Since “The Lies You Learned” is a long poem—my second longest after my Black Widow/Hawkeye fanpoem “Budapest“—I’m making a mini-album-length playlist for the work. (Tiny poems get singles, long poems and flash fiction get mini-albums, and short stories, novelettes, and novellas gets albums.) Enjoy!
- Lamb – “Cottonwool” (lyrics)
‘Cause you’re never gonna spend a lonely day here
Come and watch your fear fly away
And you’ll never hunger for a greener side than here
Gonna wrap you up in cotton wool and save you
An ominous opening track: the lyrics are welcoming, but the atmosphere is sinister. You could stay here…
- José González – “Crosses” (lyrics)
Don’t you know that I’ll be around to guide you
Through your weakest moments to leave them behind you
A warm and patient song, and yet the narrator has “you” bearing heavy burdens: Crosses all over, heavy on your shoulders.
- Laura Welsh – “Unravel” (lyrics)
I know I’ve made some mistakes
but I’ll be different you’ll see
I’ll give in, tell me how
At turns melancholy and bittersweet, a song describing a conflicted relationship: So take what you want from me, take what you want from me…
- TV on the Radio – “Red Dress” (lyrics)
And I know that it sounds mundane
But it’s a stone cold shame
How they got you tame
And they got me tame.
A fast-paced track that speaks both to oppression and to fighting back against oppression. An awareness, an anthem: So go ahead, put your red dress on / Days of white robes have come and gone.
- Deftones – “Change [In the House of Flies]” (lyrics)
I watched a change in you
It’s like you never had wings
Dark, sensual, filled with pain: a song of transformations, of creative destruction. Now you feel so alive…