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[Verse 1:]
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


[Pre-Chorus:]
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

[Chorus:]
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


[Post-Chorus:]
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


[Verse 2:]
Sun is up, I'm a mess
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame


[Pre-Chorus:]
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

[Chorus:]
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

[Post-Chorus:]
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


[Outro]
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



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  • dinglevrinsk
    +27
    dinglevrinskSep 25, 2014 at 10:46 am
    This song is about the destruction of The Self. It's all about "swinging from the chandelier", which literally means to have sex with as many people as possible. She is also involved with heavy drinking, and she has too many times tried to escaping the pain in her life, so now she has given it all up. This is a song about social suicide; a song about how to completely ruin everything which evolves from an identity. It's about self-destruction, a beautiful song of how to escape life by doing unhealthy things to your body and your mental health then completely disappearing from the surface of the earth.

    It's a song of a person who is having a breakdown and finally putting an end to it with a solution which ends with taking her own life. Putting an end to her miser-ability after engaging in promiscuity and being infected with AIDS.
  • U
    +8
    UnregisteredOct 7, 2014 at 11:55 pm
    Its about unhappiness of being unloved and unwanted. The first writer had it right about self-destruction. But it is also about being ashamed of her life and what has happened to make her hate herself so much - the fact that she only feels loved when a man wants to use her for s**. I don't believe its about suicide, just a cry for help to escape from her nihilistic existence through drink and s** - she is numb emotionally, mentally and physically - this is her only existence and the only way she can hold onto her life - the only way to get through the days.
  • U
    +3
    UnregisteredNov 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm
    My impression that I take away is that Sia always performs this song with her back to the audience & is always with a child or child-like dancers in a house like environment. It's not just the song to take into consideration; it's the visual component as well. The dance is a mime of a child pretending to be already grown up, looking forward to doing adult things like drinking & dancing (basically clubbing), going to work, etc. from an idealistic viewpoint. There is no parent because she, he or they are actually are at work or out clubbing so the child is free to dance wherever in the house. Sia's song though is the adult's point of view that they're not doing this to have a fun time; the drinking & dancing is being used as a coping technique to deal with life's real challenges instead, including the disillusionment that adult life hasn't cracked up to what she imagined to be when she was the child. So, on the surface, when you listen to it, you hear it from the child's PoV but if you read into the song more, you hear the adult's PoV as well.
  • t
    +1
    tellitlikeitis3 days ago at 7:52 am
    Few people alluded to six as a child. They partly get it. The one who wrote it is a child growing up and separating sia by saying as a child, misses the point. Here it is. She, Sia is a child. We all are. As time passes, we add on layers. Never doubt this fact, it is proven and you can test for yourself, no matter what age! Now, having said that, do you see the difference in some of the intepretations? Only the ones that say that it is Sia as a child, have it. Almost right. It is Sia now speaking from her inner child. She may be remembering or acting out on recent events in her life. Or acting on behalf of someone else who was "hanging from a chandelier" so to speak. At any rate, it is a beautiful song and the video completes what otherwise is a somewhat romantic fatalistic pov. In other words, seeing the video version makes the song more sad because we tend to be shocked to our senses when we realize there is a child witnessing or experiencing these things. I think this theme has been used many times. It is however, the first time I think we have seen the artist alluding to something more than what anyone could bear to guess or state. Sexual abuse, as a child or a teen. Or even as an adult. Rape or some other form of sexual assault. Again, do not doubt this sad fact. It is in greater numbers than we yet know. A terrible thing for anyone at any age to go through. Of course, especially the younger loss of innocence is an unspeakable crime. There in lies the problem. And which I suspect Sia may really be alluding to here. If so, this is a landmark song and video production in trying to suggest to us there is something more. And the hope is that the dialogue will speak the rest. Her song is the spark, the video the wind and the dialogue is the fire!
  • U
    0
    UnregisteredNov 4, 2014 at 12:38 am
    I think it is about being addicted to someone who then doesn't love you back so you start drinking and finally decide to end it. Not realizing that life is worth living after all and many people don't know how to accept the fact that people are going to give up on you not everyone is going to love you. You will have people who talk you behind your back and you will have people who say that they will always be there but they wont it is the truth not everyone will be there they are going to tell you that not knowing that it is going hurt your feeling it is just the way the world is, so never think that everyone is going to be there for ever and if they are there for ever it wont be a nice ride you will have problems and you will fight and the person might come back around or they might just give up but that is just the way life is life sucks nothing is perfect but you just have to make the best of it and not listen to peoples negativity because that is one thing that is always going to be there.

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