On the Road: A playlist for the listless melancholy in your soul

Unless I’m starting to feel a bit sleepy, my favorite music to listen to while driving is a bit on the melancholy romantic side, especially when I’m driving by myself. True, there’s always a place for upbeat, life-affirming bangers that you can belt out (and I do, believe me, whenver Mr. Brightside comes up I am turnt all the way up for three minutes and forty-seven seconds), but I love these songs for long contemplations on a solo journey.

Spinning on that dizzy edge, kissed her face and kissed her head

I laugh like me again; she laughs like you

I was in love with the place in my mind (in my mind); I made a lot of mistakes in my mind (in my mind)

You keep me under your spell

And you know when the truth gets told that you can get what you want or you can just get old

Wherever you’re going, I’m going that way

I’m ready to burst into flames for you

I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

I was born by the river in a little tent; oh and just like the river I’ve been running ever since

I’m gonna keep you in love with me for awhile

I’ve never felt more alone, feels so scary getting old

And on the radio, you hear November Rain; that solo’s awful long but it’s a good refrain

I drowned my sorrows, I slept around (if not in body at least in mind)

A cigarette that bears a lipstick’s traces, an airline ticket to romantic places// still my heart hast wings, these foolish things remind me of you

In my head, I play a supercut of us: all the magic we gave off, all the love we had and lost

If I die in Raleigh at least I will die free

Or will you rail against the dying day?

7 Replies to “On the Road: A playlist for the listless melancholy in your soul”

  1. The lines “Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true” and “Take the phone off the hook, you can afford to lose a day or two” from Vienna just thump me in a sensitive place. That song makes me feel some kind of way every time I listen to it.

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