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‘City of Lost Souls’ Playlist

The countdown to the release of City of Lost Souls has reached 14 days. Mundie Moms shared the official City of Lost Souls playlist from Cassandra Clare as a part of their CoLS Celebration. You can listen to the full playlist on Spotify (thanks to @citedestenebres).

Hem Of Your Garment: Cake
This is a great Sebastian song because it's not just about being a bad person, it's about being a bad person but knowing someone much better than you and really wanting to be like them. It's about wanting to be good and not knowing how to be. About feeling unworthy and that just making you angrier than ever.
I have no love but only goals
How very empty is my soul
It is a soul that feels no thrill
A soul that could easily kill
And I'm not fit to touch 
The hem of your garment
Love Me Like the World is Ending: Ben Lee
A lovely love song, but one about mortality and finite-ness and endings. This was a Magnus and Alec song since mortality is much on their minds. "The sky is what makes the ocean blue" = mortality is what makes life worth experiencing.
This is the last day of existence.
And all i want is you.
There's a certain sadness.
But i know, i know, i know, the sky is what makes the ocean blue.
"From Some Dying Star" by Future Bible Heroes
A Sebastian song. More about how other people see him. There's something about very beautiful people who are also very scary and this song gets at that.
Your hair is gold on gold You're seventeen years old You make my blood run cold cause you're not human.
Fresh Blood - The Eels
This was a fun song to listen to again when writing some of the creepier scenes in the books. The refrain about needing fresh blood was -- well, there's some vampire action in City of Lost Souls. Some of it is Simon, but some of it ... isn't.
The moon shines in the autumn sky
Growing cold, the leaves all die
I'm more alone than I've ever been
Help me out of the shape I'm in
After the fires, before the flood
My sweet baby, I need fresh blood
First Day of My Life
A Jace and Clary song. It reminded me of what Izzy tells Clary in City of Glass, that Jace basically was half-asleep before he met her, that she's the first person he ever really "saw.'
Yours is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you

“Poison and Wine” by the Civil Wars

About Sebastian’s messed up feelings for his sister. You can interpret it . . . however you want! 
You only know what I want you to
I know everything you don’t want me to
Oh your mouth is poison, your mouth is wine
Oh you think your dreams are the same as mine
Oh I don’t love you but I always will

“Honey and the Moon” by Joseph Arthur
This one is also for Jace and Clary. They are once again in an impossible situation in this book; they love each other, but as Lilith said, some love can burn the world down. I feel like this song is also about what it’s okay to do for love, and whether love is a moral force or outside morals.
We’re made out of blood and rust
looking for someone to trust
a fight
But right now
everything you want is wrong,
and right now
all your dreams are waking up,
and right now
I wish that I could follow you
to the shores
of freedom
where no one lives

“White Blank Page” by Mumford and Sons
Who doesn’t love this song? The lyrics could work for Maia and Jordan, Magnus and Alec, Jace and Clary . . .what if love’s not enough?
Oh tell me now, where was my fault
In loving you with my whole heart?
Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life
Oh, lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life
“Fistful of Love” by Antony and the Johnsons
This is a creepy song. It’s not a love song, even if it is. A Jocelyn and Valentine song — I think after CoLS it will make sense that they get a song, even if Valentine’s dead.
And I feel your fists
And I know it’s out of love
And I feel the whip
And I know it’s out of love
And I feel your burning eyes burning holes
Straight through my heart
It’s out of love 

“Lead Me Into the Night” the Cardigans
Magnus and Alec. Mainly Magnus – there is something about the lyrics that makes me think of Magnus, who is pretty worn out and tired of life by the time he meets Alec, who wears his heart on his sleeve , and wakes Magnus up out of his disillusionment and boredom with the world.
And lead me into the night
Please drive away the light
Cause I’ve been blinded by glitter and gold
My eyes need to rest from this light
And sleep well at night
I traveled east and I traveled west
And I found a boy with a heart on his chest
“Battle for the Sun” Placebo
We had a song about Sebastian’s messed up feelings for Clary. Here’s one about his messed up feelings about Jace.
I will battle for the sun
And I won’t stop until I’m done
You are a cheap and nasty fake
And I am the bones you couldn’t break
Dream brother, my killer, my lover
“Sweet Talk” The Killers
I usually have a song I listen to when I’m writing action scenes and this time, this was it. I also liked the thematic imagery about angels, grace, and the Fall.
Dig me out from this thorn tree
Help me bury my shame
Keep my eyes from the fire
They can’t handle the flame
Grace cut out from my brothers
When most of them fell
I carry it well.

“Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
One for Jace. This is possibly Clary’s point of view on him, but it does – in kind of a bleak bunch of songs! – have for me the theme not just of love but also of the hopefulness of the fact that we always have choices about what we do.
Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can’t go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It’s time that you won
Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
“Our Way to Fall” Yo La Tengo
My Simon and Izzy song. It makes me think of how awkward Simon was when he met her, and how he’s grown into being someone who she could maybe love and maybe love her.
I remember a summer’s day
I remember walking up to you
I remember my face turned red
And I remember staring at my feet
I remember before we met
I remember sitting next to you
And I remember pretending I wasn’t looking
So we’ll try and try
Even if it lasts an hour
With all our might
We’ll try and make it ours
Cause we’re on our way
We’re on our way to fall in love
First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
A Jace and Clary song. It reminded me of what Izzy tells Clary in City of Glass, that Jace basically was half-asleep before he met her, that she’s the first person he ever really “saw.’ 

Yours is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you
And lastly, “Opened Once” by Jeff Buckley 
The majority of City of Lost Souls is Clary’s story, because the majority of the series has always been her story. So this song is for her (and a bit for Jace since he does see her as she is and love her for that), for her vulnerability in loving Jace, and for her feelings of confusion and being left behind and abandoned, and the courage she finally finds.
I once was open 
And one with a travelling heart 
I loved this sweet guy
Just like the fiction 
Rushing in your riverbed 
Arise like applause in my head
And in the half-light 
Where we both stand 
This is the half-light 
See me as I am
Just like the ocean 
Always in love with the moon 
We fly right over 
The minds of so many in pain 
We are the smile of light that brings them rain
In the half light 
Where we both stand 
In the half light 
You saw me as I am
I am a railroad track abandoned 
With the sunset 
I ever happened 
That I ever happened.

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6 Comments on ‘City of Lost Souls’ Playlist

  1. wow just wow. i love the last song the most wow. great job guys!

  2. TeamEdwardJace // April 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM // Reply

    nice playlist!

  3. The countdown to the release of City of Lost Souls has reached 14 days.

  4. Playlist rocks!

  5. The countdown to the release of City of Lost Souls has reached 14 days.

  6. The countdown to the release of City of Lost Souls has reached 14 days.

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