Imagine Dragons Release New Song About Depression

By David Konow 11/13/18

"Zero" is featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming animated movie "Ralph Breaks The Internet."

Imagine Dragons performs a song about depression.

Ralph Breaks The Internet, in theaters on November 21, is the long-awaited sequel to the animated hit Wreck It Ralph. On the movie’s soundtrack is a new song, "Zero," by Imagine Dragons, and it deals with high-functioning depression.

Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, told The New York Post that "Zero" “is a song about somebody who feels empty, who feels like nothing, but continues on and puts a smile on their face. That’s kind of the theme of my life: a constant battle to find positivity in living and feeling a little empty at times. I’m trying to fill that void.”

The single also captures the contradiction of high-functioning depression in that it’s a happy song in a Disney movie, but the lyrics tell us, “Let me tell you what it’s like to be a zero, let me show you what it’s like to never feel, like I’m good enough for anything that’s real, I’m looking for a way out.”

In a press release, Reynolds added, “That journey of feeling like nothing and trying to realize and recognize your worth as a human is an important part of life. And given the distorted version of reality kids face online and the expectations that come with it, this struggle is real for so many people right now.”

Reynolds has been open about his experience with depression in the past. He told CBS This Morning, “When I’m happy, I’m very happy. When I’m low, I’m so low, and [the band] have had to deal with that for years and years.”

Reynolds also told the BBC he had to seek help after a tour. “It came to a point where I didn’t have an option. It was lose my family and lose my life or seek help.” Reynolds went to a therapist in 2016 and “sat down and basically faced it head on for the first time.”

“This year has been very healing for me,” Reynolds says. “I would say I’ve dealt with a much lower level of depression this year than I have in the past decade, and I think that comes from living my truth.”

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