At times, we meet with friends again. It’s when we start to ask them how life is for them lately. Often, we hear them say ‘just okay‘. That may be the struggle of communication. We fail to delve into matters deeper because we think ‘just okay’ for them is not devastating at all.
In Support Of Those Troubled
In the past, Rascal Flatts has announced various charities they support, including the Make-A-Wish and American Red Cross. They are also ambassadors of ‘The Jason Foundation’ – which helps kids recognize friends who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide or otherwise in need of help. The trio tells that suicide has impacted each of them so deeply that they recorded the song ‘Why’ in response.
This subtle song tells the story of a life dreadfully ended by suicide, from the point of view of those left behind. All three members of Rascal Flatts stated that they had experienced difficulty recording the song because each member knew someone close to them that suffered the same fate. Bassist Jay DeMarcus narrated how he and his cousin, singer Gary LeVox, were affected,
“That song, in particular, was a really tough one to cut because all of our lives have been affected by suicide. Gary and I had in uncle in 2001 that took his own life. We were very, very close to him, and we were affected by that greatly. We played music with him a lot and grew up with him. Joe Don, as well, had a friend in high school that took his own life.”
Why, Its Lyrics, Its Message
It is indeed a powerful song about how a young person in suicide masks their pain. Also, it is a terrifying view that people who we think are living a perfectly happy life go through struggles. The character in the song is really good at things he did, but couldn’t take the hardships he faces. And, since he hides his pain nobody could help him through it. In the end, death becomes his only answer.
Oh why, that’s what I keep asking, was there anything I could’ve said or done
Oh, I had no clue you were masking
A troubled soul, God only knows
What went wrong and why
You would leave the stage
In the middle of a song.
The song as a whole gives a little bit of hope and a little way to deal with tragic situations. That’s why this song’s got a lot of sorrow in it because it wants to let that a message out of the bag.
Suicide is not the answer. You don’t have to do that. There’s so much more in your life to live for. There are so many more people in your life that are going to be affected by a decision like that.