Janelle Monae is a newcomer on the music scene, and with her unique style and fantastic voice, it’s likely that she’ll be around to stay. In her hit song Tightrope, featuring LeftFoot, Monae sings about the importance of balancing one’s life, no matter what the circumstances.
The first few moments of the song discuss the struggle many people face as a result of rumors. It’s likely that celebrities like Monae are especially prone to being talked about behind their backs, but her sentiments are something that most people have probably experienced. Later, in her rousing chorus, Monae urges listeners to not let life get them down.
“Cause baby whether you’re high or low/Whether you’re high or low/You gotta tip on the tightrope,” Monae croons. Later she sings, “I tip on alligators/and little rattle snakers/but I’m another flavor/something like a terminator.”
In her music video, Monae expands upon her theme of mind-body-spirit balance. The short film tells the story of a group of patients who live in a mental institution where dancing has been banned. Each of the patients finds their spirit and overcomes depression by allowing themselves to “dance the tightrope.”