“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”.
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.
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.