So I’m listening to Sia’s “Chandelier” at the moment because I kind of forgot about it after I bought it, so I haven’t heard it in a while. I bought it because I liked it; I didn’t give much thought to the words. Listening to it again, it’s kind of creepy. Here’s why:
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.
I just happened to look at pictures of Sia out of curiosity as to what she looked like – she’s not what I expected at all. But one of them had a caption to this effect: “Sia talks drug abuse and suicide”.
Wow. Those lyrics kind of make sense now. I’ve been in a dark place like that. It took me a few years to move past it, but the lyrics still trouble me. I get that music is about expressing things, and I’m all for that. But why would someone write a song about something as dark as suicide?