Those battling depression have dark moments. Negative thoughts oppress them to the point that they start believing that suicide is the only way out of their situation. The prospect of ending it all by taking overdose or jumping off a cliff becomes increasingly appealing with the frequency of such dark episodes. There is a need to reach out to them to snap them out of this gloomy bubble. Otherwise, what was conceived in their mind may turn to a decision and a swift action.
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~Berthold Auerbach
If you’re in this kind of slump, or if you know someone who is, music can help get you out of this dark pit. Sometimes a song can be the hook to get you out of it. It can lead you to a place with more light, clarity, and joy.
“Without music life would be a mistake.: ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Here are some of the songs that have helped real people avoid suicide and pull out of its trap:
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Simon & Garfunkel)
There’s something about this song that calls to the lonely and weary. As the music progresses, it shifts the mood to something more hopeful and more optimistic. Then there are reassuring lines about having someone helping you “ease your mind like a bridge over troubled water.”
The line is repeated to convince its listener. In the video, the song changes the mind one man who was planning to commit suicide that very night. As the song comes to an end, the man changes his decision to end his life. He is later grateful for this decision.
“Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen)
“I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah…”
This poignant is hauntingly beautiful song. With its repeated “hallelujahs,” it seems to coax its listener into singing along and into a higher place where depressive thoughts cannot survive. Some who have been affected by suicidal thoughts have found this song very helpful in countering those dark imaginations.
“Alive” (Pearl Jam)
Dennis Rodman, a former NBA star, found this song very helpful in keeping his suicidal thoughts from getting the better of him. In fact, the former cager a tradition of showing up during the performance of this song at Pearl Jam’s concerts. Some people have also found this song a relief from suicidal tendencies. However, Eddie Vedder, the band’s frontman, said that the song was actually about actor Cameron Crowe. When you hear the repeated line at the chorus, “I’m still alive,” you can’t help but be moved to stay alive.
“Life’s Been Good” (Joe Walsh)
Although written with a satirical angle, this song’s mid-tempo beat, which comes with a reggae flavor, helps fight the gloomy tune that suicidal thoughts play. When Walsh sings life’s been good to him, the listener can’t help but also go into the same emotional wavelength as him and also affirm, “Yeah, life has been good to me, so why end it all?”
“Jumper” (Third Eye Blind)
“I wish you would step back
From that ledge my friend
You could cut ties with all the lies
That you’ve been living in”
That opening line alone is arresting. It is as if it was written purposely for a person who’s thinking of suicide. Then there are these lines added later to the song to convince the suicidal further to think twice:
“I never thought it would come to this
And I, I want you to know
Everyone’s got to face down the demons
You could put the past away.”
This song makes a convincing case against suicide. Most, if not all, of its lyrics, talk about overcoming difficulties and sympathizing with those who are having a hard time.
“Stop thinking about the easy way out
There’s no need to go and blow the candle out
Because you’re not done.”