Album: 1000 Forms of Fear
Sia, as Katniss, deals with her growing feelings for Peeta in the articulate “Elastic Heart.”
Shivery synths open the single, setting a rabbity tone. The kiss with Gale was supposed to be mean more. However, the thought of Peeta finding about it causes her to panic. Ever since she was a child, she would be alone. No reason to form attachments. Gale was the only remote possibility. But now, she doesn’t know. Gale is trying to contact her and she wants him to go away. (“And another one bites the dust/Oh, why can I not conquer love?/And I might have thought that we were one/Wanted to fight this war without weapons.”)
In the pre-chorus, the kiss was supposed to be something she wanted. But she’s since returned home, she’s noticed changes in Gale. He doesn’t get what happened to her and why she bonded with Peeta. Unless it’s Peeta, she’s not interested in letting anyone in. President Snow’s threats do not scare her. She’s still going do what she has to do. (“And I wanted it, I wanted it bad/But there were so many red flags/Now another one bites the dust/Yeah, let's be clear, I'll trust no one/You did not break me/I'm still fighting for peace.”)
In the chorus, she says she can handle most anything. Peeta, though, is the only person who could truly break her heart. One false word and she’s in pieces. If Peeta even says the word love, she’ll deny it. She can’t be. She can’t let him see how she feels. (“I've got thick skin and an elastic heart/But your blade, it might be too sharp/I'm like a rubberband until you pull too hard/I may snap and I move fast/But you won't see me fall apart/’Cause I've got an elastic heart/I've got an elastic heart/Yeah, I've got an elastic heart.”)
During the Quarter Quell, she vows not to let Peeta get hurt. Seeing him in pain tears right through her. Keeping him alive means herself as well. (“And I will stay up through the night/Let's be clear, won't close my eyes/And I know that I can survive/I'll walk through fire to save my life.”)
In the second pre-chorus, people began to see her as a revolutionary. She has a country that believes in her. She can’t afford to bother with a relationship even as she finds herself falling for him. (“And I want it, I want my life so bad/I'm doing everything I can/Then another one bites the dust/It's hard to lose a chosen one/You did not break me/I'm still fighting for peace.”)
The chorus is sung twice.
A shortened chorus ends the single. (“I've got thick skin and an elastic heart/But your blade it might be too sharp/I'm like a rubberband until you pull too hard/I may snap and I move fast/But you won't see me fall apart/'Cause I've got an elastic heart/I've got an elastic heart.”)
As Katniss, she fleshes out her emotional issues and understands her. She takes Katniss in a much darker, adult direction than the books allowed. While her phrasing is unique, her enunciation needs work. It makes her well-written words difficult to understand.
The unorthodox “Elastic Heart” builds on Katniss, giving an interesting persceptive on the character.