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29 Beautiful And Moving Song Lyrics That May Help You Through Depression

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which song lyric had helped them through depression. Here are some of their best responses.

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"She said if I was meant to die he would've killed me/ There must be a reason that I still breathe/ I don't have the tools to rebuild me/ But I still believe that one day I could feel free/ And my body can be mine again/ My eyes can learn how to shine again/ My inner child won't have to hide and then/ When I'm strong then love could be invited in." – From "Babygirl," by Brother Ali.

"My depression was brought on by an abusive relationship. This song saved my life."

Submitted by Leah Housler, Facebook

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"This song got me through my toughest times. The person who wrote it (Andrew McMahon) has always inspired me as a musician, but it's especially inspiring because he's gone through cancer and come out of it just trying to inspire others."

Submitted by wafflet

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"The lyrics from "Swim" that got me through so much, including my struggle with being suicidal while my mom went through chemo. Knowing that Andrew McMahon had cancer always made the song even more powerful."

Submitted by hopeisthethingwithfeathers

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"The sun will rise and we will try again." – From "Truce," by 21 Pilots

Submitted by ierobitch

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"It's just a spark but it's enough to keep me going." – From "Last Hope," by Paramore.

Submitted by Rebekah Stogner, Facebook.

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"You are calm and reposed, let your beauty unfold." – From "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot," by Brand New.

Submitted by Jaryn Harinandan, Facebook.

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"Coldplay's "Amsterdam" both made me realize when I was 16 that I was depressed and that someday I could get through it. Pretty much the whole song, but these few lines really resonated with me."

Submitted by Allison Loeber, Facebook.

"Amsterdam" got me through years of depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. A year after my most recent panic attack, I got, "You came along and you cut me loose," a lyric from the end of the song, tattooed on my side."

Submitted by Sammie Buffoni, Facebook

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"I heard this song at a point where years of depression had resulted in me trying to make myself as invisible as possible to the outside world, including friends and family, to avoid giving away how much I was struggling and to avoid hurting anyone. It just got right into my brain and reminded me that I am still a person amongst it all. I listen to it whenever I'm starting to hide again, and it keeps me pushing through the hard times."

Submitted by Chloe Crozier-Behan, Facebook.

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"I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone." – From "Famous Last Words," by My Chemical Romance.

Submitted by Alina Guerrero, Facebook.

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"All of Ryan O'Neal's music is heart-stirring, but these lyrics from the song "Uneven Odds" have been especially meaningful to me."

Submitted by Hannah Marie Patarini, Facebook.

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"Maybe there's a way out of the cage where you live/ Maybe one of these days you can let the light in/ Show me how big your brave is." – From "Brave," by Sara Bareilles.

"I remember checking out of the hospital, taking a shower, and crying to this. It truly helped me get through some dark times."

Submitted by Andy Hope, Facebook.

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"The sky is the limit/ And I just wanna float/ Free as a spirit on a journey of hope/ Cut the strings and let me go/ I'm weightless./ Millions of balloons tethered to the ground/ Weight of the world tries to hold us down/ Cut the strings and let me go/ I'm weightless." – From "Weightless," by Natasha Bedingfield.

"The chorus of this song made it seem like I could overcome anything and rise above my depression."

Submitted by linneagmartin

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"Every single time I heard "King" By Lauren Aquilina, I cried. I cried because the song brought me closer to telling my family about my depression so I could get help, and because the message was exactly what I needed. I would strongly recommend anyone who is feeling depressed to listen to it, because it helped me so much."

Submitted by Abbey Hamilton, Facebook

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"The storm is coming but I don't mind./ People are dying, I close my blinds./ All that I know is I'm breathing now./ I want to change the world, instead I sleep./ I want to believe in more than you and me./ But all that I know is I'm breathing./ All I can do is keep breathing./ All we can do is keep breathing now." – From "Keep Breathing," by Ingrid Michaelson.

"I heard this on a Grey's Anatomy episode and since then, every time I'm so depressed that I feel like I'm drowning and I can't breathe, I hear or play this song in my head. The thought is that you can stand it, you can stand the pain. It will get better eventually if you just keep breathing."

Submitted by Luciana Costa, Facebook

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"While the entire album "Easy Wonderful" by Guster pretty much saved my life, this line from "This Could All Be Yours" really did it. It's simple but it really moved me."

Submitted by Jess LaRocca, Facebook

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"If there's one thing that I learned/ While in those county lines/ It's that everything takes time/ You have gotta lose your pride/ You have gotta lose your mind/ Just to find your peace of mind/ You have got to trust the signs/ Everything will turn out fine/ So why aren't you smiling? Why aren't you smiling?"
– From "W.A.Y.S." by Jhene Aiko.

