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Sheryl Crow Strong Enough Lyrics

Last updated: 07/10/2012 11:00:00 AM

God, I feel like hell tonight
Tears of rage I cannot fight (should be lie)
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
Would 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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Deconstruction | Reviewer: Hmmmm | 7/10/12

I have real problems with this song. The disavowal of any responsibility for bad behaviour, the presentation of emotional blackmail as justified by some unexplained suffering. And the payoff? Lurve! Are you dumb enough indeed...

Love this song! | Reviewer: Juz | 4/25/11

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
— Marilyn Monroe

How Much H---? | Reviewer: Laura | 10/9/10

I don't know that you could base a long term relationship on this song. But I love it! Parts of it make sense. We all could put someone thru h--- at times. I had a man who went nuts when I cried, got mad at me. I don't think anyone was strong enough to be his woman. He had to change some for anyone not to boot him out of her life, the woman he has now, who doesn't have three little kids around to make him throw the punches! & owns the home he likes & wants to keep living in. But he had an abusive father, & a psychologist said he suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome like our guys coming home from war. I think I do NOW from living 25 yrs. w/ HIM. I haven't seen anyone since, I think is strong enough to be MY man. I think strong here, means actually flexible. Although it puts tears in my eyes when I see the guys that are such good dads & husbands in the newer age groups. The older men were spoiled. Women had to be the strong ones. Of course some are wonderful! & beautiful, but I didn't marry one of them. Sometimes I caught mine being wonderful, but it didn't last very long! I threw a book at the wall once when I was pregnant, (But downstairs away from everyone when I threw it.) That was when he was extra worse before I had to take him to Mayo Clinic for brain surgery while I was pregnant! He lied a LOT saying hateful things to me. Maybe there's a point beyond which none of us could be strong enough to put up with some else's h---. tho most of us give out a little of it I suppose. Some also don't have the courage to leave, & will put up with anything. Maybe the line should sometimes be "Are you stupid enough to be my man?" I guess the questions is "how much hell is a tolerable level? As my four year old once said coming in my room & waking me up in middle of the night w/ an ear ache. "I'm so sorry, but I care about myself too!.

Yours Truly | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/30/09

I think this is a really great song, and I am really relatin to it. Like I got this dude I'm trying to get at and he acts into me but then he cant handle how I am, and he still says he wants me. He's a challenge and I believe a lot of what he tells me is a lie, although I mostly believe him cause I want to think that he wouldnt lie to me. Also I relate with like the throwing punches line and stuff. I flip out all the time like I'm done f*ck this. He's such a challenge and I think he acts like that cause he's not sure if he's strong enough to be mine, and maybe wants to make sure I'm strong enough to be his?
Idk how she relates to this, or what she thought wrting this, but I do believe it's a great song meant for others to relate too in their own way.

seriously | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/13/09

wow lets not argue over what its about pretty sure only she herself knows what was going through her head. songs are meant to relate to different people for different reasons. it can mean one thing to one person, and something way different to someone else. thats how you know its a good song, and the artist is deep

Hits Home. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/19/09

My Boyfriend cheated on Me, while drunk out of His mind. I think He's too young to be in a relationship. He doesn't know who He is yet, I don't think I do yet. I'm going through the same thing, however. I don't know if He's strong enough to be MY Man. But I'm confused, I'm mad, and sometimes I get angry with Him, when it comes up.

I believe that's EXACTLY what the song is talking about...

it'a all about her life | Reviewer: kooki | 2/13/09

the message of the song is all about her trials especially when she had breast cancer. she's asking her boyfriend if he is strong enough to understand what she's going trhough and if he can handle the pain and suffering that'll cost him because of her sickness.

very obvious | Reviewer: someone | 12/18/08

she is saying that she is confused and doesn't know what is right. She is searching for answers and she's mad because she doesn't know what she wants. She is asking if he is strong enough to stay with her while she is looking for who she is. when she is talking about throwing punches in the air and just not caring, she is talking about when she is breaking down from being so confused and frustrated with not knowing what path she wants to take and it's obvious she needs him and she's asking if he's man enough to handle her emotions and not take them too personal.

how this hits home | Reviewer: Amy | 11/15/08

This song strengthens my belief that my boyfriend is strong enough. He's been there for me through hell and back and back to hell again without once complaining or doubting that he loves me.

"When I've shown you that I just don't care
When I'm throwing punches in the air"

That really gets me because I've done that, I've snapped and started beating the crap out of punching bags and the wall or yelling about not caring about anything anymore & he's always been there to pick up the pieces & save me from myself...

truth | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/27/08

i was 18 and my mom had attempted to kill herself..i called my bestfriend at the time 2 days later my mom died and i got in car accident and he was by myside. He knows everything i have ever been threw in my entire life he's seen me cry so many times...but the thing is i think its about a relationship not sexually based i think its about a women who need a strong male figure in her life for one reason or another my bestfriends are guys because i feel safe with them... i love this song...

what it means | Reviewer: Harley | 4/15/08

I think she has a lot of emotional disabilities, possibly with bi-polar. The lyrics speaking of "tears of rage" exemplifies this. It is hard to look outside of yourself from within yourself "I'd be the last to help you understand." When one goes thru these "episodes" as they call it, "nothing is true, and nothing is right." She is asking her man to leave, and at the same time stay, a contradiction. On one side, she is ashamed of who she is, and does not want him to see, but on the other hand, she would rather him lie to her, justifying why he is staying, and help her. By him staying it shows her that he loves her and will help her get thru this, and is strong enough to be her man. It takes a strong man, or even person, of course not from a physical aspect, but more like secure, confident, empathetic, and supportive to not take offense to her words and stay by her side. When one suffers such as this, it is important to find a companion that will not walk out on you, and to be there for you...

Lyrical Truth | Reviewer: JustAGirl | 2/1/08

I've liked this song since the first time I heard it, but it wasn't until now that it really hit home. I'm having a lot of issues in my life right now, and have been spending many nights "feeling like hell". I don't say this to seek sympathy, but to explain my reasoning. I see the speaker of this song as someone who has been metaphorically hit time and again with challenges and feels like giving up. On top of this, she has reservations about committment. Being at the end of her rope, what she needs most is someone to be there "to try and love her if he can" without trying to change her.

is he strong enough? | Reviewer: bunny | 11/28/07

my "friend" told me this was my song from him cuz he said it fits me perfectly & tells me that he is strong enough. but i am overly emotional & i dont trust people on an extreme level. i love him with all my heart & soul but i dont know quite yet if he is strong enough. this is a very powerful song. its amazin & i love it. it speaks 2 so many women on so many different levels. i, however, dont believe it has anything 2 do with god.

Not about God | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/19/07

It's about a woman who has hit a rough patch in her relationship, and it's time to see if they will sink or swim. She's unsure of herself, and of her lover's ability to handle all that comes with it. She's afraid of his answer, hence the "lie to me, I promise I'll believe"

someone relates to me!! | Reviewer: Shiloh | 11/12/07

Heh, yeah. This song's just strengthened some of my beliefs about my relationship with my boyfriend, as well as made me realize that I'M A WHIRLWIND OF A HEART! Really. This song is about the girl wondering if the guy is gonna be strong enough to bear with her ups and downs... After ten months of that, I just realized he is strong enough to be my man.