(Something Inside) So Strong

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"(Something Inside) So Strong"
Single by Labi Siffre
from the album So Strong
B-side I'm Alright
Released 1987
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Length 4:48
Label China
Producer(s) Glyn Johns
Labi Siffre singles chronology
"(Something Inside) So Strong"
"Nothin's Gonna Change"

(Something Inside) So Strong is a 1987 single written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Labi Siffre. The song was one of the biggest successes of Siffre's career, and peaked at number four in the United Kingdom.[1]

The song was written in 1984, inspired by a TV documentary on Apartheid South Africa seen by Siffre in which white soldiers were filmed shooting at black civilians in the street. He told the BBC's Soul Music programme in 2014 that the song was also influenced by his experience as a homosexual child, adolescent and adult (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b040hx6j). Siffre originally intended to give the song to another artist to sing, but could find no one suitable and was convinced to release it himself.[2]

The song has remained enduringly popular and is an example of the political and sociological thread running through much of Siffre’s lyrics and poetry. It won the Ivor Novello Award for "Best Song Musically and Lyrically", and has been used in Amnesty International campaigns, a television advertisement and Alice Walker's film against female genital mutilation: Warrior Marks.


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 498. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Mathur, Paul SPIN Aug 1989