Music: Sia “Alive”

Sia drops the first track off her upcoming album This is Acting today, a raw, scorched-earth anthem about survivorship – “Alive.”

Originally written for Adele’s next project, it didn’t make that album but Sia decided to record it herself. Sia says although the song was written specifically for Adele, she liked the challenge of singing a song meant for Adele’s perspective.

The title of the album, This Is Acting, refers to the fact that the songs were all written for other performers. Sis admits, these songs aren’t necessarily something she would say. ‘It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.”

From the song:

I was born in a thunderstorm
I grew up overnight
I played alone
I played on my own
I survived
Hey I wanted everything I never had
Like the love that comes with life
I wore envy and I hated it
But I survived

I had a one-way ticket to a place where all the demons go
Where the wind don’t change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
‘No hope, just lies
And you’re taught to cry in your pillow
But I survived