Have you ever listened to a song and felt emotionally attached? Almost as if the song was made
for you, or made to express everything you wish you could say? Mayday Parade is one of those
bands for me. It’s no surprise if you’ve ever heard of the band, because a decent amount of their
music is known to be the type to tug on your heartstrings (in a therapeutic way.)
While listening to “When You See My Friends” off of the band’s self-titled album Mayday
Parade, I can’t help but feel emotionally satisfied.
“A few years back I went through a complicated relationship and ended up writing a handful of
songs about it. The lyrics in the chorus kinda say it all for this one,” said Derek Sanders
(frontman of Mayday Parade) in a video clip titled AP Acoustic Story.
The intro along with the chorus of the song go, “I'm burned out like a bright light / I wasn't ready
for this / You're adorable as hell, but I'm glancing at your wrist / Oh please have faith I can be so
cavalier / And when they start to ask questions I'll make sure to be clear / When you see my
friends tell 'em hi for me / Tell 'em what you think about the way you handled everything.”
Those lyrics can mean different things to every person who listens to it, and that’s what makes
music so powerful. For one person it may feel like “When You See My Friends” is meant to be
sung to them as Derek sings, “You’re adorable as hell, but I'm glancing at your wrist.” For
another the lyrics of the song might explain their relationship or remind them of someone they
know, or knew.
My favorite part of the song are the lyrics that end the song, “So neat and clean well the world is
full of such pretty things / So do your best for me” because after all the bad, there’s always more
of the good.
A few of my favorite Mayday Parade songs would have to be, “Jersey,” “Miserable At Best,”
“I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About,” “Terrible Things,” “Oh
Well, Oh Well,” and “Everything’s An Illusion.”
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some Mayday Parade fans from all around the
world, and this is what they had to say.
Steven Walsh | 17 | New York - “I love the band because of how relatable their lyrics are. They
impacted me because I’ve been able to get over things easier. I have a tattoo for them, broken
Aimee | 18 | England - “I love them because of their song “Terrible Things.” It made me cry
and then I listened to all their songs. It made me cry because my great grandma at the time had
cancer and it made me emotional thinking about her being sick and everyone finding out. When
reading the comments on YouTube for the “Terrible Things” lyric video, I realized a lot of
people relate to it like me. “Miserable At Best” holds the same emotions and is a great tune. I
also love the song “Jersey” and “Jamie All Over” because they're such good songs, like a ballad,
but they're so catchy. I listen to them 25/7.”
Jess | 16 | Ireland - “I love Mayday Parade simply because they’re not afraid to experiment with
their music. Their last albums are complete different compared to Black Lines. They’re always
trying to find new sound and no matter what they can make it work. I love how they never
forget the old songs and where they come from. They’re amazing! Their music has changed me
as a person, I’m not afraid to be who I am anymore. They’re everything and more to me. They
changed my life.”
Alex | 20 | Philadelphia - “I love Mayday Parade because their music helped me when I was
dealing with suicidal thoughts/actions. Mayday parade helped me get through my breakup with
my ex, death of friends, and end of friendships. Mayday Parade's music has been there for me
when no one else was and I cannot thank them enough for everything. I have 2 lyric tattoos in
Derek's handwriting to remind me that no matter how hard life gets, it will get better! The first
one says "stay safe, stay strong" from “Take This To Heart.” He didn't personally write that one,
but the second one says "promise you'll find the strength to hold on for one more day" from
“Hear the Sound,” and he did personally write that one!
Katie | 15 | UK - “I love Mayday Parade because of their meaningful lyrics, such as “Miserable
At Best.” It also has my name in it so it connects to me.”
Lily | 13 | Pennsylvania - “I love Mayday Parade because they have helped me so much and are
currently helping me get through my teenage years. Whenever any small thing happens, whether
I’m upset about my body image, my weight, or problems with friends, Mayday Parade seems to
always be there. Their song "Take This To Heart" helped me realize that everything will be
alright someday and all I need to do is be patient. Mayday Parade means so much to me and I
am forever grateful. They can never undo all that they've done for me.”
Katie | 16 | South Wales - “They picked me up at such a rough time. I don't know how I
would've gotten through everything without them.”
Tabea | 17 | Germany - “I love them because their music is great. There was a time when I was
really down and it was a hard time for me. But then I listened to "Stay" (it was the first song I
ever heard of them) and it made me cry. This may sound like nothing but I didn't cry in a long
time, and it felt so good! Their lyrics are amazing and speak to me in so many ways. Also how
the guys are interacting with each other in the band, I just love it!
Charlotte | 15 | England - “I love them so much because I can connect to their music in a way
that I can't with many other bands. They are also helping my best friend to recover from
depression (by music therapy) and stopped her from killing herself twice, so their music means
even more to me. I saw them live for the first time yesterday evening and it made me so
emotional but happy at the same time.
After speaking to their fans, you can’t help but realize how strong our music scene really is.
There’s always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you.
Has Mayday Parade helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in the
Click the video below to watch AP Acoustic Story: Mayday Parade, "When You See My
Written by Melanie Gomez
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