The Lyric Medley Tag

Hello, everyone! Several weeks ago, Tara @ T.T. Kesley nominated me for this lyric medley tag… and I’m only now getting around to answering the questions. Oops. Anyway, it looks like a lot of fun – very different from most of the “what is your favorite book and why?” type of blogging things I’m usually tagged in.

Here are the rules for this tag:

  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Make a collage that represents your taste in music to go along with your post
  • List a song for each of the ten questions below, include your favorite lyrics from that song, and explain why you chose that song
  • Tag at least five bloggers

I’m going to be lazy a rebel and ignore the collage requirement, though. Sorry. Deal with it! You can find Tara’s post here, if you’re interested. I hope you enjoy mine as well!

“Please Forgive Me” – David Gray
A song that describes me perfectly

Please forgive me if I act a little strange, for I know not what I do
Feels like lightning running through my veins
Every time I look at you
Help me out here, all my words are falling short
And there’s so much I want to say
Want to tell you just how good it feels
When you look at me that way

This song was on repeat soooo much this fall, peoples! It is a very ME song, in both an “I am far too shy to talk to people I’d love to be friends with” way and in an “I’m looking at my crush and wow I am so gay” way. I’m really good at writing down my thoughts but in most other situations, all my words fall short.

(Side note: This is my go-to OTP song! IT GIVES ME SO MANY FEELS ESPECIALLY IN THE CONTEXT OF NINE/ROSE, STEVE/PEGGY, AND KATNISS/PEETA NO WHYYYY THIS IS SO NOT OK.)

“Here Comes The Sun” – The Beatles
The happiest song I know

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun and I say it’s all right
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun

I’m not as much of a Beatles fan as I used to be, but I still find their music comforting. I probably always will – I grew up listening to it, so it reminds me of my childhood. Pretty much all of their songs are guaranteed to put a smile on my face… especially this one.

“I Want It All” – Queen
A song about donuts

I want it all
I want it all
I want it all
And I want it now

Wow, I’d forgotten how awesome this song is. Hmmm. Wow. Anyway, I love how all the other questions in this tag are more or less serious and then there’s… this one. Well, this is how I feel about donuts. ALL OF THE DONUTS. NOW. We had pączkis a few days ago (because it was Mardis Gras) and they were delicious.

“Once Upon A Dream” – Lana Del Rey
A song that proves how I am loved

I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
And I know it’s true that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream

Have you ever found someone who leaves you wondering why oh why they weren’t in your life until now? The two of you just get one another, and [insert lots of other happy awesome things here]. Because that’s me and Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words. We’ve been friends for almost three years now, and she is amazing and stupendous and djgfhdfkgjhfsg. We have so much fun together, even though we’ve never actually met face-to-face, and basically I just feel like we’ve known each other so much longer than we actually have. “That look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam”? Yeah. Some peoples’ personalities just click as soon as they meet, and that’s one of the awesomest feelings in the world.

(Also, happy coincidence: We both love Maleficent, which is the movie that this song comes from.)

“Same Love” – Angel Haze feat. Mary Lambert
A song of origin

There are no lakes of fire, they’re here on earth 
And the only thing to do is put love first 
And so I stand for the boy who died by his hand 
To the sound of his father screaming “woman loves man” 
This is Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve 
And I stand for the girl with the cuts up her sleeve 
And the heart in her hand and a chip on her shoulder 
And I stand for it all until ignorance is over 
This is for you, for knowing who you are 
For never letting your magic outside of your heart 

I cried when I first found this song. It summed up a lot of my feelings then, and sums up my feelings now. This is a cover, but you might as well forget the extremely crappy original version by Macklemore because… this one is just so much more powerful. Angel Haze is speaking – well, singing – from experience here and it’s beautiful and raw and BASICALLY IT IS THE BEST.

“Atlas” – Coldplay
A song about human decency

Some far away
Some search for gold
Some dragon to slay
Heaven, we hope, is just up the road
Show me the way, lord, ’cause I… I’m about to explode
Carry your world, I’ll carry your world
Carry your world, and all your hurt

The first time I ever heard this song, I immediately thought, “Oh, this is such a Katniss/Peeta song.” And then as I listened to it more and more and more I realized that really, it’s about the relationships between ALL of the characters in Catching Fire. They become allies and then friends, and they have to stay loyal to one another if they’re to have any hope of making it out of that arena. Also, I love the Greek mythology references – Atlas? Carrying your world? THAT’S SO COOL. Especially considering all the references to ancient Greek culture within the trilogy itself.

