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Logic’s “Everybody” Album and the 1-800 Suicide Song

Logic dropped his new album “Everybody” in May of 2017 and it features tracks that speak to a variety of issues like suicide prevention, mental health, racism, sexism, etc.

The most well-known song on this album, featuring Khalid and Alessia Cara, is “1-800-273-8255”, named after the suicide prevention hotline. Although this song is about a very melancholy topic, I think it ultimately delivers a message of hope. I dug deeper into the lyrics of the song and found interviews with Logic to get a better idea of what exactly it was written about.

The song opens with the lyrics “I feel like I’m out of my mind / It feel like my life ain’t mine / I don’t wanna be alive / I just wanna die today”. When Logic interviewed with Genius, he commented “the first verse is from the perspective of someone who is calling the hotline wanting to commit suicide.” The song continues with the person on the phone describing their situation and all the reasons why they feel the need to kill themselves through lines like “They say every life precious but nobody care about mine.”

Logic then switches perspective in the second chorus and begins to offer support to the caller through the lines “I want you to be alive / You don’t gotta die today”. Alessia Cara furthers this point by opening the second verse with all of the reasons that the caller should not end their life by describing how amazing it is to be alive. Logic mentions how “switching up the perspective in the second verse is everything because that’s the person going like, ‘Hey this is not permanent. The way you feel, it’s ok. Things will get better.’”

The final chorus of the song is from the perspective of the caller once they have talked to someone, saying “I finally wanna be alive / I don’t wanna die today” as they are now determined to keep fighting through the pain. Khalid finishes the song off with a final thoughts from the caller: “I don’t wanna cry anymore / I wanna feel alive / I don’t even wanna die anymore”.

Logic preformed this song at the 2017 VMA’s standing alongside suicide attempt survivors on stage, making his message even more profound. To conclude his performance, he gave the following speech:

“I just want to take a moment to thank you for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about: mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression and so much more that I talk about on this album. From racism, discrimination, sexism, domestic violence, sexual assault, and so much more; I don’t give a damn if you are black, white, or any color in between. I don’t care if you’re Christian, you’re Muslim, you’re gay, you’re straight, I am here to fight for your equality because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equally and that is why we must fight. We must fight for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation. So I say here and now if you believe in this message of peace, love, positivity, and equality for all, then I demand that you rise to your feet and applaud not only for yourselves, but for the foundation we are laying for our children.”

I found Logic’s entire album to be really moving because each song sheds light on a new issue that, as he stated, usually goes unaddressed whether that be suicide, gender or racial inequality, stigma around mental health, etc. His message of “peace, love, positivity, and equality” is inspiring and is already affecting those who listen to his music.

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