Sia - Chandelier - 2014

Sia - Chandelier (2014)

Chandelier is a song by Australian singer Sia, released in 2014 as the lead single from her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear. Known for its powerful vocals and poignant lyrics, the song marks a significant departure from Sia's earlier works, showcasing a deeper and more introspective approach to songwriting and performance. The song has been highly praised for its emotional depth, unique sound, and Sia's distinctive voice.

Background and Release

Sia Furler, known mononymously as Sia, wrote Chandelier in collaboration with Jesse Shatkin. Initially intended for other artists, Sia decided to keep the song for herself, leading to a turning point in her career. The track discusses themes of turmoil and the desire to escape pain, with the chandelier serving as a metaphor for fragile and temporary escapes we seek from our problems.

Music and Lyrics

The music of Chandelier combines elements of pop, electronica, and R&B, featuring a dramatic build-up that complements the song's emotional intensity. Its lyrics are a poignant reflection on self-destruction and the facade of partying to mask pain, with the chorus expressing the highs and lows of swinging "from the chandelier."

Music Video

The music video for Chandelier features dancer Maddie Ziegler in a blonde wig mirroring Sia's hairstyle, performing an interpretive dance in an abandoned apartment. The video received critical acclaim for its creativity and Ziegler's expressive performance, contributing significantly to the song's success.

Impact and Legacy

Chandelier was a commercial success, charting internationally and receiving numerous awards and nominations. It marked a pivotal moment in Sia's career, establishing her as a major force in the music industry. The song and its video have left a lasting impact, being regarded as one of the most iconic pop songs of the 2010s.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Chandelier" released? (2014) (!2012) (!2013) (!2015)

Who directed the music video for "Chandelier"? (Sia and Daniel Askill) (!Sia alone) (!David Guetta) (!Maddie Ziegler)

What themes does "Chandelier" explore? (Self-destruction and escapism) (!Love and relationships) (!Friendship and loyalty) (!Travel and adventure)

How did Sia originally intend to use "Chandelier"? (She wrote it for herself but considered giving it to another artist) (!It was written for Rihanna) (!It was intended as a duet with David Guetta) (!Exclusively for a movie soundtrack)

What significant change did "Chandelier" bring to Sia's career? (It marked her breakthrough as a solo artist) (!It was her first song to chart) (!It was her last song before retirement) (!It was her debut song)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Sia's full name? (Sia Kate Isobelle Furler) (!Sia Marie Furler) (!Sia Elizabeth Furler) (!Sia Louise Furler)

Which country is Sia originally from? (Australia) (!United States) (!United Kingdom) (!New Zealand)

For what reason does Sia often hide her face during performances? (To maintain privacy and focus on her music) (!Due to stage fright) (!Fashion statement) (!Tradition)

Before her solo career, Sia was part of which acid jazz band? (Crisp) (!Jamiroquai) (!The Brand New Heavies) (!Incognito)

What is one of Sia's notable works besides "Chandelier"? ("Elastic Heart") (!"Umbrella") (!"Firework") (!"Rolling in the Deep")

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What does Sia aspire to do "like tomorrow doesn't exist" in "Chandelier"? (Swing from the chandelier) (!Dance on the rooftop) (!Sing in the rain) (!Run through the fields)

Which line follows "I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night"? (Feel my tears as they dry) (!Watch me as I soar high) (!Catch me as I fall) (!Hear me as I cry)

How does Sia describe her state in the song? (Feeling my way through the darkness) (!Walking on a dream) (!Lost in the echo) (!Chasing the sun)

What metaphor is used to represent indulgence and escapism in "Chandelier"? (The chandelier) (!The open door) (!The rising sun) (!The deep sea)

What action does Sia repeat to indicate pushing boundaries and seeking liberation? (Swinging from the chandelier) (!Jumping over the fence) (!Breaking the glass) (!Running away)


Sia Australian Singer
2014 Year of Release
Maddie Ziegler Featured Dancer
1000 Forms of Fear Album
Chandelier Metaphor for Escapism

Open Tasks


  1. Research and list other songs by Sia that discuss themes of pain and resilience. Compare how these themes are presented in each song.
  2. Create a poster for "Chandelier" using elements that symbolize the song's themes.
  3. Watch the music video for "Chandelier" and write a paragraph on how the choreography contributes to the song's message.


  1. Explore the role of metaphor in songwriting. Write an essay on how "Chandelier" uses metaphors to convey its message.
  2. Interview classmates or friends about their interpretation of "Chandelier" and how it affects their perception of pop music.
  3. Create a dance or art piece inspired by the themes of "Chandelier".


  1. Analyze the influence of "Chandelier" on contemporary pop music. Present your findings in a class presentation.
  2. Compose your own song that captures the essence of "Chandelier," focusing on themes of pain, escapism, and hope.
  3. Develop a short film that interprets the lyrics of "Chandelier," incorporating symbolic elements that represent its themes.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the significance of the metaphor of swinging from a chandelier in the context of the song. How does it enhance the song's message?
  2. Compare and contrast the portrayal of emotional turmoil in "Chandelier" with another song of your choice.
  3. Explain the impact of the music video on the song's reception. How does visual representation affect the interpretation of song lyrics?
  4. Evaluate the role of privacy and anonymity in Sia's performances. How does this approach influence the audience's focus on her music?
  5. Reflect on the themes of "Chandelier" and how they relate to the broader context of mental health in society.

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