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A great song lyric goes past the point of the words and into what you want them to mean.  That is to say, a great song lyric says what you want to say, when you want to say it, to who you want to say it to.

“Gravity” by Sara Bareilles, uses a single metaphor (gravitational pull) to capture the experience of being drawn to someone who is remote  (“you hold me without touch”) and desperately wanting to pull away (“set me free, leave me be.”)  It is also a damned good song, sung fiercely.


Something always brings me back to you.

It never takes too long.
No matter what I say or do
I’ll still feel you here ’til the moment I’m gone.You hold me without touch.
You keep me without chains.
I never wanted anything so much
Than to drown in your love and not feel your rain.[CHORUS:]
Set me free,
Leave me be.
I don’t wanna fall another moment into your gravity
Here I am and I stand so tall, just the way I’m supposed to be.
But you’re on to me and all over me.Oh, you loved me ’cause I’m fragile
When I thought that I was strong.
But you touch me for a little while
And all my fragile strength is gone.


I live here on my knees
As I try to make you see
That you’re everything I think I need here on the ground.

But you’re neither friend nor foe
Though I can’t seem to let you go.
The one thing that I still know is that you’re keeping me down.

You’re keeping me down, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
You’re on to me, on to me, and all over…

Something always brings me back to you.
It never takes too long.


One comment on “Gravity

  1. Karen Uchida
    April 24, 2014

    beautiful song, on my old ipod shuffle playlist since 08


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This entry was posted on April 23, 2014 by in Artists, Arts and Entertainment, what is this thing called love?.
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