Album: Fight Song EP
Rachel Platten tries to overcome her depression in the weak “Fight Song.”
A holistic piano opens the single, setting a steady tone. One person. It’s all that it will take to her to talk. She may be quiet but she’s mighty. No one is going to underestimate her anymore. (“Like a small boat on the ocean/Sending big waves into motion/Like how a single word/Can make a heart open/I might only have one match/But I can make an explosion.”)
In the pre-chorus, she says she’s held back for a long time. It drove her crazy and eventually broke her. She wants to let it out and be heard. (“And all those things I didn't say/Wrecking balls inside my brain/I will scream them loud tonight/Can you hear my voice?”)
In the chorus, she’s going to show everyone she’s well now. She won’t be found in a corner, crying. People still think she’s fragile and they have to walk on eggshells around her. Her depression isn’t going to overtake her again. (“This time this is my fight song/Take-back-my-life song/Prove-I'm-alright song/My power's turned on/Starting right now I'll be strong/I'll play my fight song/And I don't really care/If nobody else believes/Cause I've still got/A lot of fight left in me.”)
Everyone thinks she’s still going to hurt herself. Some people are afraid to be seen with her and won’t talk to her anymore. She stays awake at night, thinking and thinking. She wonders if her brain will ever stop. Her apartment doesn’t feel like home to her. She wants to live with her parents for awhile but her therapist told her she needed to be on her own for awhile. So much has changed during the two years while she was gone: friends got married and some had kids. Others finally found a job. She’s waiting for her life to begin again. (“Losing friends and I'm chasing sleep/Everybody's worried about me/In too deep they say I'm in too deep/And it's been two years/And I miss my home/But there's a fire burning in my bones/And I still believe yeah I still believe.”)
The pre-chorus, chorus and first verse are sung again.
An extended chorus ends the single. (“This is my fight song/Take back my life song/Prove I'm alright song/My power’s turned on/Starting right now I'll be strong/I'll play my fight song/And I don't really care/If nobody else believes/Cause I've still got/A lot of fight left in me/Now I've still got a lot of fight left in me.”)
Platten wants to be better. She’s tired of everyone being careful around her. However, what she doesn’t realize is that her mantra isn’t going to be an instant get-well card. She has ways to go. By saying she’s isn’t like glass anymore only shows that she’s going to break at any moment. While she’s not believable, she’s trying to convince herself and others.
The single is fascinating is in its own way, though. It implies a breakdown happened. Mentioning she was gone two years: where? There’s a far bigger story in the song. Something bad happened, that’s for certain.
The frail “Fight Song” isn’t up to its full strength yet.