“Yellow Flicker Beat” – Lorde
A song about a story

This is the start of how it all ends
They used to shout my name
Now they whisper it
I’m speeding up
And this is the red, orange, yellow flicker beat
Sparking up my heart

This is from Mockingjay Part One and OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH I LOVE IT SOOOO MUCH. I love it because the lyrics reference the book. I love it because it’s beautiful. I love it because it has so much ATTITUDE. This is such a Katniss song. By the third book/movie, she’s absolutely fed up with, well, pretty much everything. She’s angry and intense and she’s ready to fight.

“City of Blinding Lights” – U2
An “I can’t even” song

The more you see the less you know
The less you find out as you go
I knew much more then than I do now
Neon heart, day-glow eyes
A city lit by fireflies
They’re advertising in the skies
For people like us
And I miss you when you’re not around
I’m getting ready to leave the ground

TURN UP THE VOLUME. THIS SONG DESERVES TO BE PLAYED QUITE LOUDLY. I freaking love U2’s music, and this is one of my favorites from the band. I love how poetic their lyrics are, and this song is no exception. Also, just now it reminded me that I need to continue Cassandra Clare’s books – City of Bones, City of Ashes, et cetera… Thanks, song.

“Constellations” – Jack Johnson
A song my father plays on the guitar

It was just another night
With a sunset and a moonrise not so far behind
To give us just enough light
To lay down underneath the stars
Listen to all the translations
Of the stories across the sky
We drew our own constellations

My dad can’t play the guitar, actually. But several years ago, we talked about taking lessons together. That never ended up happening, but still. We both like Jack Johnson’s music, and at one point I wanted to learn this song. Among many others.

“Ordinary Human” – OneRepublic
A song of hope

Today I felt a switch in my veins
Today I made them all afraid
Used to be a shadow, now a shadow screams my name
And in the daylight I could swear we’re the same
But I’m just an ordinary human, ordinary ways
I’m just an ordinary human
But I don’t feel so ordinary today
I’m just a picture-perfect nothing
Sometimes I medicate
I’ll be a picture-perfect human
Before the sun goes down today

This is such an intense song! And very beautiful, and it’s a good “cheering-up” song – it’s just a little bit regretful, but mostly it encourages you to keep on going. I wasn’t pleased with the film adaptation of The Giver, but I guess that in the end I’m glad it was made… because this song was written for it, and wouldn’t exist otherwise.

-~-

I was going to summarize my musical tastes here, but I don’t know if I can, not really. I mean… I don’t know, I don’t gravitate towards one kind of music in particular. One thing that I have noticed over the years is that I haven’t abandoned the music I grew up with, but I also haven’t let that stop me from exploring other genres and artists and whatnot. When I was a tween I went through a period of “ew, new music sucks” and I’m glad I outgrew that. Now I just listen to whatever I find beautiful or thought-provoking, and couldn’t care less about when a certain song was recorded.

I’m tagging:

And as always, feel free to participate whether or not I tagged you. Or ignore this tag, if you so choose.

What music have you been listening lately?! And what are some of your all-time favorites? Do you have any recommendations for me, based on what I’ve listed above?

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About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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35 Responses to The Lyric Medley Tag

  1. Bridget says:

    Ooh, this looks like a lot of fun! 😀 I’ll definitely be doing it sometime. I haven’t listened to many of the songs you have listed here, but I do really like U2, Coldplay, and the Beatles.

  2. Danny says:

    You like Lorde and Lana, so I’d suggest some of Panic! At The Disco’s slower stuff. This is Gospel is a really good one, and so is The Ballad of Mona Lisa. Also Brendon Urie’s vocals are like actual heaven so that’s always a good thing. And Ella Eyre’s Comeback is a really awesome song with an equally awesome video (and she’s like gorgeous //cough). And, going back to Yellow Flicker Beat, some of Imagine Dragon’s stuff is pretty good, like the theme they did for that one Iron Man movie (don’t ask me what, song names are beyond me). Also, Jet Pack Blues, Twin Skeletons, and Favourite Record by Fall Out Boy are also similarly slow, kinda weird songs that are actually really good.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Ooh, thanks for the recs! 😀 Also, I googled it, and it looks like the Imagine Dragon song for Iron Man is “Ready Aim Fire”?

