When I say songs that saved me, I mean songs that I turned to, and still do, when I’m down. Songs that will always be the same, even if my life isn’t.
Some lyrics can speak to you in ways no professional, trained doctor or therapist can.
For me, songs were sometimes my only escape from the world. I’m a teenager with no car and little of my own money, so getting out the house when I was feeling sad and doing something to distract me isn’t always easy.
So instead, I would put in my earphones, go for a walk (or sometimes just stay in) and listen to the following.
1) Last Hope by Paramore
The salt in these wounds isn’t burning any more than it used, the blood in these veins isn’t pumping any less than it ever has, and that’s the hope I have, the only thing I know is keeping me alive
This song talks about having the courage and a reason to carry on even when you don’t feel like it. For me, this song is everything and I can’t honestly explain how much it means to me.
2) Be Still by the Killers
Rise up like the sun, labour till the work is done
This song says that the world is rough and nothing is perfect, but if you pull through, fight and work hard, then everything will be okay in the end,
3) Missing You by All Time Low
Hold on tight, this ride is a wild one
This song tells you that there is still so much more to come, so don’t let go now because you have a lot to live for.
4) Perfect by P!nk
You’re so mean, when you talk about yourself, but you’re wrong
This songs says that no matter how rough you are, no matter what you’ve dealt with and no matter what type of scars you have, you are still perfect.
5) New Perspective by Panic! At The Disco
I felt the salty waves come in, I feel them crash against my skin and I smile as I respire because I know they’ll never win
This songs talks about starting fresh and seeing everything from a different angle, even if you’ve been mistreated, walked over or hurt.
6) Human by Christina Perrie
I’m only human, I crash and I break down, I’m only human, I bleed when I fall down
This song says that you can only take so much and deal with so much, but it’s okay to cry.
7) Happy Song by Bring Me The Horizon
If we sing a long, a little goddamn louder, to a happy song, we’ll be okay
This song sort of explains everything I feel - That even if everything is turning to absolute balls and you’re hurting or sad, that songs make everything okay.
8) Interlude: Moving On by Paramore
Let them soak in the sun, sit back and let them have their fun, let them spill their guts, cos’ one day their gonna slip on ‘em
This song is more about people than emotions, and it’s very lighthearted, but it simply says that the bad people in the world will catch up with themselves and justice will be served one way or another.
9) When September Ends by Green Day
Summer has gone and passed, the innocent can never last
This song is probably more of a personal thing to me, because Billie Joe Armstrong (the lead singer of Green Day) is someone I look up to and to know that he dealt with hardships and overcame them makes me determined to do the same.
10) Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
Words can’t bring me down today
It seems like a cliche, but this song is exceptionally powerful and says that the only persons whose opinion matter is your own, and that you’re the only one who can decide your self worth.
These are the songs that helped far more than I can explain, and I hope they can help you out or cheer you up too.
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