The soundtrack for Clockwork Prince was a little challenging because I found that I was listening to songs about London, or that mentioned London, over and over, so I decided to do a soundtrack of just London songs. But of course there are a lot of songs about London (“London Calling”, etc) that while fine and dandy on their own didn’t really fit the mood or the narrative. So in the end these are the thirteen that I did pick. Cemeteries of London, Coldplay This seemed perfect for a book that starts off with a scene in a cemetery! And the lyrics: At night they would go walking ‘till the breaking of the day The morning is for sleeping Through the dark streets they go searching Seemed to me to fit Will and Jem and their nightly searches for demons: So we rode down to the river where Victorian ghosts pray For the curses to be broken We go underneath the arches where the witches are and they say: There are ghost towns in the ocean. Good Life, One Republic The song actually begins “Woke up in London yesterday” but it was these lyrics I thought fit: Hopelessly, I feel like there might be something that I’ll miss Hopelessly, I feel like the window closes oh so quick Hopelessly, I’m taking a mental picture of you now ‘Cause hopelessly, the hope is we have so much to feel good about Tessa, Jem and Will are all deserving of happiness, and trying hard to be happy, but timing and mortality get in their way. England, the National Put an ocean and a river Between everybody else, Between everything, yourself, and home Put an ocean and a river Between everything, yourself, and home This one makes me think of Tessa, so far away from where she lived and was born. It gets at that disassociated feeling of being an expat.
Winter Winds, Mumford and Sons
As the winter winds litter London with lonely hearts
Oh the warmth in your eyes swept me into your arms
Was it love or fear of the cold that led us through the night?
For every kiss your beauty trumped my doubt
Loving someone you shouldn’t — this could really go for most of the cast! It could be about Tessa and Will – or Tessa and Jem.
There is a magic world parallel
So leave your daily Hell,
He said welcome to England
Welcome to my world.
Well, parallel magical worlds, what else could you ask for? This one actually makes me think of Nate, being drawn into the dark underworld of London by Mortmain.
Do you ever wonder where we’ve been?
Do you ever wonder where we’re going?
Just close your eyes.
This song is really about knowing a city so well it becomes part of you. And of course everyone in CP is wondering where they’re going and what they’re doing half the time! Used to play this while writing about the Lightwoods.
Dirty old river, must you keep flowing
Flowing into the night
This is originally a Kinks song, but I prefer the Damon Albarn cover. It’s a deceptively soft and pretty song about loneliness. “But I don’t need no friends — as long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset.” Makes me think of Will, wandering around, especially as the Thames is such a big character in the books.
Mundie Moms will reveal the second half of the Clockwork Prince playlist tomorrow.