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When I'm Strong
Children's Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans

This song is available on Two of a Kind's So Many Ways to Be Smart

This song is also available as an Individual Download, Instrumental or Lead Sheet with Chords

David and Jenny wrote this song to illustrate the concept of “making good choices.” Their sons inspired the specific stories.

I feel good - when I’m strong 
I don’t have to follow, or just go along. 
I feel good - when I’m strong 
When I decide for myself, what’s right and what’s wrong.

Out in the yard, we were playing tag; 
some boys said, “No girls allowed.” 
I said, “It’s not fair if girls can’t play; 
I won’t go along with the crowd.” 
I said, “We can play a different way; 
find a game for everyone. 
Then no one will have to feel left out, 
and we’ll all have a lot more fun.”


One day I was playing with my friend 
He got his collection out 
I could tell he was really into those cards 
It was all he talked about. 
He said I'd have to start buying cards, 
or else our friendship would end. 
I said, "It's not about the things we own; 
That's not what it means to be a friend."


My friend came over to my house 
We were playing hide and seek. 
We found a present wrapped up in a drawer 
She said, "Let's take a peek." 
She wanted to unwrap the gift 
She said, "No one will know." 
But I knew inside that it was wrong, 
and so I told her "No!"


Sometimes it’s hard to stick up for yourself. 
You’ve gotta be brave to stand your ground. 
You might be afraid, that you’ll lose a friend; 
but if they’re true, they’ll come around.


See more of our Songs That Build Positive Attitudes and Self-Esteem and our
Anti-Bullying Songs.

Many thanks to Two of a Kind for permission to display these lyrics.
© David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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