Monday Music: The Birthday Massacre — Midnight

The Birthday Massacre — Midnight, from the album Pins and Needles.  Gothic Rock.

This is one of my favorite songs, and the finishing song I used in my pre-writing playlist while I was working on the final extended conflict of book 3.  It’s what got me into the mood for what was to come.

I often think of my stories in terms of other media — comic books, movies, animated shows.  I’m no artist but I have really strong visuals in my mind, which I like to think I manage to translate well into text, but it’s no replacement for the real thing.  And this song holds an important place in the soundtrack of my mental movie of book 3.

You know how lots of movies these days end in some kind of rock song for the initial credits, then segue into an instrumental track for the last of them?  In my mind, this is the song playing over the first credits, and instead of just a basic set of name-splashes or something abstract, what would be going on in the background is the traveling scene from the Coda — my version of an epilogue.  I would have wanted the main movie to ‘end’ with the last chapter, then have this over the surviving characters gathering themselves and traveling up the spiral spire to the final place they have to reach.  Then the music stops and you get the now-standard after-credits scene, which would be the talking part of the Coda, then fade to instrumental and the proper credits crawl.

It’s possible I think too much about these things, considering that if it ever did become a movie I’d likely have no control over it, but experiencing it this way in my head helps me figure out the flow it should have on the page.  I also take a lot from the lyrics, for inspiration and for drive, and considering the situation of the characters in the Coda as they go into the fourth book, I thought it was pretty relevant.

Anyway, lyrics now:

“Midnight”

I can’t decide which one of us will leave here alive
Your fingers breaking as I place them over mine
The only thing I need is time
To change your mind, I said

When all that you know has fallen behind you
It’s not the past that you’re afraid to see
There’s nobody here and no one to find you
Tonight is forever

I can’t decide which one of us is dreaming tonight
I’m just a shadow in the light you leave behind
The only thing I need is time
To change your mind, I said

When all that you know has fallen behind you
It’s not the past that you’re afraid to see
There’s nobody here and no one to find you
Tonight is forever

It’s always darker at the end of every answer
Like a finger down the back of your throat
It’s always empty in the house of every other
Nothing waiting in the silence below

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About H. Anthe Davis

Worldbuilder. Self-published writer.
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