Zipper lamp

In my 26th and final post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge 2015, I thought for a long time about what to write on the letter ‘Z’. Undecided, I came home and scrolled through my scattered photo folders, and finally settled on a zipper lamp. Yes, there is such a thing! 😉

Z is for Zipper Lamp

Burps & Giggles in Ipoh Old Town has an assortment of artistic lamps, and the lamp headlining our finale photo essay is the strange zipper lamp.

Zipper lamp
Zipper lamp

Can you count the number of zippers sewn onto this lamp shade?

Zipper lamp
Zipper lamp

You can sew them on straight, vertically or horizontally. You can also twirl them, and swirl them.

Zipper lamp
Zipper lamp

The zipper lamp is a definite conversation starter. 😉

Zipper lamp
Zipper lamp
Burps & Giggles, Ipoh Old Town. Open daily from 8.30am to 9.00pm.
Burps & Giggles, Ipoh Old Town. Open daily from 8.30am to 9.00pm.

Here are some of the other lamps found in the cafe…

Lace lamp
Lace lamp
Button lamp
Button lamp
Ribbon lamp
Ribbon lamp
Lace lamp
Lace lamp

The menu on the wall…

Menu
Menu

The outside of the shop…

Outside the shop
Outside the shop

Yehliu Geopark

In my 25th post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge, I put together a photo essay of Yehliu Geopark, which is located along the north coast of Taiwan.

Y is for Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu is a cape in the town of Wanli, New Taipei, Taiwan. We went there via the north coast shuttle bus.

The cape, known by geologists as the Yehliu Promontory, forms part of the Daliao Miocene Formation, which is what makes Yehliu a geopark. The distance from the entrance of the geopark to the end of the cape is about 1.7 km; the widest area in between is shorter than 300 m.

Breathtaking view at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Breathtaking view at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.

Yehliu Geopark is famous for its sea-erosion landscape. The rocky landscape of of the geopark has made it one of most famous wonders in the world. The influences caused by strong relentless waves, rock weathering, earth movement and crustal movement all contribute to the formation of such a rare and stunning geological landscape.

Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei.

 Yehliu Geopark can be divided into three areas. The first area contains ‘mushroom rock’ and ‘ginger rock’. You may also see the appearance of cleavage, potholes and melting erosion panels. On top of that, the famous candle shaped rock and the ice cream rock are presented in this area too.

Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei.
Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Geological formations

The second area is similar to the first area – ‘mushroom rocks’ and ‘ginger rocks’ are found, but in fewer numbers. The highlights are the Queen’s Head, Dragon’s Head Rock, etc. Since the area is near the coast, rocks that develop into four different kinds of formations can be seen in this area: ‘elephant rock’, ‘fairy’s shoe’, ‘earth rock’ and ‘peanut rock’. The rocks are formed as a result of corrosion by sea water.

Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.

The third area is the wave-cut platform located on the other side of Yehliu. This area is much narrower than the second area. One side of the platform is next to steep cliffs while down below the other side are strong waves. The third area also includes the major ecology reserve of Yehliu Geopark.

Scenic view on a hill at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Scenic view on a hill at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.

Most of the spots are very close to the sea, so tourists are advised to be careful and not slip and fall down the steep slopes into the sea.

Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Geological formations at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.

The north coast shuttle bus that passes Yehliu Geopark stops at the following locations:

Scenic view at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Scenic view at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.

To get to the north coast shuttle bus, which is a cute little mini bus, one can take the MRT to Tamsui Station, which is right at the end of the red line. The bus station is right next to the MRT station. Tamsui itself is a scenic location worth a visit.

To read more about Yehliu Geopark, click here.

Ximen Arch, Taiwan

My computer is out of the ICU now, with a new replacement chip. =P  So, in my 24th post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge, it is back to posting photos. I put together a photo essay of Ximen Arch, located along the north coast of Taiwan.

X for Ximen Arch

Ximen Arch is one of the first stops along the north coast shuttle bus route. It is a scenic route that travels the winding roads along the north coast beaches and pretty hills and villages.

Ximen Arch. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.
Ximen Arch. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

To get to the north coast shuttle bus, which is a cute little mini bus, one can take the MRT to Tamsui Station, which is right at the end of the red line. The bus station is right next to the MRT station. Tamsui itself is a scenic location worth a visit.

Rocky beach in front of Ximen Arch. A white Chinese bridge gleams in the sunshine. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.
Rocky beach in front of Ximen Arch. A white Chinese bridge gleams in the sunshine.

If you get to the bus station really early, purchasing a day pass is worthwhile, as you can get on and off the shuttle bus as many times as you want throughout the day. The last bus back to the station should make its rounds around 4.30 pm. The bus goes from the Tamsui MRT station to Keelung Train Station (TRA), which is near the Keelung Port. There’s a night market there as well, worth a visit to sample some of the famous Taiwanese street food.

