Lyrical Anatomy: Lil’ Wayne – I Feel Like Dying

I Feel Like Dying

Lil’ Wayne

By Terrance Moore.

Only once the drugs are done
That I feel like dying, I feel like dying

The lyrics to I Feel Like Dying provide a grim depiction of the effects drug abuse and depression can have on the psyche. Statistics show that nearly one in 10 US adults suffer from depression, and approximately one in eight adolescents may suffer as well. This song vividly describes the continuous cycle resulting from the inability to cope with reality.

Swimming laps around a bottle of Louis The 13th
Jumping off of a mountain into a sea of Codeine
I’m at the top of the top but still I climb
And if I should ever fall, the ground will then turn to wine
Pop, Pop, I feel like flying, then I feel like frying, then I feel like dying

You can feel the hopelessness and despair in the lyrics. They are perfect example of some of the symptoms that accompany depression; sadness, hopelessness, feelings of worthlessness, and thoughts of death and suicide. The protagonist has become a prisoner to the mechanisms used to cope with his emotions.

I can mingle with the stars & throw a party on Mars
I am a prisoner locked up behind Xanax bars
I have just boarded a plane without a pilot
And violets are blue,
Roses are red
Daisies are yellow,
The flowers are dead
Wish I can give you this feeling that I feel like buying
And if my dealer don’t have no more, then I feel like dying

Anyone who exhibits any of the symptoms listed above should seek professional counseling as soon as possible. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends a collaborative care approach involving your primary care provider, mental health specialists and other providers to improve disease management. Depression is treatable, so there’s no need to suffer alone.

Lil’ Wayne offered this song as a free download. If you perform a search you will find several websites providing links to the track.

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