Music is a huge part of my writing process. I’ve done a couple of creative writing playlist posts in the past (see here and here). But for today’s post, I thought I’d put together a playlist of songs that helped me write and edit Juice of Half a Lemon specifically. For each song, I’ll include the most relevant lyrics, as well as an embedded YouTube link, so get a cup of coffee and some earphones! I hope you enjoy.
1. Fire Escape by Half Moon Run
Hey Dark Eyes/Rest with me a while as I drift closer to sleep/Still cannot/Still cannot find no peace
You let go of glass at our feet/It rained through the night/And you take the fire escape/Run down the street to the church
Hey Murderer/killing keeps us close enough/Hey Murderer/every breath you steal is a breath that I breathe for
2. Quiet Crowd by Patrick Watson
Dear Mr Quiet who’s got so much to say/So much more than all of the sleeping parade
While everybody’s walking their own way through the quiet crowd/All thinking the same old things/If they only knew
3. Sense by Tom Odell
Hard to know/Maybe if I skim the stone/Walk a different way back home/It would all make sense.
‘Cause I/I’ve been feeling pretty small/Sometimes/Feel like I’m slipping down walls/And every line/I ever get a hold/It seems to break.
4. Today Has Been O.K. by Sleeping at Last
This one is reserved for sad scenes and very sad days. Skip if you have important things to focus on today.
Without you here the seasons pass me by
I know you were not new/That looked like May and June/All the same I miss you//And I thought, today has been ok
5. Futile Devices by Sufjan Stevens
It’s been a long, long time/Since I’ve memorised your face/It’s been four hours now/Since I’ve wandered through your place/And when I sleep on your couch/I feel very safe
I think of you as my brother/Although that sounds dumb//And words are futile devices
6. You Wouldn’t Like Me by Sleeping at Last
I feel like/I wouldn’t like me/If I met me//I feel like/You wouldn’t like me/If you met me
7. The Pugilist by Keaton Henson
Oh I’m sorry I broke it/Never forgive me
8. Should Have Known Better by Sufjan Stevens
I should have wrote a letter/And grieve what I happen to grieve/My black shroud/I never trust my feelings/I waited for the remedy
I should have known better/Nothing can be changed/The past is still the past/The bridge to nowhere//I should’ve wrote a letter/Explaining what I feel, that empty feeling
Thank you for reading and listening along with me. I hope you found some new music to add to your own creative writing playlists!
All the best,