English 201

The song, 1–800–273–8255 by Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid caught my attention in late May after I had just left my dear friend’s, brother’s funeral who had committed suicide. As I got into my car after an emotional afternoon of tears, hugs, and awkward hellos, the very first song that came on the radio as I pulled out of the funeral home was Logic’s 1–800–273–8255. As if you could imagine how emotional I was already, boy did this song just made the water works fly even more.

This is one of those songs that I can have on repeat for months on end and can still feel the words of the song flow through my body giving me chills head to toe. While the title of the song may or may not give it away, (the national suicide prevention hotline) Logic addresses a major issue that many people in today’s world struggle with — depression/suicide. He raps from an “observer” and the “actor” point of view — psychology terminology for my fellow psychology majors. In his first verse he raps as though he is the one crying for help (actor stand point) and how he’s been hurting but cant even show it and ends his first verse by saying “ They say every life precious but nobody care about mine”. Those words are extremely powerful, especially to teenagers and young adults growing up in today’s society where there is so much pressure to “fit the mold” of societal norms. His music video addresses the issue of and “sheds light” on intersectionality, where the main protagonist in the music video is black gay male. The whole LGBT community has been struggling for decades and lately its the buzz in our pop culture is to bring awareness to acceptance. To let these people know that they don’t have to be ashamed of whom they are, whom they love, and who they want to be. And this song and music video does just that.

By his last verse, Logic raps about the “observer” point of view, or the one who is eager to help. He says “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”. This gives the listener hope that there are people out there who can relate to what you may be going through and that there are people who want to help “shed some light” on their darkest days.

The shift from the beginning of the song “I don’t want to be alive” to the middle of the song “I want you to be alive” to the end of the song “I finally want to be alive” is very symbolic and bold. It helps take you through your own journey of struggle and leads you to safety where you believe your troubles and worries will be OK, by the time the song is over. I think this song is very influential in our society and can — probably have already helped numerous lives.

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