DJ Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”

Jaylene Davis, Staff Writer

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Logic’s new song, featuring  Alessia Cara, Khalid, “1-800-273-8255,” is sweeping the media and taking over the Internet. But there’s a twist — the song is about suicide. With this song, I can’t simply hate it or love it.

Initially, the song is relatable, yes. It can be common to feel “on the low” or like “you’re out of your mind.” As a teenager with both depression and anxiety, everyday life can get me down and some things just leave me upset or unhappy. I appreciate Logic trying to reach out to those who are struggling.

Then, on the other hand, the song ruins the heartfelt moment of talking about the writer’s feelings with a large “whoo!” after asking “Who can relate?”

Personally, that part of the song is inappropriate to the topic of the song. To me, for such sensitive lyrics around suicide, yelling “whoo!” like the author’s having a fun time is offensive to people who are actually struggling and in need of help. It’s too happy and fun for a song that is supposed to give someone something to relate to.

Next, the lyrics say, “I don’t wanna be alive. I just wanna die today.” When I first heard this, I was shocked. I wanted to cover my ears and pretend I didn’t hear it. To me, the word die does not belong on something public like the radio. But after a while of hearing the song and considering Logic’s reasoning, I realized that I have no reason to be shocked. Some people want to die and it’s not an uncommon thing.

Now, I am glad that the song said “die” because it shows people that depression isn’t just about feeling a little sad; sometimes, it can get serious, and sometimes, it makes people think about horrible things like dying. Things could even get so bad that feelings of wanting to die turn into actions. Sometimes, people like me “just wanna die,” and as shocking as it is to hear, it’s a real feeling, and it exists around the world. So good job to the songwriters for bringing something shocking and real to our ears.

Another line that sticks out to me is at the end of the song when Khalid says, “I don’t even wanna die anymore.” At first listen, I tossed my hands in the air, thanking the song’s creators that the song’s journey ends happily, just as everyone’s life journey should play out.

I love the fact that the song portrays someone who was at their lowest and worked hard to stop crying, stop hurting and start making a change to be happy.

Honestly, it is important for people to understand that things get rough, and just because you want to die, it doesn’t mean you have to. Things can always get better; you just have to let them.

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