"I'm Ready" is a song by the Canadian musician Bryan Adams. It was written by Adams and collaborator Jim Vallance. The song was first released in 1979, by Ian Lloyd (formerly of The Stories), on his solo album Goose Bumps. Vallance played the drums on this recording. In 1983 Adams himself recorded the song for his third album, Cuts Like a Knife, as a straight-forward rock song with electric guitar and synthesizer. Adams co-produced his version with Bob Clearmountain, who also mixed it.
Despite serving as a B-side throughout the 1980s, the song was forgotten by Adams, and his audience, after his worldwide breakthrough and the release of the multi-platinum hit albums Reckless, Waking Up the Neighbours, and 18 Til I Die. The song became a surprise hit for Adams in Spring 1998, after its inclusion on his 1997 album MTV Unplugged. Patrick Leonard was producing these sessions, and selected I'm Ready to be included in the show. For this concert, the song was re-arranged as an acoustic ballad with string orchestrations added by Michael Kamen, who had previously worked on some of Adams' biggest hits, and played by students of the Juilliard School. Furthermore it features an Uilleann pipe played by Davy Spillane. In 1998 the song was released as the second single from the Unplugged album, after "Back to You". The music video was directed by Nigel Dick, although footage of the original performance was also shown on MTV, prior to the single being released. This version is also included on the two Best-of-compilations The Best of Me and Anthology.
In 2001, "I'm Ready" was re-released in Italy with new lyrics, now entitled "Io Vivo (In Te)". The new Italian lyrics were written by Zucchero Fornaciari. Zucchero also produced the new version, basically using the Unplugged recording, and recording new vocals on top of it (notice the audience and some of Bryan's original vocals still audible on the track). Also featured is additional percussion, added by Martyn Philips using Pro Tools. Philips, along with Randy Staub engineered "Io Vivo (In Te)", the latter also mixing the track (originally mixed by Bob Clearmountain).