Ana's Song (Open Fire)


About Ana's Song (Open Fire)

"Ana's Song (Open Fire)" is a song by the Australian alternative rock band Silverchair. It was released in May 1999 as the second single from their third album, Neon Ballroom. The track earned Silverchair a Comet Award in Germany.


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Please die Ana 
For as long as you're here we're not 
You make the sound of laughter 
And sharpened nails seem softer 

And I need you now somehow 
And I need you now somehow 

Open fire on the needs designed 
On my knees for you 
Open fire on my knees desires 
What I need from you 

Imagine pageant 
In my head the flesh seems thicker 
Sandpaper tears corrode the film 

And I need you now somehow 
And I need you now somehow 

Open fire on the needs designed 
On my knees for you 
Open fire on my knees desires 
What I need from you 

And your my obsession 
I love you to the bones 
And Ana wrecks your life 
Like an anorexia life 

Open fire on the need designed 
On my knees for you
Open fire on my knees desires 
What I need from you 
Open fire on my needs designed 
Oh, and open fire on the needs designed 
On my knees for you

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Silverchair were an Australian rock band, which formed in 1992 as Innocent Criminals in Merewether, Newcastle with the line-up of Ben Gillies on drums, Chris Joannou on bass guitar and Daniel Johns on vocals and guitars. The group got their big break in mid-1994 when they won a national demo competition conducted by SBS TV show Nomad and ABC radio station, Triple J. The band were signed by Murmur, and were successful on the Australian and international rock stages. more »

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Written by: DANIEL JOHNS

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10 facts about this song

Band Formation
"Ana's Song (Open Fire)" was written by the Australian rock band Silverchair, which was formed in 1992 when the members were only 12 years old.
Album Appearance
The song is from the band's third studio album, "Neon Ballroom", which was released in 1999.
Chart Performance
"Ana's Song (Open Fire)" reached number 13 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, number 12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States, and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.
Subject Matter
Lead singer Daniel Johns has said that the song was written about his struggle with anorexia nervosa, a serious eating disorder. The title "Ana" is believed to be a reference to this, as "Ana" is commonly used in the anorexia community as shorthand for the disorder.
Writing Process
Reportedly, Johns wrote the song after staying up all night due to his struggle with anorexia. He expressed that "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" was an open letter about how he felt at that time.
Music Video
The music video for the song was directed by Cate Anderson and Nick Woolcott. It depicts Daniel Johns destroying a room, mirroring the song's themes of inner turmoil and struggle.
Award Nominations
The song was nominated for Single of the Year at the 1999 ARIA Music Awards. However, it did not take home the award.
International Recognition
Aside from charts in Australia, US, and UK, "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" also reached number 25 in New Zealand and number 45 in Sweden.
Upon its release, "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" was praised by music critics for its sensitive tackling of a difficult subject, as well as for the band's musical development shown on the track.
Since its release, the song has been a flagship representation of art confronting mental health issues. It continues to inspire and comfort fans who are struggling with similar issues.

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