"Stronger Than Me" as written by Salaam Remi and Amy Winehouse....
You should be stronger than me
You've been here seven years longer than me
Don't you know you supposed to be the man?
Not pale in comparison to who you think I am
You always want to talk it through, I don't care
I always have to comfort you when I'm there
But that's what I need you to do, stroke my hair
'Cause I've forgotten all of young love's joy
Feel like a lady, and you my lady boy

You should be stronger than me
But instead you're longer than frozen turkey
Why'd you always put me in control
All I need is for my man to live up to his role
You always want to talk it through, I'm okay
I always have to comfort you every day
But that's what I need you to do, are you gay?
'Cause I've forgotten all of young love's joy
Feel like a lady, and you my lady boy

He said "the respect I made you earn
Thought you had so many lessons to learn"
I said "You don't know what love is get a grip
Sound as if you're reading from some other tired script"
I'm not gonna meet your mother anytime
I just want to grip your body over mine
Please tell me why you think that's a crime
I've forgotten all of young love's joy
Feel like a lady, and you my lady boy

You should be stronger than me
You should be stronger than me
You should be stronger than me
You should be stronger than me


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"Stronger Than Me [Jazz Intro]" as written by Salaam Remi Amy Winehouse

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    My InterpretationI think people have got this wrong.

    Sensitive men are fine. Sensitive women are fine too. You do need that quality to an extent in order for a relationship to be successful and for the other person to feel understood and listened to. But I don't think that's what this song is about, nor is ultimately about gender and wanting a man to play the typical macho role. It's about the frustration that comes when your partner is so consumed in themselves and their own lives that they neglect you and become dependent. You become less of a girl/boyfriend and more like a mother.

    "You always wanna talk it through - I don't care!
    I always have to comfort you when I'm there
    But that's what I need you to do - stroke my hair!"

    First line I think is an expression of her being so frustrated and irritaed with always having to listen to her partner's problems constantly. The next two lines I think are about her frustration that, whilst she's there to take care of him, he can't even be bothered to return the gesture.

    "Why'd you always put me in control?
    All I need is for my man to live up to his role,"

    She's sick of taking the lead and being the one that provides direction in the relationship, which is fair enough. The other person has to pull their weight too.

    "Always wanna talk it through- I'm ok,
    Always have to comfort you every day,
    But that's what I need you to do - are you gay?"

    She's tired of talking, tired of being emotional, she's at the end of her line. She needs someone to support her too. I think the last line here let's the song down though, it's not very sophisticated and is insulting.

    "I'm not gonna meet your mother anytime
    I just wanna grip your body over mine"

    She wants a boyfriend and passion, not emotional humdrum.

    That's my take on the song. Sensitive partners are fine, but partners that become so absorbed in their own issues that they fail to return the support aren't.
    Lusterson July 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentseriouslyyyy. i'm a gay guy and i can relate to this song.
    i HATE that girly boy shit.
    BE A MAN. lol for reals though.
    omfgmattyon December 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlways have to comfort you every day,
    But that's what I need you to do - are you gay?

    Teehee.. Eh, not nice. No. *caughs*
    SoNaiveYetSoon April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think she's looking for a real he-man, and the guy she's dating is kind of a pussy.
    Also, lines should be
    "I pale in comparison", and not "Not pal in comparison"
    "I just wanna grip your body over mine" instead of "rip".
    bouncehoperon March 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive been a relationship like this...its really annoying!! there are times when men need to be men
    honoraryidioton March 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove
    lovesthatcoffeeon May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about her looking for her man to take the macho, role. she is also reflecting by saying:

    "I have forgotten all of young love's joy" which means when she was in the relationship with the man that was 7 years older, she of course thought it would be better because he was more mature. and now she misses the excitement from being with someone around her age.

    its rather intresting because as the song progresses, shes getting more and more frustrated.

    IE.

    1-You always wanna talk it through - I don't care!
    2-I always have to comfort you when I'm there
    3-But that's what I need you to do - stroke my hair!

    1- Always wanna talk it through- I'm ok,
    2-Always have to comfort you every day,
    3-But that's what I need you to do - are you gay?

    if you compare both lines of 1, 2 and 3.
    the state of annoyance increases.
    the first line 3 shows extreme sarcasm, like.. " yeah what i need is for you to stroke my hair.."
    misz504on June 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn everytime I hear this song its like she's singing it to me. I girlfriend broke up with me because she "feels like she has to bring me up all the time" and I'm never there to bring her up. Now whenever I hear this song I think of how much I need to change.
    Friscom99on July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA man having some sensitivity doesn't make him any less of a man. I wish there actually were more men who possessed even half of those qualities.
    diana_xon December 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@bouncehoper, FYI the correct lines are:
    - "Not pale in comparison"
    - "I just wanna rip your body over mine"
    (checked the lyrcis in the original cd cover)

    @diana_x
    hah, i agree. I guess its not about whether a sensitive man is 'right' or 'wrong'.
    Its just about what suits your needs best :-D

    /Love moi.
    MakeLoveN0tWaron December 28, 2007   Link

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