Smaller - Erik Hassle



The Experience: I feel everything but strong, yeah, and there's no way back, there's no way back...what doesn't kill you makes you stronger... When hardship breaks you instead of making you stronger...



Music video: Hassle walks down the street, away from the sun. He keeps glancing back at it or at the girls he passes, but he doesn't turn around until the very last shot. And even then you don't know if he's going back, or if it's just the final goodbye to sunlight and hope.

The Meaning of Smaller: The upbeat swing only underlines the despairing lyrics. Erik Hassle hasn't had any success looking for the cure for pain, because he's looking in the wrong places. Smaller is about running from the mistake, and heading deeper and deeper into trouble. There was betrayal - she's so pretty and the night's still young I'll block you out, let me have some fun - and he keeps looking for other girls. But that doesn't fix it - you left me in a bad state now I feel anything but strong. There's no painless way back. Facing hurt is painful. Forgiving or asking forgiveness is painful. But pain is what he's running from. And that makes him smaller every day. And that sensation is the beginning of despair - if all there is is nothing at all.

Ask yourself: Are you running from your mistakes instead of facing them?

LYRICS:

Been around the world
Looking for the cure for pain
No matter where I go
Everybody looks the same
No escaping this heart from breaking
Baby, when I think of you
Oh, when I think of

She's so pretty and the night's still young
I'll block you out, let me have some fun
I'm falling down, I'm falling out
I'm falling over
Why I won't go chasing clouds
And I end up somewhere where the sun don't shine
I'm falling down, I'm falling out
I'm falling over

They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger
I don't know about that
You left me in a bad state
Now I feel everything but strong, yeah
And there's no way back
There's no way back
What doesn't kill you makes you smaller
What doesn't kill you makes you cold
What doesn't kill you makes you wonder
If all there is is nothing at all

This situation needs medication
There's no way back, no
There's no way back to you
Gotta keep on walking this road to nothing
Cause there's no way back
Baby, when I think of

She's so pretty and the night's still young
I'll block you out, let me have some fun
I'm falling down, I'm falling out
I'm falling over
Why I won't go chasing clouds
And I end up somewhere where the sun don't shine
I'm falling down, I'm falling out
I'm falling over

They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger
I don't know about that
You left me in a bad state
Now I feel everything but strong, yeah
And there's no way back
There's no way back
What doesn't kill you makes you smaller
What doesn't kill you makes you cold
What doesn't kill you makes you wonder
If all there is is nothing at all
If all there is is nothing at all, yeah
If all there is is nothing at all

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