While we are on the topic of Sia, I love her earlier song: Chandelier.
It’s just as emotionally-charged and high energy as Elastic Heart. In fact, I see Chandelier as the prequel to Elastic Heart, because the videos are both directed by Sia and Daniel Askill and features the same dancer in the music video, Maddie Ziegler. You can definitely tell the dancing was choreographed by the same person too, Ryan Heffington, as some of the moves are the same, and so is Ziegler’s costume.
It’s still fantastic though. The video was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, and became the seventh most watched YouTube video of 2014.
The lyrics are great. It reminds me of Tove Lo’s song High, because it’s about the plights of a party girl. (Which, I personally find a frightening subject matter after seeing the music video to High.)
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…
But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ‘cos 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, ‘cos I’m just holding on for tonight…
I’ve found a lot of covers – including one by Sara Bareilles. But they’re either too slow, which I don’t think gives the song justice, or (in the case of some of the singing contestants on tv) are just plain out of tune.
Sia’s original performance is the best, and I don’t think it will be beaten. No one can match her vocals – especially live!