Meaning Of SiaPosted on: May 25, 2018, by : xnlamp
In contrast to the sexy, sizzling club atmosphere that wed expect this kind of song to feature, the video does the contrary. A very, very unattractive looking house. And a little girl. Why?
You did not break meIm still fighting for peace
Shes small, looks vulnerable, but is a force to be reckoned with. She knows Beard Man wants to claim authority over her, to control her like man claims monarchy of the animal kingdom. But she can sense his fear, and lashes out with all her might to send him scurrying for the roof. Another one bites the dust. Spent, she rests as great wolfs do but the man returns, with an alluring gift.
Im gonna live like tomorrow doesnt exist
Essentially I see them as the same personthe cage is kind of the skull, beating yourself up, loving to yourself.
0:12 Oh, I can still look more perfect?
What, you expected them to look pretty? This isnt bubblegum pop. Its someones reality.
As a big girl, the freedom of drinking became imprisonment when she got addicted.The repetition she gives herself on for tonight, her ego in believing party girls dont get hurt, her skewed image of freedom as she flies like a bird on the fancy chandelier, her need to feel the love from herbadhot company are all part of the excuses chaining her. We all have this desire to know how much we can take, and the belief that this time will be better than the last. Come on, live like tomorrow doesnt exist. Come on, its just on for tonight.
Im like a rubberband until you pull too hardbut you wont see me fall apart.
What makes you so sure that little girls are always the victim?
This shit is so deep you can tell when your own Beard Man and Wolf Girl are going at it.The emotions, which we agree that Shia and Maddie portrayed quite brilliantly, will ripple through your entire being. They were never going to kill each other, because they cant. As they fight in your head, they beg you to listen, to adopt them, to choose them over the other one. As a result, you have moments where you beat yourself up, push yourself, love yourself, so you have something to write about in your diary.
Everyone in general is just looking to exploit her in some way.Boys are just looking to hit on her. Shes just the person for a good time call, which means eye candy, lots of partying and good sex. Businesses are just making money off her looks. Girls just wanna gossip about her. She knows all this, but ego kicks in and shes filled with the false hope that perhaps, with all her popularity, surely shes the lady in charge?
So you let them fight, and watch that neither takes over.
From the ridiculous pace of her actions, we can see shes is so busy that she doesnt even have the time to properly mime her actions to match the music. Yes, theres some effort there, but her finger crawling, head bobbing doesnt sweetly match the percussion. Its even more skewed than Chandelier we could at least predict what shed do in the chorus. Nothing is organized. It all happens too fast.
Yeah lets be clear, Ill trust no one
Big Girl Chapter 2: Its Lonely, Its Agony
3:15 Juststupefied in the end
As freedom approaches, imprisonment becomes outspoken.
We might forget that this is an anti-partying anthem. And the problem was never that she partied and got drunk, thats actually fine, but its the fact that it became a habit.
Hes big, strong and intelligent but fears the unknown, primal nature of Wolf Girl. Still, he tries to tame her as man conquers Mother Nature, only to be overwhelmed by sheer force and flee to the roof of the cage, hanging on for dear life. But later, he sees that shes fallen asleep. Another one bites the dust. Seeing the opportunity, he tries yet again to coax, only to be bitten.
But that doesnt mean you need to hate them.It all boils down to the stereotyping of the big bad wolf and little red riding hood, even when were aware that humans kill more wolves then they hurt us, and little girlsarentalways innocent. But its all part of the package. You need to love them, but no more.
Sia Furler, Billboard Magazine
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
This is where the evils of fake friends truly come to light. For a typical party girl who knows how to look sexy, fun and is an easy flirt, her popularity will soar. Her Instagram will get tons of likes, maybe even land her a profitable modeling gig. Boys and girls will ringing her doorbell to play with her. Theyll compliment and adore her, and shell feel the love.
0:33 Fancy cigar time, look like a boss
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame
Im gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
Is there a personality that is perfect? There are times when its good to be Wolf Girl, but theres also times that you should be Beard Man.However, if you stay with one of them too long youll become attached, always relying on, believing its the chosen one you wanted so bad, ignoring the so many red flags until they eventually become your weaknessthen another one bites the dust. Its hard to lose a chosen one. Your inner conflicts happen because they let you survive.
Im gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
3:00 Wants to cry, but forces herself not stop
Sia always sings this part the loudest, like shes trying to drown out all the regret from the previous verse. Maddie becomes a marionette, her hands automatically moving to down bottles to the beat.Just as her addictive chorus musically hooks us in, the alcohol to her is just as irresistibleif not worse. Shes popular but her bad companys the one truly in charge, immersing her in this party girl culture.
If you thought that video was intense, know that it mirrors all that pain perfectly. Its what shes facing inside even as she looks formidable outside. Theres so many problems that girls at the top face, but she can never show it, because shes a tough girl so it gets bottled up.
Youll also find that Sia Furler sure likes to sing about suicide via sharp things, violent animals, fire, emancipation and getting strangled. The songs lyrics are more brutal than Metal, but the music is softer than bubblegum Pop. But hey, Heidi Klum found Fire Meets Gasoline sexy enough for a lingerie commercial music video.
Notice what happens every time its the chorus?
I was really unhappy being an artist. I was always a drinker but I didnt know I was an alcoholic. Then I got seriously addicted to Vicodin and Oxycodone.
Big Girl Chapter 4: I Wake Up, I Wake Up
1:57 Enter the feminine entity with evil hands
However, she senses the ruse and manages to strike first. But this time he was not to be intimidated, fighting back with an alien strength. Still, her agility allowed her to escape. As she watches from afar, he calms down. Shes compelled to free him. She wants his protective embrace. Hes got thick skin and an elastic heart, so she plays and lets him have fun. But when she tries to bring him out, she realizes hes stubborn. So she pulls.
