“Heavy Is The Crown” by Daughtry

There’s a lot going on in Daughtry’s “Heavy Is The Crown”. Perhaps it has something to do with Chris Daughtry’s personal reflections at the time. He had reached a crossroads in his life where he realized he had become too needy for public attention. And this resulted in him ‘taking a much needed pause’ and to actually engage in some introspective soul searching, if you will.

What’s the meaning of “Heavy is the Crown”?

Well the title of this song, “heavy is the crown”, is actually a well-known idiom. And the idea upon which that saying is based implies that the person who is uttering it is actually, to some degree, famous, as is Chris Daughtry. And also as put forth earlier, said fame has had some less-than-ideal effects on him.

But with that established, trying to understand definitively what this song is about still proves to be a challenge. Yes, there are some points where the singer implies that perhaps he feels too much external, public pressure. 

For instance, the phrase “never let them bleed you out” obviously points to such a notion, i.e. not allowing yourself to be used by others. 

Moreover the singer insinuates that he may have “the weight of the world crashing” upon him or at least has experienced such in the past, i.e. feeling as if the strain put on him by others is overwhelming. 

But to such, his response is to “find a way to get a little bit stronger” and “to fight all off the demons”, as in rising to the challenge, so to speak.

So discerning those parts of the song is relatively-easy. It is apparent that the singer knows what it feels like to be overstressed. Moreover said feelings would have something to do with his interactions with other people. Okay, good.

Who are these People?

Where the lyrics become more challenging to decipher is when he may be actually talking about who those other people are. And generally speaking he obviously doesn’t view them favorably. 

For example, he likens these masses to ‘lambs marching to the slaughter’, and “toy soldiers line(d) up at the altar”. 

So the implication is that not only do they lack free will, but also their lives are apparently in some sort of danger that they can’t perceive. Moreover they are depicted as “try(ing) to bring the castle down”. 

Now being that the singer himself is the one wearing “the crown”, then said “castle” would obviously allude to something like his livelihood, i.e. these individuals trying to destroy him – or something like that.

Thesis Sentiment of “Heavy Is The Crown”

So taking all of the above into consideration, we’re going to have to go a bit out on a limb in an attempt to derive a thesis sentiment from this track. 

And based on the title as well as about a third of the lyrics, the premise would be that the singer’s superstardom is taking a toll on his wellbeing. 

Furthermore, the conclusion would be something like he doesn’t feel that the fame and wealth is really worth it. This would have something to do with his opinion of the masses themselves, whom he doesn’t necessarily view as being loyal. 

That latter sentiment is actually one expressed quite commonly by pop musicians, that fans at times can be fickle, for lack of a better synonym. However, in this case that observation appears to be veiled behind some shall we say semi-offensive metaphors, such as whoever he is referring to in this song not being overly-intelligent either.

There might still be Hope

But at the end of the day, all hope is not lost. For in what appears to be the bridge of the track, a philosophy is put forth akin to all of our material pursuits in life ultimately ‘fading away’. And that the only thing that can last forever is “love”.

Lyrics of "Heavy is the Crown"

So in the midst of a song filled with ambitious imagery, we will postulate that what Daughtry is saying in this passage is that at the end of the day, love is the only thing which truly matters. For unlike being a pop star or even the fan of a pop star, it is actually permanent.

Release Date of “Heavy Is the Crown”

This is the second single from Daughtry’s sixth-studio album. As of the release of this track on 19 March 2021, said project is tentatively entitled “Nothing Lasts Forever”. 

And the first single from it would have been “World on Fire“, which came out in mid-2020.

Heavy Is The Crown

Daughtry

Daughtry is a band fronted by one Chris Daughtry. He’s a singer who made a name for himself after participating on American Idol in 2006. 

And whereas he didn’t actually win the contest, coming in at fourth place, he went on to embark on a successful music career nonetheless. For instance, as of 2021, only two former Idol contestants, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, have sold more records than Chris Daughtry. 

And to put that into perspective, both of those ladies actually won the seasons of the show they participated on. 

