Olivia Newton-John Collection
Stronger than before - lyrics


Track list with Olivia's personal comments (taken from the CD booklet):

1.Stronger than before

This song was written by the three of us in my living room. We talked about what it was like going through breast cancer, and we decided   it's breast cancer or any other difficult thing, you come out stronger than before. It's a simple idea, but it can be very uplifting for someone who is feeling vulnerable and alone.

2. When you believe

This song celebrates the power of positive mental energy. Your mind is a really powerful force - you have to believe to get well. I am strongly convinced that the mind, body and spirit are connected. This song was on my computer for years, but it never quite found its place. Now I think is was meant to be part of this collection.

3. Phenomenal Woman

Adapted from Maya Angelou's poem of the same name, this song is a heartfelt, sensuous celebration of the experience of womanhood. When Amy Sky asked Dr. Angelou for permission to adapt the poem, the poet enthusiastically agreed, saying "We need to be proud of who we are."

4. Under the skin

In early 2005, in my almost-empty new house in Malibu, California, furnished only with a piano and a few odds and ends, Amy Sky and I sat at that piano to start writing for this CD. We wrote this song with the thought in mind of women who are feeling less because they have lost a breast to cancer. The result is a musical affirmation that says - someone who loves you, loves you for who you are inside - under the skin.

5. Pass it on

This song offers a very positive perspective about passing along the love we find in life. We all go through difficult times, and it's love that pulls us through. Afterwards, it's important to share your experience and pass it on in turn. That's exactly what this CD is all about.

6. That's all i know for sure

I wrote this song for my daughter. I wanted to share with her one of the most important things I learned as a cancer patient: in the face of terrifying uncertainty, the one thing I know absolutely for sure is that love is what really matters. that's what gets you through - love.

7. When I needed you

Benny and I have been friends ever since we were in a movie together in 1970 called Toomorrow. He wrote this song for his youg children, describing his creative vision of how people who love one another can stay forever connected in the world of imagination and dreams.

8. Can I trust your arms

At Christmas time, I asked my daughter, Chloe, to write a song with me for this project. She didn't really respond, so I thought it probably just didn't interest her. Then on Christmas morning, she handed me a CD case with paper inside, which turned out to be the lyrics to "Can I trust your arms". I wrote a melody for it, alone at the piano, and that's how we've recorded it, keeping it very simple and personal.

9. Don't stop believin' (new version)

When I began to think about this CD, this song is the first one that came to my mind. It has always been a favorite and is even more meaningful to me now because of my own life experiences. Many people have told me that it has helped them through rough times. This time, I have recorded it in the bossa nova style and I love it even  more..

10. Serenity

This musical interpretation touched me deeply when I heard it, and i thought it was so beautiful. I know the prayer has helped many people, and I hope this version reaches many more.

Here are the lyrcis (which I got from a good friend Nancy Bennett from New York)

1. “Stronger Than Before”
I’ve survived so many things,
from broken hearts to shattered dreams.
In every one I found an open door.
I’d miss a step, I’d learn to dance
Come back again with half a chance
Stronger than before.

There were times I couldn’t see
beyond the blue inside of me
A thousand miles away from shore
But every moment every day
With every step, I’d find my way
Stronger than before

I believe in miracles
I believe in dreams
Through the pain I’ve come to know
How far the heart can reach

A spark of hope in sorrows place
Will shine with such amazing grace
Stronger than before

(Ooooh, ba ba bah… ‘s)

I believe in miracles
I believe in dreams
Through the pain I’ve come to know
How far my heart can reach

A spark of hope in sorrows place
Will shine with such amazing grace
Stronger than before

Stronger than before

Stronger than before
2. “When You Believe”
When you believe
Like I believe
You can turn your life around
And live your dreams
What makes you strong
What drives you on
You know you’re not alone
when you believe

Here’s to the girl I left behind
The one who thought the world
would always pass her by
She looks at me know
With wonder in her eyes
She knows how far I’ve come
How hard I’ve tried

When you believe
Like I believe
You can turn your life around
And live your dreams
What makes you strong
What drives you on
You know you’re not alone
when you believe

Here’s to the woman I have become
The one who wants to thank you
for all you’ve done
You lift me high
You gave me wings to fly
And all I want to say
is you take my breath away

Ahhh…..

Look at me now
The wonder I can’t hide
I know how far I’ve come
How hard I’ve tried
The way I feel inside

When you believe
Like I believe
You can turn your life around
And live your dreams
What makes you strong
What drives you on
You know you’re not alone
when you believe

{repeats}

You know you’re not alone
When you believe 
3. "Phenomenal Woman"
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit
a fashion model's size
But when I try to tell them
They think I'm telling lies
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips
The stride of my step
The curl of my lips
I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please
And to a man
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees
Then they swarm around me
A hive of honey bees

I say
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth
The swing in my waist
And the joy in my feet
I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see

I say
It's in the arch of my back
The sun of my smile
The ride of my breasts
The grace of my style
I'm a woman

Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud

I say
It's in the click of my heels
The bend of my hair
the palm of my hand
The need of my care
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me
4. “Under the Skin”
Don’t believe the mirror
‘Cause mirrors sometimes lie
If you wanna see the way you look to me
Look in to my eyes

You are beautiful to me
From without and from within
You are beautiful to me
Under the skin

When I tell you that you’re special
You don’t believe it’s true
You only see what’s changed
But to me you’re still the same
There’s no one quite like you

