Stevie Nicks Trouble in Shangri-La (2001)

That Made Me Stronger

Dreams reoccur in my solitude
Breaking my heart
Injuring my mood
With all of the things that I thought I knew
It was you

Well the conversation rings in my head
Well you know me better than I know myself
Will you write this for me
He says no, you write your songs yourself
That made me stronger
It made me hold on to me

Well, I remember
You caught my eye
It was late September
It was no surprise
He made me better
His songs were soft and tender sometimes

Well the conversations ring in my head
I remember everything that we said
All those tears that we shed

Well the conversation rings in my head
Well you know me better than I know myself
Will you write this for me
He says no, you write your songs yourself
That made me stronger
It made me hold on to me

The conversations ring in my head
I remember everything that we said
All those tears that we shed
Don’t call me when you’re lonely

Well the conversation rings in my head
Well you know me better than I know myself
Will you write this for me
He says no, you write your songs yourself
That made me stronger
It made me hold on to me

Well once more I tell the shadows of my soul
To stay back
Everything has changed now
And I don’t want to go back 0000
And nothing you can say can change my mind

Well once more I tell the shadows of my soul
To stay back
Everything has changed now
And I don’t want to go back
And nothing you can say can change my mind

(Stevie Nicks/Scott F. Crago/Timothy Drury) © 1999 ℗ Welsh Witch Music (BMI)/Third Lug Music (ASCAP)/Viramore Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

Produced by Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, and Jeff Trott

About the Song

On April 24, 1994, Stevie Nicks had dinner with good friend Tom Petty at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix to discuss the possibility of him writing songs for her. Tom refused, but encouraged Stevie to overcome her personal setbacks and start writing her own songs again. By the end of the year, Stevie wrote “Love Is,” her first song in several months. She later wrote “That Made Me Stronger,” which was inspired by her conversation with Tom.  (Stevie also recorded the related “Hard Advice” for 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault in 2014.)

“I remember asking my dear friend Tom Petty to work with me on some songs,” Nicks says. “I wasn’t feeling my best; I was unsure about a lot of things. He said, ‘No. You’re a premier songwriter. You don’t need anyone to help you with your songs. Do it yourself.’ It was the jolt I needed.”

Stevie credits Tom for pulling her out of her songwriting rut, thanking him in the Trouble in Shangri-La liner notes.

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