Sia – “Breathe Me”
Dubbed the “socially phobic pop star” by The New York Times, the Australian singer-songwriter rarely shows her face in public. Sia connects with fans through her music with cutting-edge honesty about her problems with addiction and mental health. In “Breathe Me”, she softly sings about self-harm over soft piano, echoing the thoughts of someone who’s in a downhill battle. When the song was released in 2002, she was penning hits for other artists including Rihanna and Britney Spears. The song went mostly unnoticed until it played in the finale of the HBO show Six Feet Under in 2005. After the positive response, her manager launched a tour, though Sia became increasingly dependent on drugs and alcohol. After canceling her tour and taking time to recover, she was able to reignite a successful solo career while maintaining a private image by using stand-ins like dancer Maddie Ziegler. Her songs are never short of total honesty, which is always so refreshing to hear in pop.
Revealing Lyrics: “Ouch, I have lost myself again/ Lost myself and I am nowhere to be found/ Yeah, I think that I might break/ Lost myself again, and I feel unsafe.”