The Five Songs + Five Characters Tag

This tag, which originated on Hamlette's blog, was passed on to me by Katie.  Thanks, ladies! ♥

"Cornelia Street" by Taylor Swift - Storybrooke + Once Upon a Time couples

And baby, I get mystified
by how this city screams your name.
And baby, I'm so terrified
of if you ever walk away;
I'd never walk Cornelia Street again.

I feel like this would be such a great fanvid song for Once Upon a Time.  It's about how a specific location can crystallize a romance in the mind, and since Storybrooke is such a focal point of the show, I think it'd be neat to combine those two concepts ⎼ love of city and love of another person ⎼ in a tribute to the different couples that add their touch of magic to the series.  

(For the record, I think the first verse is for Robin & Regina, the second for Emma & Killian, and the third for David & Snow.)

"Lingering" by Sheppard - Johnny & Penelope

I'm not afraid to start looking for you;
I'm just afraid I'll be out while you're passing through, oh.

. . .

I'll be waiting, holding my ground,
'cause I know you'll be coming around.
I'll defy the night and shine beams of light
if it helps you find me, baby.

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First of all, I love this song on its own.  It's so meandering and wistful and whimsical.  I love it.  And I can so see it for Johnny and Penelope.  The movie is such an easy-going, sweet, slightly melancholic love story, and I think it'd go perfectly with this song.  The not-so-healthy idea of "waiting around" for one's soulmate speaks pretty directly to one of the themes of the story, but in a non-judgmental way.  Much potential, here.

"Home" by Passenger - Rhiannon Stanls

They say home is where the heart is,
but my heart is wild and free.
So am I homeless, or just heartless?
Did I start this?  Did it start me?

Rhiannon Stanls is the protagonist in one of my WIPs, and this song ⎼ these lyrics ⎼ are this story.  I listened to it while I wrote the short story that inspired the revised edition.  It's a very stripped-down, simple, honest song; and I don't know how to explain it, but it almost perfectly encompasses the way I see these characters. 

"This Love" by Taylor Swift - Robin & Marian

This love left a permanent mark;
this love is glowing in the dark.
These hands had to let it go free,
and this love came back to me
, oh

that look, its so cute, i just can't right now, i just can't

Every time I listen to this (gorgeous) song, I think of this beloved couple. The immersive, ambient quality of the musical production combines with the lyrics so beautifully and creates such an evocative, atmospheric picture. It just reminds me of them and of the experience of watching the show. I love it.

"Shiny" by Sara Bareilles - Susan Penvensie ( + a certain special somebody in my WIP )

This song, in my opinion, really speaks to some aspects of Susan's character that people neglect.  They definitely speak to the way I've written in her in my story.

At this point in time, she's a good bit older and her life is pretty bleak.  She's going through the motions and doing what she can for the (very few) people in her life, but she doesn't see any of her own value; only the burdens she represents and the flaws she's always had.  Thankfully, there are those (very few) people around her who can "see what she can't see".

She calls on Sundays, checking in;
we talk about the weather again.
It never changes; she wonders where the rain is.

Once in a while I catch a glimpse
of the truest things that she keeps hidden:
her secret heart - that's my favorite part.

I see what she can't see:
her light only ever landing on me.
But there's a glimmer in her brown eyes,
the ones she gave to me,
so I know we can both be shiny.

Queen Susan the Gentle I wish C.S. Lewis had told us what happened toher. its so sad that she stops believing.

Are there any songs that remind you of certain characters? 
Or vice versa?
Tell me alllllllll. 


  1. *cue flailing* YOU DID THE TAG!!!!!! <3

    Love your answers, Olivia! "Cornelia Street" is so wistful, I absolutely adore it, I LOVE your choice for it and the explanation you gave. Good stuff. :D

    And I'm listening to "Home" right now and gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. So much goodness. I need this story and this character in mah life!!!! #hint hint ;-) <3


      Honestly, I was kind of shook by how many of Taylor Swift's best songs debuted on Lover. (Not that I necessarily think that "Cornelia Street" IS one of her "best ever," but you know what I mean.) Thanks! I've really been enjoying Once Upon a Time again lately, so it's fun to incorporate it. :)

      GAAAAAHHHHHHH. *blushes* *hugs you* THANKS SO MUCH! I really appreciate your encouragement, and I needed it. ;) <3

  2. I love all the Taylor Swift songs in here! And "This Love"!!! It's so underrated yet absolutely gorgeous. It was fun to catch glimpses of your characters!

    1. I love Taylor Swift. :) Right?! "This Love" is really ethereal and beautiful. Awwww, thanks, I appreciate that!

  3. "As if the street lights pointed in an arrowhead"<<< WHAT THAT IS PERFECT FOR ROBIN AND REGINA.

    And yesssss. The whole 2nd verse for CaptainSwan. YES.


    I haven't exactly listened to Taylor's new album at all but a few of her "better" songs keep popping up and now I feel like I need to give it a listen...I've avoided it because I found her "You Need to Calm Down" song is really upsetting. What are your thoughts on the rest of the album, overall?

    Awwwww!! that song is perfect for Johhny and Penelope. ♥♥♥

    Awhhhhh. *sniff* I'm excited to read about Rhiannon more someday. *hugs her* (assuming she needs/would like a hug, which I kind of suspect she would appreciate, though she wouldn't admit it??)

    "This Love" for Rarian. Yes. ♥

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That song. Is. Perfect. I love it and I can totally see it's influence over your Susan story. Beautiful. <3

    I love this post and I'm totally stealing this tag. :P

    1. EXACTLY. It'd be so perfect for Once.

      I know she goes more political with Lover and that I/we don't agree with everything she says on the album, but nevertheless I actually think that some of the best songs she's ever written are on it. I'd highly recommend: "The Archer," "Daylight," "Afterglow," "Soon You'll Get Better," and "It's Nice to Have a Friend". :)

      Aww, I'm glad you agree! <3

      Dawwww. *grins* (Haha, I'm with you on that prediction.)

      *grins again* Thank youuuuu. <3 <3

      Ooh, yes, please please do!

  4. LOVE these! And they're all new-to-me songs, so I get some new stuff to listen to :-) So excited you did the tag!

    1. I'm so glad you like it! I hope you enjoy all the songs. :D Thanks for creating the tag!

  5. Lovely post! Really enjoying your blog. Thanks for the share!

  6. Wow! So much detail! I really like it. I'm excited to read more!!!


  7. Love this.This sounds interesting..Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love the perspective on this. Music is life. Thanks for sharing!


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