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"Don't Bring Me Down" is the sixth track from Sia's third studio album, Colour the Small One. Released in November 2003 in Australia and on 9 February, 2004, in the UK, the song serves as the album's first single in the Australian edition of the album, while second in the UK edition.

Background Edit

In the video The making of Colour the Small One, Sia explains:

"I hadn't done drugs for a period of time before writing that song. It was about having a really horrible comedown off ecstasy, and the concept of being abandoned before you get to sleep - being the last one high when everyone else has gone to bed." 
The track is included on the soundtrack for the film 36th Precinct and a number of compilations including, "Songbirds", Chillout Sessions, Vol. 6 as well as Sia's 2007 live album, Lady Croissant.

Reviews Edit

Katherine Tomlinson of All Gigs UK said; "'Don't Bring Me Down' features breathy vocals, mirroring the latest style brought to fame by Katie Melua and Norah Jones, complete with haunting strings, and dreamy vocals." Tareck Ghoneim of Contact Music said this EP demonstrates Sia's uniqueness. He said, "Her voice is expressed subtly with conviction and shows depth when needed. It’s the enchanting essence of Sia that makes her so appealing to listen to." Carmine Pascuzzi in a review of the album said of the song, "The acoustic guitar sits beautifully over the heartfelt strings". However, in a review of the album, Pitchfork Media's Chris Ott said the first single "Don't Bring Me Down" was the wrong choice, describing it as "a dolled-up, half-asleep stab at commercial trip-hop starving for a good hook".

Tracklist Edit

1 Track Single
  1. Don't Bring Me Down - 4:27
EP 
  1. Don't Bring Me Down - 4:27
  2. Broken Biscuit - 4:56
  3. Lucky - 3:16
  4. So Bored - 3:09
Note
    • Track 2 is available on the US re-issue of Colour The Small One. Tracks 3 and 4 on the EP are non-album tracks.

Music Video Edit

The music video for the song featured a live recording of the song released on the live album Lady Croissant in 2007. It featured Sia singing the song in front of a green screen, interjected with scenes of a young girl named Ella playing with balloons, swimming, and eating ice-cream.

Sia - "Don't Bring Me Down" Official Video

Sia - "Don't Bring Me Down" Official Video

Lyrics Edit

Faint light of dawn
I'm listening to you breathing in and breathing out
Needing nothing
You're honey dipped
You are beautiful, floating clouds, soft world
I can't feel my lips

I'm going down, I don't want to change
I'm going down, going down the drain

Don't bring me down, I beg you
Don't bring me down, I won't let you
Don't bring me down

Then all of that's annulled and I'm anyone's, everyone's
We are one
Your face becomes the sun
And I'm addicted to the joy that the little things
Those little things
The little things they bring

I'm going down, I don't want to change
I'm going down, going down the drain

Don't bring me down, I beg you
Don't bring me down, I won't let you
Don't bring me down

So now for restless mind
I could go either way

I'm going down, I don't want to change
I'm going down, going down the drain

Don't bring me down, I beg you
Don't bring me down, I won't let you
Don't bring me down, I beg you
Don't bring me down, I won't let you
Don't bring me down, I beg you
Don't bring me down, I won't let you
Don't bring me down

There's nothing left to choose
So I fight a war inside my head
Stay the night, protect me

See also: Colour the Small One Edit