Friday, November 7, 2014

The dark side of Sia's chandelier

First I would like to say that Sia's chandelier is one of my favorite s top-10 songs of all the time. I am a heavy and obsessed music consumer. I have passion for music more than anything.

When I first heard Sia's chandelier, I was in my car, driving to our private beach resort. It just hit me, and I felt a mixture of emotions listening to this song. 


I have never felt emotional for any song, ever; like I did for this one. It was written by Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin.

My first reaction when I saw the video was this, on facebook:


So, I digged a deeper research about the artist and the song, and I extracted the Official real meaning of this song.

Apparently, Sia wrote official annotations on rap genius's website, those are the lyrics:


Party girls don't get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn
I push it down, push it down
I'm the one "for a good time call"
Phone’s blowin' up, ringin' my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

Party girls don't get hurt: This song begins talking about party girls who can't feel anything while partying  due to the effect of "alcohol" or "drugs". So, they are shielded,  well, at least until the drug wears off.


Can’t feel anything, when will I learn, I push it down, push it down: Sia said "suppression of fear through self medication".  What she meant is clear, drinking more alcohol to hide your pain. She's also blaming herself  for not getting the lesson: "when will I learn".

I'm the one for a good time call. Phone’s blowin' up, ringin' my doorbell: Party people taking her up in party inviting her for bed-times. "Ringing my doorbell" has its own sexual connotations obviously. It still doesn't feel good since she gives her body away to strangers for some limited good time.

[Pre-Chorus]
1 2 3, 1 2 3, drink
1 2 3, 1 2 3, drink
1 2 3, 1 2 3, drink
Throw 'em back till I lose count

1 2 3, 1 2 3, drink: Sia's is drinking more alcohol, and frequently. You gotta hear this part with her angelic and passionate voice. It's just astonishing!


[Chorus]
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier
From the chandelier
I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist
Like it doesn't exist
I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night
Feel my tears as they dry, I -
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier
From the chandelier

I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier: Sia said she had never did that, but its sounds so much fun.



[Post-Chorus]
But I'm holding on for dear life
Won't look down, won't open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light
Cause I'm just holding on for tonight
Help me, I'm holding on for dear life
Won't look down, won't open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light
Cause I'm just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

[Verse 2]
Sun is up, I'm a mess
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame

The rest is really sad and a bit obvious. Sia's drinking herself almost to death all the night and doesn't look at the consequences. She then wakes up having a hangover, and here comes the shame.

Conclusion: This song is about Sia's addiction with alcoholism. It is so personal for Sia that she decided to not give it away to other artists (such as Katy Perry, Beyonce, Rihanna).

The dark side:



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