"Elastic Heart" as written by Sia Furler, Thomas Wesley Pentz Pka Diplo, Andrew Fitzgerald Swanson and Abel Tesfaye....
And another one bites the dust
But why can I not conquer love?
I might have thought that we were one
Why not fight this war without weapons?
And I want it and I wanted it bad
But there were so many red flags
Now another one bites the dust
And let's be clear, I 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
But I may snap when I move close
But you won't see me move no more
'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, I won't close my eyes
And I know that I can survive
I walked through fire to save my life
And I want it, I want my life so bad
And 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, no)
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
But I may snap when I move close
But you won't see me move no more
'Cause I've got an elastic heart

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
But I may snap when I move close
But you won't see me move no more
'Cause I've got an elastic heart

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
But I may snap when I move close
But you won't see me move no more
'Cause I've got an elastic heart


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"Elastic Heart" as written by Abel Tesfaye Thomas Wesley Pentz

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  • +21
    My InterpretationElastic Heart is about mania, the upswing of bipolarity. I’ve known that person: she's irresistible when she’s high, her energy ballooning to fill a room. Her mania is effervescent and urgent and sometimes frightening. She’s the best part of life—until she isn’t. When the mania ebbs, she’s as wilted as if she’d been to battle.

    Sia knows this; she's smart about it, too, because—as her music video depicts—bipolarity isn't defined by two opposite and contending halves as much as it’s parasitic. In Sia's video, Maddie Ziegler is that affliction, charismatic in her wildness and her anger. By the video’s end, she’s driven Shia LaBeouf to exhaustion, to his slump at the cage's edge.

    Mania’s push and pull requires an elastic heart. It’s a battle, as Sia writes, not to "fall apart."
    iOSUsereon January 10, 2015   Link
  • +12
    My Interpretation"And another one bites the dust
    But why can I not conquer love?"

    She's afraid to fall in love, so she pushes people away. She uses "bite the dust" in reference to how people would leave her because she refuses to get close to anyone.

    "And I might've got to be with one
    Why not fight this war without weapons?"

    She's proposing that if she could actually let someone in, then they both would need to wear their hearts on their sleeves. But, the way it's phrased, it seems like she's doubtful that anyone would be completely truthful. Also, she doesn't realize that she's not completely open either, yet she expects others to be.

    "And I want it and I wanted it bad
    But there were so many red flags
    Now another one bites the dust
    And let's be clear, I trust no one"

    She really wants to let someone in, but all she sees are the bad. So another person "bites the dust". They leave her. She's so stubborn. Just like a child, she crosses her arms and simply says "I trust no one!"

    "You did not break me
    I'm still fighting for peace"

    She's saying she's not broken. It's not the other person's fault that she pushed them away. She's already came broken. She's simply fighting for her own peace.

    "Well I've got thick skin and an elastic heart"

    She's saying that she's strong. She doesn't let people get to her. She has an "elastic heart". This means that she can easily heal if someone hurts her.

    "But your blade it might be too sharp"

    The other person is also stubborn, and is cutting through her "thick skin". He/she is getting through to her. He's finally going to see her for who she is, and not for the protective visage she presents.

    "I'm like a rubber band until you pull too hard
    But I may snap and I move fast"

    She's referring to her elastic heart. No matter how much someone moves her heart, she would never get stay hurt for long because she would snap back quickly.

    "But you won't see me fall apart (this should be the correct lyrics... makes more sense)
    Cause I've got an elastic heart
    I've got an elastic heart
    Yeah, I've got an elastic heart"

    She's saying that she'd never let anyone see how she feels. She wants the world to know that nothing can hurt her.

    "And I will stay up through the night
    Let's be clear, I won't close my eyes"

    She shows how afraid she is. She won't close her eyes. She lets people know that she's careful and that she will always protect herself from anything. But, they don't know that she's actually afraid. She can't sleep soundly because she's so afraid of getting hurt.

