Strength Through Music (2:37)

Cover of Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Alternate Tracks)

From Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Alternate Tracks) and 2 other releases

The song was inspired by the Columbine school shootings when on April 20, 1999, Columbine High School seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people at their school before killing themselves. Check out Strength Through Music Songfacts for a fascinating interview with Amanda Palmer about what inspired her to write “Strength Through Music.”


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A peculiar thing happened to me this morning
Just as I reached into my pocket to find it empty of any sow
I saw two broken twigs on the ground
Shaped like the Greek letters F and S

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  • TheBlankPage

    Amanda Palmer is a genius. Tick tick tick...boom

    2 Jan 2011 Reply
  • corky64

    Great track....<3

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Aeon

    Ahhahahahahahha, the sample from the beginning is Strindberg and Helium ( awesome.

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • xRockMeDown

    don't bother blaming his games and guns, he's only playing and boys just want to have fun. he hung his walkman around his neck. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick BOOM!

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • xEvyn

    So minimalist, and so effective.

    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • imbecilebychoic

    I love this song. Beautiful.

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Moloukione

    Pure genious. +____+ <3 This song, for me, has the strange ability to adjust to the mood I'm in. It can feel extremely depressing yet... well, strengthening, in a neutral but hopeful kind of way. Can't really explain it, it's just magical.

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
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    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • tranquil_demon

    I chose to assume it was the character in the song getting the chemical symbol for Iron wrong, rather that Ms. Palmer. A slow burner, as is most of the record, but worth the extra-listened. AFP for excellence.

    28 Apr 2009 Reply
  • phonakins

    Shame they get the symbol for the element for Iron wrong...

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Ruthdee

    ..palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • grand_alpha

    Moving song, the intro is a bit strange.

    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • nalA__

    i don't think i've ever had this come through on my last fm player before and then it does today in the wake of yesterday's massacre...

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • danthefloorman

    yay for strindberg and helium suffering!

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • jbgren

    love it! love her !

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • youscareme

    One of my favorite from WKAP

    30 Jan 2009 Reply
  • herxrayspex

    I love an artist that writes about reality. Things, whether political or cultual, that are happening or did happen. Compelling to listen too. Love this song so much i'd like to consider it one of my favorites. Amanda Palmer's voice is like the sound of your shower drops landing against the plasic shower curtain. So mellow that your heart beats alongside it.

    31 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Tangatraeger

    One of the five best songs I listened to in 2008. So minimalistic, but so expressive - this is a real masterpiece.

    13 Dec 2008 Reply
  • LaFolieVerte

    @rustedsyringe (ouch): The video is a very precious piece of art, no doubt (actually I think they are all breathtaking). I don't like it the evident way, though. Imho it would have worked with less self-explaining pictures. But still, it's really good and... intense.

    27 Nov 2008 Reply
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