Strut

Album: For Your Entertainment (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • Lambert reunited with Idol judge Kara DioGuardi to pen this slab of Glam rock. The song's producer, Greg Wells also has a writing credit. It was one of four songs on For Your Entertainment that Lambert co-penned. He also contributed to "Pick U Up," "Aftermath" and "Broken Open."
  • Lambert told Entertainment Weekly: "It's a Gary Glitter/ T. Rex-type empowerment lyric. You're not gonna find love and happiness unless you let your hair down and strut your stuff."
  • Rolling Stone asked Lambert whether the songs that he writes on his own, tend to gravitate toward ballads or sadder songs. He replied: "I like to write both, I just like to write something that means something. Even 'Strut,' it's not incredibly hooky, but it's a self-empowerment thing. Strut it out, work your s--t, and feel good about yourself and let it all hang out, sooner or later you're going to find love and be happy in your life. So it's fun and it's light-hearted, but it definitely has some weight to it, as far as what it's trying to say."
  • Lambert told MTV News that it was DioGuardi who came up with the word strut to describe Lambert's swagger and after playing Gary Glitter's "Rock And Roll Part 2," the trio came up with the tune. "So that was kind of the inspiration," he explained. "Kara listened to it and was like, 'I can see you kind of strutting across the stage.' I said, 'It can't be so literal.' It's more about letting it all hang out in the spirit of self-empowerment and feeling sexy and when you're able to do that and you actually let loose, that's when you find your happiness. That's when you find love."

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