Top Ten Tuesday | Lyrics That Should be Stories

Monday, February 15, 2016

Music is an important part of my life. There’s just something… inspiring about it. I listen to music when I stay up late and binge-write at night. I listen to music when I clean. I listen to music while I’m catching up on blog work, and on the list could go. Music is a form of expression just as a story is. This is why today’s fun prompt is a stroke of genius.  

Broke and Bookish February 16th Top Ten Tuesday 
­­This week is all about music & books.
We previously did books we'd give theme songs to so feel free to do that! Or 10 songs I wish that were books
 (check out my love songs I wish were books for an example of what I mean) -- Thanks to the couple people who suggested making this one an official topic. I don't know why I hadn't...I think I thought my post WAS for TTT in my head when I thought back to it. 
There are some songs that immediately put me in mind of Story because they are themselves a story. Some of these are on this list more because they currently are (or have been) musical obsessions of mine. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be all the more epic after benefitting from a full-fledged novel. Below are ten songs I love (and either still do or have played countless times on “repeat”) and would totally buy as a novel because, there is a story in these songs.  
#1. Alesso | ‘Scars’

“…I’ll be loving these scars for life.” 
I discovered this song after last season’s Dancing with the Stars and there’s something somehow upbeat and tragic about it. It’s a beautiful song, and one I could see a talented author pulling a story out of.  
#2. The Band Perry | ‘I Saw a Light’
“…what if you had looked left and I had looked right; for once in our lives we were both on time…” 
One of the cutest little romance songs there is. This screams there’s more to the story.
#3. Lady Antebellum | ‘Just a Kiss’
“Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight
Just a touch of the fire burning so bright
And I don't want to mess this thing up
I don't want to push too far
Just a shot in the dark that you just might
Be the one I've been waiting for my whole life
So baby I'm alright, with just a kiss goodnight…”
This sweet crooning country song is one I listened to dozens of times when it was new. To this day it’s still a fabulous song – and one I could definitely see making a charming romance novel.  
#4. Katharine McPhee | ‘Stranger Than Fiction’
Had a crazy dream the other night
We were breaking free with no fear to fly
Nothing to prove
No one to blame
Breaking away

I found love when I least expected it
I found faith from a night of no regrets
I found me in a place too crazy to mention
Let’s say that life is stranger than fiction
I love Katherine’s new album "Hysteria" and this song is one of my favorites. It’s kind of whimsical which might translate into good fiction.  
#5. Paramore | ‘Hate to See Your Heart Break’
“There is not a single word in the whole world that could describe the hurt…”
This was a song I stumbled across this song when looking up Civil Wars band member, Joy Williams. This song is absolutely gorgeous. There’s something here that needs to be in novel form.  
#6. Rachel Platten | 'Superman' 
You don't have to be Superman
You don't have to be Superman
You don't have to hold the world in your hands
You've already shown me that you can…”
Just bought Rachel's album ("Wildfire") and am really enjoying it! What's your favorite song?
#7. Taylor Swift | Clean

“The drought was the very worst
When the flowers that we'd grown together died of thirst...

Rain came pouring down when I was drowning
That's when I could finally breathe
And by morning gone was any trace of you,
I think I am finally clean…”
Quite possibly - dare I say this? - the best track on "1989"?

#8. Taylor Swift | 'Wonderland'

It's all fun and games 'til somebody loses their mind.

But darling, we found wonderland
You and I got lost in it
And we pretended it could last forever

We found wonderland
You and I got lost in it
And life was never worse but never better…”
This one has a kind of Alice in Wonderland, but something about the song kind of "ups" the whimsy of the story.
#9. Carrie Underwood | 'Good in Goodbye'
As bad as it was, as bad as it hurt
I thank God I didn’t get what I thought that I deserved
Sometimes life leads you down a different road
When you’re holding on to someone that you gotta let go
Someday you’ll see the reason why
Sometimes, yeah, sometimes, there’s good in goodbye
I just adore this song. Period.
#10. Carrie Underwood | 'What a I Never Knew I Always Wanted'

I finally found what I never knew I always wanted
I couldn't see; I was blind 'til my eyes were opened
I didn't know there was a hole
Something missing in my soul
'Til you filled it up with your love…”
This beautiful song was written in honor of Carrie's husband and baby son. It's really a lovely piece of music that's as swoony as it is lyrical.
 Tell me, which songs would you like to see as stories? Do you agree or disagree with any of the songs I featured above? Are any of these already a kind of novel?  
The comment section is now yours. Let me know what bookish things you talked about in your Top Ten Tuesday and you’re invited to leave the links to your Top Ten Tuesday posts too. As always, I’d love to swing by and visit.  
Thank you for visiting #DUTSMBlog, fellow bloggers and readers. You’re welcome anytime.


