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“My life at 3 am” by Daniel Halsted

“My life at 3 am” by Daniel Halsted. This song attempts to tackle the subject of depressive suicide from the perspective of a victim of the condition. Song and Lyrics by Daniel Halsted; Lyrical inspiration was taken from poetry written by an anonymous friend during a time of suicidal tendencies.

Suicidal tendencies are defined as traits that result in the propensity for a person to have suicidal ideation or to make suicide attempts.

Before listening to the song, please learn how to get involved and recognize the signs of depression here.

I also encourage anyone who feels that they resonate with the lyrics of the song to take this questionnaire to ensure you are not at risk. Please answer honestly as responses are 100% anonymous; this is just to help you examine your own personal mental health.

Best,

Danny Halsted

 

Story: The inspiration for this song was a wonderful friend of mine who has asked to remain anonymous, but who helped greatly with the lyrics of the song through their poetry. These poems were written during a time of immense difficulty for them and the community around them due to their depression and suicidal behavior. They were able to overcome their depression through the caring of friends and we are all very relieved that they were able to bring themselves back from the brink. To my friend and everyone reading this, thank you for being alive and making the world a better place.

 

Lyrics:

Verse 1:

 

Does anybody have those days?

You wake up in a nasty haze

All you can do is grunt.

 

The pain is only temporary

But that doesn’t make it any less scary

When a true friend stabs you in the front.

 

I’m not even a person I’m just symptoms and sickness and sadness and sound.

 

I sound like

 

[Instrumental]

 

Chorus:

 

I hate getting emotional

Because it means that I have feelings I can’t hide.

I’m jumping on a trampoline while it’s covered with knives

 

I told myself it wouldn’t get this bad again,

But the blood on my wrists, it tells me this is my life

 

At 3 am, here we are again.

 

Verse 1:

 

We’re in a world where being us,

Simply isn’t good enough.

People get fake when things get real.

 

Remember when you prayed, and how

For all the things that you have now?

Because you thought you wouldn’t feel.

 

[Chorus]

 

Bridge:

 

Just give me a moment,

Aim to succeed.

A plastered-on smile is all that they need.

 

Now sit upright,

Breathing is tight,

Keep yourself calm it will all be alright.

 

Hi! Hello! How are you doing?

It’s lovely to see you this morning again

 

Oh god oh god! Do you think that they’ve seen!?

This sickness inside that is conquering me?

 

Hi! Hello! How are you doing?

It’s lovely to see you this morning again

 

Hi! Hello! How are you doing?                                Oh god oh god! Let me be free!

It’s lovely to see you this morning again               Just give me a sign that I’m finally me.

 

[Instrumental]

 

[Chorus]

 

If you’re hearing this, it’s not too late

For me and you to change your fate

When life gives you lemons, spit them out on the plate

 

Make yourself a better life,

Find a husband or a wife.

Then find a place in the world you like and don’t have regrets!

 

This isn’t my final chance.

You’ve heard my song, get up and dance.

I won’t destroy myself so others can’t.

Goodbye.

 

This isn’t my final chance.

You’ve heard my song, get up and dance.

I won’t destroy myself so others can’t.

Goodbye.

 

It’s 3 am.

Hello my old friend.

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COMMENTS: 3
  1. April 28, 2017 by Tishya R

    Hey, this project is awesome. I love the way you put your ideas through with a song, super cool!

  2. April 28, 2017 by Brendan Gill

    This song makes me want to sing! Such emotional chord progressions… you’re a great composer, Danny!!!

  3. April 30, 2017 by Kristin L

    Hey Daniel! This is such a nice song and it really sheds light onto what people battling suicide are going through. I’m taking Abnormal Psych this semester and we look at suicide and depressive disorders from a more clinical point of view, but this is the more intimate side of that. Good job!

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