Big Girls Cry
Sia Lyrics


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Tough girl in the fast lane
No time for love, no time for hate
No drama, no time for games
Tough girl whose soul aches

I come home, on my own
Check my phone, nothing, though
Act busy, order in
Pay TV, it's agony (oh)

I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their heart is breaking

Tough girl, I'm in pain
It's lonely at the top, blackouts and airplanes
And I still pour you a glass of champagne
Tough girl whose soul aches

I come home, on my own
Check my phone, nothing, though
Act busy, order in
Pay TV, it's agony (oh)

I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking

I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
Alone

I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking




Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their heart is breaking

Overall Meaning

Sia’s Big Girls Cry is a song that speaks volumes on the complexities of a tough girl who puts on a facade of strength, despite going through heartbreak and inner turmoil. The singer in the song is a woman who is too busy to entertain drama, love, or hate. She lives in the fast lane and is always on her phone, but no one seems to reach out to her. The fear of being vulnerable is palpable in her actions as she orders in, acts busy, and watches TV to numb her feelings.


The chorus of the song is cathartic and poetically encapsulates the message by stating: "Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking." The phrase reinforces the idea that even the strongest people sometimes break down, and it’s okay to do so. The line "I don't care if I don't look pretty" is also notable, as it shifts the focus from external beauty to internal strength.


The song’s production is equally captivating, with Sia's signature powerful vocals and smooth harmonies. The track starts off with a subtle slow beat, leading to a crescendo of emotional power in the chorus. The high pitch used in the bridge, where the singer wakes up alone, evokes a feeling of liberation and self-realization.


Overall, Big Girls Cry offers a raw and honest portrayal of female strength and vulnerability, encouraging listeners to embrace their emotions and allow themselves to express them when needed.


Line by Line Meaning

Tough girl in the fast lane
The singer is a strong and independent person who doesn't have time to slow down.


No time for love, no time for hate
The singer is too busy to expend energy on either positive or negative emotions towards others.


No drama, no time for games
The singer doesn't have the patience or interest in dealing with any kind of emotional or manipulative games.


Tough girl whose soul aches
Despite the artist's outward strength, they are deeply hurting inside.


I come home, on my own
The artist is independent and doesn't rely on anyone else for their well-being.


Check my phone, nothing, though
The singer is feeling lonely and hoping for some kind of connection or validation, but they don't receive any.


Act busy, order in
The singer tries to distract themselves from their pain by creating their own sense of activity, even if it's just ordering food in.


Pay TV, it's agony (oh)
Even though the artist is trying to distract themselves from their pain, they're still constantly reminded of it through mundane activities like watching TV.


I may cry ruinin' my makeup
The artist is willing to let their guard down and be vulnerable, even if it means showing physical signs of their pain.


Wash away all the things you've taken
The artist is trying to cleanse themselves of the emotional pain caused by someone else's actions.


And I don't care if I don't look pretty
The singer is not concerned with superficial appearances and is willing to show their true emotions, regardless of how they look.


Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
The artist is saying that it's okay to feel pain and be vulnerable, regardless of how strong someone may be perceived as.


Tough girl, I'm in pain
The singer is acknowledging their strength while also admitting to their emotional suffering.


It's lonely at the top, blackouts and airplanes
The singer is saying that even though they may have achieved success or status, it doesn't shield them from emotional pain and loneliness.


And I still pour you a glass of champagne
The singer is highlighting the ways in which they are still showing kindness and care for someone who caused them pain, even though it hurts them to do so.


I wake up, alone
The artist is highlighting the loneliness they feel when they wake up in the morning.


Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
The artist reiterates that it's okay to feel and express pain, regardless of strength or independence.




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing, Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Sia Kate Furler, Christopher Braide

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@koabin

Letras:
Tough girl in the fast lane
No time for love, no time for hate
No drama, no time for games
Tough girl whose soul aches
I come home, on my own
Check my phone, nothing, though
Act busy, order in
Pay TV, it's agony (oh)
I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their heart is breaking
Tough girl, I'm in pain
It's lonely at the top, blackouts and airplanes
And I still pour you a glass of champagne
Tough girl whose soul aches
I come home, on my own
Check my phone, nothing, though
Act busy, order in
Pay TV, it's agony (oh)
I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
Alone
I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their heart is breaking