Seaweed abound in the rocky pools at the beach in front of Ximen Arch. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.
Seaweed abound in the rocky pools at the beach in front of Ximen Arch. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

The shuttle bus stops at the following locations:

To find out more about the north coast shuttle bus and route, click here.

Military installation at Ximen Arch beach. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.
Military installation at Ximen Arch beach.
Bees and butterflies hover around wildflowers in full bloom everywhere in Taiwan. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.
Bees and butterflies hover around wildflowers in full bloom everywhere in Taiwan in March.

Growing on the sand beside the beach was a multitude of wildflowers. Blue skies and great weather led to good lighting to feature these humble little blooms.

Wildflowers bloom in the spring at Ximen Arch beach. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.
Wildflowers bloom in the spring at Ximen Arch beach.

Whatever Lola Wants

In my 23rd post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge, I decided to feature an old song, a golden hit called ‘Whatever Lola Wants’. I first heard it, of all places, in a Magnum ice cream commercial on TV. It’s currently running on TV in Malaysia now, especially during  prime time. The song seems to fit the commercial exceedingly well. Anyway, the song was striking to me, so I searched for it on Google and Youtube.

W for ‘Whatever Lola Wants’

‘Whatever Lola Wants’ is sometimes called ‘Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets’. According to Wikipedia (LOL), the song was written way back in 1955 by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for a musical play called ‘Damn Yankees’. In the musical, the song is sung by Lola, the Devil’s assistant. ‘Whatever Lola Wants’ is track #8 on the album Golden Hits.

The lyrics made me laugh – Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. So, it’s pointless to resist. Just give in. Ahahaahahah. You might as well just lie down (and die). Hahahahahah… You are a goner. 😉

The Lyrics

Whatever Lola wants

Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets
And little man, little Lola wants you
Make up your mind to have (make up your mind to have)
No regrets (no regrets)
Recline yourself, resign yourself, you’re through

I always get what I aim for
And your heart and soul is what I came for
Whatever Lola wants (Lola wants), Lola gets (Lola gets)
Take off your coat, don’t you know you can’t win
(Can’t win, you’ll never, never win)
You’re no exception to the rule
I’m irresistible you fool
Give in (Give in, you’ll never win)

Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets

I always get what I aim for
And your heart and soul is what I came for
Whatever Lola wants (Lola wants), Lola gets (Lola gets)
Take off your coat, don’t you know you can’t win
(Can’t win, you’ll never, never win)
You’re no exception to the rule
I’m irresistible you fool
Give in (give in, you’ll never win)
Give in (give in, you’ll never win)
Give in.

Songwriters
RICHARD ADLER, JERRY ROSS

Singer for the version featured in the following videos
Della Reese

The videos

Youtube video with original song:

Youtube video showing the ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Magnum’ commercial featuring the song:

Viva La Vida

My 22nd post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge is on a song by Coldplay called ‘Viva La Vida’.

V for Viva La Vida

In an interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Chris Martin explained that the song and album title ‘Viva La Vida’ came from a phrase he saw on a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. ‘Viva La Vida’ means ‘long live life’ or ‘the life lives’. He loved the boldness of the painting, which you can see here. Frida painted the piece in 1954, shortly before she died. The words ‘Sandías con leyenda: Viva la vida’ (literal translation: ‘Watermelons with legend: The life lives’) were part of the painting.

The song lyrics feature cavalries, missionaries and kings. According to Bassist Guy Berryman, “It’s a story about a king who’s lost his kingdom, and all the album’s artwork is based on the idea of revolutionaries and guerrillas. There’s this slightly anti-authoritarian viewpoint that’s crept into some of the lyrics and it’s some of the payoff between being surrounded by governments on one side, but also we’re human beings with emotions and we’re all going to die and the stupidity of what we have to put up with every day. Hence the album title.”

To read more about the facts and meanings behind the song, click here.

The Lyrics

Viva La Vida

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning, I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
“Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you go there was never, never a honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

[Chorus]
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know Saint Peter won’t call my name
Never rule this world
But that was when I ruled the world

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

[Chorus]

Writer/s: MARTIN, CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY JOHN / BERRYMAN, GUY RUPERT / BUCKLAND, JONATHAN MARK / CHAMPION, WILLIAM

The video

Use Somebody

For my 21st post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge, I wanted to put together a photo essay on the UNESCO World Heritage Site called Bao’an Temple in Taipei, but since my laptop has gone into the ICU and will only be out in a few days’ time and my photos are inside the hard disk, I looked around for an alternative idea. Then, I thought, why not do another piece on music?

U for Use Somebody

I decided to feature a rock song by Kings of Leon called ‘Use Somebody’. From the title alone, we might misunderstand that the song is about the selfish intention or action of using other people to achieve one’s own ends, but that’s not what the song is about at all.

