Song focus: STRONGER

 Song focus: STRONGER

Too late for this year's London Marathon, I have been editing this down to offer for TV montages at The World Cup, for those breathless high-altitude challenges!

First broadcast for the University Boat Race, ‘Stronger’ is an anthem about endurance in the face of hardship. I was a Cambridge oarsman. Rowing taught me all about pushing my pain threshold and learning to live at my limits every day, which has equipped me for times of stress. I wrote this song to inspire a friend who was very low. It was also the first co-write with James who gave me some chords to write a top-line. The song has been featured on Comic Relief, adopted by various charity compilations and won an award in the International Songwriting Competition.

The video for Stronger, created by Canadian animator Theodore Ushev, was based on his award-winning animation ‘Walk On By’ and was a collaboration fulfilled purely over the internet. The video follows Everyman’s journey through life’s ups and downs. It gives perspective. Theodore followed this up with an extraordinary animation for another song ‘White Dove’. Watch via the video page. 


Lyrics for STRONGER (Words D. Vye)

Miles and miles ahead to go
Rain may pour and wind may blow
Higher mountains you will climb
Go on
Taking one step at a time
Come on

Though your weary body ache
And though you ask what it will take
And though your head keeps saying no
The more you tread the more you grow
The more you know
Oh
Breathe it out and breathe it in
And don’t give in
Don’t give in
Yeah

Miles and miles you will have been
Mountain views you will have seen
And though it felt like a bitter pain
Come on
All you had you had to gain

Strong, getting stronger
Pain, pain no longer
And so, still you grow

Breathe it out and breathe it in
Breathe it out and breathe it in
And don’t give in
Don’t give in

Stronger
Stronger
Give it all, give everything
Give it out and don’t give in
Breathe it out and breathe it in
Breathe it out and breathe it in
Breathe it out and breathe it in
Breathe it out and breathe it in

Before you know it, you could win

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