@edwincouoh1553

The meaning: the first part is slow because she's slowly becoming
depressed. She's beating herself up and starts nodding her head, trying
to act like nothing's happening and trying to get herself back to
normal. The pointing represents the way people are wondering what's
going on with her, noticing and pointing at her. She then sucks her
thumb but eventually pulls it away to represent a loss of innocence and
childhood as she gets sadder and more heartbroken. When she eventually
sinks into full on depression, she starts rubbing her hand over her
mouth to represent putting on lipstick and eventually her whole face in
makeup. She then smiles very quickly like the makeup made it better, but
she begins to frown and taps her face so it goes away. She then starts
fixing herself up again, fake smiling, and the motion she makes as if
putting something in her mouth are pills/drugs. She then waves her hand
around her face by her nose for smoking. Then she's bathed in purple
light which represents getting high/drunk, talks to her foot because
she's wasted and alone and doesn't have anyone to talk to. You can see a
tattoo on her hand that says "don't think", because that's what happens
when you're high, and another that says "whatever dude" because you
stop caring when you're drunk. She goes offscreen and comes back to
reality after it wears off. She touches her face, slightly disoriented,
then tries to wake herself up, as if she's in a dream, (reality is the
dream for her) by pulling at her eyes and pushing her lips. She starts
eating, binging and taking pills, then pulls it back out as if to throw
up (bulimia). She screams in frustration then slowly goes into a daze
when she starts spinning, as if the shock of her situation and the
heartbreak is too much. The hands are her mind and her mental disorders,
trying to keep her awake by pulling at her eyes, then realizing that
won't work and pulling her ears into a fake smile to pretend she's okay.
When they make swimming type motions it's as if she can't breathe and
is trying to, then the hands cover her mouth which is like her mental
disorders telling her to keep quiet and pretend it's alright. When she
gets lifted up it's a suicide attempt (hanging), her feet get incredibly
pale and white but the attempt fails or she stops herself. Then she
begins to move her hands violently, fear and frustration and anger
taking over, the scissors most likely representing cutting and her
eating her hand as if to say shut up, don't cry. She's in pain,
repeating the motions, until she desperately does more of the eating
motions, taking pills, and the lighting becomes purple again because
she's high. She starts laughing almost desperately because she's under
drugs, before coming back to reality. This time she's in serious shock
at herself and the world, staring at her hand in disbelief and looking
incredibly upset and out of place, too used to being high and/or drunk
and the pain hits her full on. She pulls a finger down her face for a
tear, starts stuffing her hand in her mouth to make herself stop, before
punching herself in the face which puts her finally back in the real
world, and starts staring open-mouthed, stunned, at the mess she's
become.



@balvinricketts4153

[Lyrics]
Tough girl in the fast lane
No time for love, no time for hate
No drama, no time for games
Tough girl whose soul aches
I'm at home, on my own
Check my phone, nothing, though
Act busy, order in
Pay TV, it's agony
I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their heart is breaking
Tough girl, I'm in pain
It's lonely at the top, black outs and airplanes
And I still pour you a glass, of champagne
Tough girl whose soul aches
I'm at home, on my own
Check my phone, nothing, though
Act busy, order in
Pay TV, it's agony
I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up,
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
Alone
I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their heart is breaking



@Lex_amrullah

Tough girl in the fast lane
No time for love, no time for hate
No drama, no time for games
Tough girl whose soul aches
I'm at home, on my own
Check my phone, nothing, though
Act busy, order in
Pay TV, it’s agony
I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don’t look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their heart is breaking
Tough girl, I'm in pain
It's lonely at the top, black outs and airplanes
And I still pour you a glass, of champagne
Tough girl whose soul aches
I'm at home, on my own
Check my phone, nothing, though
Act busy, order in
Pay TV, it’s agony
I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you’ve taken
And I don’t care if I don’t look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up,
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
Alone
I may cry ruinin' my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don’t look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their heart is breaking




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@lauralima1832

Tough girl
In the fast lane
No time for love
No time for hate
No drama
No time for games
Tough girl
Whose soul aches

I'm at home
On my own
Check my phone
Nothing, though
Act busy
Order in
Pay TV
It's agony

I may cry, ruining my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking

Tough girl
I'm in pain
It's lonely at the top
Blackouts and airplanes
I still pour you a glass of champagne
Tough girl
Whose soul aches

I'm at home
On my own
Check my phone
Nothing, though
Act busy
Order in
Pay TV
It's agony