Written by frontman Caleb Followill, the song is about being lonely on the road and longing for somebody to hold. He said on his band’s website, “It’s about being far from home.” In 2008, Caleb told Uncut magazine, “The meat of the song was written on tour. When I came up with ‘I could use somebody’, I didn’t know if I was talking about a person or home or God.”

The song highlights a part of human nature – people are social creatures that prefer to exist in social groups, building meaningful relationships with others, instead of being loners.

‘Use Somebody’ topped the Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40, Alternative Songs Triple A and Adult Top 40 charts, and it was the first song to top all four airplay tallies since Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ (2004-5). The song is track #4 on the album ‘Only By The Night’.

To see more facts about the song, click here.

The Lyrics

Use Somebody

I’ve been roaming around
Always looking down at all I see
Painted faces, fill the places I can’t reach

You know that I could use somebody
You know that I could use somebody

Someone like you, and all you know, and how you speak
Countless lovers under cover of the street

You know that I could use somebody
You know that I could use somebody
Someone like you

Off in the night, while you live it up, I’m off to sleep
Waging wars to shape the poet and the beat
I hope it’s gonna make you notice
I hope it’s gonna make you notice

Someone like me
Someone like me
Someone like me, somebody

Someone like you, somebody
Someone like you, somebody
Someone like you, somebody

I’ve been roaming around,
Always looking down at all I see

Songwriters
FOLLOWILL, JARED / FOLLOWILL, MATTHEW / FOLLOWILL, NATHAN / FOLLOWILL, CALEB

The video

Time After Time

For my 20th post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge, I would like to talk about a song I listened to growing up. 🙂

T is for ‘Time After Time’

‘Time After Time’ was released in 1984 by Sony BMG. It was the year my brother was born and I was in Standard 2. I still remember the first time I saw the singer Cyndi Lauper, with her red hair and riot of colours in her clothing and accessories. You could say she made an impression. LOL. But her hit became an enduring classic, which many singers later also sang and made covers of. Years later, I watched a movie called ‘Strictly Ballroom’ where the song was also featured.

The Lyrics

“Time After Time”
By Cyndi Lauper

Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick,
And think of you
Caught up in circles confusion –
Is nothing new
Flashback – warm nights –
Almost left behind
Suitcases of memories,
Time after –

Sometimes you picture me –
I’m walking too far ahead
You’re calling to me, I can’t hear
What you’ve said –
Then you say – go slow –
I fall behind –
The second hand unwinds

[Chorus:]
If you’re lost you can look – and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you – I’ll be waiting
Time after time

After my picture fades and darkness has
Turned to gray
Watching through windows – you’re wondering
If I’m OK
Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time –

[Chorus:]
If you’re lost…

You said go slow –
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds –

[Chorus:]
If you’re lost…
…Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time

The Video

Cyndi Lauper’s video:

Time After Time Cover by GLEE:

Sun Moon Lake

For my 19th post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge, I have put together a photo essay about a day trip to Sun Moon Lake on 14 March 2015.

S is for Sun Moon Lake

A day at Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan

After we arrived at Taiwan, we found some brochures in our first homestay not far from Taoyuan Airport. I emailed one tour operator to enquire about day tours to places like Sun Moon Lake and Alishan Mountains. A reply was received within a day, and at last the tour agency confirmed that there was a day trip to Sun Moon Lake, so we signed up for it. On the morning of the day tour, it was like the Amazing Race. We did speed walking from our second homestay to the Dazhi MRT station (12 mins), took the MRT to Taipei Main Station, and ran to the HSR (high speed rail) station. We arrived 3 mins before the train departed for Taichung, where the tour bus would pick us up.

We arrived at Taichung on time, and waited outside the station. Meanwhile, the tour guide looked for us inside the station. Unable to locate us, the mini bus departed. I saw the licence plate number as it ambled by. Luckily, I located the tour guide’s mobile phone number in my email and found a public phone to call him. He picked up and said they were coming back to get us. My, were we relieved!

Taiwanese tour agencies were trusting, and we were only required to pay for our day trip upon boarding the bus. The rate was NTD1800 per pax, inclusive of tour bus and aborigine lunch. We discovered that foreign language guided tour in our case meant Japanese-speaking tour, because the majority of the group (7) were from Japan. They had just graduated from university and decided to go on holiday together. The remainder of the group were 2 pax from Hong Kong and 2 pax from Malaysia (my friend and I).

Sun Moon Lake on a misty morning. At Nantou County, Taiwan. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
Sun Moon Lake on a misty morning. At Nantou County, Taiwan. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.

Sun Moon Lake got its special name from the unique terrain of the lake and surrounding areas. The lake looks like a sun on one side and a crescent moon on the other. Attracting over six million visitors every year, it is one of the 8 wonders of Taiwan, and a famous source of hydroelectric power. The present lake was created when a dam was built.

