23 August 2014

The Best Book-Relevant Lyrics

No, this isn't a music blog. Not primarily, anyhow, unless the music somehow magically and randomly pertains to literature.

(Three cheers! I've--somehow--managed to find a connection between words that are sung and words that are read/written.)

I greatly enjoy music, though not quite as much as I love books. In my childhood I went through phases of violin, cello, and piano lessons; I used to enjoy singing as a child, until about the end of my primary school years, when it started to occur to me just how dreadful my singing-voice sounds. But, books? Books, I have loved since my very early years.

Without further ado (because the ado has gone on long enough):

Beautiful book-related discussions I found within songs I like


Each lyric is cited first with the name of the artist(s), and then with the song's title; click on the title to visit the song's music video on YouTube.
(NOTE: The videos linked to in this post are not my property or creations. Each video belongs to its respective owner, and each song to its respective musician.)

You can also definitely use this list for music suggestions, too.

"Why don't you be the writer / and decide the words I say?"
- Ellie Goulding, "The Writer"
Straightforward and a must-listen for any lover of literature.

"But I won't follow you into the rabbit hole."
- The National, "Terrible Love"
Is this lyric a reference to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? You decide!

"Dear God, don't know if you noticed but / your name is on a lot of quotes in this book."
- XTC, "Dear God"
The song references the Bible and, according to this source, was inspired by a series of children's books.

"Like a river to a raindrop I lost a friend / My drunken hazard Daniel in a lion's den."
- Coldplay, "Us Against the World"
This particular lyric is also a mention to the Bible, particularly to the Book of Daniel.

"The greatest book you ever read came from my favourites list."
- Slow Club, "Beginners"
This lyric inspired the URL of this blog!

Of course, you can refer to songs that were specifically written as part of the soundtrack from a film adapted from a book. Some of my recent favourites, in chronological order, are:
  • "Girl On Fire" by Arshad (the The Hunger Games soundtrack, 2012)
  • "We Are Infinite" by The Tunnels (the The Perks of Being a Wallflower soundtrack, 2012)
  • "Almost Is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande feat. Nathan Sykes (the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack, 2013)
  • "I Need You" by M83 (the Divergent soundtrack, 2014)
  • "All Of The Stars" by Ed Sheeran (the The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, 2014)


Looking for something a little different? Listen to Wrock songs for a unique Harry Potter experience. My three most-loved Wrock bands are Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, Ministry of Magic, and Harry and the Potters.

P.S.: Speaking of which, did you know that former Harry Potter actor Tom Felton is a musician, and a talented one? You can listen to his song "All I Need" here, and don't forget to explore his other songs, such as "Hawaii" and "Time Well Spent."

Remember, readers: lyrics are poems put to music.

Which songs do you know of that mention books or reading? Let me know with a comment or two!

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