Kryszewski

    I don’t care how many people tell me that I should keep pretending to be someone I’m not and repress who I really am. I’m OK!

  2. Paul C Lalchungnunga

    Just great

  3. Patrick McNamara

    last great Styx album & the first concert i rver saw Styx/Angel this tour

  4. ThereIsNoTry V

    I'm 27 just discovering Styx. Holy shit that guitar solo right into that organ. Amazing. I can't stop listening

  5. Bob Gratton

    Pieces of eight est un grand album.

  6. Luis Carlos Davila

    This Álbum Is The Matrix

  7. ford lane

    eight skate seven on the rotate. i get it.

  8. Max O'Sullivan

    This is my first time listening to this album cause i'm young and it is absolutely amazing.

  9. Eamon Horahan

    their best!!! the first styx album I ever bought..... at peaches,at that! remember them? back in the day, THE go to store for all music..... yes, im a kinda dinosaur.... but styx ruled back in the ...... ummmm....'day'...... and still does btw....

  10. Musings and More

    For those of us who once felt this way for the first time -- having found ourselves; knowing who we are and what we want and our identity revealing our destiny in life -- this song has special meaning.

  11. Thunderquill Radio

    This song got me through some pretty dark days way back when. I'll always be grateful for that.

  12. Gale Van Vorous

    Be yourself, don't follow cryptic people

  13. bob johnson

    Yeah this is one of my all-time favorite songs

  14. DealioTV

    The incredible CD Pieces of 8 the best from STYX

  15. Philip Hall

    Top 10 album of all time. Seems like a greatest hits record.

  16. World Coming Down 5779

    They were at the top of their game on this album. - The pipe organ was pure genius.

  17. Joel Critchlow

    I haven’t heard this one in forever, but for some reason it came to mind tonight.
    Thanks for posting. I had forgotten how kick ass the guitar and organ is in this mid-song

  18. Jim H.

    Kick ass drum intro!

  19. Juan Carlos Rubio

    Una de las grandes canciones de la placa!!!!no me canso de oirla sobre todo la parte de os teclados es magistral"!!!!!!!!!!One of the great songs of the plate !!!! I do not get tired of hearing it especially the part of the keyboards is masterly

  20. stev stevhoov

    #Styx is the Yes, Queen, The Who, Elp, Genesis ,..of #America ,.... A HUGE BRITISH SOUND ,...like one of The greatest bands from the UK !! ,..but right from here in the States !! !! Too many ENDLESS Great songs from AMERICA'S GREATEST BAND ; #STYX ROCKS !!!! All they need is to talk to Dennis,..let him back in the band ,.. and the Rock n Roll hall of Fame says they are "IN" !! BRING BACK GENIUS DENNIS !!

  21. zimone89

    3:08 - start of multiple pollutions.....

  22. Sarah Lynn Keeton

    Thanx Steve.

  23. mike KROFT

    pipe organ is just the best

  24. mike KROFT

    pieces of eight and grand illusion and crystal ball, best three back to back albums ever

  25. James Kirk

    Master piece of sound.

  26. Diana Peterson

    Great song. I have the album.

  27. derek mattingly

    the best wish I could go back

  28. Silvana Tesone

    Love Styx... my favourite band growing up! Couldn’t get enough of this song! Thanks for sharing!

  29. kinks fan 1966

    The cheesiest band ever !! But by far ,..My Fav !!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. 777RockNRollin

    TOO MANY Great Songs from "America's band" STYX !!!

  31. Kyrie Eleison

    Better den _self affermations_ w Stuart.

  32. Kyrie Eleison

    DD'CATED 2 leo _cubs n kits_

  33. Brad W

    I'm okay!

  34. Kyrie Eleison

    _😍lickin😍these😍lyrics😍_

  35. Antonio Dias

    great seventies rock band!!!

  36. JimmyRJump

    The last of Styx' master-stroke albums that started with Equinox, Crystal Ball, The Grand Illusion and this one. Man Of Miracles and Cornerstone were so-so. The rest, before and after, wasn't up to par, except for a song here and there.

  37. Romulan007

    Have always loved this song. Also the organ part was recorded at my father's church. He was Dean of St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago from 1972-1978. The guys from Styx recorded this right when we were moving from Chicago to San Diego in summer of 1978. Will never forget it when seeing them in the Cathedral one afternoon, didn't know who they were then, was only 8 hehe, but wow, what a special connection I'll always cherish!

    jlucasound

    That is awesome! I knew it was recorded in a Church on a Pipe Organ. Chicago, and you were there. That is Priceless. I'm Jealous. Thanks for sharing that.

    jlucasound

    This is good. You nailed it to summer of 1978. Thanks. I was 15 on the East Coast.

