Turn These Songs Into Books

Today, I thought it would be fun to link up with The Broke and The Bookish for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt: 10 Songs I Wish Were Books. I’ve actually never participated before, but I really liked this prompt, so that’s what I’m going to do for this week!

1. Gold – Imagine Dragons

First comes the blessing of all that you’ve dreamed
But then comes the curses of diamonds and rings
Only at first did it have its appeal
but now you can’t tell the false from the real
Who can you trust, who you can you trust?

When everything, everything, everything you
touch turns to gold, gold, gold
Everything, everything, everything you touch
turns to gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold

I’d love to see someone turn this song into a King Midas retelling. How awesome would that be?!

2. Twin Skeleton’s – Fall Out Boy

There’s a room in a hotel in New York City
That shares our fate and deserves our pity
I don’t want to remember it all
The promises I made if you just hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on

I’m just imagining a really dark novel about a twisted relationship…Not something I’d probably write about, but I’d love to see what someone could do with it.

3. Renegades – X Ambassadors

Run away with me
Lost souls and reverie
Running wild and running free
Two kids, you and me

And I say
Hey, hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Renegades, renegades

I’m thinking like a road trip sort of story…But there’s a reason for the road trip. The characters set out to accomplish a mission or something.

4. Gone – JR JR

I’ve made up my mind over and over
Keep pressing rewind but I’m getting older
Tried every door, don’t know who I’m looking for
And I’ve made up my mind over and over

I can’t be everything you want me to be
I can’t be everything you want me to be
Finally, I can see the light through the leaves
But it’s all gone
But it’s all gone

I don’t really have a specific story line imagined in my head, but I’m definitely feeling some sort of contemporary novel.

5. Strange Déjà Vu – Dream Theater

Subconscious strange sensation
Unconscious relaxation
What a pleasant nightmare
And I can`t wait to get there again

Every time I close my eyes
There`s another vivid surprise
Another whole life waiting
Chapters unfinished, fading

The album this is taken from, “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory”, is basically a story of itself, but I feel like you could come up with a great story from this track alone, which is one of my favorites from the album.

6. Rock and Roll Thugs – Icon For Hire

Bury all the records in the backyard,
When you’re not looking I’ll go dig them back up
You can bury my body in the backyard,
When you’re not looking I’ll go dig myself up
And I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music, I know, I know
I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music

The lyrics write such a great story of someone who uses music as a coping mechanism, but someone doesn’t approve of it. I think it would make a cool YA novel.

7. Trouble – Imagine Dragons 

So pray for me brother
I need redemption
I’m just a man
A man on a mission
I want no trouble
Pray for me sister
Give me a mention
I got no faith
And, oh, did I mention
I want no trouble

You knew there would be another Imagine Dragons song on here, didn’t you? I mean, for good reason. Their lyrics tell such great stories.

8. Fin – Anberlin

Take what you will, what you will
And leave. Could you kill, could you kill me
If the world was on fire
and nothing was left but hope or desire
And take all that I could bring forth, is this hell
Or am I on the floor over-desperate?
Hold hands streaming of blood again?
And then take full weight of me
Guard my dreams, figure this out,
It’s me on my own. Helpless, hurting, hell
Will you stay strong as you promised?
Cause I’m stranded and bare.
Meanness is washed up in all that I am
is God. Take this and all,
Then grace takes me to a place
Of the father you never had
Ripping and breaking and tearing apart
This is not heaven
This is my hell.
This song is so interesting and full of emotion. I’m not sure what story you could tell with the lyrics, but I think it would be cool to see.
9. Maps – Maroon 5
But I wonder where were you
When I was at my worst
Down on my knees
And you said you had my back
So I wonder where were you
All the roads you took came back to me
So I’m following the map that leads to you
The map that leads to you
Ain’t nothing I can do
The map that leads to you
Following, following, following to you
I’d like to see a story that takes the lyrics literally. Someone mysteriously disappears, leaving behind a map for his/her significant other to find him/her. Kinda like Paper Towns, except…better.
10. 42 – Coldplay
Those who are dead are not dead
They’re just living in my head
And since I fell for that spell
I am living there as well
Oh..
Time is so short and I’m sure
There must be something more
You thought you might be a ghost
You thought you might be a ghost
You didn’t get to heaven but you made it close
You didn’t get to heaven but you made it close
I’m thinking like an actual ghost story here. Maybe it’s just because the lyrics are so short, but I’m also getting a short story vibe from this song. A short story about ghosts. Yes.
I know I picked kind of an odd mix of songs, but that’s what I was aiming for. This was actually harder than I thought it would be, but it was lots of fun!
Until next time,
Erin
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