      *pokepokes* Did you listen to the David Gray song? NO BUT LISTEN TO IT WHILST THINKING ABOUT STEVE/BUCKY OR STEVE/PEGGY THERE ARE SO MANY FEEEEEEEEEEELS. It works a little bit better for the latter pairing, I think, because the word “girl” is mentioned in the lyrics, but still. dfkjhgdfkgjhdfksg
      (This is a live version of it that I particularly love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekgb5oJSobU)

    • nevillegirl says:

      OK then. 🙂

      So, what’d you think? 🙂 And ha, same.
      (Also, I see that you found the Sad Peggy Carter Dementia Headcanon hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaahahahahs fgdkajkafhgbdgf dgfdfg ndfgfgd fagd gdf hOW ABOUT NOOOOOOO. If you need me, I’ll just be sniffling over in the corner here. *gross sobbing*)

      • Danny says:

        Ehhhh? //hand wiggle// idk it’s pretty good for like hurt/comfort type writing I think but I’m very much in an angst phase rn lol.
        (AH YES THAT. I’m not okay. What the hell. No. What. no.)

    • nevillegirl says:

      *shrugs* Idk, I’m not into /super/ angsty stuff so that’s probably why I like it. 🙂

      (*curls into a Sad Ball of Engie on the floor* I mean it’s not like I needed those emotions. Ha. No. No but srsly SHIELD WOULD /TOTALLY/ DO THAT TO HER UGH I’M BASICALLY ACCEPTING THAT AS CANON NOW EVEN THOUGH IT MAKES ME SAD AND GRUMPY. WHY. The most painful hcs are always the could-have-happened-haha-who-am-I-even-kidding-it-totally-happened kind, aren’t they? Welp.)

      • Danny says:

        I don’t know why I read angsty stuff, it just hurts so much. But I do it anyway. Whoops c:

        SHIELD WOULD THOUGH AND THAT’S WHAT HURTS THE MOST. Yeah, they totally are. Because you’re always like “huh, that’s an interesting take on ____.” And then you think about it a bit, and you realize it could’ve totally actually happened in canon. And then you incorporate it into your personal version of canon. And then you cry.

  3. Cait says:

    I LOVE THE GIVER SOUNDTRACK. Particularly that piano piece. I’m so in love with that movie I cannot even explain.
    I also love Coldplay. Mostly Atlas.
    And it’s a bit odd but when I was reading I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson I literally had the Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” going through my head the WHOLE TIME. Gah! I kept going “I’m reading Here Comes the Sun by Jandy Nelson” because I’m just so talented like that. -_-
    Yay! Thanks for the tag!

    • nevillegirl says:

      Do you mean the one Rosemary plays? BECAUSE I LOVE THAT TOO. Overall, I didn’t like the movie, BUT it /did/ have an absolutely lovely soundtrack. So I’ll give it kudos for that. 🙂
      Atlas is amazing. ❤
      Ehehe, you're very talented. 😛
      You're welcome for the tag! 😛

  4. Here Comes the Sun is such a beautiful song! Funny, but I actually like original version of Same Love better. Either way, it’s such a powerful strong and so true. After seeing Maleficent I kept binge-listening to Once Upon a Dream. It’s so pretty and haunting! I’m definitely going to do this tag even though you didn’t tag me because it seems so fun! Awesome post!

  5. moosha23 says:

    Thanks for tagging me. This looks beautiful (and you’re right: it’s a BIG change from your usual book tag!). I love all those lyrics, and I’d forgotten all about Ordinary Human so it’s nice to listen to it once again. OneRepublic can do no wrong in my eyes. ^.^

  6. orphu44 says:

    Thank you for tagging me!
    Also I’m speechless?? And sending you so much love??
    (And I can’t listen to everything right now, unfortunately, since I’m in public. But I will.)

  7. Haze’s ‘Same Love’ is so beautiful! ‘Atlas’ sounds a bit like ‘Miracles’, don’t you think?

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  11. themagicviolinist says:

    Ahhh, this looks like so much fun! 🙂 I am definitely doing it.

    “I want it all.” XD That made me giggle. I don’t know if I can find a song that fits that section more perfectly. I will have to steal your choice for happiest song, though. I actually wrote about it in my Encyclopedia of Me post.

    So I tried looking up what “song of origin” means, and I couldn’t find anything. 😛 Is it basically a song about who you are?

    • nevillegirl says:

      (Sorry for the late reply – I’m really behind on blog comments!)

      Yay! I look forward to reading your post. 🙂

      I aim to amuse. 😛

      Well, that’s how I interpreted it. Something about from where you originate – whether that’s a place, or a particular event in your life, or an aspect of your personality. I don’t know. Maybe I’m overthinking this, but I interpreted it as “what is the origin of the person you are now?”

  12. So I need to say, I loved these songs! Most I knew, but a few were new to me and I’m so glad I checked out this post! And incidentally, I may have, probably, just a little used several for my Motivational Monday posts in April. March was already scheduled by the time I read this, but I had to use some on my blog. Sorry for copying, but hey, think of it as inspiring me. Thanks and I enjoyed this post.

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