Friday, July 6, 2012

Writing Prompt: Song Lyrics

I'm posting writing prompts once a week to help those with writer's block or those searching for new ideas. This week, we explore the musical realm.

This is a prompt that I've used before. Death Cab for Cutie's "Song for Kelly Huckaby" was the inspiration for my short story, Song for Megan Leclare, featured in Beyond Home. These lyrics inspired the short story about a young woman reminiscing about a road trip she took with an old boyfriend:

"Photographs of the best time you had, 
windows smugded by the speed.
Leaving home with our bags from Iron Street,
as morning turned into California,
And smoke trailed from the butt of my cigarette."
~Death Cab for Cutie, 'Song for Kelly Huckaby'

I've posted six more song lyrics below (a few of them from lesser known artists from the Pacific Northwest area!) and I think some of them could spur on some really awesome stories. Let me know if you come up with anything!

“I don’t need a bullet
‘cause I don’t have a gun.
I don’t need a gun
‘cause I’ve got too much love.
And I have got enough love
to save the world.
I have got enough hate
to start a war.”

~Tonya Gilmore, ‘Gun’


“I’ve started a new beginning
suspiciously like the old one.”

~Typhoon, ‘Starting Over (Bad Habits)’


“I’ve got my finger on the trigger,
but somehow you’re still alive.”
~Ezza Rose, ‘Trigger’
“‘Cause you and me have stood the test of time
and proved that we will make it out all right.”

~The Wedding, ‘Revelation’


“I want to change the world.
Instead I sleep.
I want to believe in more than you and me,
but all that I know is I'm breathing.
All I can do is keep breathing.”

~Ingrid Michaelson, ‘Keep Breathing’


“And I know it's easy to say,
but it's harder to feel this way.
And I miss you more than I should,
but I thought I could,
can't get my mind off of you.”

~Joshua Radin, ‘The Fear You Won’t Fall’


“Daddy's ghost behind you.
Sleeping dog beside you.
You're a poem of mystery.
You're the prayer inside me.”

~Iron & Wine, ‘Faded From the Winter’

Oh, and look up these artists if you haven't listened to them before. They're all awesome! Keep writing!


  1. Ref: “I’ve started a new beginning
    suspiciously like the old one.”
    ~Typhoon, ‘Starting Over (Bad Habits)’

    I could certainly see a sci-futuristic tale where a guy awakes to the same day for the third day in a row, much like Groundhog's Day, only something much more sinister is afoot, keeping him looped in one day until he can find the key that will rewind time to a day of his choosing or start with the present - if he's strong enough to see what awaits him.