Tuesday, 22nd September 2020The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education
The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education
|Don't Give Up||Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush||Gabriel was inspired to write this after seeing a TV show about unemployment and family life, and a photo of a family in the dust bowl depression.||6m:13s|
|Angel||Sarah McLachlan||McLachlan wrote this about a drug-addict's struggles with the world. The "angel" symbolizes the drugs the addict gives in to repeatedly.||4m:19s|
This is an anti-suicide song. Berry wanted to reach out to people who felt they had no hope.
|Suicide Is Painless (Theme From MASH)||The Manic Street Preachers|
How suicide numbs people.
|7 Minutes In Heaven||Fall Out Boy|
This song is about a guy who is feeling desperate enough that he would date, or have sex with anyone. Hence the lyric, "I'm sleeping my way out of this one, with anyone who'll lie down." Here's more lyric interpretation: I'll be stuck fixated on one star, when the world is crashing down. - one girl is all he'll focus on, no matter what, until he gets her. Sitting out dances on the wall, trying to forget everything that isn't you. I'm not going home alone 'cause I don't do too well on my own - This is meant to tell the listener that he can't quit thinking about one girl. So much so that he can't even dance, or party. And his mind is set on getting this girl, because he's not going home alone. The only thing worse than not knowing is you thinking that I don't know I'm having another episode. I just need a stronger dose - This tells the listener that the girl likes him, but she doesn't know that he likes her, or so he thinks. Then he realizes it's all in his head, he's just having another episode, so he needs a stronger dose of medication.
|Adam's Song||Blink 182|
According to Liza Bermingham, who was tour manager with the band, Blink-182 bass player Mark Hoppus wrote this when he was in a state of depression about being on tour and away from his family. The end of the song is a message that things will get better. Guitarist Tom DeLonge: "The story behind that is Mark read a letter someone sent him as an email, that a kid wrote before he committed suicide to his parents. We kind of got together and wrote this sad, slow song. It came out sadder than we ever thought it would, which is good too. Any song that moves you is good. Some people listen to it and go 'Wow, that's a real bum-out of a song.' But it's one of those things, a story of a kid not being happy in his life, crossed with us being really lonely on tour. At the end of it there's a better way out, there are better things to do than kill yourself."
The lyrics describe someone driven to despair, all the while trying to cover up what was happening as "no cause for concern." At the end, much like a friend opening up and spilling to another friend, a faster part of the song begins and the lyrics begin a confession of just how close to ending it all the singer really was... until the person he is singing to helped him out and in essence "cut him loose" from the rope around his neck.
|Crash and Burn||Savage Garden||4m:41s|
Song is a story about a fat boy who was bullied because of his size that he ended his life.
|Just Like A Pill||Pink||3m:56s|
|My Last Breath||Evanescence|
This song tells the story about a girl who is dying in her lover's arms and confessing her love to him.
This is about a girl who attempted suicide and is now asking God to forgive her. It brings up the question of whether or not you can enter heaven if you take your own life.
This tells the story of a fan obsessed with Eminem. When his letters are not answered, he puts his pregnant girlfriend in his trunk and drives off a bridge. The song ends with Eminem answering his letter and realizing Stan was the man in the news who drove off the bridge.
|What's This Life For?||Creed|
Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti wrote this about one of their friends who committed suicide. The lyrics deal with how hard it is to find happiness and meaning in the world.
|Last Dance (Instrumental)||Sarah McLachlan||2m:37s|
|Underneath This Smile||Hilary Duff||3m:45s|
|Save The Life of My Child||Simon & Garfunkel||2m:49s|
Thom Yorke(songwriter) says this is about being in love with someone, but not feeling good enough. He describes the feeling as, "There's the beautiful people and then there's the rest of us."
|King of Pain||The Police|
This is a very personal song written by Sting. He had recently separated from his first wife and was not getting along with the other 2 members of the band. Sting: "I conjured up symbols of pain and related them to my soul. A black spot on the sun struck me as being a very painful image."
Amy Lee has been quoted saying the song is about losing the comfort of sorrow. Lithium is a mood stabilizer that would take away the sorrow that the writer holds inside and she is not ready to let go of it. She has lived with sorrow so long that losing it now would be like losing a part of herself. That is what the whole refrain is about: "Lithium, Don't want to lock myself up inside, Lithium, Don't want to forget what it feels without, Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow." Lee's lyrics are often metaphorical and the words consist of double meanings. It's about her inner feelings toward herself.
|Meant To Live||Switchfoot|
From the film, Spiderman 2.