So Pandora brought me to tears today. I didn’t realize I was feeling so emotional, until I was pulling on a sweater and brushing my hair back and listening to this song. It’s a beautiful track from A Great Big World, a singer-songwriter new to my ears, with guest vocals from Christina Aguilera, at her most delicate.

That phrase “giving up” is so powerful. Can we ever really surrender anything? I love the ambiguity in this song, it could be to yourself or to a failed relationship or to a dying loved one, as the particularly moving video suggests. Turning away – for yourself or someone else – isn’t a light endeavor, it is excising something from your soul, and there’s bound to be that one last moment of hesitation before the you cut it out for good, where you look around to see if anyone will stop you.

“Say something, I’m giving up on you.
I’ll be the one, if you want me to.
Anywhere, I would’ve followed you.
Say something, I’m giving up on you.

And I am feeling so small.
It was over my head
I know nothing at all.

And I will stumble and fall.
I’m still learning to love
Just starting to crawl.

Say something, I’m giving up on you.
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you.
Anywhere, I would’ve followed you.
Say something, I’m giving up on you.

And I will swallow my pride.
You’re the one that I love
And I’m saying goodbye.

Say something, I’m giving up on you.
And I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you.
And anywhere, I would have followed you.
Say something, I’m giving up on you.


Say something.”
~Say Something
A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera, Is There Anybody Out There