Dark Side

Kelly Clarkson

Lyrics

Oh oh oh, there's a place that I know
It's not pretty there and few have ever gone
If I show it to you now
Will it make you run away?

Or will you stay
Even if it hurts
Even if I try to push you out
Will you return?
And remind me who I really am
Please remind me who I really am

Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?

Like a diamond
From black dust
It's hard to know
What can become
If you give up
So don't give up on me
Please remind me who I really am

Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?

Don't run away
Don't run away
Just tell me that you will stay
Promise me you will stay
Don't run away
Don't run away
Just promise me you will stay
Promise me you will stay

Will you love me? ohh

Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?

Don't run away
Don't run away

Don't run away
Promise you'll stay

Poetic devices

Repetition- Promise you will stay- Reassuring herself that he will stay with her and love her if she shows everyone her emotional half


Simile-Like a diamond In black dust-Something beautiful with a bad side or quality- She compares herself to a diamond in dirt because she is beautiful on the outside but on the inside no one sees her faults


Repetition-Don't run away- She is trying to ensure herself that he wont leave her because he has seen that she can be emotional and out of control.


Metaphor- There's a place that I know it's not pretty there if you have ever gone- She is comparing this so called place to her other half, the place is somewhat of a state of depression she goes into.


Repetition- Will you love me- She is almost scared to show him all of who she is because she is not sure that he will understand who she really is.

Meaning

This song is about a woman trying to relate to others who fell they go to a place being a state of depression. she tries to say how no one is perfect and you shouldn't be scared to show your inner self. Although you may be scared that they may not love you anymore or that they will leave you because they don't understand you should be able to express yourself freely she portrays herself as a scared woman afraid to show her true self and wondering what will happen if she does. In the end she says how it is better to express who you are because people will love you even when they see your emotional side.