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Jessica Darrow – Surface Pressure Lyrics


Lin-Manuel Miranda has revealed that “Surface Pressure” (Luisa’s song) was inspired by his older sister and serves as a love letter and apology to her. He explained to Variety, “I’m the baby of the family. I have a sister who’s six years older, and she got a raw deal. 

 I watched my sister deal with the pressure of being the oldest and carrying burdens I never had to carry.

 I remember my parents woke my sister up to put together a He-Man playset for Christmas before I woke up. They wanted it to be fully assembled when I woke up on Christmas morning. I put all of that angst and all of those moments into Luisa.”

Jessica Darrow – Surface Pressure Lyrics

(from “Encanto” soundtrack)

[Luisa:]

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 ’em, I flatten ’em

I take what I’m handed, I break what’s demanded, but

Under the surface

I feel berserk 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 flaw or a crack, the 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’ll never stop, whoa-oh


Pressure that’ll tip, tip, tip ’til you just go pop, whoa-oh-oh-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

Pressure like a grip, grip, grip, and it won’t let go, whoa-oh

Pressure like a tick, tick, tick ’til it’s ready to blow, whoa-oh-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, I worry somethin’ is gonna hurt us

Under the surface

The ship doesn’t swerve, has it heard how big the iceberg is?

Under the surface

I think about my purpose, can I somehow preserve this?

Line up the dominoes, a light wind blows

You try to stop it topplin’, but on and on it goes

But wait, if I could shake, the crushing weight

Of expectations, would that free some room up for joy

Or relaxation, or simple pleasure?

Instead, we measure this growing pressure (pressure)

Keeps growing (pressure), keep going (pressure), ’cause all we know is

Pressure like a drip, drip, drip that’ll never stop, whoa-oh

Pressure that’ll tip, tip, tip ’til you just go pop, whoa-oh-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, just

Pressure like a grip, grip, grip, and it won’t let go, whoa-oh

Pressure like a tick, tick, tick ’til it’s ready to blow, whoa-oh-oh-oh

Give it to your sister and never wonder

If the same pressure would’ve pulled you under

Who am I if I don’t have what it takes?

No cracks, no breaks

No mistakes!

No pressure!


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