"Hanging High" as written by Bj�rn Daniel Arne Yttling and Lykke Li Timotej Zachrisson....
Oh, thunder in my heart
These razors cutting sharp
And leaves me with an ever bleeding scar

So soft, so suddenly
So that I cannot breathe
I'm drawn into a circle painted black

Oh, I'm hanging high
Oh, won't you let me down?
Back where I started at
You know I'm a little lost

And when it hurts the most
I'll push a little more
I'm back where I started at
You know I'm a little lost

Like lightning in my heart
A kiss so burning hot
I'm hanging on a thread that's bound to drop

Like rain on open skies
Don't know the reason why
But I'll always choose the black in front of white

Oh, I'm hanging high
Oh, won't you let me down?
Back where I started at
You know I'm a little lost

And when it hurts the most
I'll push a little more
I'm back where I started at
You know I'm a little lost

Oh, I'm hanging high
Oh, won't you let me down?
Back where I started at

When it hurts the most
I'll push a little more
I'm back where I started at


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"Hanging High" as written by Lykke Li Zachrisson Bjoern Yttling

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  • +4
    General CommentDefinitely a little bit sadder of a song.

    These comments seem to miss the physical pain as emotional pain motif. She doesn't mean to be in any physical pain, or cause herself harm, it's just an extended metaphor that comments on how she feels.

    I think she uses the conceit because it's a direct way of saying how she feels (physical pain is fairly universal), while still being complex enough to cover multiple levels of feeling (physical pain also differs in degree and feel [stinging, pins and needles, sore, etc.]).

    This is really apparent in that some lines use tangible objects, yet use intangible subjects (Line 1: Oh thunder in my heart, for example). In the example, thunder is not something that can even be felt, yet has a powerful, echoing, negative connotation, and hence substitutes for a tangible pain (Line 2: These razors cutting sharp)

    She uses this style, therefore, to explain her emotional distress without having to explain the cause. Instead, the fact that this is a cyclic or redundant feeling, for her, takes precedence. Whatever personal gains she feels she has made, whether it be personally, professionally, or simply mentally, are clearly gone ("Back where I started at").

    It may even be that she has simply regressed further than before, insinuated by "hanging on a thread that's bound to drop," as normally one would use string involving multiple threads. It's a nod to the generic "hanging by a thread" cliche. One would therefore infer that she has been hanging for a while, and that previous threads have already snapped or unraveled.

    One again, she doesn't mean to imply SELF harm, however. Although the pain conceit is continued throughout by the metaphor of suicide ("I'm hanging high"), she immediately replies with a plea for help ("Won't you let me down"). She just doesn't understand how she never manages to free herself ("You know I'm a little lost").

    She still takes responsibility for the way she feels, to an extent ("But I'll always choose the black in front of white"). All the previous meanings serve as a basis for this single thought. She feels trapped, in being hung, yet doesn't have the tools to get down. She tries, but continuously fails. In reality, she just feels unable to get herself away from the pain that she also repetitiously feels.

    At the same time, its not completely gloomy because she still has hope ("and when it hurts the most/i'll push a little more"). So in the end, she leaves with both a plea for help and a promise to persevere.

    I could get deeper, but that was way more than I intended.
    jrlucas16on March 11, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYeah; aside from self-mutilation, this also seems to refer to suicide by hanging.

    "So soft, so suddenly
    So that I can not breathe
    I'm drawn into a circle painted black"

    This is the sensation of passing out by being choked; your view fades to black.

    "Oh I'm hanging high
    Oh won't you let me down
    Back where I started at
    You know I'm a little lost"

    This -could- refer to being saved after she's jumped off the chair; you're a little disoriented after being choked out.

    "I'm hanging on a thread that's bound to drop"

    Inevitably, when you hang yourself, someone will cut you down, be it a loved one, or the police.
    Fionnon September 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me, this song seems to be about self-mutilation.

    "These razors cutting sharp
    And leaves me with an ever bleeding scar"

    "And when it hurts the most
    I'll push a little more"

    and I think when it comes to these lyrics:
    "Like lightning in my heart
    A kiss so burning hot"
    it's just comparing cutting to "a kiss so burning hot", because to her it's a good thing, in a sense. or the same sensation.

    "But I'll always choose the black in front of white"
    she'll always just choose the bad, the "black" instead of working past it towards the good, the "white"

    I don't know though!
    ohimhanginghighon December 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm much in love with this song. On an interview, lykke said that this is one of her favorite song so i tried it and after 5 replays i'm on it! I really love this song. It makes me feel like walking on the beach. At first, when i heard it I just thought its a happy song but it makes me feel sick when i listen to the meaning. I really love songs that sounds happy but not at all.
    sugarhiccupson January 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsorta reminds me off PB&J... "Chills."
    good song though.. love her
    zojunioron March 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, surprised no one has commented yet.
    I'm not entirely sure what the song is about, but I think it's about always choosing the wrong kind of guy and being hurt, but doing it again after the fact.
    inconnuon July 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is almost exactly the same as "He Hit Me( and it felt like a kiss)" by the Crystals, which is about domestic abuse and relentless love. give it a listen.
    DaisyDarlingon August 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is exactly how i feel throughout/after being involved with.. every guy ever in the world ever.

    it's like 'look, it's your fault i'm hopeful, so either let me down so i can revisit square one with someone else, or let me in so i can give up feeling so lost.'

    also a reference to adoring someone you know is bad for you:
    'don't know the reason why, but i'll always choose the black in front of white.'
    as in:
    'i don't know why i do this to myself when there are so many guys who are prepared to devote themselves to me.'

    also:
    'and when it hurts the most, i push a little more.' = 'and when you try and retreat, i only try harder to keep you here.'

    and hence, you are back where you started at.

    cutest song ever
    kimberleeon October 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe classic head versus heart story in which she knows every time she goes back to the same cycle she risks getting hurt again (physical or emotional) but her heart is somehow still influencing her decision and allows herself to give in and go back "where she started"
    idlekindon March 15, 2010   Link

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