<i>Limelight</i> is not defeatist, but is desperate and darkly pessimistic, with the musical beat making it decidedly more anxiety-laden than <i>Idéaliser</i>.
I think it is supposed to reflect the promised album theme of the demise of Edie Sedgwick. But I nearly get the extremely unsettling feeling that the lyrics are almost a personal statement by Alizée about her own uneven odyssey as an artist in this strange new century, of which she, and not Edie, is the "child."
History notes that limelights were typically employed to highlight solo performers; they were the original spotlights. Recall that in staging <i>Peter Pan</i>, it is not infrequently the case that Tinkerbell is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinker_Bell#In_original_play_and_novel">portrayed</a> by moving a spotlight. This perhaps make the passage in the lyrics "flight, night" more than just a metaphor!
This song is very thin musically - almost free verse poetry, with incidental music. Like much similar music, it reminds one of the mood music used in early video games. I suppose it is a reasonable overture to the tragic opera which is the subject of the album.
But what a contrast it is, in both spirit and form, to <i>J'ai Pas Vingt Ans!</i> Instead of a great adventure to be relished, the future is cast as a dark struggle to survive. <i>Limelight</i> definitely won't cut it as the "hold music" which the suicide prevention hotline uses!
I was drawn to Alizée because of the youthful, energetic optimism she projected in her earlier work. <i>Moi... Lolita</i> turned lemons into lemonade with a respite at the disco in town. And even if <i>Mademoiselle Juliette</i> was destined by William to perish, she still didn't let it spoil the party. I suppose it is possible that people in despair might find some camaraderie in listening to a song like <i>Limelight</i>, or that it would help character development as part of a musical play. It's just not a <big>single</big> I would pay for were it not sung by a beloved musical friend of mine.
Anything to hear your voice once again, dear Alizée; I have not forgotten how happy you could make me feel in a sad and crazy world...