Thank You for Mental Illness

by Kye Plant

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Songs from the last 6 months that I re-worked to a point that I no longer hated them.

Inspired by heartbreak and crippling depression and my general mental illness, but also the beauty I see in life and the hope I find in people.


released September 20, 2016

All songs recorded, written*, mixed, etc. by Kye Plant.
Artwork/cover photo by Kye Plant (taken the week after leaving the psych ward, 2 years ago).

BASICALLY, everything was done by me (*except Roma Ryan wrote "Someone Said" and the intro and outro are voice memos sent to me by Brielle Riley and Anya Dedyna respectively).



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Kye Plant Victoria, British Columbia

Queer person living on an island, writing personal, and often sad, songs.


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Track Name: Running
I'm always broken inside
and I don't know why;
it's a struggle everyday.
cuz I look around
and everyone's doing fine,
do they feel this way?

I'm running around
with my head underground.
I take pills to survive.
but sometimes the best way
still feels like hell
and nightmares are all I dream.

I'm running away.
I'm running from the lonliness;
the bittersweet taste of depression's kiss.

I used to drink and fight
and puke and scream;
my life's quiet nowadays.
I had to put the bottle down
for the sake of my mind:
my drinking's trying to kill me.

It gets pretty lonely with nobody around,
but isn't that the way it should be?
where's the time for a lover,
I'm too busy fucking myself over
and sabotaging my happiness.
I'm running.
Track Name: Victoria
you're a quicksand;
a beautiful sinking pit.
quiet and peaceful:
you're my constant source of bliss.
cherry blossoms;
open ocean:
you numb my mind.
I get the feeling
I'll never be happy
if I'm afar or if I'm ashore

friends set sail for distant places,
hearts ablaze for something more.
now familiar faces haunt my dreams
but not my door.
people come and people go;
but I remain unchanged like a stone.
is it fear of life or fear of death
or just fear alone?

I woke up in a different town
and I was feeling so blue;
I woke up so far from home
and I was dreaming of you.

some didn't make it,
they turned to the bottle
and then the morgue.
I'm thumbing through pictures:
distant memories
of friends who've come and gone.
younger faces smiling gracefully:
their struggles just don't show.
couldn't bear the pain or the hurt:
they were dying to feel pure.
Track Name: A Long Sleep
blood is dripping from the walls;
faith is ripping at the seems.
don't want this hurtin' in my soul,
this feeling of defeat

I need a long sleep,
not death.

got this achin' in my chest,
some kind of fever I can't bleed.
never thought I'd end up like this:
alone and broken in my sheets

lovers come and go,
still my heart's alone.

the sun burns out the sky,
now I'm fucking blind:
I am alone,
I am depressed.
time keeps tickin' by,
it nullifies my mind.
heartbreak's a lonely island.

I think I need a vacation.
I need a long sleep.
just trying to keep my head above the water,
but these god damn waves won't let me be.
Track Name: Someone Said
Summer when the day is over,
there's a heart a little colder

somewhere there is someone keeping
all the tears they have been weeping

someone said goodbye,
but you don't know why.

is there a reason why a broken heart begins to cry?
is there a a reason you were lost although you don't know why?
give me a reason why you never want to say goodbye.
if there's a reason,
I don't know why.

always looking for a meaning,
all the time you keep believing.

even when the sun is shining,
you don't see the silver lining.

but I don't know why you won't say goodbye.

is there a reason why your broken heart begins to cry?
is there a a reason you belive and then you close your eyes?
give me a reason why you hideaway so much inside.
if there's a reason,
I don't know why.