|B-side I'm Alright|
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Genre R&B, gospel
"(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 his career, and peaked at number four in the United Kingdom.
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. 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.
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. Notably it has been adopted by Irish Republicans to commemorate the resistance of the ten men who died on hunger strike in Long Kesh Prison near Lisburn in 1981.
The song has been covered by many artists including country singer Kenny Rogers who featured it on his 1989 best-selling album of the same name and also by Pop Idol finalist Rik Waller who had a UK Top 40 hit with it.