1-800-273-8255 - Logic ft. Alessia Cara, Khalid




The Experience: I don't wanna be alive, I just wanna die today, I just wanna die... What are the reasons to live? Where can you find them? Who cares about you?


Music video: The music video adds a completely different twist, with a message exclusively targeting gay suicide. A young high school gay - African American - is rejected by both his father and his white partner's father, and bullied. He almost commits suicide, but pulls through. The video ends with him marrying his partner, accepted by his father, and adopting a child, so Logic is in favor of the gay lifestyle. Unfortunately, the music video doesn't unpack the thorny issues it brings up. If suicide among homosexual teens is big enough to merit a music video to the sound of 1-800-273-8255, it deserves a more serious look. Skipping straight to the "happy ending" threatens to trivialize a disturbing trend that psychologists take very seriously. Check out the  amount of studies dedicated to the problem - some examples are: R. F. C. Kourany, "Suicide Among Homosexual Adolescents," Journal of Homosexuality 13 (1987); K. Erwin, "Interpreting the Evidence: Competing Paradigms and the Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Suicide as a 'Social Fact,' International Journal of Health Services 23 (1993); C.L. Rich et al., "San Diego Suicide Study: Comparison of Gay to Straight Males," Suicide an Life-Threatening Behavior 16 (1986); D. Fergusson et al., "Is Sexual Orientation Related to Mental Health Problems and Suicidality in Young People?", Archives of General Psychiatry 56, no. 10 (1999).

The Meaning of 1-800-273-8255: Logic reaches out to everyone suffering depression and anxiety. To everyone tempted to end it all. First, he tells them they're not alone. The first segment of the song is one long answer to the question, "Who can relate?" Logic can. He understands the loneliness, the fight to hide the hurt, and the conviction that no one else understands. Logic understands. That's why he has the right to answer - you don't gotta die, now lemme tell you why. Alessia Cara sings the next segment: hope. And Khalid finishes with an appeal to persevere. To fight. To live.

Ask yourself: Why do we leave people so alone that they lose the will to live?

Album: Everbody (2017)

LYRICS:

[Logic]
I've been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I'm out of my mind
It feel like my life ain't mine
Who can relate?
I've been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I'm out of my mind
It feel like my life ain't mine

I don't wanna be alive
I don't wanna be alive
I just wanna die today
I just wanna die
I don't wanna be alive
I don't wanna be alive
I just wanna die
And let me tell you why

All this other sh-t I'm talkin' 'bout they think they know it
I've been praying for somebody to save me, no one's heroic
And my life don't even matter
I know it I know it I know I'm hurting deep down but can't show it
I never had a place to call my own
I never had a home
Ain't nobody callin' my phone
Where you been? Where you at? What's on your mind?
They say every life precious but nobody care about mine

I've been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I'm out of my mind
It feel like my life ain't mine
Who can relate?
I've been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I'm out of my mind
It feel like my life ain't mine

I want you to be alive
I want you to be alive
You don't gotta die today
You don't gotta die
I want you to be alive
I want you to be alive
You don't gotta die
Now lemme tell you why

[Alessia Cara]
It's the very first breath
When your head's been drowning underwater
And it's the lightness in the air
When you're there
Chest to chest with a lover
It's holding on, though the road's long
And seeing light in the darkest things
And when you stare at your reflection
Finally knowing who it is
I know that you'll thank God you did

[Logic]
I know where you been, where you are, where you goin'
I know you're the reason I believe in life
What's the day without a little night?
I'm just tryna shed a little light
It can be hard
It can be so hard
But you gotta live right now
You got everything to give right now

I've been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I'm out of my mind
It feel like my life ain't mine
Who can relate?
I've been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I'm out of my mind
It feel like my life ain't mine

I finally wanna be alive
I finally wanna be alive
I don't wanna die today
I don't wanna die
I finally wanna be alive
I finally wanna be alive
I don't wanna die
I don't wanna die

[Khalid]
Pain don't hurt the same, I know
The lane I travel feels alone
But I'm moving 'til my legs give out
And I see my tears melt in the snow
But I don't wanna cry
I don't wanna cry anymore
I wanna feel alive
I don't even wanna die anymore
Oh I don't wanna
I don't wanna
I don't even wanna die anymore


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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