Arlo Parks –
‘Black Dog’ 


After the release of “Eugene,” with an ambiguous queer love story music video, that I’m sure many of my fellow LGBTQ+ peers can relate to, plus her frequent lyrical posts on social media; I have become obsessed with Arlo Parks (and I quite literally mean).

She has also recently released a new single called “Black Dog” which she debuted beautifully at Worthy Farm for The Glastonbury Experience 2020.

It’s a song with deeply touching and honest lyrics about mental health, and helping someone you love who is dealing with depression:

It's so cruel
What your mind can do for no reason
I take a jump off the fire escape
To make the black dog go away
At least I know that you are trying
But that's what makes it terrifying

Let's go to the corner store and buy some fruit
I would do anything to get you out your room
Just take your medicine and eat some food
I would do anything to get you out your room

She spoke to NME magazine about “Black Dog” saying : “it’s supposed to make people who are struggling feel less isolated and start a conversation surrounding the prevalence of mental health issues in today’s world.”

Link for NME interview.

If you didn’t know, ‘Black Dog’ is a metaphor for depression that is known to come from Winston Churchill and is used frequently as a cartoon for mental health education. Alongside “Black Dog,” she has released a poignant cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ which she states on social media is a band that has brought her “peace and comfort in the pit of things.”

Watch the official music video for “Black Dog” & listen to her Top tracks below:

 Written by Maya Gough
 (GNM founder)