"Inside Out" as written by and Sara Bareilles....
I've been winding down the same road for days,
I've seen the coastline going both ways.
Some days are perfect, and some simply could not get worse.
Some days it's all worth it, and some days this life is nothing but a curse.

And I wonder who will break first

I am small.
I feel like no more than nothing at all.
But when I lose sight of daylight, and my darkness falls
I'll be strong.
And if not now it won't be long
From when I lose sight of daylight
And my hands are weak and my soul is tired
Oh, I'll give my love from the inside out
From the inside out

Little spirit, now don't you desert me now
I know I don't always hear it, but you don't always speak so loud.
And I'm not willing to simply lay down my soul for this.
It may be all that I'm giving, oh but take my love for what it is.

I am small.
I feel like no more than nothing at all.
But when I lose sight of daylight, and my darkness falls
I'll be strong.
And if not now it won't be long
From when I lose sight of daylight
And my hands are weak and my soul is tired
Oh, I'll give my love from the inside out
From the inside out

Take your best shot.
Here I stand heart in hand.
And fearless I'm not, but I am what I am.
I know what I'm not, and I know enough to know it's never
Gonna be much more than weather, you can't drive me away
When it's only rain.
It's only rain.
It's only rain.
It's only rain.


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"Inside Out" as written by Sara Bareilles

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    General CommentI agree with beautiful & awkward. Sara's said before that she, like most singers/song writers tends to be moody. I really do think this is one beautiful song. So resilient, hopeful. Determined.
    This song always reminds me of a letter Stephen Fry sent to one of his fans in response to her request for support in her struggle with depression. As someone with bipolar disorder, Stephen Fry could relate and wrote:
    "...I've found that it's of some help to think of one's moods and feelings about the world as being similar to weather:
    Here are some obvious things about the weather:
    It's real.
    You can't change it by wishing it away.
    If it's dark and rainy it really is dark and rainy and you can't alter it.
    It might be dark and rainy for two weeks in a row.
    BUT
    It will be sunny one day.
    It isn't under one's control as to when the sun comes out, but come out it will.
    One day.
    It really is the same with one's moods, I think. The wrong approach is to believe that they are illusions. They are real. Depression, anxiety, listlessness - these are as real as the weather - AND EQUALLY NOT UNDER ONE'S CONTROL. Not one's fault.
    BUT
    They will pass: they really will.
    In the same way that one has to accept the weather, so one has to accept how one feels about life sometimes. "Today's a crap day," is a perfectly realistic approach. It's all about finding a kind of mental umbrella. "Hey-ho, it's raining inside: it isn't my fault and there's nothing I can do about it, but sit it out. But the sun may well come out tomorrow and when it does, I shall take full advantage."
    I don't know if any of that is of any use: it may not seem it, and if so, I'm sorry. I just thought I'd drop you a line to wish you well in your search to find a little more pleasure and purpose in life.
    Very best wishes
    Stephen Fry"
    danaduchovnyon January 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song lifts me up every time I hear it. It sounds like (and this may be reading into it too much) the speaker is struggling with depression or bipolar disorder. This is illustrated in the first verse, but especially in the line,

    "Some days are perfect, and some simply could not get worse".

    More generally, by not making the song out to be one struggling with a disorder, it sounds like the speaker is going through the many hardships of life (I know that sounds cliche). At times she pleads with her inner spirit (her gut) to help her cope with the trials she is going through. She forces herself to stand through the pain she faces and ultimately reminds herself that, although she knows her limitations and isn't fearless ("I know what I'm not"), she also knows she'll overcome and keep standing. I love the ending where she tells herself "it's only rain".

    LOVE this song!!!
    beautiful_&_awkwardon November 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song focuses on what matters in the end, past all the obstacles and hardships life throws at you - following your heart and not letting yourself get washed away without a firm hold on your own approach to life. Even if things get hard, even if you feel like you just can't or don't want to keep getting up again, you should because you know you'll get through it one way or another ("But when I lose sight of daylight/ and my darkness falls/ I'll be strong" ... "I know enough to know it's never gonna be much more than weather/ you can't drive me away/ when it's only rain").

    "The coastline going both ways" to me is the whole emotional spectrum, from being confident and sure of yourself, to being down and out, wondering if you're doing the right thing and if it matters at all.

    "And fearless I'm not/ But I am what I am" and other lines recognize flaws that you can have but can also stand up to and push through, living your life despite them. I also really like the line "It may be all that I'm giving/ But take my love for what it is" because it asserts an individual contribution to the world - it's not perfect, or everything, but it's in good faith and better than nothing.

    I love the simultaneous vulnerability and courage that Sara weaves into the lyrics - layering conviction over insecurity and doubt, celebrating the silver lining but including the dark clouds that give the glow its shape. Great song to relate to!
    greencarveron February 05, 2011   Link

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