I Wish There Was A Pill

James Bell

The Wilderness EP

  1. I Wish There Was A Pill
"True love can cure it, but it's rarer than a blue moon..."


I think I was aware when I was writing this song that I might look back on it with something of a cringe. It seems more earnest and angry than it is. It was more an exasperated shrug, based on realising I was living in a society that only seemed interested in battling unhappiness with the use of chemicals. Since writing it I've come to appreciate that antidepressants save lives on a daily basis, but I still feel that they're somewhat blunt tools. Perhaps I've always been obsessed with the idea that there might be a magic pill that could treat the less chemical and more existential angst of simply being alive. If you find it before I do, let me know, yeah?


Sertraline will hone in On your Serotonin Doxepin delimits The Noradrenaline in Paroxetine, Fluoxetine excel in commissioned polls 25% or more than placebo-based controls Pills to purge your melancholy urges, or so they say I wish there was a pill that would really take the pain away ----------------------------------------- MDMA will Just kiss the night away till The next quick fix of love in A yellow, pink or grey pill Alcohol will soothe it all then make it 20 times worse again Crack Cocaine will pulp your brain, but make you credible in LA Tranquillisers only sterilise the pain until the break of day Still we think they sell a pill that will really take the pain away ----------------------------------------- True love can cure it But it's rarer than a blue moon Could wait a lifetime for it And never feel the monsoon This world's beauty moulds it But god, it's hard to hold it It's only really music That helps me to control it These stones inside my head that make all of the colours just bleed away But damn the skies, I'm not the kind who lies in their own pity and wastes away I'll learn the skill because I have the will and I believe that there's no other way And I'm going to find a pill that will really take the pain away

Credits & Copyright

Written in 2007 and recorded in 2009 by James Bell. Released in November 2009. Remastered in May 2017. (C) & (P) House of Lyra. All rights reserved. Photo by Jim Belford (CC BY-NC 2.0)