  1. I realize I am out of my league on this week's topic but I gave it a try. I like your graphics!

    1. Nonesense. Part of the fun of these varying topics is seeing how everyone puts their own unique spin on them. I'm sure yours is great, Anne! I look forward to visiting - and thanks. As usual, I had fun with the graphic "design" part of today's post. :)

  2. I love the selection! :) I agree - Taylor Swift's songs always sound like stories to me. They'd make great novel bases.

    1. Right!? Taylor has a very good way of telling a story - whether it be tragic or happy. Either way, I think her real talent lies in storytelling (songwriting). :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Jessica. :)

  3. I am happy to see that Paramore is on your TTT too. Paramore is one of my favorite bands and I am always excited to find others who like Paramore.

    1. Yay! What other songs of theirs do you like, Nicole? I'm always in need of finding some new epic lyrical stories. :)

  4. Some of the lyrics do set themselves up to be wonderful stories, especially Taylor Swift! :-)

    1. I 100% agree, Chrissi. Taylor's way of writing is very reminiscent of storytelling and I love it. :)

  5. Awww these are beautiful!!! I have to go and listen to the actual music for some of them, but the lyrics are basically throwing themselves at me, which makes me know it's my kind of song ;) Plus I love most of the artists you've chosen, so I assume I will love the ones that are newer to me as well1 Great choices, I love how you did your list!

    1. Thanks so much, Shannon. I had more fun that I thought I would with this list. And I realized that it's perhaps a bit too full of country-esque songs, but hey, in the end I didn't mind. I do like my country music. ;)

  6. I loved the country-aspect to your TTT response: though I'm not very professed in the field myself, my sister legitimately adores the artists you have written about, and I've picked up a bit here and there from her perfuse playing of their records :P

    But yessss Taylor Swift - I would have to agree that Clean is one of the best on the album (lyrically by miles!) *nods* and Wonderland would make such a good novel too. Funnily enough, I did a response to TTT this week and featured 3 Taylor songs, but we had none in common (from memory, I had Enchanted, I Know Places and Blank Space). The link is here if you have a spare moment to check it out (no obligation, of course!) - my music taste is so sloppy compared to yours, gah!

    Gave you a follow on twitter, and will check out more of your content :)

    1. As I put this together I realized I had perhaps put too many country-esque songs on this list, Thomas, but in the end, I decided that was okay. Generally that's where I always return too despite liking some pop or light rock songs now and again. So that's how I left the list. :)

      Any of Taylor's songs would be amazing as novels, especially 'Enchanted' or 'Blank Space.' Both are beautiful albeit for very different reasons, and 'I Know Places' really grew on me the more I heard it.

      Thanks so much for the Twitter follow and for visiting, Thomas. I'll most definitely visit your Top 10 Tuesday blog post. :)

  7. Great post! You did so well with this topic. I definitely see stories in a lot of those lyrics. I'm not much of a music person, so I cheated and wrote about audiobooks. Here's my list:

    1. Nothing wrong with that, Kate! I change things up with the weekly Top 10 Tuesday posts all the time and honestly, I'm glad to meet someone else who bends the prompt rules. :)

  8. Love your picks! I love Taylor swift and think so many of her songs would be perfect books! And Lady Antebellum has some great ones too!!

    1. I agree, Samantha! So many of Taylor's songs would be amazing as would Lady A's. I love story-like music and both of those artists are great when it comes to telling stories. :)

      Thanks so much for the visit.

  9. Rissi, I love your list and will have to listen to some of these songs. Such a fun topic! My lyrics/books ideas are embarrassingly dated because I don't listen to much contemporary music and my favorites harken back to the 60s & 70s. Folk music ballads quickly came to mind, a genre which I still love - Thanks for sharing, Rissi.

    1. I'm sure your list is amazing, Carole! I look forward to visiting it (which I will probably remedy after replying to this comment). Much as I like some of the music from earlier eras (which I usually will only hear in movies or the like), I've never gotten attached to it in the sense that I go and download it. But there are some amazing songs from earlier eras - I final I particularly like some of the music from the 40s. It was so fun. :)

  10. Taylor are meant to be books. She's popular this week! Great picks!

    Check out our TTT & enter this box of ARCs + movie swag giveaway!

    Leydy @ Once Upon A Twilight

    1. True that, Leydy! Thanks so much for visiting and I will definitely pay a visit to your blog (ps; love your blog's name). :)

  11. Adding some of these to listen to later! :) I love Carrie Underwood's and Rachel Platten's--SO great. And um yes, Just a Kiss by Lady A--swoon worthy. Could be spun so many ways into multiple love stories. It never ceases to thrill this hopeless romantic's heart.

    1. Cool. Hope you maybe find some newbies to enjoy, Meghan.

      Most any of Lady A's would be fabulous novels, but this one!? It's still my ultimate favorite from them. As you say, it's so swoony. And you've got the start of a great idea - your next writing project, maybe!? ;)

  12. I had Just A Kiss on my list this week too! Also totally agree with you on Clean being the best song off 1989, it's so beautiful!
    My TTT:

    1. 'Clean' is absolute lyrical perfection. I never seem to tire of it. :)

      Looking forward to reading your list. :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

  13. I love that you picked lyrics. And the ones that you chose were amazing! Great job!

    Listen to our TTT @ Lazy Book Lovers!

