Song of the Day #2,142: ‘Chandelier’ – Sia

sia_chandelierI’ve been wanting to feature this song and video for several weeks now but I was caught up in the desert island picks.

I first discovered Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ through one of those annoying click-book Facebook posts by Huffington Post, Vulture or Slate: “You’ll be amazed by this new video by Sia!”

I hate falling for those things, but the truth is they’re often worthwhile. This one was.

Sia is an Australian singer-songwriter who has penned hits for dozens of big names, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Eminem, Britney Spears, Flo Rida… the list goes on and on.

She has also released five solo albums (a sixth is due next month) without producing a hit of her own.

That’s about to change. The video for ‘Chandelier’ has been viewed 20 million times already and the track is a stellar piece of pop songcraft.

Sia says she usually thinks about which famous singer will best deliver the lines she’s writing, but this time she knew she was writing for herself. And she sings the hell out of it.

The video is provocative and a bit disturbing. It features 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler (best known for her participation in the TV show Dance Moms) dressed as a young Sia in a nude body stocking, galloping through an abandoned apartment. She has a creepy horror movie doll vibe going on. Great dancer, though.

[Verse 1]
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, they’re ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

[Pre-Hook]
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

[Hook]
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’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

[Bridge]
And 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

[Pre-Hook]

[Hook]

[Bridge]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,142: ‘Chandelier’ – Sia

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not sure if this is or will be a hit song independent of the video views, and some percentage of those viewers may well consist of pedaphiles. I do agree, though, that the kid is a hell of a dancer.

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