In another addition of Sing It Out, we are taking an in depth look at Rascal Flatts’ song, Why, which speaks about how a suicide can affect the people left behind and the burning question that we all have and wish we could have the answer to it.
The band, who have all been affected by a suicide, believed that writing the song could help their fans who have dealt, or will deal, with suicides. They talk about the struggle people experience after the death of a loved one, if they could have done more and the dark place their loved one must have been in to “leave the stage in the middle of a song.” Joe Don Rooney, who’s friend committed suicide at the age of 17, spoke about how suicide is not the answer and that there’s more of a life to live.
In Canada, suicide is one of the leading causes of deaths. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youths, and more than a thousand people in Ontario die because of suicide.
Rascall Flatts, who formed in in Orlando in 1999, is a American country-pop band that consists of Gary LeVox , Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney. 12 of their 25 singles have reached No. 1, and have released 9 CDs since 2000.
“Who told you life, wasn’t worth the fight? They were wrong, they lied,” is among the powerful lyrics in the song. The ballad, which mostly consists of a piano, speaks honestly and blatantly about the struggles we go through when a loved one commits suicide and how important that person is. It dwells on our thoughts, if we could have done anything and that we will never know what that person was suffering through.
The message behind this song is clear: you are worth the fight, and things get better. Suicide is never the answer, and people care about you. Things will get better, and you are worth the fight.