    Thunderquill Radio

    Beautiful story! What a gem to always remember!

    Edward Martinez

    awesome

  38. Pat Door

    If I was ever down in the dumps and I needed encouragement I would play this song over and over again. Such a good song to play to erase all self-doubt that we all get once in a while..I`m Ok.

  39. Maestro

    Ok, now someone please come up with the official promo video they made for this song back then. Along with the promo video for SING FOR THE DAY which you can see a little clip of on my YT channel here: https://youtu.be/kLMqEKWOlXk

  40. Stephen Lord

    Why couldn't DDY continue writing songs in this vein? Instead he chose syrupy crap like Babe, First Time etc. The rest is history

    Geils Sila

    He went artsy fartsy

  41. Gleep Wurp

    Needs more pipe organ.

    JENNY COOPER

    pipe organ belongs in church not in rock music

  42. Caleb Carlin

    Walking into my high school with this shit turned up max ✌️

  43. A W

    Only heard this song recently for the first time and LOVE it!!

  44. Annette Barbet

    All time the best band ever. Never be another band like them.

  45. Josie Springfield

    GREAT SONG!!

  46. James Kirk

    Song makes me think when I was sitting in church, you know everybody is singing and i'm daydreaming of this song

  47. Eddie Teodorescu

    Alright! I love STYX! And.."Pieces Of Eight" it's a classic album, a real rock masterpiece, maybe the best of the band! I love it! \m/

  48. rainbowdemon999

    The Album Pieces Of Eight is a Sheer Ingenious Paradigm in Symphonic Rock....

  49. Heather1013

    This is one of those songs that takes me back to a specific time and place!

    alex uss

    D'accord

  50. Veronicca Lakewood

    I don't play other ppl s music they often but I need tabs to this song for guitar .

  51. Philip Anderson

    Was the "b side" to "babe" in u.k.,this is the first time i have heard this since 1981!
    Used to play this on juke box many times ,brought back "a time of innocence" for me!

  52. James Rivera

    Seeing Styx at the LA County Fair soon. Sure wish it was Dennis leading the charge.....

  53. Damascus

    Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey, Eight, Skate, Seven on the Rotate!

    If I could stand
    Beside myself
    Would I see me or maybe someone else
    'Cause it's hard to please
    Most everyone
    When your spirit's got you on the run, on the run

    They say do your best
    But don't cause a fuss
    Don't make waves be like the rest of us
    But I can feel the tide is turning fast
    'Cause deep inside I know that I can't last
    Another day
    Not another day!

    'Cause I'm O.K.
    I finally found the person I've been searching for
    I'm alright
    I'm feeling good about myself and that's for sure

    'Cause I believed them when they said I must do things their way,
    They tried to cast me in their mold
    But I just had to say,
    That I'm O.K.
    I'm O.K. this way yes I'm O.K. Yes I'm OK!

    I'm O.K.
    I finally found the person I've been searching for (everybody sing now!)
    I'm alright
    I'm feeling good about myself and that's for sure (whoo!)

    I'm O.K.
    I finally found the person I've been searching for (yahoo!)
    I'm alright
    I'm feeling good about myself and that's for sure
    I'm O.K.
    I'm feeling good about myself and that's for sure
    I'm alright
    I'm O.K. this way yes I'm OK!

    Ronald Burgess

    We always said "Sit on it and rotate!"

  54. CHUCK EHRESMAN

    this is my song.I found myself going to California in late 86 on my musical quest.inspiration galore

  55. Praxedis Lindsey

    for we are...ok

  56. Praxedis Lindsey

    Yes...a purity indeed...

  57. T G

    I'm not OK. Neither are you. But what a great late 70s rock song. And what great memories it summons. That bass line!

  58. Ben Santiago

    love the instrumentation and layering of this song.Like a little epic symphony

  59. Ben Santiago

    amazing song heard it ONCE on radio in 70's.This is SO Styx the sound and way people loved them

  60. my love songs

    If i remember right, this was also the B-Side of the 45 of "Babe" or "Come Sail Away".

    perry dixon

    B side Babe

  61. Elmer Gruñon

    sounds like GENESIS...

  62. Thomas Preston

    What are they saying in the very beginning of the song when everyone is shouting?

  63. Jill Howard

    Most people are saying its nice to hear after a long day. Or a bad day. I agree wholeheartedly. Just cheers you up ❤

  64. Edwaleni Rice

    The organ is from St James Cathedral in Chicago. I agree, a band willing to have the king of instruments as the lead solo on a song says more about the era of music involved as opposed to today. Love em or hate em, Styx had their day.

  65. Ralph James

    Awesome band, awesome song, awesome album, awesome memories!

