Every year, during the last week of October, Red Ribbon Week takes place. It is the largest anti-drug and alcohol awareness week in the United States where people wear red ribbons and participate in community anti-drug events.
In honor of this event and of the lives touched by drugs and alcohol, we put together 3 songs for Red Ribbon Week.
1. Sober - Pink
I'm safe up high, nothing can touch me / But why do I feel this party's over? / No pain inside, you're my protection / But how do I feel this good sober?
According to Pink, she wrote this song at a house party when everyone around her was drunk and drinking except for her. She has said it's a reminder that you don't need a crutch or anyone to lean on if you just love yourself.
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
This song was written by Isaac Slade, the lead singer of The Fray. It was inspired by his experience working at a camp for troubled youth where he mentored a boy struggling with drug addiction.
Under the bridge downtown / Forgot about my love / Under the bridge downtown / I gave my life away
Anthony Kiedis wrote this song about his addiction to heroin and the desolate times he spent doing drugs under a bridge in Los Angeles. He has said that it serves as a reminder of the darkness that he never wants to experience again.
Learn more about Red Ribbon Week and how to participate at www.redribboncoalition.com.