Stronger Than I Was by Eminem

Eminem and Brittany Murphy in the 2002 semi-autobiographical 8 Mile

Eminem is one of my favourite artists and by God, is he an artist! This anthem just came on whilst my phone was in shuffle mode and what an incredible piece of work it is. Although referring to his divorce from Kim Mathers, it can be used by the listener to identify with any loss. Job losses, relationships, health, etc. It’s saddening upon immediate listening but once you get deep within the soul, you end up singing along the parts personal to you. It features in my Power Up playlist and certainly helps me expel pent up emotions.

You used to say that I’d never be nothing without you
And I believe I’m striding the roads, I guess I can’t breathe
Just lay here with me, baby, hold me please
And I beg and I plead, drop to knees
And I cry and I’d scream, baby, please don’t leave
Snatch the keys from your hand
I would squeeze and you’d laugh
And you’d tease, you’re just fucking with me
And you must hate me
Why do you date me if you say I make you sick?
And you’ve had enough of me
I smother you, I’m ’bout to jump off the edge

But you won’t break me
You’ll just make me stronger than I was
Before I met you, I bet you I’ll be just fine without you
And if I stumble, I won’t crumble
I’ll get back up and uhhh
And I’mma still be humble when I scream fuck you
‘Cause I’m stronger than I was

A beautiful face is all that you had
‘Cause on the inside you’re ugly, man
But you’re all that I love
Aggressed, you can’t leave
Please stay here with me, baby, hold me please
And I’d beg and I plead, drop to knees
And I’d cry and I’d scream, baby, please don’t leave
‘Cause you left and you took everything I had left
And left nothing, nothing for me
So please don’t wake me from this dream, baby
We’re still together in my head
And you’re still in love with me
Till I woke up to discover that that dream was dead

But you won’t break me
You’ll just make me stronger than I was
Before I met you, I bet you I’ll be just fine without you
And if I stumble, I won’t crumble
I’ll get back up and uhhh
And I’mma still be humble when I scream fuck you
‘Cause I’m stronger than I was

You walked out, I almost died
It was almost a homicide that you caused cause I was so traumatized
Felt like I was in for a long bus ride
I’d rather die than you not be by my side
Can’t count how many times I vomited, cried
Go to my room, turn the radio on and hide, uh
We were Bonnie and Clyde
No, on the inside you were Jekyll and Hyde I
Felt like my whole relationship with you was a lie
It was you and I, why did I think it was ride or die?
‘Cause if you could’ve took my life you would’ve
It’s like you put a knife to my chest and pushed it right through to the
Other side of my pack and stuck a spike, too, should’ve
Put up more of a fight, but I couldn’t at the time
No one could hurt me like you could’ve
Take you back now, what’s the likelihood of that?
Bite me, bitch, chewing on a nineteen footer
‘Cause this morning I finally stood up
Held my chin up, finally showed a sign of life in me for the
First time since you left me and left me with nothing but shattered dreams
And a life we could’ve had and we could’ve been
But I’m breaking out of this slump I’m in
Pulling myself out of the dumps once again
I’m getting up once and for all, fuck this shit
I’mma be late for the pity party
But you’re never gonna beat me to the fucking punch again
Took it on the chin like a champ so don’t lump me in with the chumpy ends
I’m done being your punching bag
It was the November 31st today, would’ve been our anniversary
Two years, but you left on the first of May
I wrote it on the calender, was gonna call, but couldn’t think of the words to say
But it came to me just now, so I put ’em in a verse to lay
And I thank you cause you made me a better person than I was
But I hate you cause you drained me
I gave you all, you gave me none
But if you blame me, you’re crazy
And after all that’s said and done
I’m still angry, yeah, I maybe
I may never trust someone

But you won’t break me
You’ll just make me stronger than I was
Before I met you, I bet you I’ll be just fine without you
And if I stumble, I won’t crumble
I’ll get back up and uhhh
And I’mma still be humble when I scream fuck you
‘Cause I’m stronger than I was

Songwriters: Luis Edgardo Resto / Marshall B. Iii Mathers Stronger Than I Was lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management (2013)

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© Copyright: Sharon Lawson™

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