For her upcoming This Is Acting, Sia, the effervescent fjord goddess, assembled a collection of songs that were originally meant for other performers. This track, “Alive”, which you will in no way be surprised to hear is a tear-jerking belter, was, in an alternate timeline, supposed to be sung by Adele.
“It’s about Adele’s life, so I now sing a song from Adele’s perspective,” Sia explained to RTV Solvenia via Billboard. “This is the first song from this new project. I’m calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn’t go into it thinking, ‘This is something I would say’. It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.”