Song Lyrics That I Love: Writer Edition

Things are about to get personal…In the best way! Music defines our lives in mysterious ways; here are some of the lyrics that define my life as a writer.

 

‘Are you going to age with grace? / Are you going to leave a path to trace?’

-Bastille, Bad Blood, Oblivion

We all want to leave our mark on the world, to let everyone know that we ‘waz here’. People graffiti, perform and even make videos of themselves online to get validation of their existence. In some ways, that’s why I write. Fearing death is natural in the same way that writing is natural to me. This blog and my other works are my paths to trace.

 

‘Oh, I feel overjoyed / When you listen to my words / I see them sinking in / Oh, I see them crawling underneath your skin.’

-Bastille, Bad Blood, Overjoyed

This one is a little funny. Interacting with you all and hearing that you like my work gives me life. However, the second someone else reads my work whether it is in front of me, from across a screen or (god forbid) out loud I squirm. I get so embarrassed as I desperately hope that my words reach you. Watching words sink into a reader is an incredible experience, even if I sometimes freak out about it.

 

‘Lay me down, / Let the only sound / Be the overflow’

– Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials, What The Water Gave Me

Sometimes, my mind is a desert in the midst of an inspiration/motivation drought. Other times, I can barely get my ideas down fast enough. I like to fully embrace the latter and dive in headfirst.

 

‘Because she’s a cruel mistress /  And a bargain must be made’

– Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials, What The Water Gave Me

My muse is a little bitch. She comes and goes as she pleases. She wraps her palms around my eyes when I’m at work. She stirs me awake in the depths of the dark. However, when I gently approach, she turns up her nose. She stalks away at the mere hint of forcefulness. She is my rose, refusing to allow her glass jar to be lifted.

 

‘I’m well acquainted with villains that live in my bed / They beg me to write them so they’ll never die when I’m dead’

-Halsey, Badlands, Control

This one is fairly self-explanatory. Going through hardship and facing your demons is a necessary part of life. It strengthens, teaches and guides you on your journey. Part of facing my villains is through writing them, squirreling them away in the pages of my notebook and repurposing them into something beautiful.

 

The Entirety of the Right Away Great Captain! Trilogy

I tell literally everyone about this series because I love it so much. Based on a true story, the Right Away Great Captain Trilogy weaves a narrative of a 17th-century sailor who, upon discovering his brother and wife committing adultery, murders his brother. He eventually goes to court and is executed, forced into an endless purgatory. Although it sounds beautiful, the project’s lyrical prowess is what earned this spot. Listening to each album is a raw emotional experience that feels almost confessional due to its journal-style first-person perspective. I want to craft interesting stories like this one. Please check this out so I can fangirl about this series with someone!

 

The Entirety of the Hamilton: An American Musical Soundtrack

If you’ve been on the internet in the last few years, you may have heard of a little show called Hamilton. If you have heard the soundtrack or seen the show, you’ll know why this is here. If you haven’t heard this masterpiece, go listen to it and then come back.

 

What do you guys think? Do you have any lyrics that unlock a certain part of you? What are they? Hit me up on Twitter at @apageoutofchloe or comment below so we can get a dialogue going!

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