"Hercules" as written by and Sara Bareilles....
I miss the days my mind would just rest quiet
My imagination hadn’t turned on me yet

I used to let my words wax poetic

But it melted a puddle at my feet now
It is a calcifying crime, it’s tragic
I’ve turned to petrified past life baggage
I want to disappear and just start over
So here we are

And I’ll breathe again

'Cause I have sent for a warrior

From on my knees, make me a Hercules
I was meant to be a warrior please
Make me a Hercules

I’ve lost a grip on where I started from

I wish I’d thought ahead and left a few crumbs
I’m on the hunt for who I’ve not yet become
But I’d settle for little equilibrium

There is a war inside my heart gone silent
Both sides dissatisfied and somewhat violent
The issue I have now begun to see

I am the only lonely casualty

This is not the end though

'Cause I have sent for a warrior

From on my knees, make me a Hercules
I was meant to be a warrior please
Make me a Hercules

'Cause I have sent for a warrior

From on my knees, make me a Hercules
I was meant to be a warrior please
Make me a Hercules

This is my darkest hour

A long road has lead me out here

But I only need turn around to face the light
And decide flight or fight

'Cause I have sent for a warrior

From on my knees, make me a Hercules
I was meant to be a warrior please

'Cause I have sent for a warrior

From on my knees, make me a Hercules
I was meant to be a warrior please
Make me a Hercules


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"Hercules" as written by Sara Bareilles

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    General CommentSara clarified the meaning of this song when performing live in Texas. She stated that she dealt with some depression the year prior to this song, and that she viewed music as a "friend during your darkest times". Therefore, she wrote this song "asking for some strength" during her difficult times. It's evident in the lyrics.
    ebraicoon March 01, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is a fun song to imagine. There are essentially two spaces Sara creates in which events take place: days of old where her “imagination hadn’t turned on” yet and the darkest hour she is in. The days of old are when, because of simplified objectives that are seen by an as-yet-ignorant set of eyes, happiness and what felt like skillful poetry were easy to achieve. She mentions the brashness of that time, because there was no reason not to be. If there was breath, why would she question that? And then there is the current dilemma, where regret is expressed for letting problems grow unchecked. Previously poetic ponderings have become regurgitations and happiness has given way to bitter battles.
    The two spaces I speak of are served by a powerful bridge, which is this symbolic warrior, Hercules. There is very little elaboration of what character this Hercules is, but even if anyone is not well versed in Greek mythology and is familiar with the strongman with a human mother and Zeus as father, examination of the lyrics point to his strength as a fighter. This fantastical strength was desired in those old days where what you saw was what you got, and it is now portrayed here as the light to which she would need to look at before deciding flight or fight. This is why she says, “I want to disappear and just start over, / So here we are”–she is singing “Hercules.” Remember that “[t]his is not the end though.” She talks about a strength that will persistently guide her through her tribulations as she fights to find who she’s not yet become and then can breathe again.
    azneel128on August 08, 2013   Link
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    General CommentCLARIFICATION OF EARLIER POST: Hercules is an umbrella describing many people that are warriors and Sara is "on [her] knees" wanting this strength, but only by her updated ideas of what a Hercules is.
    azneel128on August 08, 2013   Link

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