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Music Challenge #21: “Bird Set Free” #amwriting #musicchallenge #MLMM

Today’s song is from one of my all time favorite singers of the last few years, Sia. A,though, she’s been around as singer and performer since the 1990’s. I think she has an amazing voice whether she’s singing with another artist or by herself. The song I’ve chosen is called “Bird Set Free” from her 2016 album. I hope it inspires you and makes you think.


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“Bird Set Free” by Sia


“Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (born 18 December 1975) is an Australian singer-songwriter, record producer, and music video director. She started her career as a singer in the local Adelaide acid jazz band Crisp in the mid-1990s. In 1997, when Crisp disbanded, she released her debut studio album titled OnlySee in Australia. She moved to London, England, and provided lead vocals for the British duo Zero 7.

In 2000, Sia signed to Sony Music’s sub-label Dance Pool and released her second studio album, Healing Is Difficult, the following year. Displeased with the promotion of the record, she signed to Go! Beat and released her third studio album, Colour the Small One, in 2004. She then, relocated to New York City in 2005, releasing her fourth and fifth studio releases, Some People Have Real Problems and We Are Born, in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

She then took a hiatus from performing, songwriting for other artists including the successful collaboration “Titanium” (with David Guetta), “Diamonds” (with Rihanna) and “Wild Ones” (with Flo Rida).

In 2014, Sia released her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear, which debuted at No 1 in the U.S. Billboard 200 and generated the top-ten breakthrough single “Chandelier” and a trilogy of music videos starring child dancer Maddie Ziegler. In 2016, she released her seventh studio album This Is Acting including the singles “Bird Set Free” and “One Million Bullets.” “Cheap Thrills” and “Reaper” were also released as promotional singles for the album (Wikipedia.com).


Use “Way Down We Go” as a source of inspiration for any form of creative expression (including but not limited to short stories, poems, lyrics, artwork, photography, etc.). Alternatively, If you are a musician, use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

What do you think Sia is singing about in this song? What does the song make you think of or feel? What is the singer struggling against? Likewise, you can reflect on certain lyrics, or write about whatever this song inspires in you.


“Bird Set Free” by Sia

*****

Clipped wings, I was a broken thing

Had a voice, had a voice but I could not sing

You would wind me down

I struggled on the ground, oh

So lost, the line had been crossed

Had a voice, had a voice but I could not talk

You held me down

I struggle to fly now, oh

But there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide

We hold on so tight, we cannot deny

Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive, oh

Yes, there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide

We hold on so tight, but I don’t wanna die, no

I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die, yeah

*****

And I don’t care if I sing off key

I find myself in my melodies

I sing for love, I sing for me

I shout it out like a bird set free

No, I don’t care if I sing off key

I find myself in my melodies

I sing for love, I sing for me

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

*****

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

******

Now I fly, hit the high notes

I have a voice, have a voice, hear me roar tonight

You held me down

But I fought back loud, oh

******

There’s a scream inside that we all try to hide

We hold on so tight, we cannot deny

Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive, oh

Yes, there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide

We hold on so tight, but I don’t wanna die, no

I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die, yeah

*****

And I don’t care if I sing off key

I find myself in my melodies

I sing for love, I sing for me

I shout it out like a bird set free

No, I don’t care if I sing off key

I find myself in my melodies

I sing for love, I sing for me

*****

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

*****


When you’re done, TAG the post ‘Music Challenge’ and link your post to this page. Also, add your link to the Mr. Linky Button. We can read your post sooner that way. Thanks!


©MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie. January 26, 2018.

8 comments on “Music Challenge #21: “Bird Set Free” #amwriting #musicchallenge #MLMM

  1. calmkate
    January 26, 2018

    powerful words and great talent, thanks .. sound like domestic violence to me!

    • mandibelle16
      January 27, 2018

      Maybe, or just a relationship where she feels trapped, like a bird in a cage. Thanks for commenting. Feel free to respond to the prompt 🙂

      • calmkate
        January 27, 2018

        thanks Mandibelle 🙂

  2. Cara Hartley
    January 27, 2018

    Maybe I’m a bonehead (more than a fair likelihood of that, actually) but the linky button isn’t working for me.
    http://peppersfetch.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-broken-bird-set-free-to-swim-sea.html

    • mandibelle16
      January 28, 2018

      Haha let me take a look. There’s a very good chance it’s me. But I’ll look at the post and get back to you 🙂

    • mandibelle16
      January 28, 2018

      If you Link to the post, that’s okay too 🙂

    • mandibelle16
      January 28, 2018

      I can’t get in it. I’ll look at it tomorrow. I can’t do anything right now on my phone. Just link to the blog post for now, thanks 🙂 excited to read your piece.

  3. Pingback: Music/Photo Challenge: Poem – Blitz – “Broken As Birds” #poetry #musicchallenge #photochallenge – Mandibelle16

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