Song of the Day #3,868: ‘Swan Song’ – Dua Lipa

I asked my 16-year-old daughter if she’d heard the new Dua Lipa song and she said “yeah” with a shrug, then followed up with “she’s not really relevant anymore.”

It seems like less than a year ago that Lipa was the hottest thing going — an insanely beautiful woman with next-level vocal chops and a stellar debut album under her belt. She had superstar written all over.

And don’t get me wrong, she’s probably still on that trajectory.

What struck me, though, was how quickly pop acts fall out of the conversation these days if they don’t stay on the charts.

Ariana Grande has figured that out. She seems to drop a new song every other week, and has a whole album due out mere months after her last celebrated release. But how long can you keep that up before the material can’t support it? I guess we’ll find out.

Lipa, meanwhile, has landed a song on the soundtrack to the new sci-fi fantasy film Alita: Battle Angel. Titled ‘Swan Song,’ it’s fine but not up to the standards of her first album. Maybe she should have waited even longer.

[Verse 1]
I, I can’t lie, I’m scared to open my eyes
‘Cause what if I find nothing at all, nothing at all?
What is the point of my lips if they don’t make noise? Oh
What is the point of doing nothing at all, watching it fall?

[Pre-Chorus]
The flicker burning, you know the time’s running, running out
Only I see all the diamonds, diamonds breaking down
I won’t stay quiet, I won’t stay quiet
‘Cause staying silent’s the same as dying
I won’t stay quiet, the flicker’s burning low

[Chorus]
This is not a, this is not a swan, swan song
This is not a, this is not a swan, swan song
We just gotta, we just gotta hold on tonight
This is not a, this is not a swan song, swan song, swan dive
Yeah, it’s a new life

[Verse 2]
Real fantasy, wishing it was make-believe, oh
What is the reason of doing nothing at all, watching it fall?

[Pre-Chorus]
The flicker burning, you know the time’s running, running out
Only I see all the diamonds, diamonds breaking down
I won’t stay quiet, I won’t stay quiet
‘Cause staying silent’s the same as dying
I won’t stay quiet, the flicker’s burning low

[Chorus]
This is not a, this is not a swan, swan song
This is not a, this is not a swan, swan song
We just gotta, we just gotta hold on tonight
This is not a, this is not a swan song, swan song, swan dive
Yeah, it’s a new life

[Bridge]
Tread heavily around me
Tread heavily around me
Tread heavily
Tread heavily around me
Tread heavily, tread

[Chorus]
This is not a, this is not a
Swan (Tread heavily), swan song (Tread)
This is not a, this is not a
Swan (Tread heavily), swan song (Tread)
We just gotta, we just gotta hold on tonight (Tread heavily)
This is not a, this is not a swan song, swan song, swan dive
Yeah, it’s a new life

[Outro]
It’s a new life

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,868: ‘Swan Song’ – Dua Lipa

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m not sure Dua Lipa should be written off as irrelevant based on a soundtrack song. Let’s see what happens when she releases her next album.

    There are many landing spots between irrelevance and superstar status. I suspect Dua Lipa will follow the trajectory of talented artists like Lorde and Carly Rae Jepsen— putting out new material that reaches some level of popularity, maintaining a solid core of fans, but probably not reaching superstar status.

  2. Peg says:

    My comment has nothing to do with today’s post but to catch up on another post. I just finished the documentary Minding the Gap and thought it was wonderful! Clay’s recent critique was spot on. To all his regular contributors I highly recommend it!

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