Not Strong Enough
Boygenius Lyrics


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Black hole opened in the kitchen
Every clock's a different time
It would only take the energy to fix it
I don't know why I am

The way I am
Not strong enough to be your man
I tried, I can't
Stop staring at the ceiling fan and
Spinning out about things that haven't happened
Breathing in and out

Drag racing through the canyon
Singing, "Boys Don't Cry"
Do you see us getting scraped up off the pavement?
I don't know why I am

The way I am
Not strong enough to be your man
I lied, I am
Just lowering your expectations
Half a mind that keeps the other second guessing
Close my eyes and count

Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god
Always an angel, never a god

I don't know why I am the way I am
There's something in the static
I think I've been having revelations
Coming to in the front seat, nearly empty




Skip the exit to our old street and go home
Go home alone

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to the song 'Not Strong Enough' by Boygenius touch on themes of anxiety, insecurity, and self-doubt. The opening line, "Black hole opened in the kitchen," creates a surreal image, suggesting that the singer's world has been torn apart, leaving them feeling unmoored and displaced. The line "Every clock's a different time" adds to this disorientation, indicating that the singer is struggling to keep track of time and maintain a sense of structure in their life.


The chorus, "I don't know why I am the way I am / Not strong enough to be your man," highlights the singer's sense of inadequacy and self-doubt. They feel that they are not capable of being the kind of person their partner wants or needs them to be. The line "Just lowering your expectations" suggests that the singer has been dishonest with their partner about their capabilities and fears that they will inevitably disappoint them.


The reference to "Drag racing through the canyon / Singing, 'Boys Don't Cry'" suggests that the singer is attempting to find a space of control and freedom amidst their anxiety and feelings of inadequacy. However, the line "Do you see us getting scraped up off the pavement?" indicates that this recklessness is also fraught with danger and potential for disaster. The final lines, "Skip the exit to our old street and go home / Go home alone" indicate that the singer is feeling lost and disconnected from the life they used to know.


Line by Line Meaning

Black hole opened in the kitchen
She feels like a void, lost and disconnected, as if there's a hole in her universe


Every clock's a different time
Her life is falling apart, and everything around her feels disjointed and out of sync


It would only take the energy to fix it
The answer to lift herself up could be simple, but she doesn't know where to start or how to move forward


I don't know why I am
She's filled with doubt and confusion about her identity and place in the world


The way I am
She's struggling to be the person she wants to be but feels weighed down by her shortcomings


Not strong enough to be your man
She knows she's not capable of being the strong and steadfast person her partner needs and deserves


I tried, I can't
She's done her best but can't seem to succeed or make progress on her own


Stop staring at the ceiling fan and
She's stuck in a rut and can't shake herself out of a negative thought cycle


Spinning out about things that haven't happened
She's anxious about the future and can't stop worrying about negative outcomes that may never come to pass


Breathing in and out
Even though she feels overwhelmed, she's doing her best to stay calm and present


Drag racing through the canyon
She's living fast and recklessly, putting herself in danger without care or concern


Singing, "Boys Don't Cry"
She's trying to mask her pain and vulnerability by projecting a tough exterior


Do you see us getting scraped up off the pavement?
She's self-destructing and doesn't know how to stop it, asking rhetorically if others can sense how bad things have gotten


I lied, I am
She's admitting to her partner that she can't be the person she promised to be, even though she tried and wanted to be


Just lowering your expectations
She's lowering their expectations of her because she can't live up to them, not wanting to let them down further


Half a mind that keeps the other second guessing
Her mind is torn in two, and she can't make decisions or trust herself


Close my eyes and count
She's trying to escape reality or do something mindless to distract from her pain


Always an angel, never a god
She's humble and doesn't see herself as powerful or mighty; she's just a regular person trying to make sense of the world


There's something in the static
Her mind is filled with noise and confusion, as if there's white noise buzzing around inside her head


I think I've been having revelations
She's had moments of clarity and insight, but they don't stick around long enough to truly change anything


Coming to in the front seat, nearly empty
She's waking up and realizing that time is passing her by, feeling as if she's running out of opportunities and resources


Skip the exit to our old street and go home
She's tempted to revisit the past as a way of finding comfort, but knows it won't help her move forward


Go home alone
She has to face her demons alone, knowing that no one else can save her but herself




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Julien Rose Baker, Lucy Elizabeth Dacus, Phoebe Lucille Bridgers

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Comments from YouTube:

@user-ch2iq8gn8i

my soul leaves my body every time I hear this song

@JoseFuentes-pw8rw

This is a good soundtrack for soul-searching.

@PoseidonsHorror

Always an Angel, never a god. Always an angel, never Alexander Hamilton 😔

@dearroseprincess289

My name is Alexander Hamilton

@Neptune807

We fought with him!

@whitekitties4224

Me? I did for him

@marianamor7562

always an angel never lin manuel miranda 😢

@Tk_Sorainu_Atlas

2:23

@user-zj8so5fv4x

So breezy… I love this

@kathrynlowrance2066

This song was written figuratively from a female's experience and perspective.

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