Country singer Jimmie Allen has offered up a new, untitled song in an effort to remind fans that they are not alone in their struggles with mental health, and that "it's ok to say you're not ok."
The lyrics for the unreleased song reflect a personal torment while attempting to keep others happy, as Allen sings in the verse, "The pain pulls me apart like a ripped-up floor, but I'll keep dancing and singing, that's what the people came for." The chorus again offers a view into the ways he, or anyone else who can relate to putting on an emotional mask, "smiles for the cameras," while unchecked pain is tucked away inside.
"The truth is I'm always on the edge," he croons, "trying to find the point of living, I'm barely hanging on, and no one can see that I'm constantly fighting me."
"I wrote this song about how I feel a lot of the time," Jimmie wrote on his social channels, explaining his motivation to share the new, still untitled track. "Mental illness is something I have struggled with my entire life. Every day is a constant battle with myself. To everyone struggling, remember that you're not alone and it's ok to say you're not ok."
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.