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Sheryl Crow — Strong Enough
Album: Tuesday Night Music Club
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Released: 1993
Length: 3:05
Plays (last 30 days): 1
God, I feel like hell tonight
Tears of rage I cannot fight
I'd be the last to help you understand
Are you strong enough to be my man?

Nothing's true and nothing's right
So let me be alone tonight
Cause you can't change the way I am
Are you strong enough to be my man?

Lie to me
I promise I'll believe
Lie to me
But please don't leave

I have a face I cannot show
I make the rules up as I go
Just try and love me if you can
Are you strong enough to be my man?

When I've shown you that I just don't care
When I'm throwing punches in the air
When I'm broken down and I can't stand
Will you be man enough to be my man?

Lie to me
I promise I'll believe
Lie to me
But please don't leave
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 h8rhater wrote:

Yeah, that time she spent, between 1985 and 1993, when she met Gilbert:
1. As a music teacher
2. As a commercial jingle writer
3. As Backup singer for Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Belinda Carlisle, and Don Henley
4. Working on television and movie soundtracks
5. On that 1992 solo album that was never released
6. Writing songs for Celine Dion, Tina Turner, and Wynnona Judd

...had nothing to do with her success so much as Mr. Gilberts "coattails". 
 
Well that's a take I hadn't heard before, guess it shows there are two sides to every story, thanks for sharing. 
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
The correct answer is to say yes, then politely excuse yourself and walk away. The woman is nothing but trouble.
 
{#Biggrin}{#Stop}
ZZZZZZZZZZZ
The correct answer is to say yes, then politely excuse yourself and walk away. The woman is nothing but trouble.
I just found out that this is one of my sweetie's favorite songs.

And the answer was "yes."

Whew.
And bang. Here is the perfect follow up to Gregory Isakov's Stable Song. Perfection. 
Bill, you're a genius.
 Steely_D wrote:
Songwriters: David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert, David Ricketts, Sheryl Crow, Brian Macleod.

If you think Sheryl Crow is OK, you need to know about the truth about the Tuesday Music Club - which she joined late.

And you especially need to know about the great Kevin Gilbert, who was her boyfriend until she rode his coattails to stardom.
 

Yeah, that time she spent, between 1985 and 1993, when she met Gilbert:
1. As a music teacher
2. As a commercial jingle writer
3. As Backup singer for Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Belinda Carlisle, and Don Henley
4. Working on television and movie soundtracks
5. On that 1992 solo album that was never released
6. Writing songs for Celine Dion, Tina Turner, and Wynnona Judd

...had nothing to do with her success so much as Mr. Gilberts "coattails". 
See, this is when country music excels and breaks through musical barriers. My kinda country music.
Wow Bill she's great what a song i never heard on RP, thank you for keeping it more than interesting. 
 Droidac wrote:
Wow, as a segway from Gregory Alan Isakov (The Stable Song), you'd almost think this was the same song.
 
Right o. Somehow makes this song a bit better while diminishing "The Stable Song" IMO. 
 Steely_D wrote:
Songwriters: David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert, David Ricketts, Sheryl Crow, Brian Macleod.

If you think Sheryl Crow is OK, you need to know about the truth about the Tuesday Music Club - which she joined late.

And you especially need to know about the great Kevin Gilbert, who was her boyfriend until she rode his coattails to stardom.



whose coattails didn't she ride?
 


Songwriters: David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert, David Ricketts, Sheryl Crow, Brian Macleod.

If you think Sheryl Crow is OK, you need to know about the truth about the Tuesday Music Club - which she joined late.

And you especially need to know about the great Kevin Gilbert, who was her boyfriend until she rode his coattails to stardom.


early autobiography looking back


I frequently ask this of myself regarding my wife. Still not sure...{#Ask}
Amazing song that was killed by the certain death of the pop radio in the 90s-00s that persists today. 
lyrics are great.  but Cheryl just doesn't do it for me.  {#Eh}
Meh.
Wow, as a segway from Gregory Alan Isakov (The Stable Song), you'd almost think this was the same song.
Not my thing.
 Highlowsel wrote:
Strong enough....?  I guess Lance wasn't.....? 

(Bada bump swish)


 
Apparently he needed more EPO. 
Yes, I am.
you're right.  i'm a jerk but not narcassist.  well aware that my taste is bad to others.  esp THAT tasteless day; musta been in a funk sorry for the negativity 

 
bam23 wrote:

No. You may not. Just because you have pegged a particular performer as not worthy of YOUR attention. Even mediocre artists can create beautiful things. Also, your tastes are not universal, which likely comes as a shock.