    1. Thanks so much, Keira. I have fun with this list. :)

      I'll definitely be visiting your Top 10 Tuesday post.

  14. ooo ooo! I adore Lady A's Just a Kiss. One of my faves! Somebody needs to write that as a book. Pronto! :) Fabulous choices for the others, as always :) My TTT

    1. YES! Glad you agree, Carrie. Lady A's songs are all amazing as stories, but 'Just a Kiss' is my most favorite. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by, as always. :)

  15. This is such a clever take on this topic! When I started reading your post, I just knew you'd include Taylor Swift somehow :) And "Clean" is definitely one I want to hear the story behind! I also think "This Love" would be a good story. It reminds me of Kristen Heitzmann's "Told You So" in a way.

    I need to look up a few of these songs -- I haven't listened to anything new from Carrie or Katherine McPhee in a while!

    As I recall, "Just a Kiss" was a prominent song in Karen Kingsbury's Bailey Flanigan series. It was fittingly the couple's song and played a part in encouraging purity in relationships.

    1. How did you figure Taylor would make it on this list, Courtney!? *laughs* ;)

      I'll have to listen to 'This Love' with Kristen's novel in mind. It's such a beautiful story! *goes to click 'This Love' on Windows Media Player*

      Carrie has some great stuff on her new album - I also adore 'Heartbeat' and I'm loving several of Katharine's songs too. :)

      You know I don't remember 'Just a Kiss' being in Karen's series but I did read that entire series and remember enjoying it. It'd make sense that song would play an important role in the story - and how fitting it is. :)

    2. I just took a crazy guess on Taylor's! :)

    3. What an excellent guess it was. ;) (I was just teasing... I knew it wasn't hard to make that guess.)

  16. Wonderland by Taylor Swift is one of my fave songs off her most recent album. I'd definitely love to see that as a book!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. As do I, Krystianna. It's so very vivid and whimsical. :)

  17. I can't say that I have heard any of these songs, but from the lyrics that you shared I can definitely agree that they would make interesting books! Especially I Saw a Light :)

    My TTT.

    Also, feel free to check out this week's new giveaway!

    1. 'I Saw a Light' would be a great, sweet contemporary romance. I'm definitely off to visit your Top 10 Tuesday and thanks for the giveaway info too. Glad you stopped by, Allyson. :)

  18. Wasn't this such a great topic? I love it! Music is definitely always a story, that's why I love it. I love how you displayed your songs! I love Alessia Cara

    I love Just A Kiss by Lady Antebellum. I like Paramore a lot! That would be a good song. Rachel Platten's album is so good, I like the songs: Speechless, Beating Me Up, Better Place, You Don't Know My Heart and Astronauts best, haha.
    I actually really wish I would have put Speechless on my post now, darn.

    I like Wildest Dreams and New Romantics most from 1989, I think. I thought the music video for Wildest Dreams would make a great novel itself. :)

    The Carrie Underwood songs would've made great stories!
    - - - -
    Here is my TTT

    1. YES! This most definitely was a great topic - and thank you. I had fun with this post, so it was fun to feature the songs in a colorful way.

      Don't you hate it when you realize you've left something amazing off of or out of your blog post? I do that all the time and it makes me sad. *sigh* Guess they all keep 'til next time. :)

      I've not watched Taylor's last two music video including 'Wildest Dreams' or OOTW. But the teasers looks amazing - and 'New Romantics' too is a great, unique and elegant song, which I love.

      Carrie's are very story orientated as are Taylor's, which I like in music. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Amber. :)

  19. I Saw a Light does just scream a great story!
    I also love What I Never Knew I Always Wanted.
    Great choices.:)

    1. It does indeed, Amanda! Thanks so much for visiting and reading. It was fun to find music that should be a novel, wasn't it!? :)

  20. I've seen Wonderland appear on so many lists - how haven't I heard it yet... :)

    Check out my TTT and my current giveaway.

    1. You'll have to have a listen, Lauren. it's a really insane kind of song (in a very good and unique way) - but then that really compliments the "Alice in Wonderland" fable. :) Thanks so much for visiting. I'll be sure to read your Top 10 Tuesday too! :)

  21. Can't believe I missed participating in this brilliant TTT. Wonderland is the only Taylor Swift song I haven't gotten sick of yet, but when I first heard 1989 I thought Clean was one of the best too. Love your Lady A and Carrie additions! Your graphics and choices are soooo good - love them all! :)

    1. 'Wonderland' is a wonder, isn't it!? It's so whimsical and crazy (in a good way). Strangely I STILL haven't gotten sick of "1989." I don't know why, but every time a song from that album comes on in my shuffle rotation, I tend to up the volume. ;)

      Three cheers for Lady A and Carrie. Both are amazing artists!


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