Many people describe depression as a very personal and often lonely experience. Personal experience with depression has led many musicians to write songs about their own struggles or how people they know deal with it.
Andy Bull feat. Lisa Mitchell – Dog
The artists use the imagery of a dog (from the term ‘black dog’) to describe depression.
“This old black dog is hounding me
It waits ‘round the corner and hides in the trees”
Kate Nash – Don’t You Want to Share the Guilt?
Kate Nash sings about mental health issues and asks why more people don’t have them in today’s society.
“I don’t know how more people haven’t got mental health problems
Thinking is one of those stressful things I’ve ever come across
And not being able to articulate what I want to say drives me crazy”
The Smiths – Asleep
Asleep was revived by the 2012 film The Perks of being a Wallflower. The song focuses on how depression can leech all motivation out of your life, to the point where you don’t even want to wake up or get out of bed.
“I don’t want to wake up
On my own anymore”
Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness
This song starts off by reminiscing about a past relationship. Since then Lana’s lover/friend has passed away, and now she just wants to die because she believes that they will be reunited in the afterlife.
“I’m feelin’ electric tonight
Cruising down the coast goin’ ’bout 99
Got my bad baby by my heavenly side
I know if I go, I’ll die happy tonight”
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Many people are undecided whether going back to black refers to Amy’s heroin addiction or depression. Either way, this song portrays an unhealthy approach following a break-up.
“We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to…..”
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