I was listening to some music the other day when I came across an interesting set of lyrics sung by Starsailor in the song Way to Fall. They lyrics grasped me and really made me stop and think.
The song is mostly about a father talking to his son, giving him advice and warning him against things that might happen. There are tones of depression and sadness through out the song. During one of the songs hooks, another set of lyrics is singing in the background:
“Left my sweet soul beneath the bedclothes, I’m not coming down. Walls have ears but no one hears when nobody’s around.” – Starsailor
These lines seem to describe depression very well. When going through depressions it certainly feels like the best parts of you leave you and all that’s left is what lays in bed. While an interesting description of depression, it’s the second section that really resonates with me.
The second line references the sheer loneliness that depression inflicts on its victims. A few weeks ago I had a bout of depression. Even though I am surrounded by people who love and support me, depression is till a very isolating disease. Mentally, you know you aren’t the only one suffering but often it takes everything you have to keep going let alone go looking for help.
“Walls have ears but no one hears when nobody’s around.” – Starsailor
Most of the time, people with mental illness just want someone to listen. We are often left alone, trapped in a downward spiral of our minds. And that is the worst place that we can be. Being there for your fellow human is important because I’ve been there, feeling trapped and alone.
Have you ever felt alone? Do you suffer from a mental illness as well? Please let me know! It is important to create a community where people feel welcome and listened too.
A Listening Writer