Monday, November 17, 2003

No 24.

Goodbye cruel world, I’m leaving you today.
Goodbye all you people
There’s nothing you can say
To make me change my mind

Song: Goodbye Cruel World
Album: The Wall

This has always struck me as the perfect suicide note. It doesn’t offer any explanations or express any regrets. Instead it is short and succinct and defiantly lays the blame squarely on everyone else. The words are full of anger and fatalism and there is also a tinge of madness in them but the way it is sung gives it a mournful edge that evokes pity in the listener.

In the film of The Wall, the main character, Pink (played by Bob Geldof) is just about as low as it is possible to get when he sings this. His wife has left him for somebody else and he is slowly losing his mind to drugs.

If you are feeling low, or you know someone who is, don’t let it go so far that you start composing something along these lines. Somebody cares, if you know where to look.

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