Chandelier - Sia



The Experience: Describing the "party girls don't get hurt" lifestyle, Sia's song goes a little further than just the partying. She describes what happens when "sun is up... here comes the shame." Uniquely and painfully honest...



Music Video: A girl gymnast plays the young Sia (who doesn't like making appearances in her own videos). The music video begins with the gymnast hanging from the bedroom door, it ends with forced curtseys to a empty doorway. Her ballerina moves are amazing, but her actions mimic the following: being moved like a puppet, forced smiles, tears, hiding in a corner, stroking a (pregnant?) belly, arguing with no-one and collapsing on the floor. The video takes place in three acts: a bedroom with mouldy walls (and Sia portraits), a kitchen where the girl talks to herself, and a living room where she 'entertains' invisible guests and dances-drinks to a party that's not there. Halfway to the end she runs out and desperately knocks on a door that doesn't open for her, so she returns sad to the room of the empty party.  
Meaning of the video follows from the lyrics: The life of "party girls don't get hurt" is a fake. Everyone just wants them "for a good time call." They fake smiles and are puppet-controlled by others. Ultimately they're as alone as the gymnast with her invisible friends, lovers, party. Life isn't pretty when you live "like tomorrow doesn't exist."

The meaning of Sia's single Chandelier has a "party girl" starts sounding fun with "feel the love," then sinks into the desperately "just holding on for tonight." At first it's "party girls don't get hurt," sounding like Keysha (or others) line. Lines like "I'm the one 'for a good time call'... they're ringing my doorbell, feel the love". But the darkness stands even in the very second line "can't feel anything, when will I learn?" The party girl isn't loved, she's an object, almost a call girl. She tries to forget with "1,2,3 1,2,3 drink." She tries to "live like tomorrow doesn't exist" partying so hard she'll "swing from the chandelier" (exposing everything)... But even so, she can still "feel my tears as they dry." The disaster comes with more than a hangover. "Sun is up, I'm a mess. Gotta get out now, gotta run from this. Here comes the shame.Sia pulls back the veil on the despair of partying "like tomorrow doesn't exist.

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Ask Yourself: What does Sia's line "I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist" really feel like? 

LYRICS:

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, they're ringin' my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

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

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'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

And 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

Sun is up, I'm a mess
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame

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

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'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

And 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

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