Many public figures are sharing their experiences with issues such as depression, anxiety, and grief as our society continues to remove the stigma connected with describing difficulties. For musicians, this conversation occurs not only in interviews, but also in their songs.
We’ve posted a list of three songs with lyrics about depression and chronic illnesses to help raise awareness and acceptance of physical and mental health.
Head above water / Lyme disease / Avril lavigne
On her blog, the singer said that when she was sick, she created and recorded songs from her bed. She wrote, “Words and lyrics that were so authentic to my experience just flowed out of me effortlessly.” “My music served to heal me and keep me alive by keeping my spirits up, giving me goals to work toward, and a reason to live.”
[‘Head above Water’] is also the first song I wrote from my bed during one of the most terrifying times of my life, she continued. My body was shutting down as I had accepted death. I felt like I was about to drown. I felt as if I was going under water and needed to surface for breath. I felt like I was being dragged along by a stream in a river. I’m having trouble breathing. . I’m pleading with God to help me just keep my head above water. To assist me in seeing through the storm.
Sweet victory / Trip lee /Chronic fatigue syndrome
Trip Lee, a Christian rapper, opens up about his battles with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a terrible disorder that produces post-exertional malaise (PEM), or excessive exhaustion exacerbated by even moderate physical or mental exertion.
However, it can cause a many other chronic illness symptoms, including insomnia, cognitive impairments (including brain fog), chronic pain, and light/sound sensitivity.
Lee said he finds hope and encouragement in his faith, despite his physical problems. “Things may appear to be going badly, but I always know it will end in victory,” he said. “It’s just the way life is. There are many ups and downs in this life. Even when it appears that I am losing, I never give up hope. “It’s a song that means a lot to me.”
Imagine dragons / believer / arthritis
The song “Believer” has over 1 billion views on YouTube, yet some may not know that lead singer Dan Reynolds suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, a kind of arthritis that mostly affects the spine, as well as stress and anxiety.
Reynolds was inspired to create this song by both his physical and mental health difficulties, explaining, “The song is about how agony made me a believer.” It has inspired me to believe in myself, as well as my art and work. If it weren’t for pain, I wouldn’t have my art.”
He went on to say:
The song’s theme is actually about reflecting on certain terrible experiences in my life, whether it was nervousness and dealing with crowds, feeling overwhelmed by that or the band’s popularity, disease, suffering through depression – anything that caused me pain. And just getting above it, finding a vantage point from which I could appreciate the suffering in my life and it turn into my greatest strength.