Powerful suicide prevention anthems


Empowering songs that bring awareness and appreciation to artists to gain more recognition.

Behind the underlying beats and catchy lyrics, there is a deeper story to be told. Whether it is a sexual innuendo, or just simply improper and profound language, sometimes lyrics can be lost in translation. The vocal and instrumental sounds combined makes a sort of beauty behind the words. It expresses emotion and harmony. An artist may incorporate word play, figurative language, and rhymes to make the music however, the listener must decode the deeper messages within the words.

We must look a little closer at the lyrics of our favorite songs to really understand the message the artist is attempting to tell. Music is a hidden language, the lyrics express the dark realities that cannot be said aloud.

“XO TOUR Llif3” Lil Uzi Vert

A song that will make you come to tears. Lil Uzi Vert, originally Symere Woods, delivers his piece with real emotion, seemingly stricken with depression and suicidal thoughts. “She said ‘Baby, I am not afraid to die.” This line brought attention to abusive relationships. “Push me to the edge/ All my friends are dead.”  The feelings he wishes to express are dark and moody, stating how alone and isolated he felt.

“1-800-273-8255” by Logic

Acting as a message of hope and meaning, the track brings attention to suicide prevention. Featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, they deliver their verses of encouragement and empathy to those who feel alone and are on the verge of suicide. In addition to this, they bring uplifting and emotional support to listeners to keep fighting. Logic’s lyrics, “I wanna feel alive / I don’t even wanna die anymore,” showcases that a story of tragedy and isolation can be changed.

“Phoenix” by A$AP Rocky

A song filled with painful and haunting beats, A$AP Rocky reflects on the individuals that are driven to desperate lows. He first opens up his dark track rapping, “Bloody ink on my pad spelled suicide.” The rapper broaches the subject of suicide and being a victim to it. This somber track describes sadness to its highest point, “You hurt so bad and you’re going through so much pain to the point that sometimes you don’t want to live no more.”

“How to Save a Life” by The Fray

A story of attempting to revive hope in others. The track brings attention to the necessary steps in helping others who are struggling to help themselves. The line, “Try to slip past his defense,” is a direct representation of individuals who are afraid to confide in others. The track’s lyrics are notably important, bringing attention to communication being the key to saving a life.