January 20.2014 – The Story Behind “Stronger” by Sara Evans

Is there anyone that actually escapes a heartbreak? I don’t think so. When this song first came it, it was pretty timely in my life. In a way, I think it continues to motivate me. “I’m tellin’ myself, I’ll be okay.” Overcoming heartache from anything for any reason takes getting a little bit stronger. We just have to keep believing in ourselves. Here’s to you heart. ~ rj

Watch the video here! Sara Evans Stronger

SARA EVANS “STRONGER” is the first single from Sara Evans’ sixth album, Stronger. Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, and Hillary Scott wrote the song and the Lady Antebellum singer also performs harmony vocals on the track.

The song’s female protagonist describes in the song how she is constantly reminded of her former love interest as she goes through her daily routine. Hillary Scott told The Boot her lyrics are based on an actual experience. She explained: “When I wrote it, I was barely a month out of a really, really bad break-up. It’s very autobiographical … one of the most personal songs that I’ve ever written. It was personal when I wrote it, but now that it’s actually out there, it takes it to another level. I’m sure he [my ex] has heard it, but that’s OK because the song’s about ‘everyday without you, I’m a little bit stronger,’ which is true. So, he can hear that. That’s OK.”

The song features on the soundtrack for the 2010 movie Country Strong. It is sung by Leighton Meester in the film, while Evan’s version is on the movie’s soundtrack. “I’m so excited. We found a song, put it on the record, put it out as my first single, shot the video for it and then found out it was in this movie. I was overwhelmed!” Sara told The Boot.

Peter Zavadil and directed the song’s music video, which was shot on August 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. It finds a distraught Evans performing the song in various locations. Throughout the clip, scenes of her recording a video blog are included in which Evans notes that she’s getting stronger with each passing day.

Evans told Country Weekly: “It’s a great lyric. I love the fact that it’s very realistic. Some songs are like ‘you left me and I’m totally over you and you never cross my mind.’ I love that the song is realistic. It says ‘I’m getting a little bit stronger. I’m doing little things at a time.'”

The song returned Evans to the top of Country Songs, for the first time since she reigned with “A Real Fine Place to Start” for two weeks in September and October 2005. This was the longest hiatus between #1s (five years, seven months) since Garth Brooks nine-year, one-month, gap between “To Make You Feel My Love” and “More Than a Memory” (1998-2007).

“Stronger” reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts the week of May 14.2011. The video has been viewed over 20 million times!

LYRICS: Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, and Hillary Scott
Woke up late today, and I still feel the sting of the pain.
But I brushed my teeth anyway, got dressed through the mess and put a smile on my face.
I got a little bit stronger.

Riding in the car to work, and I’m trying to ignore the hurt.
So I turned on the radio, Stupid song made me think of you,
I listened to it for minute, but then I changed it.
I’m getting a little bit stronger, just a little bit stronger.

And I’m done hoping that we can work it out,
I’m done with how it feels, spinning my wheels
Letting you drag my heart around.
And ohhh
I’m done thinking, that you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same,
but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.
Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.

Doesn’t happen over night, but you turn around and a months gone by,
And you realize you haven’t cried.
I’m not giving you a hour or a second or another minute longer.
I’m busy getting stronger.

And I’m done hoping that we can work it out,
I’m done with how it feels, spinning my wheels
Letting you drag my heart around.
And ohhh
I’m done thinking, that you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same,
but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.
Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.
I get a little bit stronger.

Getting along without you baby,
I’m better off without you baby,
How does it feel with out me baby?
I’m getting stronger without you baby.

And I’m done hoping that we can work it out,
I’m done with how it feels, spinning my wheels
Letting you drag my heart around.
And ohhh
I’m done thinking, that you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same,
but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay,
Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.
I get a little bit stronger.

I’m just a little bit stronger.
A little bit, a little bit, a little bit stronger.
I get a little bit stronger.

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One thought on “January 20.2014 – The Story Behind “Stronger” by Sara Evans

  1. This piece was a lifjeacket that saved me from drowning.

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