‘Strength’ [5:34] (The Alarm), The Alarm

‘Strength’ [5:34] (The Alarm), The Alarm
Lead Vocals:Mike Peters
Lyrics
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GIVE ME LOVE
GIVE ME HOPE
GIVE ME STRENGTH
GIVE ME SOMEONE TO LIVE FOR

Who will light the fire
That I need to survive
Who will be the life blood
Coursing through my veins

Like a river flowing
That will never change
I need someone
I can depend on

'Cause I'm a man of emotions
Who can't hide the tears
I'm a man of feeling
Who can't hide the pain

I'm alone on  the outskirts of town
Where no one knows my name
I'm at the point in my life
Where I need affection

WON'T YOU
GIVE ME LOVE (Give me love)
GIVE ME HOPE (Give me hope)
GIVE ME STRENGTH
GIVE ME SOMEONE TO LIVE FOR

GIVE ME LOVE (Give me love)
GIVE ME HOPE (Give me hope)
GIVE ME STRENGTH
GIVE ME SOMEONE TO LIVE FOR

I NEED IT NOW
I NEED IT NOW

Someone write me a letter
I need to know that I'm still alive
Someone give me a telephone call
I need to hear a human sound
Someone open up a door
And let me out of this place
I've been caged up for oh so long
I don't know if I'm living or dying

SOMEONE BETTER
GIVE ME LOVE (Give me love)
GIVE ME HOPE (Give me hope)
GIVE ME STRENGTH
GIVE ME SOMEONE TO LIVE FOR

GIVE ME LOVE (Give me love)
GIVE ME HOPE (Give me hope)
GIVE ME STRENGTH
GIVE ME SOMEONE TO LIVE FOR

I walk alone across the outskirts of town
I can't control what I'm going through now
Will you light the fire that I need to survive
Will you donate the life blood
coursing through my veins
Will you open up the door & let me out of this place

I've been caged up for oh so long
I don't know if I'm living or dying

WON'T YOU
GIVE ME LOVE (Give me love)
GIVE ME HOPE (Give me hope)
GIVE ME STRENGTH
GIVE ME SOMEONE TO LIVE FOR

GIVE ME LOVE (Give me love)
GIVE ME HOPE (Give me hope)
GIVE ME STRENGTH
GIVE ME SOMEONE
SOMEONE TO LIVE FOR

Notes
:Produced by Mike Howlett
Engineered by Nigel Luby
Recorded at Marcus Studios, London June/July 1985
Mixed at Battery 4, August 1985
Keyboards by Rupert Black
Mike Peters Notes
:Strength is a song that was one of the first songs we’ve ever written
together as a band. It started off during the tour. We were
rehearsing “Shout To The Devil” off Declaration to play one night,
and Dave was messing about with the riff to “Shout To The Devil”,
and all of a sudden he started playing what eventually became the
riff the “Strength”. When he got it into that shape, I just started
singing over the top, and then Eddie added some melody and Twist
added a bit. We played a particular inspirational show in Newcastle
one night, and I remember lying in bed in the hotel after the show,
thinking “Give Me Love”, I got this chorus in my head and I thought,
I’ve gotta get the guitar out, so I ran to the van in my underpants,
It was good there were no fans hanging about at the hotel, I got the
guitar out of the van, came back up into the hotel, and tried out
this chorus and thought “oh yeah, its quite good”, and then showed it
to the lads the next day. Dave changed a few of the chords around
in it, and then we had the song. The lyrics just came out of that
feeling of being caged up, and being suppressed. Its a very powerful
song. Its the first one we’ve done as the entire band, and I hope
it is not the last as it is one of the best songs we’ve ever written.

(1985, Backstage Pass 91X)
Dave Sharp Notes
:We named the album after the song “Strength” because it spoke about that uniqueness between people. That chemistry, searching for that something to take you through when you are down. You wanna be up, and you’ve got to find something to achieve that. For me, I go down to the sea, but for someone lese it could be totally different. “Strength” is about realising what that thing is and where to find it inside you.

(Strength Tour Program, 1985)
Eddie MacDonald Notes
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Nigel Twist Notes
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