Battle Cry - Angel Haze


The Experience: No one was there for you... You needed someone - anyone - but you had to face your troubles alone. You made it, but with lots of scars, and the biggest scar of all is the loneliness. You trust nobody but yourself. If they can't lift you they can't drop you...

Music Video: Angel Haze raps along a highway, passing low points in a her own harsh childhood: a strange exorcism attempt reminiscent of the cult her family belonged to until she was 16, the cult preacher and her mom standing by as a sexually abusive man drives her away in his car, and struggles with cutting as a teenager. 

Meaning of Battle Cry: The success story - Sia's refrain about finally finding true love - is much more inspiring when you think of everything that Angel Haze went through, and overcame, as a girl. You admire Angel Haze for her courage, for pulling a real life out of the ashes of her past, and for wanting to help others do the same. Like she said on Facebook, "My video. My life. Hope it shines a light." However, those horrible times aren't the real tragedy behind Battle Cry. The real tragedy is that everyone who should have been there for her wasn't. Raykeea lost faith in everyone and everything - You the only person alive that holds the key to your healing. And that loneliness is the biggest tragedy of all.

Ask Yourself: Are you there for others? Can they count on you when they're in trouble? Do you have someone to trust?


LYRICS:

[Sia] 
Money cannot buy 
All the love that's here tonight 
All the love that's here tonight 
Oh-Oh 
It's just you and I 
So lift your hands toward the sky 
Lift your hands toward the sky 
Oh-Oh 

[Angel Haze] 

It seems like yesterday that I was nothing 
Then all of a sudden I'm a volcanic eruption 
Then all of a sudden it's like spontaneous combustion 
And I'm all up in your face, yelling 
"B-tch, you can't tell me nothing" 
Cuz I came from the bottom 
Now everybody's watching 
I said it was my time 
Now I'm who everybody's clocking 
And I'm just out here sprinting 
I'm running right through my vision 
I'm trying to outrun my past 
But still trying to defeat my limits 
Cos you only get one moment 
In this life to be great 
And you give it your all, despite what it takes 
And you never let 'em kill you 
You take take everything they give you 
And throw it right f-cking at 'em 
And tell 'em it doesn't build you 
And no it don't ever break you 
And no it can't overtake you 
Life's like a bed of roses 
You take the thorns and you make do 
Sometimes you have to hurt 
For the cause to be reached 
But one day you'll be stronger 
Than all that you beat, and you can say 

[Sia] 

Money cannot buy 
All the love that's here tonight 
All the love that's here tonight 
Oh-Oh 
It's just you and I 
So lift your hands toward the sky 
Lift your hands toward the sky 
Oh-Oh 

[Angel Haze] 

I woke up one Sunday morning, stopped believing in Jesus 
Stopped believing in churches, I stopped believing in preachers 
I realized I was a teacher, not just one of the heathens 
I'm going to destroy the fallacies, start creating believers 
Start creating the leaders, tell them who should they follow 
Nobody but themselves, especially if they hollow 
Especially when they empty, and death reserved for fulfillment 
You the only person alive that holds the key to your healing 
So you take it and you run with it 
And keep going even when your sun's hidden 
Because the time we spend in darkness when the rain come 
Is where we often find the light soon as the pain's done 
There ain't no material things in the world 
That can change the fact you feel alone 
Despite the fact that it gets hard, you take it all and you still go 
Take the sun and you still grow, lose your light and you still glow 
I been there, I'm still here, and I know how you feel, so 

[Sia] 

Money cannot buy 
All the love that's here tonight 
All the love that's here tonight 
Oh-Oh 
It's just you and I 
So lift your hands toward the sky 
Lift your hands toward the sky 
Oh-Oh 

We don't wanna fight 

So sing with me a battle cry 
Sing with me a battle cry 
Oh-oh 
Money cannot buy 
All the love that's here tonight 
All the love that's here tonight 
Oh-oh 

[Angel Haze] 

It's hard to explain my way of living to people who never lived it 
A minute in my position filled with my opposition 
To anybody not different fighting to stay the same 
I got lives in my hands and I'm fighting to make 'em change 
Couldn't accept responsibility, find somebody to blame 
The emotions that I'm harboring 'bout to drive me insane 
Tried to say "F-ck everything," but I ain't have the heart to 
Rarely had the heart to do a lot of things I ought to 
So now I spit it for people who say their cords missing 
Inspire life into anybody that's forfeiting 
Cause it's easy to keep pretending that there's nothing wrong 
But it's harder to keep their head up and be f-cking strong 
So, now they telling me "Go, Haze, they can't stop you 
Heavyweight flow, if they can't lift you then they can't drop you 
The pinnacle, if they can't reach you, then they can't top you 
Man, they can't do anything, that you're about to" 

[Sia] 

Money cannot buy 
All the love that's here tonight 
All the love that's here tonight 
Oh-Oh 
It's just you and I 
So lift your hands toward the sky 
Lift your hands toward the sky 
Oh-Oh 

We don't wanna fight 

So sing with me a battle cry 
Sing with me a battle cry 
Oh-oh 
Money cannot buy 
All the love that's here tonight 
All the love that's here tonight 
Oh-oh

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