Demi Lovato has always been an image of strength and confidence. Rightly so for someone who has the songs ‘Sorry Not Sorry,’ ‘Confident,’ and ‘I Love Me’ in her discography. Little did we know, she was dancing with the devil.
White lies are typical for stars, and we cannot blame them. We look up to them for inspiration and strength. But when do they draw the line? And when do we? Miss Lovato thought she knew her limit, but she didn’t. And these white lies lead to the white substance that led to her near-death experience in 2018.
A Demi Lovato in a much better place talked all about these in her most recent single entitled ‘Dancing With The Devil.’ The track begins with a mellow organ as Demi’s vocals come alive. The instrumentals began simple, an allegory for how she started the song by stating that everything began with a glass of red wine. The singer-songwriter-actress even tried to justify it by saying she “deserved it.” She has been sober for six years before relapsing in 2018. She might have earned it but didn’t deserve it.
The chorus was a clear statement of her battle with the devil. The idiom ‘dancing with the devil’ means that someone is engaging in a risky or dangerous situation—often resulting negatively than otherwise. As if that wasn’t enough, Miss Lovato emphasizes her struggle with phrases such as ‘playing with the enemy,’ ‘gambling with my soul.’ Beyond these terms, she was trying to say that the only way she could feel better is by dancing with the devil. The second verse walks us through this struggle continuing the saga of her relapse. The most tragic part about it is that her temporary fix led to her near-death experience.
It is imperative to mention how interesting Demi sang the words, “I keep praying that I don’t reach the end of my life…time.” At first, we think that she sings, “I keep praying that I don’t reach the end of my life,” which has an entirely different meaning. If anything, it is a testament to how severe her struggles were with her life and drugs.
If there is one thing consistent with Demi, it is her songs’ bridge. Her songs have consistently been elevated by their bridge being a masterpiece. In this track, the bridge is the story’s turning point. Her reflection is beautiful. She admits her mistakes and asks forgiveness. She confronts her miscalculations and mistakes then accepted them. Truly, she is a woman to admire. Her strength is beyond measure. Surviving is one thing and healing another. And she did both—Demi Lovato—a name that will always be relevant.