MarsEarth

Old world wisdom, new world insight – poems, poetry, philosophy, dreams, commentary, ideas

The Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #18

1 Comment

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard  (WARNING: adult content)

Those of us who are older are familiar with the British phrase: ‘Keep a stiff upper lip.’ It supposedly is considered an encouragement. Its intention is: ‘We support you,’ or ‘Don’t lose heart,’ or ‘Keep on keeping on.’ More currently:  ‘Keep Calm and _(fill in the blank)_.’ As Human beings we must continue to encourage each other to get through dark times. We often face a lack of resources, bullies, bad governments, snakes in sheep’s clothing, liars, cheats, and swindlers. Most of these trials involve bad people. We are never the only person in the whole world who has to face down a bully.  It just feels like that. Parents who let their kids get bullied need to seek out TV and radio media and expose the lazy system their child is inside BEFORE someone is hurt or self injures. With all the noise generated by a modern world, it seems we are more and more responsible for encouraging ourselves. What if the bully is our own mind?

The British rock band Bring Me the Horizon appears to have taken on this task. Their success on four previous albums led them to their fifth studio effort “That’s The Spirit.” There are eleven tracks on this effort and eight of them were released as singles. Music critics have said BMTH’s musicality is in the vein of Linkin Park, with chorus stylings reminiscent of bands such as early Metallica, and also Avenged Sevenfold and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Oliver Sykes, Matt Nicholls, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, and Jordan Fish make up the band.  This membership, after Curtis Ward and Jona Weinhofen left during the formative years.

Lee once revealed to BBC Radio that the first track they worked on for the fifth album was inspired by the group Rage Against the Machine. He explained that the lyrics make light of a “sh++++” situation. More specifically they deal with depression. Oliver says that the song is the unofficial tile track of the album.

We often fall into the trap of repeating to ourselves the bad words we use to describe our own shortcomings. It doesn’t have to be this way. What if we took that power and used it to build ourselves up and help ourselves get better?

The highlight track “Happy song – metal version” and the alternative version, “Happy Song – acoustic” are both endorsed by Oliver as “ironically bleak.” He says that people try to be encouraging but don’t know how to express that, other than to say just ‘get on with it.’ The song hit #1 in the UK in 2015 under the Metal Singles category. In the US it peaked at #2 in the Billboard Rock chart. Critics say the song is a departure and disappointment. Again, critics don’t buy records (in the first place). This is the perfect example of the stupid words that can be repeated in the brain unnecessarily.

What we tell ourselves is way more important that what people criticize us for. If they are right, and we need to change, then by all means we should change for the better.  But we can’t always do that alone. We need help. We need counselors. We need drug therapy. We need sponsors. We need people who can support us when we are sad or depressed. Sometimes we need a happy song of sorts, to get us through the day.

That’s what “Happy Song” is about.

Lyrics written by Oliver Sykes, Jordan Fish, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, and Matt Nicholls
Lyrics for Acoustic version below:

(S-P-I-R-I-T SPIRIT! LET’S HEAR IT ! X2)
I’ve had enough
There’s a voice in my head says I’m better off dead
But if we sing along
a little godam louder to a happy song
I’ll be alright

You want to give up
gave it all that you got and it still doesn’t cut
But if you sing along
a little godam louder to a happy song
you’ll be just fine.

Every now and again we get that feeling
and the great big void inside us opens up
And I really wish that you could help
but my head is like a carousel
I’m going round in circles
I’m going round in circles.
(S-P-I-R-I-T SPIRIT! LET’S HEAR IT ! X2)

We are possessed
We’re all stuffed in the head alone & depressed
But if we sing along
A little bloody louder to a happy song
Maybe we’ll forget

‘Cause every now and again we get that feeling
and the great big void inside us opens uuuup
And I really wish that you could help
but my head is like a carousel
‘m going round in circles
I’m going round in circles.

Don’t wake us up
We’d rather just keep the dreaming
’cause the nightmares in our heads are bad enough
And I really wish that you could help
but my head is like a carousel
I’m going round in circles
I’m going round in circles
(S-P-I-R-I-T SPIRIT! LET’S HEAR IT ! X2)

The world has collapsed
Into one giant mess of hate & unrest
So let’s just sing along
A little godam louder
To a happy song and pretend it’s all ok

So sing along
a little godam louder
To a happy song and pretend it’s all ok

Sing along
a little godam louder
To a happy song and pretend it’s all ok

(S-P-I-R-I-T SPIRIT! LET’S HEAR IT ! X2)

Depressed? Do something about it. Please find help before making any rash decisions.  Click here: the National Institute of Mental Health.

Eating disorder (ED)? CLICK HEREto get more information from the NIMH.

Read up on PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder Click Here.

Don’t try suicide. Talk to somebody. Click here for the phone number and information.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

Advertisements

Author: SpindoctorUSA

Read about it here: https://marsearth.wordpress.com/about/

One thought on “The Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #18

  1. This blog should be a youtube channel or radio show

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s