song by Jessica Darrow
Surface Pressure lyrics

[from Disney's Animation Movie "Encanto:]


I'm the strong one,
I'm not nervous
I'm as tough as the crust of the Earth is
I move mountains,
I move churches
and I glow cause I know what my worth is

I don't ask how hard the work is
Got a rough, indestructible surface
Diamonds and platinum, I find them, I flatten them
I take what I'm handed, I break what's demanded

But under the surface I feel deserted
As a tightrope walker in a three ring circus
Under the surface, was Hercules ever like [Yo, I don't wanna fight Cerberus]
Under the surface, I'm pretty sure I'm worthless
If I can't be of service

A flow or a crack
A straw in the stack
That breaks the camel's back
What breaks the camel's back?

It's pressure,
Like a drip drip drip that will never stop
Whoooah
Pressure that'll tip tip tip you just go pop
Whooah oh
Give it to your sister, your sister's older
Give her all the heavy things we can't shoulder
Who am I if I can't run with the ball?
If I fall to

The pressure like a drip drip drip and I won't let go?
Whoooah
Pressure like tick tick tick till it's ready to blow?
Whoooah oh oh
Give it to your sister, your sister's stronger
See if she can hang on a little longer,
Who am I if I can't carry it all?
If I falter

Under the surface, I hide my nerves and it worsens
Worry that something is gonna hurt us
Under the surface, the ship doesn't swerve as it heard how big the iceberg is
Under the surface, I think about my purpose
Can I somehow preserve this?

Line up the dominos
A light wind blows
You try to stop it tumbling
But on and on it goes

But wait,
if I could shake a crushing weight of expectations?
Would that free some room up for joy? or relaxation? or simple pleasure?
Instead, we measure this growing pressure
Keeps growing, keep going cause all we know is

Pressure like a drip drip drip that will never stop
Whoooah
Pressure like tip tip tip till you just go pop?
Whoooah oh oh
Give it to your sister, it doesn't hurt and
See if she can handle every family burden?
Watch as she buckles and bends but never breaks,
No mistakes.
Pressure like a grip grip grip and it won't let go
Whoooah
Pressure like tick tick tick till it's ready to blow
Whoooah oh oh
Give it to your sister, and never wonder
If the same pressure would pull you under?
Who am I if I don't have what it takes?
No cracks, no breaks,
No mistakes,
No pressure.