 


It's a very pretty song but... "When I'm throwing punches in the air; when I'm showing that I just don't care..."
You're really good-lookin' n'all, Cheryl, but if you don't care, why should I?
Guess I'm not strong enough?
I like the song well enough, but I think many, many other singers could do it infinitely less whiny.

All my womens in my church be glad that I be strong enough to be their man...
 
 jackiewelsh wrote:
I second that.  I listen to this station so i dont have to listen to sub-par crap like this, or overplayed mainstream stuff like coldplay.  Can I get a witness?{#Stupid}

 
rockpommel16 wrote:
.....down.........
 
 
No. You may not. Just because you have pegged a particular performer as not worthy of YOUR attention. Even mediocre artists can create beautiful things. Also, your tastes are not universal, which likely comes as a shock.
Strong enough....?  I guess Lance wasn't.....? 

(Bada bump swish)
{#Drummer}
am I hearing the same melody as the Gregory Alan Isakov song before it?
.....down.........
Best S. Crow song in my limited but humble opinion.
 romeotuma wrote:


I be strong enough to be her man...  love this song...
 
 

Strong Men are needed for Strong Women. Not too many are.
The Live on Letterman version is better.
I've always liked this and never knew it was Sheryl Crow.


beautiful...

 
I like Cheryl......this tune is like her anthem, or someones......On a side note....I can't seem to find a buyer for any of her cds......oh well....


I be strong enough to be her man...  love this song...
 
IMHO, Sheryl´s finest moment: simple and honest.

Do you want more?
Better try science and/or phylosophy.
It´s just art.

 scraig wrote:
this song is brilliant in its brutal honesty. She may be a pop singer, but this has depth.
 
The trick with great songwriting is to keep it simple but tell the truth in a beautiful way. This song succeeds. 8. 
 Businessgypsy wrote:
Yes, a most capable entertainer, and a physically beautiful person. None of which qualifies her to engage in political demogoguery

 
Love definition 2 of demagogue "A leader or orator who espoused the cause of the common people."  IMHO anyone in this country is entitled because of the first amendment to speak freely about any cause they want to.  And artists and entertainers - whether you like them or not - are both citizen's entitled to speak and in many cases "leaders and orators" who are perfectly entitled to use their "bully pulpits" - their stage presence and their access to the public, to speak out - and sing out - about issues they feel strongly about.

Whether it's Lee Greenwood or Sheryl Crow.

If you don't want to hear it - don't go to their show or turn off your radio.

Never liked her.
Hmmm.  I always thought this was Cyndi Lauper.  Did CL cover it?
 Mandible wrote:
{#Stop}
 
well said.



This song is good for the ears...


This is pretty good, Sheryl is alright. Hey she has to pay the bills too, so she sold a lot of records, it's not the end of the world.
Great album.
Not a big fan of Sheryl but did see her play this live and it was extremely moving - hit a chord.

At same concert see came on stage while Lenny Kravitz was playing American Woman and she was hot, VERY HOT!
 
{#Stop}
this song is brilliant in its brutal honesty. She may be a pop singer, but this has depth.
What's that, Sheryl?  Oh, I'm sorry, I'm unable to hear you as a result of the mute button.  Please, continue whining away.

Really like Sheryl. Especially this work.


I love this song but especially like the Sheryl Crow / Stevie Nicks version.
anybody remember this from Kalifornia?
 Razz wrote:
Love the bassline in this one.
 
Was just thinking the same thing ... hearing this on great speakers for the first time. Good speakers don't, for me, improve her voice though. I still find her marginal.

 Businessgypsy wrote:
Yes, a most capable entertainer, and a physically beautiful person. None of which qualifies her to engage in political demogoguery
 
What qualifies one to engage in political demagoguery?!{#Ask} And why the hell isn't the emoticon showing up? :-D There.


 streetsintherain wrote:
her crowning acheivement.
Nothing she has done since this has been any good.
Bravo.
 
Respectfully disagree (7 years later, LOL). Sheryl Crow and The Globe Sessions, which followed, are both awesome albums. Not that I don't love this song. :)

Love the bassline in this one.
derekd wrote:
Not a Crow fan. But you have to acknowledge good music when you hear it. And she nailed it here.
Yes, a most capable entertainer, and a physically beautiful person. None of which qualifies her to engage in political demogoguery

I haven't heard this in a long enough time that I like it again {#Music}
Bill,

Please stop overplaying this song.

The last play was 2002.  Next, somebody will say this is overplayed.

Not a Crow fan. But you have to acknowledge good music when you hear it. And she nailed it here.
her crowning acheivement. Nothing she has done since this has been any good. Bravo.