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Hey Hey Take Me Away by Ian Dury is mostly about physical illness (I think it must relate to the period he spent in hospital with polio) but it certainly touches on mental illness:

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Hey, hey, take me away
From the ones that go mad every night......

When I get better, when I get strong
Will I be alright in the head?
In fact there's some pretty dark stuff on that album. Manic Depression:

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The mind is a very precious flower
That finds itself a strand amongst the weeds
The cause and effect, is what you might expect
And going round the bend is where it leads
The album title? Laughter, of course.

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Old 12-23-2019, 09:24 PM
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Warren Zevon's "Excitable Boy" certainly fits the bill.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:16 PM
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:28 PM
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Staind was pretty much all about depression. It's always raining in my head? Inside you're ugly, ugly like me? It's been awhile since I've gone and fucked things up just like I always do? Who were those guys and how did they go back in time and get inside my 13-year-old head?
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Rilo Kiley, "A Better Son/Daughter", about singer Jenny Lewis' bipolar disorder:

And sometimes when you're on
You're really fuckin' on
And your friends sing along and they love you
But the lows are so extreme
That the good feels fuckin' cheap
And it teases you for weeks with its absence
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Old 12-24-2019, 03:45 AM
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"They're Coming to Take Me Away" by Napoleon XIV.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-eafUBULWA&app=desktop
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"They're Coming to Take Me Away" by Napoleon XIV.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-eafUBULWA&app=desktop
Woops - Burpo the Wonder Mutt beat me to it.

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The best example I know is the album "On My Way to Where" by Dory Previn. She had a history of psychosis and depression, and had a breakdown that landed her in a mental hospital. Her therapist suggested to Previn that she write songs as part of her therapy, which eventually became this album......
"With My Daddy in the Attic" is ….. holy cow....
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Tom Paxton won a beautiful tribute called Phil, after his long time friend Phil Ochs committed suicide.

I know I'm going to spend the rest of my lifetime a-wondering why
You found yourself so badly hurt you had to die.
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Old 12-24-2019, 11:27 AM
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Just Another Nervous Wreck by Supertramp is about loneliness and depression.
Rick also wrote "Asylum", and I can't think of any songs Roger did that were about mental illness. The closest thing was "The Logical Song" and that's not quite that.
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Old 12-24-2019, 01:35 PM
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Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal had two albums dedicated to mental illness

Normal

Abnormal


Great albums
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Old 12-24-2019, 05:51 PM
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Kinky Friedman's The Ballad of Charles "Texas Tower" Whitman, based on a true event.

Cat Steven's Sad Lisa is about depression.
I think Cat Steven's/Yusuf Islam's struggles with mental illness are fairly well documented. The line that I find remarkable is from "Sitting": I feel the power growing in my hair. Whenever I hear it, I think, "nicely put, I bet you did." It seems like such a perfect description of some phase of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
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Old 12-24-2019, 09:24 PM
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- pretty much anything ever written by Syd Barrett

- the Beatles song "Dear Prudence". wikipedia youtube

- Eels - Things the Grandchildren Should Know

- pretty much anything by Wild Man Fischer Deep State
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Lots of good ones here.

My contribution: Fire, by Arthur Brown

Lyrics:

I am the god of hellfire and I bring you
Fire, I'll take you to burn
Fire, I'll take you to learn
I'll see you burn
You fought hard and you saved and earned
But all of it's going to burn
And your mind, your tiny mind
You know you've really been so blind
Now's your time, burn your mind
You're falling far, too far behind
Oh no, oh no, oh no!
You're gonna burn
Fire, to destroy all you've done
Fire, to end all you've become
I'll feel you burn
You've been living like a little girl
In the middle of your little world
And your mind, your tiny mind
You know you've really been so blind
Now's your time, burn your mind
You're falling far, too far behind…

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Guy sounds pretty nuts to me.
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Old 12-26-2019, 04:27 PM
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If you can think of examples of songs about mental illness by those who were mentally ill, even better, since its coming from a familiar place, as opposed to someone writing about something they don't know.

Pink Floyd - Brain Damage

I think Roger is intelligent and was troubled, but he had it under control... Someone like Jim Morrison did not have control. Perhaps "Break on Through" is one of many, since many of his lyrics are surreal and can be interpreted differently, where Roger is very direct.
Just about every song Kurt Cobain wrote/performed with Nirvana would qualify.
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The Old 97s' "Lonely Holiday":
Thought so much about suicide
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Beyond The Realms Of Death by Judas Priest. The lyrics describe a man who becomes catatonic and then just dies having lost the will to live.

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Bodies by the Sex Pistols A graphic song and apparently based on a real person. It's lyrics are about a young woman having an abortion following a rape by a nurse at her mental institution. Not mentioned in the lyrics but she would carry the aborted foetus around with her in a clear, plastic bag.

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Porcupine Tree, Blackest Eyes.

I got wiring loose inside my head
I got books that I never ever read
I got secrets in my garden shed
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I'm pretty sure that Chris Mars*'s song "I, Me, We, Us, Them" was inspired by (written from the perspective of?) his brother, who was institutionalized with schizophrenia; but I haven't been able to find a cite online.

