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: