Chris Stapleton’s Music Video on Depression: “Fire Away”

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Chris Stapleton became an overnight sensation and superstar in 2015 after his performance at the CMA Awards. Chris Stapleton’s music video on depression, “Fire Away”, released in 2016 proved that all this hype was justified. This video was his attempt to change our lives for the better using his newfound fame and stardom by talking in it about the travails of dealing with depression. His debut album, Traveller, won many awards, including some Grammys, and “Fire Away” was the second track on it. With over a million copies sold, Traveller was definitely a hit and will be counted among the country music’s best albums.

A still from Chris Stapleton's music video on depression, "Fire Away"
A still from Chris Stapleton’s music video on depression, “Fire Away”

Chris Stapleton’s Music Video on Depression: “Fire Away”

The video was named as the Music Video of the Year in 2016 by the CMA, and as the Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2016 CMT Music Awards.

Co-written by Stapleton and Danny Green, “Fire Away” tells the story about loving someone unconditionally, even through the hard times. The video explores a relationship torn apart by mental illness, and ultimately, suicide, with lyrics like “Pick up your sticks and your stones, and pretend I’m a shelter for heartaches that don’t have a home.” It depicts a couple going through courtship, marriage, and buying their first house.

But the video begins with the man walking into a bar alone, hinting that his love story does not end on a happy note. The singer expresses the pain and suffering he undergoes in the relationship by singing “Fire away. Take your best shot, show me what you got.

Ben Foster and Margarita Levieva play the roles of husband and wife in the video. The video shows the wife struggling with depression. She even attempts suicide but her husband rescues her on time. This happy outcome is short-lived because she attempts suicide a second time and succumbs, with her husband unable to rescue her a second time. The video delineates the five signs of a likely mental illness: Personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness.

Stapleton makes a brief appearance in the video as the bartender.

“Fire Away” YouTube Video

Just click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI-aPHeUDlk

Chris Raises Awareness on Depression and Suicide

“Fire Away” musical video certainly raised the awareness on depression and suicide. At the end of the video, Stapleton even makes a reference to the organization The Campaign to Change Direction whose mission is “to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness.”

Mental illness affects one in five Americans. Each of us is either affected directly or we love or know someone who is. Depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction are common experiences for people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic groups throughout the US and across the world. So, it is high time we moved past the taboos and started thinking about, talking about, and addressing the mental health issues of our fellow citizens.

“Fire Away” Lyrics

Honey load up your questions
And pick up your sticks and your stones
And pretend I’m a shelter for heartaches
That don’t have a home
Choose the words that cut like a razor
And all that I’ll say

Is fire away
Take your best shot
Show me what you got
Honey, I’m not afraid
Rear back and take aim
And fire away

Well, I wish I could say
That I’ve never been here before
But you know and I know
That I’ll always come back for more
Your love might be my damnation
But I’ll cry to my grave

Fire away
Take your best shot
Show me what you got
Honey, I’m not afraid
Rear back and take aim
And fire away

Ah, fire away
Take your best shot
Show me what you got
Honey, I’m not afraid
Rear back and take aim
And fire away
Fire away
Ah fire away
Fire away

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