*(Chris Mars was the drummer for The Replacements. The song is on his first solo album, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, which is really quite good.)
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Another Tom Paxton one about depression Wish I Had a Troubadour

Wish I had a wind, I'd bring it by
A gentle western wind to dry your eyes
A southern wind to keep you from your crying
I'm still trying
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At age 12 a friend gave me a 45 RPM record that changed my life, Tom Lehrer's MASOCHISM TANGO b/w POISONING PIGEONS IN THE PARK. Is masochism illness or excitement? Is bird slaughter aberrant behavior? Going back further, we have an impending liquor-fueled cerebral hemorrhage in THE BAND PLAYED ON: "But his brain was so loaded, it nearly exploded." And Johnnie Ray's CRY isn't exactly level-headed.
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Same goes for Patsy Cline - maybe even more so.
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Mental illness is a common theme is Pink Floyd's music, so I guess it depends on how much of the song needs to be specifically devoted to it, and just how obvious/overt the link must be, to consider the song to be "about" mental illness. A good portion of their catalogue might fit the bill.
One early member of Pink Floyd (Syd Barret) was primarily responsible for two of their early hit singles - "See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne". Great songs but extremely bizarre. As I understand it, most people in North America have no knowledge of those singles. They seem to be a British phenomenon. Many people in North America first became aware of Floyd with their albums "Animals" or the one with the prism on the cover. But Pink Floyd created some great music before those albums.

Syd Barret was also the driving force on "Interstellar Overdrive" which was a very strange song the band would play live for a variable length of time. Sometimes they would play it for 5 minutes and sometimes they would play it for as long as 30 minutes. Syd Barret had a vision for the band which consisted of them being a highly experimental band.

I believe it is generally recognized that Barret sadly kind of mentally unravelled early on and he became psychotic and had to leave the band. It was at that time that David Gilmour and the rest of the more "commercial" oriented members joined and that is when they had all their success with the albums that so many people know as "Pink Floyd".

Syd Barret was recognized as some kind of genius who went insane. That was a real shame. But his departure opened the door for the commercial Pink Floyd that most everyone knows. Very sad.

There are some excellent documentary films about Pink Floyd that discuss their early years. They are very easy to find. If anyone would like, I will post some links to them. But I'm pretty sure most anyone will be able to find them. If anyone needs some help to find them, I would be happy to post some links for you.

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I’d say that the presence of a shopping cart suggests mental illness in Dramarama’s “Work For Food”.
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One early member of Pink Floyd (Syd Barret) was primarily responsible for two of their early hit singles - "See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne". Great songs but extremely bizarre. As I understand it, most people in North America have no knowledge of those singles..
I have been aware of them for as long as I can remember.
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Listening to Katrina and the Waves "Walking on Sunshine." Seems the singer is waiting every day for a person to send a letter that he's coming to stay. Sounds delusional to me.
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Until Lately - Dream Syndicate

How Sweet To Be An Idiot - Niel Innes

(in title only) Mama We're All Crazy Now - Slade

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Tom Paxton's Crazy John about John Lennon. Crazy and prophetic:

Crazy John, why you wanna go back again?
Crazy John, talking with the desperate men?
You have to be crazy, John, for taking those chances,
When you could be lazy, John, just playing for dances.

When you wade in the water, the people can't see the old reflections.
When you stand in the road, the people can't read the old directions.
When the people get lost, they start building a cross.

Crazy John, I want to be crazy too.
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No mention of Billy Joel's You May Be Right?

No "maybe" about it.
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Go Crazy-The Teardrop Explodes
Christine-Siouxsie & the Banshees [based on a real case history of a woman afflicted by Dissociate Identity Disorder]
Madman Across the Water-Elton John
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Like The Weather by 10,000 Maniacs is about dealing with depression, despite the upbeat music
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One early member of Pink Floyd (Syd Barret) was primarily responsible for two of their early hit singles - "See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne". Great songs but extremely bizarre. ...

Syd Barret was also the driving force on "Interstellar Overdrive" which was a very strange song ...
None of those will hold a strangeness candle to his disturbing "Jugband Blues"
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The Offspring's "Gotta Get Away" would qualify: "I'm paranoid of people and it's starting to show" ... "There's demons in my head and it's more than I can take" ... "I think I'm being followed, I look around / It's only my shadow creepin' on the ground."
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Colin Hay's "Overkill" is about anxiety.
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Down With The Sickness - Disturbed

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Anxiety, by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.
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Most of the Counting Crows library is, in no small part, about lead singer Adam Duritz and his battle with a dissociative mental health disorder.

He discusses it here:

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Bruce Springsteen's Glory Days is the tale of a guy living in the past and drinking too much to deal with the problem head on.
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Boomtown Rats 'I Don't Like Mondays'?

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I submit, for your consideration, “LITHIUM”, by Evanescence:

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Like The Weather by 10,000 Maniacs is about dealing with depression, despite the upbeat music

With a shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather
A quiver in my voice as if I might cry
What a cold and a rainy day
Where on earth is the sun hid away.

Laura Nyro seems to have suffered from depression, as best expressed in these lyrics...

Going down to Stoney End, I never wanted to go down to Stoney End
Mama, let me start all over, cradle, oh mama, cradle me again
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Another Billy Joel on: Big Shot. Both the singer and the subject have their problems.
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