Indeed upon Chris forming Daughtry in 2006, their two first albums, “Daughtry” (2006) and “Leave This Town” (2009) both reached the pinnacle of the Billboard 200. 

Their debut project was especially well-received, being certified sextuple-platinum in the US as of 2019

Throughout the 2010s the buzz surrounding the band has slowed down since what appears to be their heyday. But still all five albums they have dropped up until this point made onto the top 10 of Billboard 200, as well as the top 5 of Billboard’s Rock Albums chart.

The “Nothing Lasts Forever” Project

The aforementioned album (“Nothing Lasts Forever”) will apparently be one which Chris Daughtry is putting out independently (though distributed by Warner Music). 

Daughtry had a contract with RCA Records beginning in 2006 which concluded sometime before the release of “Heavy Is The Crown”. And it wasn’t that he actually had any beef with RCA. Rather as Chris explained the situation, he had ‘fulfilled his contract’ and wanted to go independent in the name of being afforded more artistic freedom.

16 Responses

  1. Rick A. says:

    I think he is singing about Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. Read the four gospels in the New Testament concerning the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus. You will see what I mean.

    • Patcat says:

      I was thinking the same thing. The imagery and passion in the lyrics certainly reflect Christ’s suffering and His ultimate victory over death.

  2. Paulette says:

    I agree with both of you. Chris Daughtry has stayed true to himself and his belief in Jesus. With what is happening in this world and our country, this song says it all on what is truly important and what will prevail….LOVE!

    • Mandy says:

      My thoughts exactly.. that’s what led me here.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s the first place my heart took me as well. That’s why I did this Google Search, hoping that Chris would have explained the lyrics himself.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s what led me here as well. My heart went straight to Jesus Christ. So I did a search hoping that Chris would explain the song and what it meant to him. But I can’t know that for sure since I haven’t found any comment on the song by the rider. So in my heart I choose to believe that he’s singing about Jesus Christ.

  3. John says:

    My Thoughts Exactly ! Pointing To Christ !

  4. Vedelia Trujillo-Hoey says:

    I understand the words from the point of view as a Christian. He begins saying how he never thought he would need faith, the denial of faith was like a cancer running through his veins. The ones who believed were like lambs to the slaughter, he was never meant to believe (drink that water). But after he (drank the water), he is never going to faulted, he will never bow down to the idols of the world again. Although, we are children of the King (who wears a crown, it is not easy being a Christian) having that title is difficult and heavy. The world will try to crush us, push us to the edge so we can destroy ourselves, but we need to get stronger (by the Word of God) to fight off the demons that attack us. Now it is the world who is naive and follow blindly unto their own destruction, like lambs to the slaughter. Whatever comes, Christians will rise even after death (underground) for Christ gives us life. Our sacrifice does not go unnoticed. Everything in this world will pass away, but we stand strong for the promise of the eternal life.
    Well that is my interpretation of the song.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Chris was on Kelly Clarkson and told what the song meant. Unfortunately, it’s not intended to be about Christ~
    I admit I was a bit disappointed. Here’s what he had to say:
    “We’re all kind of like the stars of our own movie…” Daughtry explained of the new single. “We’re the kings and queens of our own castle. There’s so much pressure just to live, especially these days.” Daughtry continued, “Not only that, but the pressures of carving your own path without conforming to what everyone else thinks is normal, and just the daily choices that we have to make. It’s a lot of pressure sometimes and I guess you can sum it up that way.”

  6. Anonymous says:

    Meaning: In the LIGHT…you will find the ROAD!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    This song touched me because to me it meant just growing from an adolescent to an adult is hard. When suddenly you have responsibilities beyond what you expected, Heavy is the Crown. I also love the Christian idea but it was first from Sheaksphere, I believe

  8. Anonymous says:

    Gotta be honest. I’ve seen Daughtry close to 8 times in concert all over the US, met him in person once. I gotta tell you, I think this is his renouncing his faith song. Just as he covered up the cross tattoo he had, this all points towards Christianity in the negative not the positive. Kinda bummed.

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