Swallow The Sun is a Finnish death-doom metal band known for their melancholic and atmospheric sound. Their fifth album, “Emerald Forest and the Blackbird”, was released in 2012 and features the song “Don’t Fall Asleep” with lyrics that have captivated fans ever since.
The lyrics of “Don’t Fall Asleep” are haunting and poetic, describing a person’s struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. The opening lines set the tone:
“And when the night comes crawling in, the tears run red with blood. I see your face in every shade, I hear your voice in the rain.”
The imagery is vivid and emotional, painting a picture of someone who can’t escape their pain and memories no matter where they go or what they do. The chorus repeats the phrase “don’t fall asleep” as a warning to the listener not to give in to their darkness:
“Don’t fall asleep, the night is dark and cold. Don’t fall asleep, the pain is so much worse when you wake up alone.”
The song ends with the lines:
“I’ll be your light in the darkness, I’ll be your shelter from the storm. Don’t fall asleep, don’t fall asleep.”
These words offer hope and comfort to anyone struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, reminding them that they are not alone and that there is always someone who cares.
The lyrics of “Don’t Fall Asleep” are deeply personal to Swallow The Sun’s lead vocalist and songwriter, Juha Raivio. In an interview with Metal Hammer, Raivio revealed that the song was written in memory of his partner, Aleah Stanbridge, who died of cancer in 2016:
“It’s a very emotional song for me, and it’s very personal. It’s about losing someone you love to death, and how to cope with that.”
The lyrics reflect Raivio’s own struggle with grief and depression, as well as his desire to offer comfort and support to others who are going through similar experiences.
“Don’t Fall Asleep” has become one of Swallow The Sun’s most beloved songs, with fans around the world praising its emotional depth and powerful message. The band often performs the song live, and it has been covered by other artists as well.
More importantly, the song has helped to raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention. Swallow The Sun has partnered with mental health organizations to promote resources and support for those who are struggling with mental health issues.
The lyrics of “Don’t Fall Asleep” are a testament to the power of music to heal and connect us. They remind us that we are not alone in our struggles, and that there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. You are not alone.