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Sia – Bird Set Free lyrics

[Verse 1]
Clipped wings, I was a broken thing
Had a voice, had a voice but I could not sing
You would wind me down
I struggled on the ground
So lost, the line had been crossed
Had a voice, had a voice but I could not talk
You held me down
I struggle to fly now

[Refrain]
But there's a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, we cannot deny
Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive
Yes, there's a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, but I don't wanna die, no
I don't wanna die, I don't wanna die


[Chorus]
And I don't care if I sing off key
I found myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I shout it out like a bird set free
No I don't care if I sing off key
I found myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I'll shout it out like a bird set free
I'll shout it out like a bird set free
I'll shout it out like a bird set free


[Verse 2]
Now I fly, hit the high notes
I have a voice, have a voice, hear me roar tonight
You held me down
But I fought back loud

[Refrain]
But there's a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, we cannot deny
Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive
Yes, there's a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, but I don't wanna die, no
I don't wanna die, I don't wanna die yeah

[Chorus]
And I don't care if I sing off key
I found myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I shout it out like a bird set free
No I don't care if I sing off key
I found myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I'll shout it out like a bird set free
I'll shout it out like a bird set free
I'll shout it out like a bird set free
I'll shout it out like a bird set free
I'll shout it out like a bird set free
I'll shout it out like a bird set free



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    My interpetation is that the song is about a conflict between depression and the self. Awful things can happen to a person, (in this case I would infer that this is Sia's battle with addiction) leaving them to feel damaged (clipped wings) and a resulting depressive state. It can get so bad that the suicidal thoughts creep in (a scream inside that we all try to hide) but one of the most powerful lines in the song (I don't want to die) is expelled in the [Refrain]. (I don't care if I sing off key, I found myself in my melodies.) If people can't understand her struggle, she doesn't let it bother her, and lives authentically. Music saved her life, and by relying on herself and her art she was able to get out of that terrible place. It is a beautiful song and one of the most powerful on this album.
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