Yesterday brought plenty of news about Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” as we learned that the video will drop this Wednesday, then took a peek at a teaser for the clip. Of course, far better than either of those bits of business is actually getting to hear the song itself — and now it’s here! As we expected, the track is an emotionally raw power ballad about staying strong and walking tall, just like the titular building — and we also get some rather raw vocals from the young star, who, thankfully, clearly hasn’t been Auto-Tuned as she bares her soul on this moving track. Hear it below.
Written by Estonian songbird Kerli and Lovato herself, the lyrics here are solid and genuinely inspiring: “You can take everything I have / You can break everything I am / Like I’m made of glass, like I’m made of paper / Go on and try to tear me down / I will be rising from the ground / Like a skyscraper.”
The piano and vocals that begin the track are mournful, fitting in with the somber vibe we predicted from this tune. But it all builds to a much stronger and more upbeat finish, sending a message to Lovato’s fans that she isn’t letting her recent struggles keep her town — or stop her from taking her career in a more mature, emotionally naked direction than we’ve seen yet from the Disney star.
Do you think Demi Lovato towers in “Skyscraper”?