The exploration of the connection between music and mental health is further continued here. Some of these artists know people who have experienced or have even experienced depression and other forms of mental illness themselves, writing and singing about it. It should offer some sort of solace and comfort to people currently having these illnesses to see that they are not alone. And that even celebrities struggle with them too. Free your mind today, you are a warrior, and you are never alone.
Lights -Ellie Goulding.
Lights here can be said to symbolize hope. And the lyrics make reference to schizophrenia or even depression. The whole sense of not sleeping, the “dark being too hard to beat”, and “noises, I play within my own head prove this assertion. Also, the mention of brother and sisters here can be said to represent home, where she feels safe. And she keeps repeating home and lights, which are the only positive things in her darkness. In general, the song betrays a feeling of overwhelming helpless and zero motivation.
Noises, I play within my head
Touch my own skin
And hope they’ll still be there
And I think back to when
My brother and my sister slept
In another place
The only time I feel safe
According to Wiki, this song is about a man who turns to religion amid thoughts of suicide. And it should be noted that lithium is a drug widely used in the treatment of bipolar disorder, and helps to relieve bipolar depression. The person here seems to be discussing the after effect of taking the drug and dealing with bipolar disorder in the whole. The erratic mood swings associated with this illness is also captured here.
I’m so happy ’cause today
I’ve found my friends,
They’re in my head
I’m so ugly, that’s okay, ’cause so are you,
Broke our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care,
And I’m not scared
Light my candles in a daze
‘Cause I’ve found god
Boot Camp– Sound Garden.
From the lyrics, this song clearly about being depressed and feeling trapped. It betrays a voice desperately in need of change, in need of release. The metaphor of “clouds “ here can be said to represent surrealistic inclinations. The last three lines harbor suicidal intentions.
Must obey the rules
I must be tame and cool
No staring at the clouds
I must stay on the ground
In clusters of the mice
The smoke is in our eyes
Like babies on display
Like Angels in a cage
I must be pure and true
I must contain my views
There must be something else
There must be something good far away
Far away from here
Come on, oh my star is fading
And I see no chance of release
And I know I’m dead on the surface
But I am screaming underneath
The lyrics of this songs shows someone at the edge, someone miserable and probably thinking about suicide. Depression here is likened to a black hole that keeps sucking the person here back, not minding how many times he believes that he’s truly healed. The person is knee-deep into whatever he is facing, and is considering it all.
Eet– Regina Spekter.
Eet according to Richard Peters “eet is an old backspace key on a typewriter. Rather than erasing, it allowed a typist to go back to where the previous letter was, and type over it. Considering Regina is typing on a typewriter in the video, and pressing the “eet” key, maybe she’s hoping for a backspace in life? To re-do parts of her life, or get back to the way she felt before. The person here is obviously depressed, and remorseful. She has made bad choices and wishes that life has an eet key so that she can go back to correcting them.
you spent half of your life trying to fall behind
You’re using your headphones to drown out your mind
It was so easy, and the words so sweet
You can’t remember
Emphasis– Sleeping at Last.
The smartest thing I’ve ever learned is that I don’t have all the answers,
just a little light to call my own.
Though it pales in comparison to the overarching shadows,
a speck of light can reignite the sun and swallow darkness whole.
The thick image of darkness here alludes to depression, while light here symbolizes hope. The person must have tasted death or have a near death experience to give a sensual description of what death feels like. There is a faint reference to suicide here.
Leave out all the Rest– Linkin Park.
All the hurt inside you’ve learned to hide so well
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can’t be who you are
This song addresses the issue of perfection, of trying to pretend that everything is alright even when it’s not. It also addresses death, self-harm, and being remembered after death. Maybe it was Chester really singing how he felt, so sad that he was to die years later. May his soul rest in peace though.