Skyscraper By Demi Lovato

What is the Meaning of Skyscraper by Demi Lovato?

Skyscraper is a unique song dealing with being able to withstand anything. The song was written by Lindy Robbins, Toby Gad, and Kerli Koiv and was recorded by Demi Lovato on her Unbreakable album. The ballad was originally written after Koiv saw a picture of what a city would look like after the apocalypse. She noticed how a single skyscraper was still standing. Since its release it has taken on a whole new meaning of surviving the curveballs life can throw at you.

The symbolism of the actual skyscraper says it all. Skyscrapers rise above everything. Not necessarily lording over the surrounding buildings but being above them. In this case the other buildings being the things that life can throw at you: loss of friendship/relationships, bullying, hatred, and failure. As the symbolic skyscraper you rise above all these things to become a better person. “You can take everything I have, you can break everything I am. Like I’m made of glass, like I’m made of paper, go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper.” As the people around you try to tear you apart you simply continue to rise above.





Sadness is one of the things that can tear a person down. This is alluded to in the opening verse of the song “Skies are crying, I am watching. Catching tear drops in my hands only silence as it’s ending. Like we never had a chance. Do you have to make me feel like there’s nothing left of me?” The writer’s pain and sorrow simply flows through. Rain, the sky’s version of tears, is often associated with sadness. When rain comes the sky is dark and dreary and for many people a depressing sight. The verse goes on to allude the ending of a relationship that ends badly. “Do you have to make me feel like there’s nothing left of me?” The writer is struggling with the breakdown of herself.

The song goes on to show that even though the writer is broken, she’s still standing not giving up. She will once again be “rising from the ground like a skyscraper.” The second verse says “As the smoke clears, I awaken and untangle you from me. Would it make you feel better to watch me while I bleed? All my windows still are broken but I’m standing on my feet.” Whatever relationship she’s had has ended and she’s removing herself from it. She’s still hurting from it, struggling with it but she’s not done. She’s not finished. She may be hurting but she’s still standing and intends to move on.

Skyscraper ends inviting the pain from the loss, the bullying, the things that can be thrown at her to tear her down to try. “Go on and try to tear me down, I will be rising from the ground, like a skyscraper.” She’s above all these petty things and won’t be torn apart by what life can throw at her.