"I used to listen to this song every single day during my time of trying to recover from depression. Even the name of the song, "W.A.Y.S" stands for "Why aren't you smiling?" While [the singer's] brother was dying of cancer he asked her that once, and she realised that things could be worse. If her dying brother could find a reason to smile, she could too. I would remind myself of her story and use it to motivate myself to get out of bed, go to class and work, get things done and find a reason to smile."

Submitted by Cherice Baldwin, Facebook.

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"Take a sad song and make it better." – From "Hey Jude," by The Beatles.

"I was going through a rough patch and everytime I heard that song, and that line in particular, it helped me to remind myself that the bad times wouldn't last. I got a tattoo of that line too, so now I can just look at it on my arm whenever I'm down."

Submitted by Thash Nathan, Facebook.

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"I've had chronic pain most of my life and was undergoing some pretty painful medical procedures involving lots of needles (921, to be exact) to help with Scheuermann's disease. That lyric came from the song, "No One Would Listen", a deleted scene from 'The Phantom of the Opera' film that I made a copy of to listen to during the procedure to help take my mind off the pain. While the procedure did help temporarily, the pain returned as did my depression. I've battled thoughts of suicide for years, but it was always this one particular line that helped me find enough hope to continue fighting because even on my darkest days, music was the one thing that made life worth living."

Submitted by Destinee Hanson-Miller, Facebook.

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"Are you searching for purpose?/ Then write something, yeah it might be worthless/ Then paint something then, it might be wordless/ Pointless curses, nonsense verses/ You'll see purpose start to surface/ No one else is dealing with your demons/ Meaning maybe defeating them/ Could be the beginning of your meaning, friend." – From "Kitchen Sink," by Twenty One Pilots.

Submitted by ierobitch

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"I heard this when I was in high school going through a really rough time and it helped by giving me a new perspective on how to look at the world. I had the lead singer write out the lyrics for me after a concert of theirs my sophomore year and finally got them tattooed when I turned 18 a couple years later. Now I carry this reminder with me, and it inspires me to live my best life and really put myself out there instead of just getting by."

Submitted by Alison Marc-aurele, Facebook

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"And sometimes when you're on/ You're really fucking on/ And your friends they sing along / And they love you/ But the lows are so extreme/ That the good seems fucking cheap/ And it teases you for weeks in its absence./ But you'll fight and you'll make it through/ You'll fake it if you have to/ And you'll show up for work with a smile/ And you'll be better/ And you'll be smarter/ And more grown up/ And a better daughter or son/ And a real good friend/ And you'll be awake/ You'll be alert/ You'll be positive though it hurts/ And you'll laugh and embrace all your friends/ And you'll be a real good listener/ You'll be honest/ You'll be brave / You'll be handsome and you'll be beautiful/ You'll be happy" – From "A Better Son/Daughter," by Rilo Kiley.

When I was at my lowest, I constantly listened to this. The entire song perfectly describes the ups and downs of depression, but this is my favorite section.

Submitted by LizzyNeverSleeps

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"So why are you sat at home?/ You're not designed to be alone,/ You just got used to saying "no"./ So get up and get down and get outside./ Because it's a lovely sunny day,/ But you hide yourself away./ You've only got yourself to blame./ Get up and get down and get outside." – From "Reasons Not To Be An Idiot," by Frank Turner.

"Pretty much anything by Frank Turner. While his more recent stuff is perhaps more uplifting, I recall listening to Love, Ire & Song on repeat during my worst depression about seven years ago. "Reasons Not To Be An Idiot" always got me. While it's certainly a bit of an oversimplification and a lot of people find it dismissive, it always touched me."

Submitted by Felicia Zuniga, Facebook.

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"This is from an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Tbh, so many things in that show really help me with depression, but that song specifically stands out to me."

Submitted by kenziel

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"I can see the weight there in your eyes/ I can feel the thorn in your side/ Your knuckles are bruised from a losing fight/ One way down a dead end street/ Broken glass underneath your feet/ You think the day won't break the sunless night/ The sun will rise/ When you've lost your lights/ The sun will rise/ It'll be alright." – From "The Sun Will Rise," by Kelly Clarkson.

"Struggling with anxiety and depression is an ongoing part of my life, and I know it has been for Kelly Clarkson. This song was directed to anyone who was struggling - she was letting them know that she's been through the dark times and made it to the other side and that we can make it to the other side, too. I listened to that song over and over and repeated those words like a mantra. She also wrote it really well - the music underscores the lyrics perfectly and it's inspiring and sensitive all at once."

Submitted by Chelsea Rankin, Facebook.

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"And who do you think you are?/ Running around leaving scars?" – From "Jar of Hearts," by Christina Perri.

"When I feel like my personal demons are getting the better of me, I like to sing this."

Submitted by Victoria Rose, Facebook.

Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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