Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was music and books! I’ll be taking their idea of listing ten songs I wish were books because that is something I think of WAAAY too often. So, in no particular order…
- Cigarette Daydreams, by Cage the Elephant //
Cigarette Daydream, You were only seventeen
Soft speak with a mean streak
Nearly brought me to my knees
Every time I listen to this song, I image a tumultuous relationship between two old friends and lovers whose timing is never right. Each person a little too damaged, but still desperate for the other’s companionship. I really would love to see how this would turn out.
- Anna Sun, by Walk the Moon //
What do you know, this house is falling apart
We got no money, but we got heart
We’re gonna rattle this ghost town
This seems like it would be SUCH a fun coming-of-age story. Characters just having fun and making the best out of a lackluster town.
- Two Stones, by Walking on Cars //
Oh, if I let you down, we’re just two hearts that one day will go their own way
Oh, as I see it now, we’re like two stones trying to float on water
In your mind, in your mind it’s over
Cause you know that I can’t stay sober yet
This songs always gets me. Just, the emotion in the lead singer’s voice. I envision a narrator who is so in love with his partner but whose addiction is too overwhelming to give up. So when his partner finally breaks up with him, he is so broken, but so relieved because he no longer needs to pretend to be a better person and he can no longer keep hurting them.
- We Used to Wait, by Arcade Fire //
I used to write, I used to write letters, I used to sign my name
I used to sleep at night
Before the flashing lights settled deep in my brain
This would be an interesting almost dystopian type story. Possibly told by an older person who has gone through the before world and the after, lamenting the tiny things they never got a chance to do.
- If It’s the Beaches, by Avett Brothers //
Take whatever you think of
While I go gas up the truck
Pack the old love letters up
We will read them when we forget why we left here
SO MANY Avett Brothers songs just kill me. This is one that has me tear up on occasion. Just being in two different points in time where love isn’t enough and both realise it. But once it gets to the breaking point, neither can let go of the other, so they let go of everything else.
- Murder in the City, by Avett Brothers //
If I get murdered in the city, go read the letter in my desk
Don’t bother with all my belongings, but pay attention to the list
Make sure my daughter knows I lover her, make sure her mother knows the same
Always remember there was nothing worth sharing
Like the love that let us share our name
Another Avett Brothers song, this one also just feels like a complete story in and of itself. Family whose life is finally coming together leaves home for work and is murdered. Possibly knows that’s what he’s walking into, but can’t back down. Then, the aftermath of his family dealing with the emotional fallout.
- Dearly Departed, by Marianas Trench //
I don’t know how to mend it where this chapter ended
When all of my plans have depended on you
But at least tonight we’ll still pretend
Hold each other close and pretend it’s not the end
Like the previous Avett Brothers’ songs, this one is also a story all its own. A couple who love each other, but it just isn’t working any more. It’s melancholic and sad.
- I of the Storm, by Of Monsters and Men //
If I could face them, if I could make amends
With all my shadows, I’d bow my head and welcome them
I could see this being a book about a YA fantasy heroine who has struggled and fought with everything she has to survive, to win, but it’s cost her everything, her humanity, her friends, family, lovers. Once she has prevailed against all of the forces that were holding her back, she finds herself unrecognisable and wants to go back to being who she was, but is afraid, or better knows, that she cannot.
- This is Gospel, by Panic! At the Disco //
If you love me, let me go
Cause these words are knives that often leave scars
The fear of falling apart
And truth be told, I never was yours
Another YA fantasy of a fallen god/dess or angel who has disguised themselves as mortal, locking themselves away out of shame for what they’ve done. Yet, they find themselves unable to stay silent and hidden away for too long as they begin to coming back to the world thanks to a friend or impossible love. Before they know it, they’ve fallen head over heals but know it will only end in disaster, so they pull away and face their original destiny.
- Ride, by Twenty One Pilots //
Yeah, I think about the end just way too much, but it’s fun to fantasize
All my enemies who wouldn’t wish who I was, but it’s fun to fantasize
I’m falling, so I’m taking my time on my ride
This would be a fun, light-hearted but still dark story, urban fantasy/supernatural about a mercenary/demon hunter who knows their end is coming, but in the meanwhile, enjoys the life he’s currently living. During quiet times, they’ll fantasize about how their end will come about, wondering if it will be glorious and spectacular, or just something ordinary and mundane.
That’s it for my Top Ten Tuesday. This was so much fun! There were so many other songs I could have chosen. If only one day I had the skill and time, all of these would be novels!