There's something incredibly endearing about the juxtaposition of a musician confidently performing a song about their inner insecurities. The contrast between the actual lyrics they're singing (usually about self-doubt) and what they're doing (performing in front of a massive crowd of strangers) is just too stark to ignore.
This divergence presented itself on The Late Show Wednesday night during British singer Ellie Goulding's un-look-away-able performance of "Lights". The song itself seems to offer Goulding's fears of entering adulthood and leaving behind the comforts and innocence of being a child. The lyrics reveal that in the cold face of reality Goulding looks to the "lights" that make her feel safe and strong enough to conquer the days to come:
You show the lights that stop me turn to stone / You shine it when I'm alone / And so I tell myself that I'll be strong / And dreaming when they're gone
Seeing an artist display their insecurities not just in song, but through performance is one of the most raw and vulnerable events anyone can witness-which is exactly what makes Goulding's Late Show performance so mesmerizing. Her sartorial choices don't hurt, either. See for yourself: