Elastic Hearts- Sia (Analysis)

Day Two: Elastic Hearts Analysis

Everything about this music video is on point. The emotion is expressed so well through choreography it’s mesmerizing. I see this song about two lovers, the woman is younger than the man by many years. It displays the feelings of heart break and pain through dance. The girl, she’s insecure, broken, this messes with her mind. She meets this older man, immediately taken away by his soul as a living being. Everything is okay again. She feels things she never felt before, but like the lyrics, “And I wanted it, I wanted it bad
But there were so many red flags” she doesn’t know what coming at her. He forces her to do things she doesn’t want to do in the moment, but looks back on it later as a way to free her. Every kiss, every touch, every movement, awakens her from within. She’s dumbfounded in love with a man who wants nothing from her but her body. When she wants the soul, he just wants the physical touch of her. As soon as she figures this out she’s broken all over again. “Oh why can’t I conquer love?” it’s a question she will ask her self again and again, because although she knows he’s going to break her, she keeps going back for more because he filled a part of her that was never filled before. He held her down like a anchor, not letting her sink. Even though he didn’t care, she still loved him with all her broken pieces. The last time he let’s go it shatters her. She goes into a rampage, of lust, love and stupidity. Even though she keeps going back for more, she knows she’s strong enough to deal with the pain,  She won’t let this break her this time, this time around she’ll fight for peace. This time around she won’t let him in. Now although she may fight her hardest she still feels pain.

Analysis #2

Now if you look at this in a physiological perspective you will see the man as the girls emotions. Or I see it as her Traumatic Depression. She uses metaphors, comparing a actual man and woman battling with her own emotional battle. She keeps taking hits and getting weaker, and another piece of her breaks off. People keep walking out on her life, destroying her emotionally. She has no support, no one to lean onto because everyone has left her. Nothing exists anymore, but her and her emotions. She’s been damaged, but she did not let them break her and she’s still fighting for peace- peace within herself.  Now although her skin is thick, her heart is an elastic – when you pull on it, it brings you closer, clashing against her heart, causing more and more pain. The lyrics aren’t talking about life and death. They’re talking about liveness. Bringing her emotions back to her, like she does when she’s drawing the man out of the cage. She has turned her own struggles into a person, because it’s easier to see your problems as a troubled friend, by doing this it’s easier to build them up or break them down. Personally, I see the man as a mental illness; in which it isn’t defined by two opposite and contending halves as much as it’s a parasitic.

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