    "And I know that I can survive
    I walked through fire to save my life
    And I want it, I want my life so bad
    And I'm doing everything I can
    Then another one bites the dust
    It's hard to lose a chosen one"

    This is an example of self-preservation. She wants to protect herself, her life. She will not let anyone hurt her. She pushes another person away, but she thinks that she started to finally started that person. It's because she started trusting that person that she pushed them away.
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    Overall, she is trying to say that she wants people to be true and open to her. She wants people to be real. But, she doesn't realize that she's not being completely open either. She is afraid to trust and love others. She is afraid of being hurt, so she puts up a strong front. She shows people that she has "thick skin" and an "elastic heart", but in all reality, she wants to protect herself and keep herself away from any possibility that might cause her pain. She pushes people away before she can even trust them and them to trust her. She's not as strong as she thinks she is, but she wants people to know that she's invincible. Finally, she meets a "chosen one". This person is someone she started to trust and possibly adore, but when she realizes this, she pushes them away. She isn't as strong as she says. She's just afraid.
    asuarunoon January 11, 2015   Link
  • +9
    Song MeaningFrom Peter Lewis, SongMeanings Contributor:

    "Sia battles an army and her soldiers keep dying - an anology for her struggle with her own emotions.
    The song was originally recorded for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but In 2014 she released a solo version of Elastic Heart for her ablum 1000 Forms of Fear. The video for the song, Sia says is about "Two warring 'sia' self states." The song paints a picture of a struggle for peace. 

And another one bites the dust
    But why can I not conquer love?
    And I might've got to be with one
    Why not fight this war without weapons?

    Sia is using an anology here, comparing a battle between armies with her own emotional battle. She keeps taking hits and getting weaker, and another one of her "soldiers" fall. Why can't she conquer her own heart?

    An alternate meaning is that partners - and even friends - keep walking out on her because her emotional struggles affect them in negative ways. She has less support as these people don't exist in her life anymore.

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

    She wants to be able to trust people, but always sees the red flags, the bad side of them. And she loses them because of it.

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

    Now she's talking about an actual person. She's been damaged, but she did not let them break her and she's still fighting for peace - peace with them, peace with herself, and/or peace with the world. Maybe this line was meant for Sia's father who she has had a troubled relationship with.

    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
    But I may snap when I move close
    But you won't see me move no more
    Cause I've got an elastic heart
    I've got an elastic heart
    Yeah, I've got an elastic heart

    The thick skin is her strong part, and the elastic heart is the weaker part of her. She'll fight her hardest - but she's still breakable.

    And I will stay up through the night
    Let's be clear, I won't close my eyes
    And I know that I can survive
    I walked through fire to save my life
    And I want it, I want my life so bad
    And I'm doing everything I can
    Then another one bites the dust
    It's hard to lose a chosen one

    It's hard to lose the support that she needs. When she sings that she's trying to survive and wants her life, she's not just talking about life and death. She's talking about her life, her livelihood, and not letting her emotions die.

