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The Theme Song

February 2nd, 2013 by
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Yes, I know Elegy is a book, not a movie. And yes, I know that Elegy is a book that won’t even be out for several more months. (Not sure of the exact release date but I think maybe late summer/fall 2013).

But I don’t care. I’m sharing it now. In my mind, each book in the Watersong series really kinda has a signature song, one that, to me, encompasses the atmosphere and story of the book. Even the short story Forgotten Lyrics has a song – “In Transit” by Mark Hoppus. Wake is “Never Let Me Go” by Florence + the Machines, Lullaby is “A Soft Place to Land” by Kathleen Edwards, and Tidal is “White Blank Page” by Mumford & Sons, and for Elegy it is this song – “Night is Cold” by Civil Twilight.

I couldn’t find the lyrics online, so I listened to it many times and wrote them for my enjoyment, and now I’ll share them with you.

    “Night is Cold” by Civil Twilight

    It was a sunny day when they drove away
    And my love disappeared into the clouds
    Where they made her wait
    And they made her burn every picture I ever sent

    There’s a thing they want so bad
    We call it love
    There’s a thing you’ll never have
     We call it love
    It moves like the ocean
    It sways like sea
    It’ll never fail to be… love

    When the city burned and the capital fell
    We were made to walk the road to nowhere
    The ones who still feel were made to kneel
    As if they could have the one thing they could never hold

    There’s a thing they want so bad
    We call it love
    There’s a thing they’ll never have
    We call it love
    It moves like the ocean
    It sways like sea
    It’ll never fail to be
    It’ll never fail to be
    It’ll never fail

    They can have it, but they’ll never hold it
    They can steal it, but they’ll never own it
    Never own it

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  • aroquet says:

    I so wish I could listen to music while I write. I get too lost in the lyrics and can’t focus on the scene I’m working on. Sometimes I can handle instrumental music, like Apocalptica or Vanessa Mae. I’m going to have to check out that song. I love the lyrics! 🙂

  • Those lyrics are deep and touching. Music often helps writers with their work. It’s great when two art forms combine.

  • mishaburnett says:

    Yeah, Catskinner’s Book has a theme– “Behind Blue Eyes” (originally by The Who, of course, but I actually like the Limp Bizkit cover better.)

    Oddly enough, the sequel, Cannibal Hearts, seems to have chosen the finale from Pippin as it’s theme.

  • Charity says:

    Gorgeous lyrics! I’m going to have to DL that on iTunes. I love that you listen to music when you write, and draw emotion from the lyrics and melody. It’s fun to read your books to a soundtrack.

    I’ve also done the “listen over and over again and write down the lyrics” thing. I remember thinking I was super smart after I learned that most cassette tapes had the lyrics inside the cover (don’t laugh- you and I are the same age so I know you listened to cassettes too). When I was 11 or so, I went and bought Seal’s album- the one with “Kiss from a Rose” on it- and when I looked inside, there was a note from Seal saying that he decided not to publish the lyrics because he didn’t want to ruin someone’s perception of a song if they thought he said “prayer for my lying” instead of “prayer for the dying.” Or something. Damn you, Seal.

    Anyway…where was I? Oh yeah, Night is Cold. I’m off to iTunes to DL. Thanks for the rec!