Im like a rubberband until you pull too hardbut you wont see me fall apart.
Manifested in the form you saw in the video. And both have good and evil sides.
On the other hand, Maddie probably wants all of the big party girl privileges that Sia has, more freedom, being able to drink and meet cute boys in a huge party. Of course, as a child shed be blissfully unaware of all the bad consequences big girls have to endure when party girlsdoget hurt. So she dances.
To read this video properly, you have to be in a kind of Jungian mindset. Which is actually pretty easy since it just features a duality concept. See, if you saw the 28-year old man Shia and 12-year old girl Maddie as father and daughter, a woman and heranimus, kid and adult side, inner angel and demon, Eminem and Slim Shady, or heck, even if youre sticking to the pedobear and little girl viewpointyou areallcorrect. Its what the images provoked, and its what theylooked liketo you. However, whatthey areis simply this:
Listen To The Melody Of Your Own Heart
You did not break meIm still fighting for peace
2:13 It shows her what real agony is
These two warring sia self states.
Every time she shows weakness, this feminine entity will put her in her place. Even if it has to be by force.
In that similar, solemn undertone that took us on an emotional ride on the Chandelier, Big Girls Cry is a very tearful song. It tells us of a persona that youve never acknowledged, one that you deemed a weakness that must not exist, one that you kept silent at all costs. Everything youve kept hidden all along under that tough feminine mask, including your fears, emotions and weaknesses. The music, the lyrics and the video put togetheris that black box recording you never wanted to show the world.
Note: This post was updated on April 2015 to add Big Girls Cry and Elastic Heart to this Chandelier analysis because why not
As if shed gone too far by uttering the word agony, the mysteriousfemme fatalesteps in, and like some horror movie the musics volume escalates into chorus as its hands manipulate her face, shuts her mouth from more tirades I dont care if I dont look pretty and cry, in the end choosing to bring her close to death itselfas if it was her own personal mafia teaching her a lesson.
Thats life in the fast lane. No love, no hate, no drama and no games.
1:37 Screaming to vent out all that anger
Ah, repetition. As we get used to Sias I Wake Up monotone, Maddie goes into overdrive with emotion, engaging in all sorts of new actions, fully awake after that traumatic experience. Laughter, pills, diet, pain, shutting outnothing works. What on earth does she have to do? What is the cure?
Bruised and insulted, he confronts her directly now with the full intent of imposing law and order. But just when he had her, she escapes out of his reach. Clearly frustrated, he lashes out until hes exhausted. But she came back, letting him embrace her, even knocking some fun expressions onto his face. She tries to bring him out, but hes afraid of the lawit might be too sharp. So he pulls back.
Its in the title! Just because youre a big girl, it doesnt mean you wont feel sad, pain or lonely. It doesnt mean you cant cry. So please, for your sake, dont lose yourself in anything else, especially self-harm. Just cry when you need to.
Human. Tired and exhausted, Maddie slowly gets up as Sia tones down her vocals after that intense chorus. However, someone like her cant afford to sleep. She seeks all the wrong treatments, and her health deteriorates
Part one sees her going all the extra mile to be pretty, from looks to habits shes sculpted into the perfect lady. Theres not much time for anything else, as you can see in her schedule.
Wolf Girl and Beard Man will always seek to conquer one another.You embrace your inner angels, drawing upon their warmth for comfort and courage but careful never to spend too long in utopia. You subdue your inner demons, showing them that they are the ones trapped in the cage, not you, but evoking their strength and cunning when facing adversity. But theres always there, fighting each other to gain you. You cant destroy them, because they are still a part of you.
2:53 Laughter is the best medicine, no?
0:01 Im ready to take on the world baby
Phones blowin up, theyre ringin my doorbell
Chandelier is a song laced with self-reflecting vocals, a haunting melody and tribal escalations that give a solemn feel. Whats more, its lyrics tell us the exact thoughts going on inside a girl with an alcoholism problem. Time and again she tries to tell herself that she shouldnt it anymore, but peer pressure, lust, need for love always brings her back, convincing her that she can handle anything, that she should live life while the moment is there. In one word, addiction.
If youve ever watched Sias video series for her songs Chandelier, Elastic Heart and Big Girls Cry, those of you unfamiliar with the concept ofinterpretive modern dancewill think the kid in the flesh-colored leotardMaddie Zieglerneeds to be shipped to an institute pronto. Now you can relax, because thats not the case. In fact, this crazy dance is what you get when you literally try to choreograph the chaotic thoughts of a party girl, two warring mental states and lastly, suicidal thoughts.
Lets be clear, youll trust no one that claims to be a saint. Even yourself.
Im the one for a good time call
0:40 This make-up must, must be perfect
You can make Sias biography out of the reviews there ?
You know what these words mean, thanks to Hip Hop music. They are the anthem of the femalehustler, women who run the world.
This very image reminds us of a hangover.This is exactly the feeling she has about herself after a night of excessive drinking wasted, ugly, abandoned like a used mannequin, and full of regret as shes likely barfing all of last night into the toilet. As the sun comes up, reality sets in. The shame, the guilt, the fear if she got pregnant, and all that as she feels naked and vulnerable.
Its a moody album for sure, and judging by them feels you can squeeze here today, this album is quality venting music.
Big Girl Chapter 3: Im In Pain
Those two drugs are good painkillers, but bad news if they become habits. But why should you care about consequence if you cant feel pain? The verses leading up to it might be peppered with some regret when will I learn or fear Im holding on for dear life, but all you hear in the chorus is just pure thrill. But thats why Sia chose Maddie for the video. In all those times of regret, she probably felt like a helpless little girl, but maybe shed also silently wished that could go back to that age, when a good time call and love was moreinnocent. So she sings.