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"Surface Pressure" is a song that is featured in Disney's 2021 animated feature film, Encanto. It is sung by Luisa Madrigal about her stresses of being "the strong one" of the family due to her gift.

Lyrics

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 and 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 want to 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 a 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)
Pressure that'll tip, tip, tip, 'til you just go pop (Whoah-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)
Pressure like a tick, tick, tick
'Til it's ready to blow (Whoa-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 something is gonna hurt us
Under the surface, the ship doesn't swerve
As it heard big the iceberg is

Under the surface, I think about my purpose
Can I somehow preserve this?
Line up the dominoes, the light wind blows
You try to stop it tumbling
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

Keeps growing, keep going
'Cause all we know is
Pressure like a drip, drip, drip that'll never stop (Whoa)
Pressure that'll tip, tip, tip, 'til you just go pop (Whoah-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

(pause)
No mistakes, just-
Pressure like a grip, grip, grip
And it won't let go (Whoa)
Pressure like a tick, tick, tick

'Til it's ready to blow (Whoa-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

Trivia

  • The characters of Hercules and Cerberus physically appear during the scene where Luisa and Mirabel find themselves in an arena where Hercules is battling Cerberus. However, their designs are different from the ones in the 1997 Disney animated film.


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Media
Encanto (soundtrack/video) • The Art of Encanto
Characters
Mirabel MadrigalJulieta MadrigalIsabela MadrigalLuisa MadrigalAntonio MadrigalBruno MadrigalAgustín MadrigalPepa MadrigalFélix MadrigalDolores MadrigalCamilo MadrigalAbuela MadrigalPedro MadrigalMariano GuzmánPicoCerberus
Locations
ColombiaSouth AmericaEncantoCasa Madrigal
Songs
The Family MadrigalWaiting on a MiracleSurface PressureWe Don't Talk About BrunoWhat Else Can I Do?Dos OruguitasAll of YouColombia, Mi EncantoTwo Oruguitas
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