Gravity



There is always someone in everybody’s life that is like gravity for them. It’s the person whom we always bounce back all over again no matter how hard we try to push ourselves away from it. It’s the person whom we always crawl back to all over again no matter how hard we try to run away from it. It’s the person whom we always find whenever we got lost. It’s the person who keeps us standing strong on our ground. However, it’s also the person who keeps us down whenever we try to fly away. It’s none other than the person who owns our love. And that is what love does to people. It keeps them standing strong while keeping them down in fragility at the same time. And that is the risk that we must take for falling and feeling in love. No, the fault is not on the person whom we love. It’s all on us. It’s all on ourselves. We have choices and I always believe that we all have choices. Yet we choose to get drown in love and never come up to the surface again. Since love is the source of our strength as well as the key to our weakness.

“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 till 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.” –Sara Bareilles, Gravity

I always cry whenever I listen to this song. I don’t know. I just feel so related to it. The lyrics just got me so. This song is titled “Gravity”, performed by one and only Sara Bareilles. It was released on February 3rd 2009 and served as the third single taken from the singer-songwriter’s major-label debut album (it’s also her second studio album so far), “Little Voice”. Written by Bareilles herself, this piano ballad track lyrically speaks to the paradoxes and complexity of relationships; where we found that the person whom we love is not only the one who gives us strength but also the one who holds the key to our weakest point.


"Little Voice" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

There are two sides of a coin and we cannot just pick one of them if we want to have the coin. The romance relationship is as well. There are many sides of a person and we cannot pick just one if we want to be with that person as a whole, true, and real. And yes, once we fall in love, we fall for good. And once we fall for good, we fall for all. Well, I don’t know about you but that’s just the kind of person I am. And at some point in our life, we fall for this person who is like gravity. No matter how deep we’re hurt, no matter how many times we say to ourselves that enough is enough, no matter how hard we try to find an easy way out, in the end, we always end up choosing the hardest way. Eventually, we always end up choosing to stay; no matter how painful it is. “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 till 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.”
And it is about ourselves, actually. It has a very little thing to do with the person involved. Even if that person isn’t doing anything, we could feel their presence and embrace. Even if that person isn’t keeping us in a cage or even if that person is setting us free, we would feel that we are shackled down and bounded by them. “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.” And yes, perhaps our biggest mistake is to think that we are strong enough while we are actually so fragile inside. No, apparently we are not that strong to bear with the love as much as this. And yes, we are weak in front of a kind of love like this. No matter how hard we try to get out, we can never walk away from the gravity that holds us down. We stand tall, yes, but we are not going anywhere. We stand still. “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.”
No matter how many times we’re on our knees, begging and pleading, just to make the person understand that they are the only one we need to stand on our ground, they just cannot understand. All of our efforts to speak honesty just go in vain. All of our attempts to show our sincere feelings just go to waste. Our presence is taken for granted. No matter how hard we try to understand and give tolerance for that person, they would not get it. And after all of those painful results, we cannot leave and just walk away from it. After all of those exhausting processes, we still choose to stay; for we know it all too well that a person cannot just stand strong without their gravity, even though we know it all too well too that the gravity is also one thing that is keeping us down. It’s all to it. “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.”


Sara Bareilles in the music video of "Gravity" | source: YouTube

The thing about love is, the more you feel, it’s the more painful you could get. And the thing about romance relationship is, the more you understand, it’s the bigger risk you get of being hurt. However, we cannot just live without love. Well, at least I am that kind of person. I’m the kind of person who cannot live without love. I’m the kind of person who would rather being hurt than feeling nothing at all. I’m the kind of person who pursue for the love I really, truly, and sincerely feel rather than some superficial things in this world. When I do love someone, I focus on that person and I never divide any kind of false hopes toward other people. And I always make my statement clear that I choose that person because of love, not some kinds of condition or situation; that I choose that person sincerely, not because I’m forced or obliged to do that. And when I do love, I don’t really care about myself; since once I found love, I make that love as my gravity. Everything that I do is for the sake of it. And no matter how I do, it is for the sake of it. Hence it doesn’t matter if I’m hurt or taken for granted or exhausted, as long as I got my gravity to hold me.

“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.” –Sara Bareilles, Gravity




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 till 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

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

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

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

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