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Lyrics & Books: Just One Day + Train Song

 

Lyrics & Books is a feature where I pair together a book and a song based on the song lyrics.

I think this week’s combo is my best yet. My jaw literally hit the floor when I saw the lyrics to this song.

Book: Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Song: Train Song by Feist and Ben Gibbard (originally by Vashti Bunyan)

 

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

Travelling north, travelling north to find you
Train wheels beating, the wind in my eyes
Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you
Call out your name love, don’t be surprised

It’s so many miles and so long since I’ve left you
Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you
But suddenly now, I know where I belong
It’s many hundred miles and it won’t be long

Nothing at all, in my head, to say to you
Only the beat of the train I’m on
Nothing I’ve learnt all my life on the way to you
One day our love was over and gone

It’s so many miles and so long since I’ve met you
Don’t even know what I’ll say when I get to you
But suddenly now, I know where I belong
It’s many hundred miles and it won’t be long

What will I do if there’s someone there with you
Maybe someone you’ve always known
How do I know I can come and give to you
Love with no warning and find you alone

It’s so many miles and so long since I’ve met you
Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you
But suddenly now, I know where I belong
It’s many hundred miles and it won’t be long

It won’t be long
It won’t be long
It won’t be long

Do you see what I mean?? I cannot get over how perfect these lyrics are for this book. I mean, “One day our love was over and gone“? Please! Plus the whole song is about trains, which are such a huge part in Just One Day. I keep trying to pull specific parts from this song but honestly it’s just the whole thing that’s perfect!

Lyrics & Books: Perks of Being a Wallflower + Big Black Car

Lyrics & Books is a somewhat weekly feature where I pair together a song or two with a book based on the song lyrics.
Song: Big Black Car by Gregory Alan Isakov
Book: The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

You were a phonograph, I was a kid
I sat with an ear close, just listening
I was there when the rain tapped her way down you face
You were a miracle. …I was just holdin’ your spaceWell time has a way of throwing it all in your face
The past, she is haunted, the future is laced
Heartbreak, ya know, drives a big black car
Swear I was in the back seat, just minding my ownAnd through the glass, the corn crows come like rain
They won’t stay, they won’t stay
For too long nowThis could be all that we know
Of love and all.Well you were a dancer, I was a rag
The song in my head, well was all that I had
Hope was a letter I never could send
Love was a country we couldn’t defend.And through the carnival we watch them go round and round
All we knew of home was just a sunset and some clownsWell you were a magazine, I was a Plain Jane
Just walking the sidewalks all covered in rain
Love to just get into one of your stories
Just me and all of my Plain Jane gloryI really see this song as talking about Charlie and Sam. Sam is the phonograph, Charlie’s the kid. And hope was the letter that he never sent. It just fits together really well with the characters and what goes on in Charlie’s head. 

Lyrics & Books {2}

Lyrics & Books is a somewhat random feature where I pair together a song or two with a book based on the song lyrics.

I just noticed that the Blogger Love-A-Thon has a similar thing going on now, so perfect timing! And I also noticed that this same song was used by Judith on her playlist. I’ve had this post drafted for a while, so I guess great minds just think alike 😉

Song: Old Pine by Ben Howard
Book: The Summer I Turned Pretty (series) by Jenny Han

  The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
 These lyrics just embody this series, in my opinion.
 It feels like the song was written especially for the book:
Hot sand on toes, cold sand in sleeping bags,
I’ve come to know that memories
Were the best things you ever had
The summer shone beat down on bony backs
So far from home where the ocean stood
Down dust and pine cone tracksWe slept like dogs down by the fire side
Awoke to the fog where all around us
The bloom of summertime

We stood
Steady as the stars in the woods
So happy-hearted
And the warmth rang true inside these bones
As the old pine fell we sang
Just to bless the morning.

Hot sand on toes, cold sand in sleeping bags,
I’ve come to know the friends around you
Are all you’ll always have
Smoke in my lungs, or the echoed stone
Careless and young, free as the birds that fly
With weightless souls now.

We grow, grow, steady as the morning
We grow, grow, older still

Lyrics & Books {1}

A while ago, the blogger Youtube channel, Totally Booksessed, talked about connecting songs to books. This post is partly inspired by that 🙂

So anyway, I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately, and although there are a lot of songs where the beat and rhythm remind me of books, I want to focus on specific lyrics that remind me of books. I’m pretty sure I’ll do more of these in the future, but I’ve been wanting to post this forever so here it is!

I took out a lot of parts in the lyrics where there were repeated lines or a passage just didn’t connect.

We fall, we fall, we fall,
We fall to the ground.

Sleep, sleep all night
While the young, they wait alone.
So get up, shake the rust.
We crawl, we crawl, we crawl,
We crawl on the ground.

Alone, I fight these animals.
Alone, until I get home.

A wolf, wolf and I,
We share the same cold meal.
I float on, float on down.
We ride, we ride, we ride
We ride it all out.

-Six Weeks by Of Monsters and Men & Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys-
The lines I bolded are the ones that really stood out to me. Especially “we share the same cold meal”. BTSoG is about a young girl taken to work in a labour camp in Siberia, and she’s always eating these horrid meals in a freezing cold shack and it just fits so perfectly.

And these fingertips
Will never run through your skin
Those bright blue eyes
Can only meet mine across the room
Filled with people that are less important than you

‘Cause you love, love, love
When you know I can’t love

You love, love, love
When you know I can’t love
You love, love, love
When you know I can’t love you

So I think it’s best
We both forget

Before we dwell on it

The way you held me so tight
                                                        All through the night 

                                                        ’til it was near morning

Love Love Love by Of Monsters and Men & Delirium by Lauren Oliver-
In Totally Booksessed, Audrey connects this song to The Curse Worker Series by Holly Black, which I haven’t read (she also makes the brilliant connection between King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men to Fire by Kristin Cashore. Seriously, go listen to that song and read that book.). But as soon as I read these lyrics, I could not even comprehend how closely this connects to Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I literally cannot get over it, it’s freaking perfect. And that scene when they have to hide “all through the night”… THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS.

Strange face, with your eyes
So pale and sincere
Underneath, you know well
You have nothing to fear
For the dreams that came to you
when you were young
Told of a life where spring has sprung

You would seem so frail
In the cold of the night

When the armies of emotion
Go out to fight
But while the earth
Sinks to its grave
You sail to the sky
On the crest of a wave

So forget this cruel world
Where I belong
I’ll just sit and wait
And sing my song
And if one day
you should see me in the crowd
                                     Lend a hand and lift me
                                     To your place in the cloud



Cello Song by The Books & If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman-
Okay, first of all: this song is called the CELLO SONG, can you GET ANY MORE PERFECT?? And that last verse ohmygoshwhatislife. That is like a mixed summary of both books.  So forget this cruel world/Where I belong/I’ll just sit and wait/And sing my song is like the first book, and And if one day/you should see me in the crowd/Lend a hand and lift me/To your place in the cloud is the second book, right? Right.