London Grammar’s “Strong”

I heard this song on the radio while driving to lunch. Now I seem a little obsessed with it because it’s just so good. I’d never heard the song before, even though it had come out last year. While I as in the car I made sure to remember some of the more obvious lines so I could Google it later (i.e. “I have a feeling deep down, you’re caught in the middle”)

Googled it on my phone before I forgot, and discovered London Grammar’s Strong.

It’s a weary, contemplative song.

And then these kids fairly made me cry doing a cover on a German talent show or some such. I’ve been listening to this over and over again, the contrast between their young voices and a world-weary adult song just cutting into my heart:

 

 Excuse me for a while
While I’m wide-eyed
And I’m so down, caught in the middle
I’ve excused you for a while
While I’m wide-eyed
And I’m so damn caught in the middle

And a lion, a lion roars would you not listen?
If a child, a child cries would you not forgive them?

Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I’ve never been so wrong
Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I’ve never been so wrong

Excuse me for a while,
Turn a blind eye
With a stare caught right in the middle
Have you wondered for a while
I have a feeling deep down
You’re caught in the middle?

If a lion, a lion roars would you not listen?
If a child, a child cries would you not forgive them?

Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I’ve never been so wrong
Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I’ve never been so wrong

Excuse me for a while
While I’m wide-eyed
And I’m so damn caught in the middle
Have you wondered for a while
I have a feeling deep down?
You’re caught in the middle

Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I’ve never been so wrong
Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I’ve never been so wrong

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