High Fidelity 11: Songs of Twilight

“This is a mistake?”  I heard sadness in my voice but I didn’t know if he could hear it as well.
“A very dangerous one,” he murmured.

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

Long time, no see mix CD fans!  Several mixes have drifted through the skull as of late, but being as I’ve been distracted in multiple directions, none have surfaced.  Expect more in the future.

While whipping through the Twilight saga in four days of overnight shifts with nothing else to do save flip through the offerings on Scribd.com, certain songs began beckoning to me, insisting they ‘belonged’ to Edward and Bella, the hero and heroine of the series (and very soon, the Twilight film).  In creating this mix, I attempted to focus on Twilight’s story, ignoring songs that spoke of moments in New Moon, Eclipse or Breaking Dawn, and also challenged myself not to use songs contained in a friend’s Edward and Bella mix (although several were painful to cut due to their sheer perfection of fit, like Death Cab For Cutie’s I Will Follow You Into The Dark).  I also tried to capture both parties’ thoughts and feelings along the way.  In my mind, Anywhere by Evanescence is the most perfect general love song for this duo, so sample it, if nothing else.

Enjoy and please comment if taking.


1.  No Rain – Blind Melon
“And I start to complain when there’s no rain
And all I can do is read a book to stay awake
It rips my life away, but it’s a great escape…”

2.  The Walk – Imogen Heap
“You’re as close as it gets without touching me
Oh now don’t make it harder than it already is
I feel a weakness coming on
It’s not meant to be like this, not what I planned at all…”

3.  A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins

“You give me just a taste, now I want more
And my hands are bleeding and my knees are raw…
I’ve never met a girl like you before.”

4.  Could I Be Your Girl? – Jann Arden
“Love is a demon and you’re the one he’s coming for – oh my lord
He’s bringing sweet salvation – let temptation take you in…
I am worthless sounds compared to all your perfect words.”

5.  A Stranger – A Perfect Circle
“And I listen for the whisper of your sweet insanity
While formulating denials of your effect on me
You’re a stranger, so what do I care?
You vanish today – not the first time I hear…”

6.  Temptation – The Tea Party
“Driven by restrained desire
I want what I need
Shaken as her sex takes hold
I’ve lost all control…”

7. Do What You Have To Do – Sarah McLachlan
“I know I can’t be with you
I do what I have to do
But I have the sense to recognize that
I don’t know how to let you go…”

8.  Dragon – Tori Amos
“Your wild card boy needs playing
Don’t believe the lie – your dragon needs slaying
Won’t you stay here with me and I will bring
Kisses for the beast…”

9.  #1 Crush – Garbage
“I will burn for you, feel pain for you
I will twist the knife and bleed my aching heart
And tear it apart….
I will never be ignored…”

10.  Anywhere – Evanescence
“I can’t keep pretending that I don’t even know you
When at sweet night, you are my own
Take my hand, we’re leaving here tonight
There’s no need to tell anyone; they’d only hold us down…”

11. A Place Called Home – PJ Harvey
“With you, I wait to be born again
With love comes the day
Just hold onto me…
One day there’ll be a place for us…”

12.  This Year’s Love – David Gray
“This year’s love had better last
Heaven knows it’s high time
I’ve been waiting on my own too long…
Who’s to worry if our hearts get torn?”

13.  Stand Inside Your Love – Smashing Pumpkins
“You and me – meant to be
Immutable, impossible
It’s destiny, pure lunacy
Incalculable, insufferable
But for the last time, I’m telling you
You’re everything that I want and I dreamed…”

14.  Time Is Running Out – Muse
“I tried to give you up, but I’m addicted
Now that you know I’m trapped
Sense of eleation
You’d never dream of breaking this fixation
But you will squeeze the life out of me…”

15.  Sleeping With Ghosts – Placebo
“It seems it’s written but we can’t read between the lines
Hush, it’s okay, dry your eye…
Soulmates never die…”

16.  Dancing – Elisa
“I’m scared that even my own breath could burst it, if it were a bubble
And I’d better dream if I have to struggle
So I put my arms around you
And I hope that I will do no wrong…”

17.  We’re In This Together – Nine Inch Nails
“The two of us, all used and beaten up
Watching fate as it flows down the path we have chose
You and me, we’re in this together now…
You’re the queen and I’m the king
Nothing else means anything.”

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