“What Am I” by Why Don’t We
“What Am I” by Why Don’t We is a love song built around the famous playground taunt, “I know you are, but what am I”. But the way the phrase is used in this track is to insinuate that just as the singers have fallen in love with a new romantic interest, she also feels the same way about them.
Indeed for the most part, “What Am I” plays out like your classic boy-meets-girl and then falls in love scenario. The track begins with Why Don’t We trying to kick to a female they just happen to be “passing by” on the roadside. And the boys’ objective seems to be spending an intimate night with said lady. And as we can see from the second verse, they are apparently successful at achieving such.
Moreover, as stated above, there are some serious feelings involved. So the way the titular phrase is used is more or less in the context of trying to ascertain how far the relationship will go, in terms of if the loving sentiments the boys have for this lady are mutual. Indeed once again in the second verse, Zach Herron even states that this relationship could “one day maybe” lead to marriage.
So what we have on our hands, basically, is a case of newfound love. The singer(s) has met a new lady friend, and the romance between them seems to have evolved rather swiftly. And now for the most part they are questioning just how deep – or perhaps more accurately how long – this relationship can go.
Eighth Song of 2019
On 23 August 2019, “What Am I” became the eighth song released by Why Don’t We during this year, thus far fulfilling their pledge to drop a new song every month of 2019.
Why Don’t We first teased this song on 18 August 2019.
Ed Sheeran co-wrote “What Am I”
English star singer Ed Sheeran is credited as one of the writers of this love song. He co-wrote the song with Steve Mac and Ammar Malik.
And Steve also served as the producer of the song.