What are some of the beautiful dark songs talking about suicide?
It’s an unfortunate and terrible time, but everybody goes through some blues once in a while. In such situations, which can go as bad as getting suicidal thoughts, and sad songs become home for people. The subject has been a theme of various songs throughout eras. And the fact is, we never know but some of the greatest artists, who put up a great show, go through the same feelings. So today, we are here to enlist some of the songs, which you can turn to if you are feeling suicidal!
Blink-182 is usually known for making upbeat pop-punk songs. However, they have also played with different themes throughout the years. Certainly, they released the dark and suicidal song titled “Adam’s Song” in their third studio album “Enema of the State” in 1999. Written by Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus, “Adam’s Song” concerns suicide, depression and loneliness.
Moreover, the song wasn’t just a thematic experiment. But it was inspired by the loneliness that Hoppus felt while on tour. Also, the writer for the song was also inspired by a suicide letter of a teen, that he read in a magazine. Hence, the song is depicted in the form of a suicide note. Although the song was meant to be anti-suicide, However, Hoppus was worried that the song might be too depressing. But his band-mates supported him, and the song became a hit.
Suicide is Painless
“That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please”
The song “Suicide is Painless” is written by Johnny Mandel and Michael Altman. It serves as a theme song for the film and TV series M*A*S*H. The background story of the song says that it was written specifically for Ken Prymus. He sang the song during the faux-suicide of Walter Waldowski in the “Last Supper” scene from the film. Although it was for the movie, it beautifully depicted what a suicidal person thinks or goes through.
“Suicidal Thoughts” was the song from The Notorious B.I.G. ‘s debut album “Ready to Die”.
Certainly, the song does not need any explanation, and the lyrics say it all. It goes:
“I swear to God I want to just slit my wrists and end this bullshit
Throw the Magnum to my head, threaten to pull shit
And squeeze until the bed’s completely red
I’m glad I’m dead, a worthless fuckin’ buddha head
The stress is buildin’ up, I can’t— I can’t believe
Suicide’s on my fuckin’ mind, I wanna leave
I swear to God I feel like death is fuckin’ callin’ me.”
Everybody Hurts and 1-800-273-8255
Apart from the sad and suicide songs, some artists tried to make it better for people going through a rough time. And to stop them from taking a wrong step, they made anti-suicide themes. The list of such songs includes “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. (1992) and 1-800-273-8255 by Logic. (2017).
Both the songs are made in different eras but focus on inspiring suicidal people. “Everybody Hurts” talks about hanging on when the rough time comes.
On the other hand, 1-800-273-8255, as we all know, is the suicide helpline number. And the song talks about appreciating good things when people feel low. It begins with depressing thoughts, but ends up depicting all the reasons to appreciate life, making it a beautiful composition!