How to Save a Life

Have you ever watched The Fray’s “How To Save A Life” music video?

You have no excuse. Go watch it now.

It’s quite powerful and almost brought me to tears…

My curiosity of The Fray came about when I heard a live version of “Happiness” and the singer cracked and had to start over. He’s just a person…just like you and me. He’s not perfect. This brought about laughter among the crowd and one girl shouted “I love you!!!” So I got curious and decided to YouTube The Fray. “How To Save A Life” was the first video of theirs so I watched it.

I delved deep into it’s message. Besides the plain background when the band is playing…besides the crying children…besides the inspirational list of phrases…it’s quite clear that the video is about death, but I got something else out of it. It seemed to me that it was more about suicide. It didn’t hit me at first because the video shows children holding pictures of older people (probably older relatives who have passed on) and so I immediately thought they just lost them to natural causes. But the words of the chorus (which I had totally forgotten about) offered a different story:

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Clearly a different message.

The inspirational words, however, were amazing. Very strategically placed also.

“Listen. Hold still. Dad. Mom. Let it go. Live in love. Talk to someone. Cry. Accept. Forgive. Fear. Release. Have faith. Surrender. Release the fear. Love. Secure. Open up. Remember. Say goodbye.”

It’s a story in itself.

What a powerful song.


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