 You are beautiful to me
From without and from within
You are beautiful to me
Under the skin

Like a morning rose
Reaching for the sun

From without and from within
You are beautiful to me
Under the skin

Under the skin 
5. “Pass it On”
If a stranger shows you a kindness
For no reason shows you a smile
Don’t hold it there in your heart very long
Pass it on

If you find your magical lantern
And your wishes all come true
When you’ve had your fill and your turn is down
Pass it on

Reach out and give when you’ve got something good
Get a message to everyone
Tell every mother and daughter and father and son
To pass it on
(the more you get the more you give)
That’s all you gotta do
(the writing’s on the wall)
Pass it on
(the more you know, the more you live)
Like somebody passed it on to you

As you walk down your road less traveled
When it feels you’ve lost your way
If a hand reaches down and helps you along
Pass it on
Reach out and give when you’ve got something good
Get a message to everyone
Tell every mother and daughter and father and son
To pass it on
(the more you get, the more you give)
That’s all you gotta do
(the writing’s on the wall)
Pass it on
(the more you know, the more you live)
Like somebody passed it on to you

Pass it on
(the more you get, the more you give)
That’s all you gotta do
(the writing’s on the wall)
Yeah
Pass it on
(the more you know, the more you live)
Like somebody passed it on to you

Oh if you find your light in the darkness
See the good in everyone
Pass it on
Pass it on, pass it on

Pass it on
(the more you get, the more you give)
That’s all you gotta do
(the writing’s on the wall)
Yeah
Pass it on
(the more you know, the more you live)
Like somebody passed it on to you

(repeats) 
6. “That’s All I Know For Sure”
(Ha!) Yay-hey!
This life is so uncertain
That’s all I know for sure
You spend your whole life searchin’
Thinking there’s something more

And I wish that I could paint your skies
the brightest blues with sun forevermore
But rain could fall tomorrow
That’s all I know for sure

I don’t regret a moment
That’s just a waste of time
Tears, a part of growing
I’ve had my share of mine

Time has a way of healing pain
We only gain from learning to endure
Life has no rhyme or reason
That’s all I know for sure

Yay-hey…

If I could give you anything
To make you stronger than you are
It’s that the key to every thing
Is right there in your heart
Right there in your heart
For love is all that matters
That’s all I know
That’s all I know
That love is all that matters
That’s all I know for sure
7. “When I Needed You”
When you cry for me
Here’s what I will do
I’ll slip into your dreams at night
And comfort you
And when you hear my cry
Do that in reverse
Imagine you are flying through the universe

I know the distance scares you
But it’s really not far
Cause I’ll be on the corner
In that neighborhood of stars

And when I needed you
I’ll just call out loud
And you’ll look up
and see me standing on a cloud
I’ll say ‘come closer please’
And you’ll stand on a chair
And with silver wings
I’ll hold you in the trembling air

And when you hear me whistle
Consider that a clue
Another way of saying
How much I’m missing you

But I’m not up there yet
I’ve got miles to go
Miles and miles
To dream of you
And watch you grow

And now I think I’ll practice what I will do
I’m up there and I’m missing you
8. “Can I Trust Your Arms”

Sunlight fades to black
and I’m still alone
No one can understand
why I need to do this on my own

What I need I always push away
I try to make you leave
But you always stay
I fight the falling
I push against the pull of it all
I’m scared of not knowing
What will happen if I fall into your arms
Can I trust your arms
Can I trust your arms

My tears would always hide
When I looked into your eyes
But now I know that you see beauty in my human cries
The sky is turning gray today
So I can be blue
I’m learning love is being all I am in front of you

I fight the falling
I push against the pull of it all
I’m scared of not knowing
What will happen if I fall into your arms
Can I trust your arms
Can I trust your arms

I’m weak today
Please look away
Tomorrow I’ll be strong
You take my hand
And hold my heart
And you let me fall

Sunlight fades to black
and I’m still alone
No one can understand
why I need to do this on my own

I fight the falling
I push against the pull of it all
I’m scared of not knowing
What will happen if I fall into your arms
Can I trust your arms
Can I trust your arms

Can I trust your arms
9. "Don't Stop Believin'"
 
You think the world should see things your way
Love, I know you, you think good fortune's here to stay
Love, I know you shined in everything you tried before
Your smile can open any door

But on those days when nobody wants to know you
And all your smiles keep falling on stoney ground
Don't stop believin', don't stop believin'
Don't stop believin', you'll get by
Bad days, bad days will hurry by

You never chase your dreams, they find you
Love, I know you, if you need love, it finds you too
Love, although you sail alone and free
I'll follow in your wake
And pray one day my heart you'll take

But on those days when nobody wants to know you
And all your smiles keep falling on stoney ground
Don't stop believin', don't stop believin'
Don't stop believin', you'll get by
Bad days, bad days will hurry by
10. “Serenity”
When the shadows descend again
Give me the eyes to see
And when the silence stills my lips
Give me the words to speak

Accept the things I can’t change
And change the things I still can
Give me the wisdom to know the difference
Grant me serenity
Grant me serenity

And when the river is a wall of water
Give me the strength to receive
And when the twilight hides the horizon
Give me the faith to believe

Accept the things I can’t change
And change the things I still can
Give me the wisdom to know the difference
Grant me serenity
Grant me serenity

Accept the things I can’t change
And change the things I still can
Give me the wisdom to know the difference
Grant me serenity
Grant me serenity
And I’ll see eternity
Grant me serenity
   

My special thanks to Nancy for her support