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The song “Surface Pressure” from Disney’s “Encanto” gets a punk rock remake; and “Luisa” sings along with the band

Oh, Encanto!

There’s probably no better name for Disney’s 60th feature-length animated film than Encanto, and not just because the film tells the story of an encanto, which can be translated as “a place of enchantment.”

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The word “encanto” can also mean “charm,” and if there’s one thing the film has done to millions of fans, it has charmed them–with its story, its characters, and of course, its fabulous music, much of which was written by the incomparable Lin Manuel Miranda.

One of the most popular songs from the soundtrack of Disney’s Encanto is “Surface Pressure,” performed in the film by actress Jessica Darrow, who voices the character of Luisa Madrigal, Mirabel’s older sister.

Disney did not want “Encanto“´s Luisa Madrigal to be brawny

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“Surface Pressure” doubles as Luisa’s ballad and her battle cry, but it’s also a confessional of sorts for the middle child whose magical gift is superhuman strength. It’s clear from the lyrics of the song that Luisa not only feels the enormity of her strength as she moves mountains and churches, but she also feels the pressure to maintain not only her physical strength but her emotional strength as well.

In a tweet from the United Kingdom-based group Punk Rock Factory (@punkrockfactory), Jessica Darrow (@itmejessdarrow), the Encanto actress, sings along with the band’s punk rock version of “Surface Pressure,” and it’s amazing!

The mashup is a different take on Lin Manuel Miranda’s original song, but we’re thinking we like that difference!

Just last week, “Surface Pressure” finally broke into the top 10 from Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, making it the first Disney film to ever have multiple songs land in the Top 10 on the chart.

luisa from encanto lifts pianos

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The song continues to gain popularity as many fans say they can identify with the lyrics from the song, which verbalize Luisa’s stress, as well as her fears of failing her family and ultimately not being enough. You can read the lyrics to the first and second verses here:

“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 wanna 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 the stack
That breaks the camel’s back”
“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 how big the iceberg is
Under the surface
I think about my purpose, can I somehow preserve this?
Line up the dominoes
A light wind blows
You try to stop it tumbling
But on and on it goes”

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!