  66. Ashley Covert

    17 people aren't ok  however 961 are fucking awesome

  67. William Brewer

    Never much cared for DDY. I always thought Tommy Shaw made the band.

    Jess S

    I think they ALL made the band. The Panozzo brothers. No doubt my Alabama bro Tommy Shaw, James Young and Dennis DeYoung also did. Imagine a Zeppelin song without Robert Plants vocals. A Foriegner song without Lou gramm. Heart without Ann's voice. Etc. etc. Even if you personally only liked others in the band, it is what it is and history was made by who made it. Imagine the song Lady from Styx with someone other than Dennis voice. C'mon man......... That being said, rock on dude. We're all different with different perceptions due to what happens in our brains from what's input from our senses.

    Geils Sila

    Hang it, Dennis had his time and botched it when he went pop and artsy Fartsy

  68. Brenda Herzog

    This is why DDY rules...

    Zarris

    I totally agree. It's why I think Styx isn't Styx with Dennis DeYoung.

    1970borntorun

    Brenda Herzog And also perfectly illustrates why Styx isn't "ok" without Dennis DeYoung. Tommy Shaw writes candy-ass lyrics with no depth. Styx needs DDY far more than Journey needs Steve Perry, by comparison. Dennis brought a maturity, vision and sophistication that is sorely lacking in the band after they parted company. I'm not even a huge Styx fan, but the void left behind is beyond obvious.

    DealioTV

    YEP it sure is Gowan is clueless compared to DDY Go Home already

    Geils Sila

    Cept Dennis is artsy fartsy with his pop and love ballad T*R*A*S*H, at the time of Cornerstone, which makes PIeces Of Eight his last hurrah. Lawrence forever

    Buff99ca

    @Geils Sila Right. Because Sing For The Day, Boat On a River and She Cares are all rockin tunes.

  69. Fongolitus

    Good song! Good Band! kinda gay though, but the keyboards are to die for! nice 'arrangements' too

    Louis Sanchez

    Fongolitus I really dislike Styx critics. Seriously do you have any original compositions you'd like to share? The chord changes in the guitar intro alone with the church organ are amazing. Not to mention the drum intro and snare sound and kick drum sound.

    Jon Du Bose

    It's called progressive rock Fong, not "kinda gay".

    George Jefferson

    im a huge styx fan but im not gonna leave an extremely butt hurt comment. these keyboards rock and no, you guy's he's not criticising it he is emphasising it!

    Fongolitus

    Glad somebody understands!

    Fongolitus

    "Progressive Rock" Like ELP YES, Gentle Giant ...okaly dokaly..this particular track is a little 'Gay' (Not that there's anything wrong with that) lol

  70. WindFarms KillEagles

    I love this album! I bought it when it came out, when I was 17

    thierry lenine

    moi aussi !!!!!! me too !!!!!

  71. daniel smith

    back when dennis de young was the singer

  72. Louis Sanchez

    I believed them when they said I must do things their
    way.....

    Fongolitus

    I didn't!

    Fongolitus

    I said "I'm ok"

    Nick

    I also said, "I'm ok"

  73. Phoenix Rampart

    That guitar riff is perfect.

  74. Nelson Shickley

    Great band. My wife and I have been following them for years. Can't wait to see them again in September at bikefest in ocean city md.

  75. Dean Laprete

    Teenager, mescaline, chasing skirts, fireworks

    Lynne Ralston

    oh my God I was 13.....scream singing this down the school halls after color-guard practice with my friends...loving life....masterpiece for sure. Im 52 now.

  76. Douglas Maliszewski

    I saw them play this at the Long Island Coliseum for the tour supporting the Pieces of Eight album and couldn't get how powerful this was. The vocals were stellar, the guitar mean, and the synthesize reminded me of a siren of joy.

  77. Boson Spin

    Fantastic track!! I first heard this superb album when I went to Sterling Heights, Michigan as an naive 15 year old Australian exchange student in 1980. Never heard of Styx before that so I didn't know what I was missing out on!

    MrGeeMan1980

    +Boson Spin:  One of my favorite tracks by Styx.

  78. knut erik teie

    absolutt fantastisk!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  79. Rhonda Romiti Reiser

    It's a boy but He's not here yet 😀 Tell me what shall we name Him? Rani

  80. 1963lsteveo

    It took me a long long long time to figure this out.

  81. Larry Colon

    in 1983. WoW !!!!

  82. Larry Colon

    i love this styx tune . thank u WYDD 104.7 Fm Pittsburgh

  83. MrListenerman

    Shear Class..DD young...brill

  84. TheCriminalViolin

    I love this song so very much. It's nearly my theme song, except Too Much Time On My Hand likely takes that haha. I just wish I had this song whilst I was a kid.