I may cry, ruining my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking

I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
I wake up, I wake up, I wake up, I wake up
I wake up, I wake up alone

I may cry, ruining my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking

Sia - Big Girls Cry



@fadasia5045

QUANDO VOCÊ LER OS COMENTÁRIOS EU ESTAREI LÁ.
Bem vindo SIANÁTICO HAHA 😄❤
Entendo a maioria dos meus amigos também são funkeiros...
SOU SIANÁTICA DESDE 2014, QUANDO OUVI CHANDELIER, ME APAIXONEI PELA VOZ DELA E POR ELA E HJ SOU UMA ESSA FÃ MALUCA KK
ISSO É MÚSICA DE VERDADE
Eu simplismente não vejo graça nesse tipo de "música"
O funk já foi bom, hj ta um lixo
Apresente essa DIVAAA pra eles, vão se apaixonar, se eles realmente enxergarem oq é música msm
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@blackmorebrat

For everyone that said they don't get it, it's about suicide!

Follow the lighting with her actions. Its starts with a soft flattering light (young and innocent) her action are all the struggles through her childhood. When she sucks her thumb and her hand flies away, the light also starts to slowly change into a harsher lighting (end of her childhood.)

She remakes her image and then starts into a routine of making herself pretty and washing it away over and over. When the light changes cold for the first time, that's her first heart break. She comes back trying to be strong, and starts taking substances. Then, she starts spinning out of control.

The harsh lighting from above when the hands behind her come out is meant to make you feel uneasy. Because it's her uncontrollable suicide thoughts and emotions. Finally, ending in her first attempt by hanging herself.

She fails, but is caught continuing hurting herself and saying sorry. The light changes cold again with her laughing. Indicating she was committed, or on heavy medication. When her hand moves away from her face she is coming off her medication and the tear motion she makes on her face says all the old feelings come back.

When she shoves her hand into her mouth that's a gun. She pulls it away struggling with the thoughts. when it looks like she is punching herself, that's the gun going off! The light again changes to above, uneasy feeling combined with her look of shock and awe. She is dead.



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@TheRedPlumbob

My video interpretation: Her hands represent the sides of the brain. Right-creative and sensible, Left-logic and under control. She is dealing with depression but the left hand wants to be a grownup and pretends to be okay, while the right hand wants to cry it out like a child would (her hands are fighting with each other). So she starts taking medication to keep her thoughts under control and can't tell anyone (when she talks to her foot). She tries to ignore what people say (when she desperately covers her ears) but gets lost inside her own mind (when she seems to be rolling) and looks for help (the other hands) they try to help by making her seem happy but they overwhelm her and end up suffocating her (when the hands cover her mouth) making her feel lonelier and she attempts suicide but fails. After that she hits rock bottom and takes more pills which make her "happy" (when she's laughing a lot) now she doesn't care about pretending to be okay (when she attempts to eat her left hand) but she loses control and ends up taking an overdose in an attempt to look okay (when her left hand punches her in the face) and she ends up delusional, we don't see her hands anymore, her mind is lost.

@DiorTheBanamelon

thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

@Icookandwander

you should be a writer!

@joaosoares3035

Sem dúvida que representa alguém que passou períodos complicados na vida. Depressão, tentativas falhadas de suicídio, drogas. No final também me parece que sim, que se transformou em pedra. Nada a fará mais chorar, e também nada a fará mais rir. Deve inspirar-se numa vida real.

@TheRedPlumbob

+João Soares  Sia ha estado al borde del suicidio en varias ocaciones y es bueno que lo uso para poder ayudar a gente con este mismo sentimiento de depresion profunda, en lugar de rendirse y terminar con su vida lo puso en papel para que el mensaje llegara a todas aquellas personas para que no se sintieran solas y se convirtio en la fuerza de muchos que estan tratando de salir de esta situacion. Sia es de las artistas que mas admiro por este gesto. Sus letras tienen mucho significado.

@yadia.3367

Whatever u just did u r really good at that u should be a writer!!!

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@claraallen3532

When I was younger I thought this video was the weirdest thing ever, but now that I’m older i understand and I am truly amazed at how she portrayed this.

@Indiana.atwood

same... five years ago I was slightly disturbed, now I find it fascinating and creative

@claraallen3532

Disgruntled Employee the way she portrayed being beat down and mental illnesses I really connected with it

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