“Fighter”

“Fighter”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Christina Aguilera
“Fighter”

Written by Christina Aguilera and Scott Storch
Recorded by Christina Aguilera

I wrote this for my sophomore album, Stripped, and I was very determined for it to reflect who I was. The first record was what the label wanted and created. There was a huge pop explosion at the time and I was part of that wave. I felt stifled. I was thankful that the early success allowed me the freedom to write what I wanted for the next one.

I was 21 and I had a lot on my mind. I had been performing in front of an audience since I was 6, helping to make a living for my family. I grew up in a very chaotic and abusive home where I didn’t feel very safe. I started writing music, both melodies and lyrics, when I was 15. In retrospect, I realize I used it as a release, a therapeutic outlet. It was the way I found my voice. I connected with the music and escaped from my home life. In school, I was picked on and alienated because of my passion for music. So I harbored a little personal pain but the seemingly negative things made me smarter and stronger. I took notice early of the people all around me in the business who were there for the wrong reasons.

I wrote “Fighter” when I was on tour promoting my first CD. I was coming up with titles and ideas and deciding what I wanted to write about. I had to sit down and make sense of my feelings and experiences. I learned a lot from the first record that helped me to develop. I took the good and the bad and considered some of the choices I made and became better because of it.

I called the CD Stripped because I wanted to strip away the pieces of myself from the first record that I felt weren’t me. I was searching for truth. We can all look at our pasts, childhoods, home lives and it’s easy to be a victim or victimize yourself — but I didn’t want to do that. I was feeling lots of pent up emotions and they all came to a head in “Fighter.”

I wanted my songs to have positive empowering messages, especially to women so they could feel strong and speak for themselves. My father dominated our household and I didn’t want to feel weak.

Makes me that much stronger

Makes me work a little bit harder

Makes me that much wiser

So thanks for making me a fighter

Made me learn a little bit faster

Made my skin a little bit thicker

Makes me that much smarter

So thanks for making me a fighter

Sometimes people try to put their negativity on you. I was telling one person in particular, at that time, that he couldn’t haunt me.

After all of the fights and the lies

Guess you’re wanting to haunt me

But that won’t work anymore.

It was very freeing.

I try to write lyrics and music that people can relate to and that help them to find personal strength. I try to communicate universal ideas and thoughts that help them to get through the day or the year a bit better.

“Fighter”

After all you put me through

You’d think I’d despise you

But in the end I wanna thank you

’Cause you made me that much stronger.

Well I thought I knew you

Thinking that you were true

Guess I, I couldn’t trust,

Called your bluff, time is up,

’Cause I’ve had enough.

You were there by my side,

Always down for the ride

But your joy ride just came down in flames

’Cause your greed sold me out in shame, mm hmm.

After all of the stealing and cheating

You probably think that I hold resentment for you

But uh uh, oh no, you’re wrong

’Cause if it wasn’t for all that you tried to do

I wouldn’t know just how capable

I am to pull through.

So I wanna say thank you

’Cause it

Makes me that much stronger

Makes me work a little bit harder

Makes me that much wiser,

So thanks for making me a fighter;

Made me learn a little bit faster

Made my skin a little bit thicker

Makes me that much smarter

So thanks for making me a fighter.

Never saw it coming,

All of your backstabbing

Just so you could cash in on a good thing

Before I’d realized your game.

I heard you’re going ’round

Playin’ the victim now

But don’t even begin feelin’ I’m the one to blame

’Cause you dug your own grave.

After all of the fights and the lies

Guess you’re wanting to haunt me

But that won’t work anymore,

No more, uh uh, it’s over.

’Cause if it wasn’t for all of your torture

I wouldn’t know how to be this way now

And never back down.

So I wanna say thank you

’Cause it

Makes me that much stronger

Makes me work a little bit harder

Makes me that much wiser

So thanks for making me a fighter;

Made me learn a little bit faster

Made my skin a little bit thicker

Makes me that much smarter

So thanks for making me a fighter.

How could this man I thought I knew

Turn out to be so unjust, so cruel?

Could only see the good in you

Pretended not to see the truth

You tried to hide your lies,

Disguise yourself through

Living in denial

But in the end you’ll see

You won’t stop me.

I am a fighter

(I’m a fighter)

I ain’t gonna stop

(I ain’t gonna stop)

There is no turning back,

I’ve had enough.

Makes me that much stronger

Makes me work a little bit harder

Makes me that much wiser

So thanks for making me a fighter;

Made me learn a little bit faster

Made my skin a little bit thicker

Makes me that much smarter

So thanks for making me a fighter.

Thought I would forget

But I, I remember

Yes I remember

I’ll remember

Thought I would forget

But I remember

Yes I remember

I’ll remember

Makes me that much stronger

Makes me work a little bit harder

Makes me that much wiser

So thanks for making me a fighter;

Made me learn a little bit faster

Made my skin a little bit thicker

Makes me that much smarter

So thanks for making me a fighter.

Lyrics by Christina Aguilera. Music by Christina Aguilera and Scott Storch. © 2002 XTINA MUSIC; CAREERS-BMG MUSIC PUBLISHING INC; TVT MUSIC INC.

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