I don’t often provide trigger warnings. I don’t often write about things that I feel legitimately need them. And I don’t say this to make light of those who provide them much more freely — I do get that to many that can be a valuable service. I call this out to illustrate the strength with which I offer this warning.

If the title reflecting Papa Roach’s 2000 hit “Last Resort” didn’t already let you know, the music track I want to share and talk about deals with issues of suicide and the contemplation of such.

If you’re still with me, I think the best place is to start with the original track.

The lyrics have always been heavy. And while I wouldn’t want to assume that no one connected or felt them through the delivery, my own experience — both personal and in my friend group over the years — had the privilege of perhaps not needing to. I knew the lyrics–well… first verse, chorus, and smatterings across the rest at least. Enough to belt them out when the environment and energy was right!

But despite just how heavy the content is, there was no connection to that level. I treated it more like a ‘banger‘ and while I assume nothing about the depth of reach this song may have had, I think it would be safe to say I was not alone in that.

Unlike Bhagpuss, I don’t tend to follow a lot of (read: any) music and music industry news. So I had no clue of what the story behind the song might’ve been or why Jacoby Shaddix1 wrote it. The short version: It wasn’t about himself or his own experience, not at the time he wrote it at least, it was for a friend he was living with. That friend pulled through though, and has gone on to have a good life and a family.

A (slightly) longer version can be found here.

What struck me most is that the main riff of the song was initially written and performed on piano. I expect this is actually quite common, but…

Well, perhaps time to jump to the Reimagined version by Falling in Reverse. YouTube Music put it into my ‘Supermix’ a month or so ago, which looking at it now must’ve been pretty shortly after it was released.

But today is the first time I’ve seen that there was a music video to go along with it.

The visuals are an interesting addition, particularly in that they convey a more positive ending to the song than the lyrics alone would otherwise convey.

Because let me tell you — these lyrics haven’t changed. They’re the same words we’ve been hearing for 23 years. But this rendition makes me feel like I’ve never heard them before in my life.

At the top of this post, I thought I might give more of a run down on why I think that is. Why it is that this version cuts so much closer to the marrow than the original… But now I’m thinking it really should be experienced first, without someone else’s views potentially colouring things. (Well, any more than I may have already.)

If after hearing it, you are keen for more of a breakdown and reaction style take, may I recommend you go over here? Elizabeth Zharoff of The Charismatic Voice is my general go-to when a song piques my interest enough to want this level of detail.

Let me know what you think. I’m beyond curious!

Footnotes

  1. Writer of the song, and lead singer of Papa Roach

Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

2 Comments

MagiWasTaken · August 27, 2023 at 1:30 am

I like both versions a lot and they both hit close to me, based on my experiences, but while this reimagined version by (the great) FiR is (as you said already) more positive and hopeful in a way, I prefer the original as it really drives home that angst, frustration and even anger people in that situation feel, again based on my own experiences.

But I also don’t know a lot about music and hence my best guess why this rendition has this effect would be that the more classical ensemble of instruments makes it seem much more harmonic and calm, much akin to a person that pulled through im the end and didn’t end their life.

I feel like it has to do woth connotations – string instruments and the piano are often much more somber and I personally associate a certain amount of wisdom with them, as in learning from experiences and reaching a conclusion of sorts that isn’t as abrupt as said permanent solution.

Obviously, the original is a banger but I didn’t know that it wasn’t about the lead’s/writer’s personal experience nor that their friend made it through, so it sort of changes my impression of the song as well; for the better, I mean.

Great post! Hope my ramblings here made at least some sense haha. Gotta read those articles you linked to next!

    Naithin · August 27, 2023 at 1:49 am

    I really don’t view the reimagined version as ‘more’ positive or hopeful (beyond the visuals at the end of the music video).

    Perhaps, if anything, quite the opposite.

    Although… That isn’t quite right either.

    The lyrics don’t change between the two versions of the song. They are what they are. I think that the delivery of Ronnie’s/FiR’s version allowed me to connect a little more with the gravity of what is being sung about moreso than Papa Roach’s orignal incarnation.

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