Chandelier
Sia Lyrics


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Party girls don't get hurt
Can't feel anything, when will I learn
I push it down, I push it down

I'm the one "for a good time call"
Phone's blowin' up, ring up my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love
One, two, three, one, two, three drink
One, two, three, one, two, three drink
One, two, three, one, two, three drink

Throw 'em back, 'til I lose count

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

But 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

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

One, two, three, one, two, three drink
One, two, three, one, two, three drink
One, two, three, one, two, three drink

Throw 'em back 'til I lose count

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

But 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, 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

Overall Meaning

The opening lyrics of Sia’s “Chandelier” is a commentary on the hedonistic lifestyle of party girls. The singer assumes the persona of a party girl who numbs herself to avoid pain. She admits that despite indulging in drinking and merrymaking, she doesn't feel anything, and questions when she will learn to cope with her emotions. She continues by saying she pushes all her pain and sorrows down, as a way of avoiding the emotional turmoil. The chorus is a vivid depiction of the singer’s desire to let go of all her emotional inhibition and restrictions. She wants to swing from the chandelier, be carefree, and live for the present moment. The lyrics are powerful, and they resonate with anyone who has ever felt the need to escape their pain and hurt.


The line "one, two, three, drink" that Sia repeats throughout the song, is a subtle reference to AA, where one of the main precepts is "One day at a time." The singer is telling her audience that she is taking life one drink at a time. The song was released in early 2014 and became Sia's first top 10 hit as a solo artist in the United States. "Chandelier" was produced by Jesse Shatkin and co-written by Sia and Shatkin. The song is notable for its distinctive music video, which features Maddie Ziegler, an 11-year-old dancer, performing an interpretive dance in a run-down apartment.


Line by Line Meaning

Party girls don't get hurt
Girls who party are expected to have fun and not be affected by negative experiences.


Can't feel anything, when will I learn
I've become numb to my feelings and I need to learn how to process my emotions.


I push it down, I push it down
I suppress my emotions and avoid dealing with them.


I'm the one "for a good time call"
I'm known for being someone who is always ready to have a good time.


Phone's blowin' up, ringin' my doorbell
I'm constantly being contacted by people who want to party with me.


I feel the love, feel the love
I enjoy the attention and positive feelings of others when I'm drinking.


One, two, three, one, two, three drink
I'm counting my drinks and trying to get drunk quickly.


Throw 'em back, 'til I lose count
I keep drinking until I can no longer keep track of how much I've had.


I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I'm going to let go of all inhibitions and fully embrace the party lifestyle.


I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist
I'm living in the moment and not worrying about the future consequences of my actions.


Like it doesn't exist
I'm ignoring my responsibilities and only focusing on partying.


I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I'm going to have an out of body experience and embrace my emotions as I dance.


But I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down won't open my eyes
I'm trying to avoid facing the reality of my situation and continue partying.


Keep my glass full until morning light, 'cause I'm just holding on for tonight
I will keep drinking until the party is over, even if it means sacrificing my health and well-being for the night.


Help me, I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down won't open my eyes
I'm asking for help but am still in denial about needing it.


Sun is up, I'm a mess
The party is over and I'm left feeling drained and emotionally overwhelmed.


Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
I need to leave this lifestyle behind and find a healthier way to cope with my emotions.


Here comes the shame, here comes the shame
I'm feeling ashamed of my actions and the consequences of my partying.


On for tonight, on for tonight
I'm continuing to hold on to the party lifestyle, despite the negative consequences.


'Cause I'm just holding on for tonight
I'm trying to push through the pain and continue partying, regardless of the harm it may cause.


Oh, I'm just holding on for tonight
I'm struggling to overcome my issues and am relying on the temporary high of the party lifestyle to numb my emotions.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Jesse Shatkin, Sia Furler

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