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
The last time someone’s existence had become a rebellion was Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, but that was only a set of people rebelling against an instituted system of oppression (as they saw it). Logic in his very cryptically named song 1-800-273-8255, which received a ‘Best Song’ nomination at the 60th Grammy Awards, along with Alessia Cara and Khalid has sought to make his existence a rebellion. Camus, somewhere in his grave would be turning. An unlikely 21st century existentialist song coming from an unlikely existentialist, it made quite an impact on people suffering from mental health problems. According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL), in the three weeks following the single’s release, calls directed to the NSPL rose by 27%, while visits to their website increased from 300,000 to 400,000 over the following months.
Depression among today’s generations has almost become omnipresent and that is one of the reasons why so many people immediately connected with the song. Funnily enough, Logic doesn’t make use of any melancholic music, leave alone notes. He roars and declares very casually in the chorus part: I don’t wanna be alive; I don’t wanna be alive; I just wanna die today. And he is kind enough to ask, “who can relate?” Well, everyone! The music is accompanied by a video of a teenage homosexual kid who is exposed in front of his father, and the ordeal of pain that follows.