by Logic (featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)

Album: Everybody (2017)
Charted: 9 3


  • The song's title comes from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Logic plays two roles; the first hook and verse is from the perspective of someone who is calling the hotline as they want to commit suicide. Later, he offers some inspiration as the person on the other end of the phone telling the suicidal person that they have every reason to live. Logic explained to Genius:

    "When I jumped on a tour bus that started in Los Angeles, California and I ended in New York City and did a fan tour where I went to fan's houses and shared meals with them, hung out with them, played them my album before it came out. Them along with other people on tour, just fans that I met randomly, they've said things like, 'Your music has saved my life. You've saved my life.' And I was always like, 'Aw so nice of you. Thanks.' And I give them a hug and s--t but in my mind, I'm like, 'What the f--k?' And they're really serious. And they tat s--t on their arms and get s--t like lyrics that save their life and in my mind, I was like, 'Man I wasn't even trying to save nobody's life.'

    And then it hit me, the power that I have as an artist with a voice. I wasn't even trying to save your life. Now what can happened if I actually did? And it's beyond just this song. It's the whole album."
  • Logic explained to Genius how grappling with the idea of suicide fitted into the larger narrative of Everybody.

    "What can happen if I took myself out of my comfort zone and made a whole album about everybody and everybody's struggles including my own which is one I've never done. What if I silenced my own fear and I say, 'I'm scared talk about my race. I'm scared to talk about the state of this country but I'm going to do anyway. I'm going to persevere.' Man, how many lives can I really save then?"
  • The song features guest vocals from Alessia Cara, who offers some hopeful words on the second verse and Khalid who closes out the tune.
  • Written and directed by Andy Hines, the song's cinematic music video tackles the song's theme of suicidal thoughts through the story of a gay high school student. The clip stars Are We There Yet? star Coy Stewart as the student with Modern Family actor Nolan Gould as the youngster's crush. Don Cheadle and Matthew Modine play their fathers, with Luis Guzman cast as a sympathetic coach. Logic, Alessia, and Khalid also make appearances in the promo via computer screens.
  • This was the second title featuring a phone number to reach the top ten of the Hot 100. Tommy Tutone's "Jenny (867-5309)" previously reached #4 in 1982.
  • Logic got together with Colombian musician Juanes to record a Spanish remix of the song. Juanes told Billboard the collaboration originated when the rapper played Miami on July 25, 2017 during his Everybody's Tour:

    "I met him. I went to his tour bus and spent some time with him talking about music, and about life, and then I saw his show," the Colombian recalled. "It just blew my mind. Amazing, amazing, amazing. When I saw Logic, it made me be like, 'Wow - this guy is so, so talented. So incredible.'"

    "And also because this song is so powerful," he added. "I just loved that inspiration of the song. So we met each other, and I went to my studio with Mosby. We did a translation of the lyrics and recorded it."
  • Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid performed this at the Grammy Awards in 2018. The video was nominated for Best Music Video, but lost to Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE."

    Logic closed out the performance by saying: "On behalf of those that fight for equality in a world that is not equal, not just, and not ready for the change we are here to bring, I say to you, bring us your tired, your poor, and any immigrant who seeks refuge. For together, we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united."
  • Logic asked for, and received permission from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline before naming this song after their phone number. On the day the song was released, April 28, 2017, the Lifeline received the second highest daily call volume in its history.

    After Logic performed the song at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, the Lifeline saw an 50% increase in call volume in the hours following the show. After the Grammy performance, the Lifeline answered triple the number of calls for two hours than it typically does in the same time period. The Lifeline collaborated with Logic's team for both performances, with each one including individuals who have personally been affected by suicide.

    "By sharing a message of hope and taking the stage with individuals who have been personally affected by suicide, Logic's song demonstrates that healing is happening every day for people in crisis, and that there is help available," the Lifeline's Director of Communications, Frances Gonzalez, told us. "If you are in crisis or in emotional distress, the Lifeline is free, confidential, and available 24/7 for anyone in the United States. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.


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