"Black Chandelier " as written by and Simon Alexander Neil....
Drip, drip, drip
Drip, drip, drip
Drip, drip, drip
Drip, drip, drip
Drip, drip, drip
Drip, drip, drip, drip

I shouldn’t laugh, but I know I’m a failure in your eyes
I know its daft, but I guess I know it deep inside
It feels like we’re ready to crack these days, you and I
When it’s just the two of us, only the two of us, I could die

You left my heart like an abandoned car
Old and worn and no use at all
But I used to be free
We’re gonna separate ourselves tonight
We’re always running scared but holding knives
But there’s a black chandelier
It’s casting shadows and lies

Drip, drip, drip, drip

I’ll sit in silence for the rest of my life if you’d like
Dressing our wounds with industrial gloves made of wire
Feel it penetrating the skin, we begin to relax
When it’s just the two of us, and a cute little cup of cyanide

You left my heart like an abandoned car
Old and worn and no use at all
But I used to be free

We’re gonna separate ourselves tonight
We’re always running scared but holding knives
But there’s a black chandelier
It’s casting shadows and lies
We’re gonna separate ourselves tonight
We’re always running scared but holding knives
But there’s a black chandelier

You left my heart like an abandoned car
Old and worn and no use at all
But I used to be free

We’re gonna separate ourselves tonight
We’re always running scared but holding knives
But there’s a black chandelier
It’s casting shadows and lies
We’re gonna separate ourselves tonight
We’re always running scared but holding knives
But there’s a black chandelier


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"Black Chandelier" as written by Simon Alexander Neil

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  • +3
    Song MeaningSimon Neil has said in interviews that he had a problem with depression when writing some of the songs on the album Opposites. To get the song meaning simply look at the first line "Drip Drip" many believe this is a innuendo for what he may of been thinking at the time, most come up for the idea that he must off been thinking of hanging himself. This idea of suicide can also be seen in the line "cute little cup of cyanide". Saying this i have no idea why he was in a depressive state of mind but this mood is in many of their albums such as Infinity Land and Puzzles
    smithison May 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe that this song is separating ourselves from the rest of society. The music video shows everyone covered in black paint except the band members. "separate ourselves tonight" separate from society. "running scared and holding knives" people in society that back stab and we stab back. We also run from people who are out to harm us. The black chandelier that's casting shadows and holding lies is peer pressure that has us scared and rumors society creates. but this is my interpretation, it doesn't have to be his or yours.
    jartkiseron March 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI forgot about Biffy until I heard this song the other day. I am guessing this song is about a relationship that both people know is falling apart. One person wants to make it work while the other wants to move on.
    sewok15on January 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with the last comment and think the drip is it dripping down and falling apart
    George8521on January 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think that it's a relationship that is heavily strained, and he knows that he hasn't lived up to what she thought he was. The second verse I think is indicitive that he is comfortable and accepting when they hurt each other because the pain is what still connects them. The Chorus I think is talking about how they are strained by lies and dishonesty and that they are finally going to find the end. For good or bad.
    blackdinogon April 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song speaks of two people who really share the same feelings, both doubts and love. Even if it is painful they don't reach the goal to separate! I think the "black chandelier" is a symbol of a greater instance that makes them want to separate on the one hand, but on the other hand, it keeps them together. This undefinable "instance" is love - love is an ability and also a DECISION: they choose to stick together despite all hate and quarrel.
    Aideron April 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this speaks of Simon's inner termoil battling with his own dark thoughts and nothing more, almost mild psychizophrenia - "only the two of us", "separate ourselves", "casting shadows" etc...

    Anyone who has followed Biffy over the years will know most of the lyrics are Simon venting, couple that with some awesome rock riffs and this is what makes Biffy so great! Love this song!
    rhinosauroson July 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like it was inspired by the painting called The Absinthe Drinker by Edgas Degas - which at the time was a statement about social isolation in the face of rapid (industrial) change. Absinthe then was dripped into a glass of water and contained a poison that did in fact kill some people (a cute cup of cyanide).
    xby45on March 05, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think all your comments are different interpretations of Simon's thoughts while writing Black Chandelier. This is the magic of music and songwriting. We don't need or want to know what the song really means. You just have to feel the lyrics and if they make sense to you that's the most important. You can find a lot of different meanings while listening to the song and none of them will be wrong. The main goal is to feel something. No matter what you feel you feel it right. Biffy's a great band and Simon's a great songwriter. Thumb up.
    benjaminrson May 07, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHaving just been in a relationship like that, I can relate to that concept, and I hear and feel that in this song.
    themadcap0on February 18, 2013   Link

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