"Little Black Sandals" as written by Sia Furler and Daniel De Mussenden Carey....
I'm being dragged down, down by the hand
The hand of a golden giant man
He's crushing my knuckles
Splitting my skin, he says he will
If only I'd ask it of him

He says
Girl, it's your call
You wanna fly
You wanna fall
So I shout
I wanna get away from you
As fast as I can
I tell my feet to move it
I hope they have a plan

These little black sandals
Are walking me away
These little black sandals
Are heading the right way
These little black sandals
Are walking me away
These little black sandals
Saved my life today

So now I'm free
From the big bad giant

Who was stalking me
Thank you feet, for guiding me
I'm glad somehow I got brains down there, at least


Sometimes I'm tempted
Sometimes I am
I would be lying if I said I didn't miss that giant man
He was the line between pleasure and pain
But me and the feet have some years to reclaim


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"Little Black Sandals" as written by Sia Kate Furler Daniel De Mussenden Carey

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    General CommentThis song brings so much emotion to me. It reminds me of a relationship that I currently got out of. He was extremely addicted to drugs. No matter how much I tried to leave him I could never see it through. One day I finally did it.

    I don't know how I found the strength, and that's what is so symbolic about the black sandals. She hoped that the little black sandals were going in the right direction and she mentions that she's happy she has brains down there. I think it was obviously difficult for her to find the strength that she almost doesn't know where it came from, putting the blame on the little black sandals.

    A huge part of her still wants to be with him, just as a huge part of me is also tempted to be in my old relationship. But there's something that is keeping me from it knowing it's wrong (the little black sandals).

    This song is so amazing and I can't believe there weren't more comments.
    chelseahon April 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI keep being facinated by her lyrics, they are all sooo emotional and so deep and have such power. Everyone here is right, this is about a relationship, it could be about any type of relationship, between two people and one of them is abusive, it could be about drugs-it most likely is- ,it could be about a friend thats involved in bad stuff and you get dragged down by it and end up trying bad stuff too. But I think this song is most likely talking about drugs because of the line that says " He's crushing my knuckles/ Splitting my skin, he says he'll let go If only I'd ask it of him " .Like banditqueen said, the "splitting my skin" part could be a reference to heroin or some other drug. But I also think it's refering to drugs because of the part that says "he says he'll let me go if only I'd ask it of him" and "Sometimes I'm tempted/ I would be lying if I said I didnt miss that giant man/ He was the line between pleasure and pain". It's basically saying that If only she had the strenght to say Enough then the "big giant man" (the drugs) would "let her go". And "He was the line between pleasure and pain" it's saying that the drugs gave her pleasure when she was in pain by making her forget about it and if she didnt take them she was gonna have to just face the pain. But it's obviuosly worst to take the drugs cuz thats much more destructive than the pain, even if the pain is really hard to bear, the drugs are just destroying her. And yeah, "Sometimes she's tempted" but thankfully she's become strong enough not to go back to that. "But me and my feet have some years to reclaim"
    Amazing lyrics.
    midnightsun09on August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful and full of soul. It's really just gorgeous.

    It sounds as if she's finally found the strentgh to leave a truly abusive situation. Even though she's been hurt, she's in the state where part of her does want to go back, but now she has the ability to fight that urge and free herself from all the pain and trouble of the relationship. Now she can start to rebuild herself.
    theInnovatoron November 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great. I agree with theInnovator that she wants to leave a relationship but can't. I think in this song, she really badly wants to stay with him and is tempted to but she thinks it's a better idea to leave him for her own good. I think the song is about her being in a realtionship that isn't right, such as an affair.
    cinny_02on January 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti don't know that it's necessarily about a romantic relationship. i think it could also be taken as a relationship with god, one that has fallen apart. i felt the same way when i fell out of the christian faith -- sometimes i wanted to go back to that blind faith, blind ignorance, just because it was comforting. but i also feel like i lost some time while i was a christian.

    anyway, that's just what i got out of it.
    renderon February 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI took the song to mean that she is breaking free from an addiction of some sort as there are many in life. The man is symbolic of the addiction and her constant battle in choosing between denial and reality.

    As she finally breaks free, there are still times when she is tempted to go back to her old ways. As she struggles with the thought of a relapse she holds on tight to her new life of freedom from the pain.
    daniellevermitskyon February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentShe descripbes what she's escaping from as a "golden giant man." That makes me think that this is a business relationship. I know that she left her label in 2005...
    bobwhateveron May 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm projecting onto this song and thinking that it's about her strained relationship with her father/paternal relationship.

    just sayin'.
    Arexon July 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely about finally finding the strength to walk away from someone who is bad for you. I love it, so positive. I love the line "Thank you feet, for guiding me; I'm glad somehow I got brains down there, at least". Brilliant.
    missmeon July 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is all about freedom and strenght to listen to your heart and obey it.

    i think it is about escaping a relationship where the "giant man" has an emotional hold over her, they both know that she wants to go but he just wont let her. so he uses mind games to keep her by his side. once someone gets inside your head it is so hard to get them out it takes a lot of emotional strenght.

    i think that she sometimes wants to go back because she is so used to the routine she doesn't know what to do with the freedom.

    i think the sandals symbolise that she is lost and she doesn't know which way to go, they are kind of like her emotional compass trying to guide her in the right direction.
    The-soul-searcheron July 24, 2008   Link

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