Song of the Day #2,373: ‘Chandelier (Live)’ – Sia

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Best Songs of 2014 – #7
‘Chandelier’ – Sia

I’d never heard of Sia before discovering the provocative video for ‘Chandelier,’ in which 12-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler performs an avant garde routine wearing a flesh-colored leotard.

Some called the video a pedophile’s dream come true, but most people were just impressed by the kid’s dance moves.

I liked the video but I loved the song, a passionate portrait of an alcoholic. This chorus is probably the best of any song I heard last year, and Sia’s unhinged delivery really sells the feeling of flying high without a net.

Below is a live performance of the song on Ellen, and you can hear the original version (and watch the video) here.

[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, ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

[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

[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

[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

[Pre-Chorus + Chorus + Post-Chorus]

[Outro]
On for tonight
Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Oh, I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight, on for tonight
Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Oh, I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight, on for tonight

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,373: ‘Chandelier (Live)’ – Sia

  1. Dana says:

    Definitely one of the standout songs from last year. Have you bought the album?😄

  2. Clay says:

    I have not! Not yet, anyway…

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