Even rock bands like Blink-182 with their catchy, timeless songs raise awareness towards mental health. The catchier the song and the more times it is played on the radio, the more the message will be heard. By listening to the lyrics of “Adam’s Song” by Blink-182, you will start to see the hidden message of the importance of taking care of your mental health.
Blink-182 on Mental Health
Blink-182 has been a band since 1992. While most of their songs are considered fun and catchy, their hit track “Adam’s Song” is their most serious one. Bassist Mark Hoppus wrote this song about how lonely he was on tour and feeling lonely when he came home. As part of the Vans Warped Tour of 1996, the band would be gone for nine months straight away from their hometown. While everyone else in the band had girlfriends to go back to, Hoppus was single. He would still feel lonely when he would come home with nothing to come home to. Inspiration hit when Hoppus read a magazine article about a teenager who killed himself and left a letter to his family. Even though his mental health has gotten a lot better, he says that he still has cycles where he doubts everything and falls into “a dark hole.” Music has always made Hoppus feel at peace.
The song starts where Adam talks about never thinking he would have suicidal thoughts since he would “laugh the loudest.” He talks about how he is too depressed to keep going and that others will be sorry when he is gone. In the chorus, Adam talks about how he used to feel alive when he was a teenager and would look forward to the days that would come. Once the band’s tour was over, he would not wait until he could get home, only to realize that he would be there alone. In the second verse, Adam speaks of how he never thought he would die alone and how no one will know he is he after six months. That no one will want to go into his room and how he wants all of his stuff to go to his friends. This hit song expresses what suicidal ideation is like. If you or anyone else you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
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