Sia – Chandelier

by Screedler on March 7, 2016

I had my mind expanded last week and went on a pop music binge after learning the song “Chandelier” by Sia was about alcoholism.  How could I miss its meaning after hearing the song and seeing the video so many times?   I just wasn’t looking for it because it was so… pop.

In a “best of” interview with Howard Stern a couple of years ago, she revealed it dealt directly with her struggles with alcohol and addiction.

Currently one of the only 21 videos ever to hit a billion views (it’s 16th) on YouTube.  I am sure most of you have probably seen it, and got the connection.   If I had only paid attention to the words… 1,2,3 drink.  I guess is it was the auditory version of not seeing the forest for the trees.

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

But 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

But 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
On for tonight
‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Oh, I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight
On for tonight
‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Oh, I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight
On for tonight

Here’s the Howard Stern interview in full, where she opens up about depression, addiction, alcoholism, higher powers and the 12 Steps.  It also includes some moving acoustic performances of her biggest songs.  Warning it’s rated a strong R, like all his stuff.

I have even featured a tune by the songstress before on TDA which was about a girl leaving her lover over cocaine addiction – http://discoveringalcoholic.com/shes-had-enough/, but failed to make the connection that the hit maker was her.

In further research, I also learned she was a singer with the band Zero 7 which had a lo-fi hit on the Garden State soundtrack, and is one of my favorites from that genre of tunes.

She is also one of the richest people in Australia, making as much or more money from songwriting than even as a performer.  She’s written some of the biggest hits for  Rhianna, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars, and and many more pop stars.  She is one of the most successful people in recovery around today.

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