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7th-Oct-2008 09:22 am - Melancholia
(I just posted this to LJMixTape, but I thought I'd put it here, too.)

The onset of autumn always puts me in a pensive mood, and I love having a mellow, melancholy soundtrack for this time of year. Here are some of the songs I've been listening to lately:

Adventures in Solitude - The New Pornographers
sleeping for years, pick through what is left
through the pieces that fell and rose from the depths
through the rainwater well, deep as a secret nobody knows

Lenders in the Temple - Conor Oberst
erase yourself and you'll be free
mandala destroyed by the sea
all we are is colored sand
so pay to ride the Ferris wheel
smile, all that you can feel
is gratitude for what has been

Half a World Away - R.E.M.
this could be the saddest dusk I've ever seen
turn to a miracle, high alive
my mind is racing, guess it always will
my hand's tired, my heart aches, I'm half a world away

Lua - Bright Eyes
I've got a flask inside my pocket, we can share it on the train
and if you promise to stay conscious I will try to do the same
we might die from medication but we sure killed all the pain
what was simple in the evening by the morning looks insane

In the Sun - Joseph Arthur
I picture you in the sun, wondering what went wrong
and falling down on your knees asking for sympathy
and being caught in between all you wish for and all you've seen
and trying to find anything you can feel that you can believe in

I'll Be Seeing You - Billie Holiday
I'll find you in the morning sun, and when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you

Field Below - Regina Spektor
but you don't live downtown no more
and everything must come and go
again the sun was never called
and darkness spreads over the snow
like ancient bruises

Moon River - Frank Sinatra
two drifters off to see the world
there's such a lot of world to see
we're after the same rainbow's end
it's just around the bend
my huckleberry friend
Moon River and me

Ampersand - Amanda Palmer
I'm not gonna live my life on one side of an ampersand
and even if I went with you, I'm not the girl you think I am
and I'm not gonna match you 'cause I'll lose my voice completely
I'm just gonna watch you 'cause I'm not the one that's crazy

Two-Headed Boy - Neutral Milk Hotel
and I will take you and leave you alone
watching spirals of white softly flow
over your eyelids and all you did
will wait until the point when you let go

A Lack of Color - Death Cab for Cutie
and when I see you, I really see you upside down
but my brain knows better, it picks you up and turns you around

I Grieve - Peter Gabriel
the news that truly shocks is the empty empty page
while the final rattle rocks its empty empty cage
and I can't handle this
I grieve for you

Asleep - The Smiths
there is another world
there is a better world
well, there must be

Empty - Ray Lamontagne
I never learned to count my blessings
I choose instead to dwell in my disasters
walk on down the hill through the grass grown tall and brown
and still it's hard somehow to let go of my pain

Please Send Me Someone to Love - Sade
heaven please send to all mankind
understanding and peace of mind
but if its not asking too much
please send me someone to love

A Question of Lust - Depeche Mode
it's a question of lust, it's a question of trust
it's a question of not letting what we've built up crumble to dust

I Wish I Was the Moon Tonight - Neko Case
last night I dreamt I'd forgotten my name
'cause I'd sold my soul, but I woke just the same
I'm so lonely
I wish I was the moon tonight

Sea of Doubts - Azure Ray
a spectator, I played my part
but nothing could move this heart
until I held the boy's hand
the little one spoke like a man
he showed me death and said
this is how you know you're alive

EDITED TO ADD: Here's the whole thing as a zip file. :)

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