  85. unclespeedy

    This album is a masterpiece; beginning to end. If you're ever having a bad day, feeling down or adequate, listen to "I'm OK". Every song on this album seems like it was "meant to be". That is rare.

    Dr Lock

    Unclespeedy now there’s someone who knows their music,a masterpiece indeed.

    jlucasound

    I think you meant "feeling down or inadequate". :-)

    Shamballa 108

    Been feeling down on myself lately then I remembered "I'm OK."

    Shamballa 108

    Next up is Pieces of Eight

    Ronald Burgess

    My theme song, being a bit of an oddball ("WOOF WOOF WOOF!").

  86. Larry DeMarco

    thankyou be to God to allow me to be born in time to be able to live and hear these songs I am so blessed with your Love thankyou God for the moments you have given me I will cherish every minute of time you have blessed me with

  87. cswace62

    The 70s-80s Dayz of Rockin'Vinyl*Pricele$$*

  88. Neal M

    Proving once again that like "cow bell", in rock you can never have too much pipe organ.

    Neal M

    +James Kirk lol

    Jeff Laffin

    They recorded the pipe organ in a famous church in Chicago. Supposed to be Huge.

    Greg Prescott

    James Kirk you wish you were james kirk

    Neal M

    @ Jeff Laffin  Pipe organ on "I'm O.K." recorded in the cathedral of St. James, Chicago, IL.

    http://www.chicagomusic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/st-johns-cathedral.jpg
    https://www.saintjamescathedral.org/files/1614/5342/0613/Cathedral_interior.JPG

  89. Nathan Jerpe

    The riff starting at 2:50 is one of the best I've ever heard.

  90. AntiguaDreams

    This brings back some awesome memories, of being a Kiddo, borrowing this album(remember vinyl?) from my brother in law, along with every other STYX album pre-80's

    Ted Brown

    @AntiguaDreams my dad,s girlfriend left him...and Grand Illudsion and Pieces of Eight 8 tracks:) yea!! being 12 with these in 79, well i was kinda cool...thanks dad

  91. TravPitt

    Such a great song, and wonderful album.

  92. Vitorino Baptista

    esta  canção  era  o  genérico  do  Rock em  Stock,  no  inicio  dos  anos  80.

  93. lordbach01

    Clearly, the final part (min. 4:56 to 5:50) shows the influence of the Genesis "Squonk" song

  94. RealRunner7

    Love the organ starting at 3:10.

  95. cevansinz

    I haven't heard this tune in an age.  It's kind of dated, but to hear it again I can hear all the things in it that I loved.  There is a purity.

    cevansinz

    The sound is seriously dated.  It's not a slight.  No one makes music that sounds like this these days. You know, with harmonizing; an actual melody.  It is dated.  I don't mean it isn't good, or it's not timeless.  But you close your eyes and listen, you can guess the decade it came out.

    Buff99ca

    @cevansinz You can say that about any song in the 60's and 70's as they don't make music like that any more. To me a song sounds dated if it doesn't hold up today, which doesn't apply to this song. In my opinion

    Neal M

    @cevansinz You certainly would be hard pressed to find a song now that has an extended interlude from one of those big church pipe organs. I don't think churches even use them anymore...

    Greg Prescott

    Neal M what do you know about pipe organs?

    Neal M

    @ Greg, my grandfather played organ in his church, and took us to a church in Pittsburgh one time where he was able to play a hymn on their pipe organ. It was amazing and I still have a bit of a dormant fascination with them and their unique sound.

  96. kevin allcock

    amazing track , in my ALL time top 5 .. fab!!!

  97. orses4corses

    This album is one of the best albums of all time. Absolute Masterpiece!

    Stephen Lord

    orses4corses
    Their best album, that's why Cornerstone was such a disappointment

    Deborah Kerns

    Stephen Lord ~ Yes, but only because of Dennis turning to bubblegum ballads. Most of *Tommy's* compositions on *Cornerstone* were actually pretty good.

    Stephen Lord

    Deborah Kerns
    Boat on the River was good, Love in the Midnight was VERY good, the rest were pretty average /forgettable. Agree with one of your comments elsewhere though that The Mission is great

    Geils Sila

    Mine as well, along with Pieces OF Eight

    Taylor Manes

    @Stephen Lord "Babe" was great. " First Time" was cringeworthy.

  98. MrMegaFredZeppelin

    This is such a great tune from Styx. There is only one "original' member left and that is James (JY) Young. I don't care much for the current lineup though. ROCK ON!!!!!!

  99. Ilovewyatt01

    I loved how Styx used the Obies. Sounded awesome.