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Singing the Blues

Musical Madness (singing the blues)

'China girl' is a street name for a powerful opioid drug used for anesthesia and analgesia. is also related to antipsychotic drugs such as Compazine, Mellaril, Stelazine, and Thorazine, "Street names for fentanyl include apache, china girl, china white, dance fever, friend, goodfella, jackpot, murder 8, TNT, and Tango and Cash", source, A strong link exists between drug abuse and mental illness. This song's lyrics describe a man's growing anxiety and his relationship with the drug 'china girl'.
Though the song tells the story of a boy drunk, failing to have confidence in approaching the girl he is in love with, the boy in the song is going through the effects of unrequited love and is suffering from depression due to it.
This song relates the weather to the two poles of bipolar disorder "Because on and off / The clouds have fought / Their control over the sky And lately the weather / Has been so Bi-polar / And Consequently so have I"
This song is about Howard Hughes who had Obsessive-compulsive disorder.
This song describes both the euphoric highs associated with creating music ("Music, sweet music/I wish I could caress") as well as the desperation and suicidal tendencies perhaps associated with mixed states ("Really ain’t no use in me hanging around").
"Mind War" could generally describe mental illness, but the following lyrics seem to be especially true of those who suffer from bipolar illness: "Is there ever focus/When you plan things out/Gods hands Gods fault/Just drunk with power".
Not necessarly a song about mental illness since it's a direct reference to Valium addiction.
Elton John later explained that the song really was about a friend saving him from trying to commit suicide following the breakup of a relationship with a woman, when John was trying to convince himself and his fans that he was not, in fact, homosexual.
Melora mentions on the A Radical Recital album that this song is about a mentally ill friend of hers.
Released in 1966, this was one of the first popular songs to directly reference mental illness. A siren is used as a sound effect — presumably the authorities are coming to involuntarily commit the vocalist to a mental institution.
John Lennon's dark song is explicitly suicidal: "Black clouds cross my mind/Blue mist round my soul/Feel so suicidal/Even hate my rock 'n' roll".
  • "You Gotta Be Crazy" by [Pink Floyd] This song was later named "Dogs"
  • "You Know You're Right" by Nirvana
  • "You May Be Right" by Billy Joel
  • "Zak And Sara" by Ben Folds
  • "Zoloft" by Ween