The Dark Chandelier

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?

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