Dark Side - Kelly Clarkson



The Experience: We all have a dark side that we are not thrilled to share with others. Yet part of facing our demons is bringing them out in the open so that those we love can remind us who we really are. That they love us for who we are, dark side and all.


Music video: The video splices together various glimpses of people's dark sides (losing their jobs, anorexia, bullying, poverty, broken families, drug use, lost fame, alcoholism, a war amputee, divorce) with scenes of Kelly's own light (the in studio version of Kelly dressed in red) and dark (Kelly walking among gratified walls wearing black) sides that is reinforced by her fearful and sad expression. This pain continues to build until the light finally breaks through in the form of blooming flower and a sunrise. From then on we meet each of the hurting people we saw before, but in their eyes we can see new hope as they begin to accept and face up to their dark side, realizing that it is part of what makes them the priceless person they are. This new hope is further reinforced by the inter splicing of images of love, new life, and faith. Kelly's own appearance also changes. She is still dressed in black (a sign that she has not lost her dark side) but she is able to smile again and face life with courage despite her dark side.


The Meaning: In Dark Side Kelly Clarkson goes through the interior struggle of opening up her Dark Side to the one she loves. It's not pretty there and few have ever gone. She knows true love cannot have any secrets and so she wants to open up her soul to him, but at the same time she is scared... will it make you run away? She needs him to be at her side as she faces her demons, helping her to remember who she truly is. Nobody is picture perfect and she needs his faithful presence so that together they can face the struggles that must come. Thus she ends the song asking him to promise you'll stay.


Ask yourself: Do I have the courage to show my dark side so that the light can begin to transform it? Can those in my life count on me to be there for them when they reveal their own dark side?


LYRICS:

Oh oh oh, there's a place that I know
It's not pretty there and few have ever gone
If I show it to you now
Will it make you run away?

Or will you stay
Even if it hurts
Even if I try to push you out
Will you return?
And remind me who I really am
Please remind me who I really am

Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?

Like a diamond
From black dust
It's hard to know
What can become
If you give up
So don't give up on me
Please remind me who I really am

Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?

Don't run away
Don't run away
Just tell me that you will stay
Promise me you will stay
Don't run away
Don't run away
Just promise me you will stay
Promise me you will stay

Will you love me? ohh

Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?

Don't run away
Don't run away

Don't run away
Promise you'll stay

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