Taiwan was a Japanese colony for 50 years. During the era of Japanese Emperor Dai Sei, the Japanese decided to develop light industry in Taiwan, but they needed more power for that endeavour. In April, 1919, the Taiwan Power Company was formed and it built a dam on Sun Moon Lake for hydroelectric generation, using the Central Mountain Range’s Zhuoshui River as its water source and the natural Sun Moon Lake as a water-storage area. Sun Moon Lake was elevated to about 800 metres. A 320-metre drop in height was used to generate electricity, creating 100,000 kilowatts of electric power.

Wen Wu Temple at Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
Our first stop was at Wenwu Temple, a magnificent temple complex.

Our first stop was at Wenwu Temple. During the Japanese occupation period, there were two temples on the banks of the lake, Longfeng Temple in Shueishe Village and Yihua Hall in what is now Yitashao. However, when the hydroelectric power plant was built, the water level rose, and the temples had to be removed. The Japanese electric company paid compensation, and the temple managers decided to combine their resources to build a single new temple at Songboling on the northern shore of the lake. The result was today’s Wenwu Temple. The architecture of the temple has the palace style of northern China. A large and magnificent structure, it is comprised of three separate halls.

Ceiling decorations in Wen Wu Temple, at Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
Intricate decorations adorn the ceilings of Wenwu Temple

Before the round-the-lake road was built, the only way to get to Wenwu Temple was to take a boat to the pier below the temple and climb up a very steep flight of steps. These steps were popularly known as the ‘stairway to Heaven’.

Wen Wu Temple at Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
Wenwu Temple is beautifully decorated and looked after with the utmost care
People and their beloved pets rest in the Wen Wu Temple grounds. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
People and their beloved pets rest in the Wenwu Temple grounds. The Taiwanese are seen regularly taking their beautiful dogs out for walks and exercise.

Our second stop was at the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway. Sun Moon Lake Station lies to the southeast of Sun Moon Lake, the north of Ita Thao community, and the west of Youth Activity Center. The ride offers a bird’s eye view of the lake and the hilly forest adjacent to it.

Sun Moon Lake ropeway. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
Sun Moon Lake ropeway. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.

After a sumptuous aborigine lunch, we went to the jetty nearby for our lake cruise. By that time, the mist had cleared sufficient for us to see the scenery.

Lake cruise jetty at Sun Moon Lake. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
Lake cruise jetty at Sun Moon Lake
Traditional fishing raft and net at Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
Traditional fishing raft and net at Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan

The smallest island in Taiwan is in the middle of Sun Moon Lake. It was originally a mountain peak, but with the construction of the hydroelectric dam, the water level rose about 800 metres. The mountain became submerged, and only the peak is now visible.

Smallest island in Taiwan is in the middle of Sun Moon Lake. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
Smallest island in Taiwan is in the middle of Sun Moon Lake

Another interesting item to note are rafts planted with edible plants by the aborigines. The plants are harvest for food. The rafts in turn are positioned near jetties and other areas to block the waves caused by the cruise ships coming in too fast.

Rafts planted with edible plants by the aborigines at Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan. Photo taken on 14 March 2015.
Rafts planted with edible plants by the aborigines at Sun Moon Lake

Realising Reality

For my 18th post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge, I planned on killing two birds with one stone. I wrote a poem entitled Realising Reality and submitted it as my assignment for 10 Premodern Poems by Women public online course by Stanford University for Week 3. It has been interesting to read poems written by women in the 17th and 18th centuries and learn about the lives of the poets themselves. To visit the Stanford University public online courses page, click here.

Oh, and it’s National Poetry Writing Month in the USA (NaNoWriPo) now. Lots of people are writing a poem every day for a whole month. 😉

R for Realising Reality

This poem uses the heroic couplet rhyming style, i.e. AA BB CC, etc., and has ten syllables in each line. It’s supposed to have an iambic pentameter, but I’m not sure about that part. 😉  That’s 18th century English poetry in England for you.

Realising Reality

A life, its essence mysteries untold
Is there a destiny, planned path of old?
Are we making life up along the way?
Actions causing chain reactions each day?
Butterfly effect in constant motion
Does anyone think and act with caution?
Would tiny inconsiderate actions
Open floodgates; innocence’s damnation?

Survival is not guaranteed on Earth
Silence does not become our home and hearth
Egocentric universe; can’t they see?
Individuals think of I, and not we
I am you, you are me; one and the same
What I do hurts you; what you do hurts me
Is humanity a saviour or blight?
Forsake the downward spiral, do what’s right

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
21 April 2015

Wildflowers at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2014.
Wildflowers at Yehliu Geopark, Wanli, New Taipei. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

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.