In her new single, Kelly Clarkson confirms something we’ve suspected for a while: everybody has a dark side! The lyrics to “Dark Side” are an anthem for people who have harbored a difficult secret, or gone through a hard time. We wanted to take a closer look at the song and decode what the lyrics really mean:
“There’s a place that I know / It’s not pretty there and few have ever gone / If I show it to you now / Will it make you run away?”
When somebody is getting close to another person, there’s always a sense of fear that the person might reject you or judge you when you reveal your true self. Kelly wonders if her dark side will scare her friend/lover away.
“Or will you stay / Even if it hurts / Even if I try to push you out / Will you return?”
The mark of a true friend or a worthwhile boyfriend/girlfriend is somebody who will stick by you even after learning about your flaws or your dark secrets.
“Everybody’s got a dark side / Do you love me? / Can you love mine? / Nobody’s a picture perfect / But we’re worth it”
These lyrics are a great lesson in tolerance. Kelly’s saying that everybody is worthy of respect and love, but nobody’s perfect, and we have to love people’s dark sides too.
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