Look at the lost souls
They seem so black
Look at the lost souls
Souls of black.
Every day about this time,
I lose my reason and my rhyme
Everything around me’s getting clearer.
Season’s changing quickly,
My attitude is strictly here and now
The time is getting nearer.
After this and until November 5, all song lyric quotes will be from the bands Testament, Behemoth, Lamb of God, Anthrax and Slayer because I am seeing them all in concert on that day. There will also be an AC/DC quote because I will be seeing a tribute band on October 26.
In respect to my previous post and yesterday being Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, I thought these lyrics would be appropriate.
Ain’t no way to take a blow
When every cheek’s been turned.
I can’t show another side
When every side’s been burned.
I’m helpless, can’t fight a raging heart
And I got no use for being torn apart.
And the world seems to have no use for me
Cause you’re given nothing and nothing isn’t free.
It’s Friday night and I’m ready to rock
Or I should say I’m ready to roll
I did my time at the local grind
The work week’s taken it’s toll
I got a high tail ready that likes the wind
Decking out in leather and lace
I got the roar of the bike on a moonlit night
A smile sitting on my face
Oh wheels in motion
Driving all my bad luck away
Wheels in motion
I found the cure for the summertime blues
I got the wind it looks like wheels in motion.
I’m off on holiday for five days so this song, “Wheels in Motion” from Sing Sing is most appropriate.
Take these shoulders, they’re holding up the world
And these arms that won’t wrap themselves around any other girl
And these lungs can’t breathe unless they get the air that’s close to you
And these eyes can’t see until you choose to let the sunlight through.
She said is that all there is?
Is that all you got?
Can I wring you out just one more drop?
Have I taken everything you have to give?
Is that all there is? Did you rob the moon?
Who’d have thought you’d run out so soon.
I don’t mean to sound insensitive but is that all there is?
These lyrics come from the song, “Is That All There Is” by Vaughn.
As an added bonus, I’m going to include the actual song from now on.
Since I have been writing this blog, I have come across many other such blogs who focus more on mental health issues than I do. While I read many of them and take on board a lot of what these blogs say on the issue, I have to admit that I really didn’t get it until recently. The trigger being the death of a heavy metal queen, Jill Janus, lead singer of the band Huntress, who suffered from mental health issues such as bi-polar and took her own life a few days ago.
When I saw Jill, along with Huntress, three and a half years ago, I was blown away by her vocal ability and her passion. She owned the stage for the forty-five minutes she was on it. Those memories contradict the fact that her mental illness was so overwhelming for her that she took her own life but that’s the point, isn’t it? No one can really know what’s going on inside another person’s head. Robin Williams was an all too familiar excellent example of this. People with mental illnesses can struggle with it for many years and people are none the wiser about it. Everyday, some sufferer comes to the conclusion that things are so bad, they can see no other alternative than to end it all. Unfortunately, it is only when it happens to celebrities or some one close to us that it actually hits home.
In Jill’s case I fear another issue might surface as a result of Jill’s suicide. Some people might actually try to say that the music she sang and loved so much was what drove her to kill herself. I have to agree with Jello Biafra who said It makes no sense that the very music that made a particular person happy drove them to commit suicide. It makes even less sense because I saw the exact opposite when I saw her perform. If anything, the music she sang probably did more to delay the inevitable for her rather than cause it. Still, there will be some misguided people out there who will insist that heavy metal was the cause. It makes no sense.
In the future, I will pay more attention to those who suffer from mental health issues because one never knows when that breaking point will come. For now, no matter what you think of heavy metal music, I think it’s only fitting that I upload a Huntress song in honour of Jill Janus.
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