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10 Songs That Get Real About Mental Health

on August 09, 2017, 12:00am
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Ellie Goulding – “Lights”


Don’t let the upbeat tempo of this pop hit fool you — the lyrics are indeed haunting. Though the song was written about Ellie Goulding’s childhood fear of the dark, it also echoes a greater fear of the unknown. Some have also speculated the song deals with insomnia and the anxious thoughts that race around your head when lying sleepless in the dark. The lyrics often reference the voices in Goulding’s head and how she succumbs to these dark thoughts in the middle of the night. The song is incredibly catchy, but its eerie undertone makes it that much more intriguing.

Revealing Lyrics: “Voices I play within my head/ Touch my own skin and hope that I’m still breathing”

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