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Strong is the seventh track from One Direction's third studio album, Midnight Memories.

The song is a fan favorite and has been performed on the Where We Are Tour and the On The Road Again Tour. It was removed from the On The Road Again Tour setlist during the North American leg.

Lyrically, the song describes a desire to openly love and need a person, without concern for outsider judgement.

Background

"Strong" was written by Louis Tomlinson,[1] John RyanJamie Scott and Julian Bunetta. In an interview with MTV News, Bunetta said, "We got into this discussion about how when you tell someone like 'I need you, I love you and I need you 'cause you make me strong,' essentially you can scare someone off. It's pressure, so people just kind of run from it. So, that's what the lyric is," recalled Bunetta, who also helped produce songs on the album.

"It's saying 'I'm sorry if I say this, but fuck it. It was just sort of a thing that I think all guys feel, having to uphold a woman who I love 'I'm strong' philosophy , and kind of throwing that idea out the window."[2]

On 18 November, "Strong" was one of three tracks, along with "Diana" and "Midnight Memories", to be released ahead of the album, which was released the following week.

Lyrics


[Zayn]
My hands, your hands
Tied up like two ships
Drifting, weightless
Waves try to break it
I’d do anything to save it
Why is it so hard to say it

[Liam]
My heart, your heart
Sit tight like book ends
Pages between us
Written with no end
So many words we’re not saying
Don’t want to wait till its gone
You make me strong

[All]
I’m sorry if I say I need ya
But I don’t care I’m not scared of love
Cos when I’m not with you I’m weaker
Is that so wrong, is it so wrong

[Harry]
That you make me strong

[Louis]
Think of how much love thats been wasted
People always trying to escape it
Move on to stop their heart breaking
But theres nothing I’m running from
You make me strong

[All]
I’m sorry if I say I need ya
But I don’t care I’m not scared of love
Cos when I’m not with you I’m weaker
Is that so wrong, is it so wrong

[Zayn]
So baby hold on to my heart, oohh
Need you to keep me from falling apart
I’ll always hold on
Cos you make me strong

[Niall]
I’m sorry if I say I need ya
But I don’t care I’m not scared of love
Cos when I’m not with you I’m weaker
Is that so wrong, is it so wrong

[All]
I’m sorry if I say I need ya
But I don’t care I’m not scared of love
Cos when I’m not with you I’m weaker
Is that so wrong, is it so wrong
That you make me strong

I’m sorry if I say I need ya
But I don’t care I’m not scared of love
Cos when I’m not with you I’m weaker
Is that so wrong, is it so wrong

[Harry]
That you make me strong

Chart Performance

The song reached number one on the Official New Zealand Music Chart, making it One Direction's third number one in New Zealand, after "Live While We're Young" (2012) and "Story of My Life". It also charted at number 48 on the UK Singles Chart, number 87 in the Billboard Hot 100 and number 44 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Reception

Michael Cragg of the Daily Mirror gave "Strong" four out of five stars and wrote: ""My hands, your hands tied up like two ships" sings Zayn to open "Strong". I don't think it's about nautical bondage mind you, but more about love and feeling safe with someone that's your soulmate etc. etc. and so on. Again, it's upbeat but quite 'mature', and certainly less teenage than "What Makes You Beautiful". This isn't about a quick fumble, more a recently announced engagement. It's also ridiculously catchy." 

Writing for Billboard, Chris Payne called the song "a love song in the earnest, mid-tempo vein of previous track "Don't Forget Where You Belong". It's the sort of song plenty of boy bands and well-meaning soft rockers have pulled off before....".

Live Performance

One Direction- "Strong" (LIVE)

One Direction- "Strong" (LIVE)

One Direction - Strong - Live at Wembley Stadium June 6, 2014

One Direction - Strong - Live at Wembley Stadium June 6, 2014

14 in Chicago

14 in Chicago

2014

2014

References

  1. Midnight Memories review
  2. ONE DIRECTION'S MIDNIGHT MEMORIES: GO INSIDE THEIR LATE-NIGHT RECORDING SESSIONS
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