What We Sing

Music is integral to When We Wake. Here’s my personal soundtrack to the book. I’d love to know what yours is!

Metric: “Gimme Sympathy” (When We Wake Theme)

Gimme sympathy
After all of this is gone
Who would you rather be
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Oh, seriously, you’re gonna make mistakes,
You’re young
Come on baby play me something like
“Here Comes The Sun”

Ringo Starr and the Roundheads (Live 2005): “With A Little Help From My Friends”

Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song,
And I’ll try not to sing out of key.
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, I get high with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends.

Fiona Apple: “Extraordinary Machine” (Tegan’s Theme)

I seem to you to seek a new disaster every day
You deem me due to clean my view and be at peace and lay
I mean to prove I mean to move in my own way, and say,
I’ve been getting along for long before you came into the play

The Mynabirds: “Generals”

Calling on my generals, my daughters
My revolutionaires
We got strength in numbers,
And they’re going to pay for it

Arabian Knightz Feat. Lauryn Hill: “Rebel” (Abdi’s Song)

Pay attention
These politicians are all slaves for the opposition
And the truth is my ammunition
Let it bang

Dessa: “Poor Atlas” (Marie’s Song)

I’m building a body
From basalm and ash
I’m building a body with
No god attached

The Mynabirds: “Body of Work” (Bethari’s Theme)

You are a body of work – Edit it
You are electric – So sing it
“Freedom is what you do with what
With what’s been done to you”

PUFFY: “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (Joph’s Song)

Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain,
Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies.
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers,
That grow so incredibly high.

Skylar Grey: “Dance Without You”

How can I make history, with your choreography?
Take your hands off me, take your hands off me
Before I suffocate

Ani DiFranco: “Which Side Are You On?”

Too many stories written
Out in black and white
C’mon people of privilege
It’s time to join the fight

Nina Simone: “Here Comes The Sun”

Little darling
I see the ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been clear

I feel as if Tegan and Abdi have spent HOURS trying to explain to Joph why that “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” version is TERRIBLE, the WORST cover EVER and she’s just like, “I don’t care, I like this tinkly music, those girls have pretty voices.”