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Songs About Suicide: Words that Matter!

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Many musicians have contemplated suicide while battling depression. This is not something that is strictly unique to common individuals who are not widely known. In fact, some of the most famous musicians and entertainers in the world have committed suicide due to issues they just could not handle. Regardless of the reasoning, life can always get better, so while suicide does happen, for anyone who is struggling with the thought of suicide and is listening to songs about suicidal death, it is very important to seek out help and just someone to talk to. That sometimes can be enough to push past the thoughts of suicide. Discover our list of Songs About Suicide here. 

Blue Water Baboon Farm

Dave Matthews Band

Walking by the river’s edge
Reach my hands to cup the sky
Run down my arms a bitter blue
Turn to red and the gashes grew

The river taste me
I’m so much more than I have ever been
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Take this my arms
Take this my eyes
Take this my mouth
And God it seems to be
Completely true
Oh, oh, oh, oh…yeah

Walking by the river’s edge
Reach my hands to cup the sky
While on my arms a bitter blue
Turn to red and the grew

The river taste me
I’m so much more than I have ever been
oh, oh, oh

This is an unreleased song from the Dave Matthews Band. You know, the band that brought you fun love songs like Crash Into Me and Crush. However, this does not stop people from writing songs about suicide and depression. This song is older than Crash and Crush, but it is a rather stark outline of musician Dave Matthews thinking about suicide as, in the song, he takes his life and while his blood spills into the river water, he becomes more than he was individually as the water consumes him. After writing the song lyrics about suicidal thoughts though, he has since gone on to marry, have several children and now lives a very happy life.

A Day Without Me

U2

Starting a landslide in my ego
Look from the outside
To the world I left behind

I’m dreaming
You’re awake
If I were sleeping
What’s at stake
A day without me

Whatever the feelings
I keep feeling
What are the feelings
You left behind

Today’s a day without me

I started a landslide in my ego
Look from the outside
To the world I left behind

In the world I left behind
Wipe their eyes, and then let go
To the world I left behind
Shed a tear, and then let go…

World famous U2 penned this song about suicide and mental illness after learning that Ian Curtis killed himself. Bono had long been a friend with Curtis, who had been checked into a mental hospital in order to help with the seve depression. However, the inability to cope with depression eventually ended in Curtis taking his life. While this is one of U2’s songs about committing suicide, it is also one of its earliest songs as well.

Don’t Try Suicide

Queen

A one two three four, one
Yeah

OK
Don’t do it don’t you try it baby
Don’t do that don’t don’t don’t
Don’t do that
You got a good thing going now
Don’t do it don’t do it
Don’t
Don’t try suicide
Nobody’s worth it
Don’t try suicide
Nobody cares
Don’t try suicide
You’re just gonna hate it
Don’t try suicide
Nobody gives a damn

So you think it’s the easy way out
Think you’re gonna slash your wrists
This time
Baby when you do it all you do is
Get on my tits
Don’t do that try try try baby
Don’t do that, you got a good thing going now
Don’t do it don’t do it
Don’t
Don’t try suicide
Nobody’s worth it
Don’t try suicide
Nobody cares
Don’t try suicide
You’re just gonna hate it
Don’t try suicide
Nobody gives a damn

You need help
Look at yourself you need help
You need life
So don’t hang yourself
It’s OK, OK, OK, OK
You just can’t be a prick teaser all of the time
A little bit attention, you got it
Need some affection, you got it
Suicide suicide suicide bid
Suicide suicide suicide bid
Suicide

Don’t do it don’t do it don’t do it babe (Yeah)
Don’t do it don’t do it don’t, do it
Yeah

Don’t put your neck on the line
Don’t drown on me babe
Blow your brains out
Don’t do that (Yeah)
Don’t do that, you got a good thing going baby
Don’t do it (No) don’t do it (No) don’t
Don’t try suicide
Nobody’s worth it
Don’t try suicide
Nobody cares
Don’t try suicide
You’re just gonna hate it
Don’t try suicide
Nobody gives, nobody cares
Nobody gives a damn

OK

Queen’s songs are usually fun and light and have a lasting impression. However, as the title suggests, this is a song about suicidal thoughts and the band’s desire to prevent anyone from committing suicide. Queen has never publically come out about the song and where the lyrics came from, although it is believed the band created the song after a close friend committed suicide and they wanted to produce the song in order to help others avoid doing the same.

Just a Thought

Gnarls Barkley

All I want is your understanding,
Ash in the small light of affections.
Why is this my life?
Is almost everybodies question.

And I’ve tried,
Everything but suicide,
But its crossed my mind.

I prefer peace,
Wouldn’t have to have one worldy possesion,
But essentially I’m an animal,
So just what do I do with all the aggresion?

Well I’ve tried,
Everything but suicide,
But it’s crossed my mind.

Life is a one way street and,
If you could paint it,
I’d draw myself going in the right direction,
So I go all the way,
Like I really really know but the truth is,
I’m only guessing.

And I’ve tried,
Everything but suicide,
Ooh but it’s crossed my mind…

Just a thought.

It’s even dark in the day time,
It’s not just good, it’s great depression
When I was lost I even found myself,
Looking in the guns direction.

And so I’ve tried
Everything but suicide
But yes, it’s crossed my mind…

But I’m fine.

There are not too many rap songs about suicide. Although a few, most rap songs are focused on other topics. This did not stop musician Gnarles Barkley from writing the song. He came out and stated that he had thought about suicide before. However, during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he stated he wrong this song to help him avoid committing suicide, as his ultimate goal is to make his family and God proud and to eventually make it to heaven.

Why

Rascal Flatts

You must’ve a been in a place so dark, couldn’t feel the light
Reachin’ for you through that stormy cloud
Now here we are gathered in our little home town
This can’t be the way you meant to draw a crowd

Oh why, that’s what I keep askin’
Was there anything I could have said or done
Oh I, had no clue you were masking a troubled soul, God only knows
What went wrong, and why you’d leave the stage in the middle of a song

Now in my mind I keep you frozen as a seventeen year old
Roundin’ third to score that winning run
You always played with passion no matter what the game
When you took the stage you shined just like the sun

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Now the oak trees are swayin’ in the early autumn breeze
The golden sun is shining on my face
The tangled thoughts I hear a mockingbird sing
This old world really ain’t that bad a place

Oh why there’s no comprehending
And who am I to try to judge or explain
Oh, but I do have one burning question
Who told you life wasn’t worth the fight
They were wrong
They lied
And now you’re gone
And we cried

‘Cause It’s not like you, to walk away in the middle of a song

Your beautiful song
Your absolutely beautiful song

When it comes to songs about suicidal thoughts, there are not too many country songs about suicide. However, Rascal Flatts penned a truly beautiful one, done so from the perspective of the loved ones who lose someone committing suicide. Many people truly do not consider what it does to those around them when they take their life.

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