Q for Quirky Song

For my 17th post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge, I decided to do something I have not done before. I decided to write a piece on Sia’s Elastic Heart, her latest hit.

Q for Quirky Song

Sia’s Quirky Elastic Heart

The first time I listened to Elastic Heart was on YouTube. The song was quirky, just as the video was, but I felt everything came together nicely and the song worked. The video was something different, but I accepted it as purely performance art, just as I thought the song was a form of artistic expression.

The more I listened to the soaring ballad, the more it grew on me, especially after the song became a part of the BodyBalance new release at the gym. 😉

A collaboration between Australian singer-songwriter Sia, Toronto R&B singer The Weeknd, and Philadelphia producer Diplo, the song started as a track that Diplo sent to Sia. She took a liking to the track instantly and wrote the lyrics for it.

The lyrics are about finding love after enduring heartbreak and pain. Sia hoped that Katy Perry would record it, maybe for the Hunger Games Catching Fire soundtrack, but that did not happen. So, Sia sang the vocals herself. Eventually, the song did indeed get selected for the movie soundtrack. Sia was shown an early draft of the movie, after which she revised the lyrics to make the song fit the film (as shown below).

The lyrics

Elastic Heart
(feat. The Weeknd & Diplo)

And another one bites the dust
Oh why can I not conquer love?
And I might have thought that we were one
Wanted to fight this war without weapons

And I wanted it, I wanted it bad
But there were so many red flags
Now another one bites the dust
Yeah, let’s be clear, I’ll trust no one

You did not break me
I’m still fighting for peace

Well, I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart,
But your blade—it might be too sharp
I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won’t see me fall apart
‘Cause I’ve got an elastic heart

I’ve got an elastic heart
Yeah, I’ve got an elastic heart

And I will stay up through the night
Let’s be clear, won’t close my eyes
And I know that I can survive
I’ll walk through fire to save my life

And I want it, I want my life so bad
I’m doing everything I can
Then another one bites the dust
It’s hard to lose a chosen one

You did not break me
(you did not break me, no)
I’m still fighting for peace

[3x]
Well, I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart,
But your blade—it might be too sharp
I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won’t see me fall apart
‘Cause I’ve got an elastic heart

I’ve got an elastic heart

The song can be found on her latest 1000 Forms of Fear.

The video

Sia conceptualised the video as two warring ‘Sia’ self states, played by Maddie Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf. Controversy arose as some people were turned off or disgusted by the 12-year-old Maddie and 28-year-old Shia doing their interpretive dance in a giant bird cage dressed in skin-coloured leotards.

“I anticipated some ‘pedophilia!!!’ cries for this video,” Sia said on Twitter. “I apologize to those who feel triggered by Elastic Heart. My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”

Read more about the controversy surrounding the video in an article by Rolling Stone.

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3 Responses to Q for Quirky Song

  1. I don’t see videos at all so it was nice to see this one to a song which I enjoy. I don’t find anything about the video offensive either, very artistic and tasteful I thought. 🙂

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