Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson




You know the bed feels warmer
Sleeping here alone
You know I dream in colour
And do the things I want

You think you got the best of me
Think you’ve had the last laugh
Bet you think that everything good is gone
Think you left me broken down
Think that I’d come running back
Baby you don’t know me, cause you’re dead wrong


What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

You heard that I was starting over with someone new
They told you I was moving on over you

You didn’t think that I’d come back
I’d come back swinging
You try to break me, but you see


Thanks to you I got a new thing started
Thanks to you I’m not the broken-hearted
Thanks to you I’m finally thinking about me
You know in the end the day you left was just my beginning
In the end…


(When I’m alone)


Stronger (Kelly Clarkson album)

Stronger (Kelly Clarkson album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Vocabulary Boost:


  • to dream in color – to have positive hopeful thoughts
  • to have the last laugh – to succeed when others thought you would not
  • to be dead wrong – to be completely wrong
  • to stand tall – to be proud of yourself
  • to be over  – to be finished, to lose
  • to be over someone/something –  to move on when you have broken up with someone
  • to come back swinging – return with a fighting spirit


Verb Pattern:


Kelly uses the expression “Thanks to you…” in the song and this expression means “due to you” or ” because of you”. We can use it when we are grateful about something.


  • Thanks to you I’ve passed my exam. Our study group was very useful.
  • Thanks to you I can now face my problems.


It can also be used in it’s negative version when we want to take full credit for something:


  • No thanks to you I managed to complete the project.(you didn’t lend any support)
  • No thanks to him I got my kids to school on time. (he did something that was delaying the process)




Empowering song by Kelly Clarkson! We can interpret this as a breakup song so she is stronger after all the pain she endured in her previous relationship. We can also see it as her singing to all the people that didn’t think she would amount to much.  Either way, it is such an energizer for me.


How about you? Do you like Kelly Clarkson?







What’s Your Take On Lazaro Arbos?



Listen to the Podcast:


At the auditions of the 12th season of American Idol, one of the personalities that burst onto the scene was a 21 year old Cuban named Lazaro Arbos.

Arbos, told his heart-warming story in his video presentation. He moved to Florida with his family as a child where he struggled with a severe stuttering problem. He shares his story while holding back tears. His mom seems happy he has found a haven within his passion for singing because he has never had many friends due to his speech difficulties.

He left the judges of American Idol out of breath when he belted out an ‘a cappella’ rendition of  “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” with no imperfections.

Keith Urban said he should just sing all the time and Randy Jackson commented that it was amazing to see no traces of stammering when he sang. The judges gave unanimous approval for Arbos to pass to the next round in Hollywood.

I was moved by his courage & pleased to see him get his yellow sheet of paper that passes him to the next level. I don’t know if he’ll get far or not but it must have been a wonderful feeling of accomplishment for him & his family.

Here’s my question. Do you think he passed because he was really top-notch or were the judges touched by the whole story?

Vocabulary Boost: Listen again and try to find the following expressions

  • audition: a short performance to show your talents to someone
  • burst onto the scene: suddenly appear
  • heart-warming: emotional
  • struggled with: had difficulty with
  • stuttering: having a speech problem that causes you to repeat the beginning of words
  • haven: a place where you feel protected
  • out of breath: surprised and excited
  • belted out: to sing in a loud and forceful voice
  • a cappella: without instrumental music
  • no traces: no evidence
  • was moved: caused emotion
  • accomplished: succeeded
  • top-notch: of the best quality


Watch the video:


Fluency Builder:

Summarize the story to your teacher and give your opinion on this matter in class.

Share your comments on Lazarus Arbos with us too…please!