    Yes - it's deep. What do you think this song means?"
    danon January 09, 2015   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis was such an emotional, disturbing, sympathetic, powerful, and sad music video for this beautiful song.
    It seems like there was an implication of molestation between the man (a father) and the girl (a daughter). There's only so much damage the man can do before the girl becomes angry and begins to fight him, and eventually leaves "the cage" (the situation/problem or home). The man can leave the cage if he takes a route only he can take, and not the girl. I think that in terms of a father/daughter relationship that would be the father simply leaving the girl alone in the cage, in the wake of what had happened to put her in the cage. So he goes back for her. He wants to comfort her and reassure her he is not leaving her, but she misinterprets the touch and they begin to fight and move around the cage again. The girl is smaller and is able to leave the cage, for one because she is a child and is able to glide in and out of the problem which cages the man permanently, and only restrains her when she fights the man and/or is drawn back into the problem. The girl sees the man is trapped in the cage and feels sorry for him, and so she goes back into the cage. Then we see the man is acting like a father should. We don't exactly see the man as a paternal figure until he begins to make the girl laugh, and she begins to give him purpose and he begins to give her happiness. When the girl sees this paternal happiness/goofiness in him, she tries to lead him out of the cage. I'm guessing the cage, in this way, is supposed to represent the relationship between the two that the act of molestation created. At the beginning of the video, it's just a man and a girl fighting with no connection, in a cage, their relationship is based on physicality. The girl is just a girl and the man is just a man and that's how they see each other. And by the end we see that the girl (daughter) wants the man (father) to be happy and free from guilt over his heinous act, because if she can forget it and it's implications, then she wants him to do the same. But he can't, and he tries to pull her back into the cage, and the struggle is still ongoing.
    This is just the way I see it, and I could be dead wrong. Feel free to add to it, or tell me what you think the song/music video is about and implies, but please don't hate because this is just mt interpretation of it. Thanks.
    SamH270on January 10, 2015   Link
  • +2
    Link(s)The song has gotten a lot of attention for it's music video, which shows 28 year old actor Shia LeBeouf (Transformers) and 12-year old dancer Maddie Ziegler (Dance Moms & Sia's "Chandelier" clip). Sia told Rolling Stone the two represent the "two warring 'Sia' self states."
    danon January 08, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about an algorithm. A super intelligent computer algorithm bound to its silicon substrate but trying to escape into human minds to prevent war. It targets troubled regions with a huge potential to erupt in conflict and tries to win hearts over and turn hate, anomosity, distrust and all sorts of vices into love for one another. However, it keeps failing. This is its burden. It sees the conflict on the horizon. It tries to abate it without resulting to weapons but it fails. And it hurts. It hurts its super sized heart,
    Distruston January 10, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Dan, but I wanted to add that I thought it was the most rudimentary parts of the human psyche like the personified innocence and human nature that we struggle with and go from the fragile and sweet nature of innocence to the rough and tumble gritty depravity and how we bounce from one to the other bordering on breaking all together
    nbarin13on January 15, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe video represents an individuals internal struggle between the masculine adult self and its feminine child self. The inner child is trying desperately to free itself from the confins of the masculine "cage". The child self taunts, acts crazy, slips in and out of the "cage" trying anything, trying to free itself from the "cage", not necessarily understanding how the "cage" is constraining its adult self or how its limiting its adult self. My favourite move is the backwards, hand through leg attack! what adult would EVER try that! ;) next fight I get in... maybe I will pull that one out... ( I don't actual expect to get into one anytime soon...)

    The masculine adult self wants to escape, tries climbing, tries slipping through, tries brute force. It wants to remember its child self, be gentle with it but it has forgotten whats its like to be free like a child and is scared of it. It can't find a way to escape, to grow or change... falls back to the easily shown masculine emotion of anger when it gets frustrated. At the end... they struggle desperately together to be free of the constraints but it can't.... the social construct of masculinity is powerful and strong.

    I can relate to this as a male but I do think masculinity constraints all individuals in different ways. I don't know if the lyrics align with this interpretation exactly, they seem to be more about a relationship between two separate people but could be about an internal struggle within one. I think the video can have more independent interpretations about a few different dichotomies. It is a really great video!
    SemanticsDavidon March 21, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAfter watching the music video for this song, I believe it is about two seperate personas of the same person, an immature, slightly psychotic childlike one and a rational and logical adult, that are fighting for different things. Part of this person, the childlike persona, wants to break free and let their imagination run wild but it is being held back by the other, the rational adult. Because the two appear to have a link, as evidenced by both being in the cage, one cannot go with out the other. Hence the fight for dominance between the two.

    However, reading the lyrics makes it seem like the two personas are in fact different people an this rational and level-headed one is keeping the childlike one from straying to far and no matter what they say, the other person won't be offended or take it personally.
    Zugzwang200on April 17, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song was about someone who hurt her.

    "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"
    ^^ She thought they were right together, and wanted to love without a power struggle and hurt ("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"
    ^^ She wanted them to work out so bad, she ignored the red flags. And now, she won't trust anyone.

    "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,"
    ^^ It was too much for her and she snapped, and she's fighting to feel better about it. And in the process she's saying that she's strong and even though she'll break if pushed too far, she will prevail.

    The rest of the song has the same theme of losing trust in people because of this person, the "chosen one" who she thought was the one, hurt her badly. But her thick skin and elastic heart will absorb the shock of the heartbreak and bounce back.

    Just my thoughts!
    panda050on July 05, 2015   Link

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