My Stage Door Playlist
A song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.
— Sarah Dessen
On a cold Sunday morning in Bristol in 2006, my friend and I were walking past the closed theatre doors after a night front row at Cats, tired and sad and tingling with that strange post-theatre-echo - drained and buzzing with energy that we didn't know what to do with all at once. We were sad to be leaving the show and the cast behind, knowing we would not be back for a long time and that the cast change was fast approaching. So, we got our iPods out. That day, during the course of the long drive home, we began compiling a playlist of all the songs which captured that strange feeling best; captured the coldness of a morning walk after the magic of a show the night before, reminded us of the stage door highs as well as the bittersweet feeling of waking up the next morning, reminded us of the giddy pre-show dancing, the silliness of whispered conversations before the lights went down in the theatre, the fuzziness of post-show recaps sat on hotel beds or in half-empty hotel bars and of the odd quietness of the late night and early morning after being at the show, lying in bed with the light of streetlamps outside, listening to the world going on as normal. The Stage Door Playlist was born, and I have been adding to it ever since. A lot of the songs are very memory-specific these days, songs which don't necessarily describe stage door but remind me of a particular time or capture a mood or that are just favourites of mine and make me smile when I need it on the way home. But the songs here are ones that I think can apply to anyone in love with the theatre, as well as being some of my personal favourite stage door day songs...
Sunlight through the trees in summer, endless masquerading...
These are the songs that are all about atmosphere: the best songs to dance to or make you smile pre-show and the most beautiful and soothing songs to calm you back down and let you process things on the train journey home, or even under your duvet after the show. These songs are the ones to just feel whilst your mind concentrates on other things. These songs are arranged in alphabetical order and divided into pre then post-show listening; click the album cover for full song information and lyrics.
'Counting Stars' → OneRepublic: Said no more counting dollars, we'll be counting stars, yeah, we'll be counting stars. I see this life like a swinging vine, swing my heart across the line, in my face is flashing signs, seek it out and ye shall find. Old but I'm not that old, young but I'm not that bold, and I don't think the world is sold, I'm just doing what we're told.
'Defying Gravity' [Wicked Soundtrack] → Idina Menzel: It's time to try defying gravity. I think I'll try defying gravity. Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity, and you won't bring me down. (Is it possible for a theatre fan to have an upbeat playlist without this song?! I have both the Wicked version and the Idina Menzel single version on the playlist!)
'Don't Get Me Wrong' → The Pretenders/Ainslie Henderson: Don't get me wrong if I'm looking kind of dazzled; I see neon lights whenever you walk by. Don't get me wrong If I'm acting so distracted; I'm thinking about the fireworks that go off when you smile. (Getting ready in time to this music is simply the MOST fun! I'm crediting Ainslie's version because I love his voice.)
'Fascination' → Alphabeat: Fascination, fascination; it's just the way we feel. We love this exaltation (woh oh, o-o-oh.) We want the new temptations (woh oh, o-o-oh.) It's like a revelation (woh oh, o-o-oh.) We live on fascination. (I cannot not smile when I listen to this and I love to put it on my bedroom speakers to wake me up the morning of a show!)
'Fill My Little World' → The Feeling: Hey, show some love, you ain't so tough, come fill my little world right up, right up. Someday you're going to realise I want you to fill my little world right up. (Honestly I just love the nostalgia of this song for me - when I first started going to stage door this song was everywhere and it just has such a happy, sunny day-trip to London feel to it.)
'Go Go' → Alphabeat: My feet keep taking me to your street, 'cause there's a chance I'll meet you. That's what I want to do. I keep looking for a chance, a chance to steal a dance off you. That's what I want to do. Come on, please take my hand, I need somebody to understand, I need somebody to show the way to go, go! (Love dancing around to Alphabeat to get me hyped up before a theatre trip!)
'Heatwave' → Alphabeat: It's nothing like real life. Don't you know I keep trying to keep it cool as ice, but I'm melting, oh yes I'm melting. Whenever you're around you hit baby, I'm hit baby. Whenever you're around you hit baby, I'm hit baby. (This is another sunshine pre-show song! Alphabeat always make me smile and this song is very summery and fun - they also do a lovely version of it with Fascination which I adore and then the band's acoustic session version of it is also on my playlist and that gives a calmer but still fun take on the song for when you just want to unwind the day after a show.)
'I Don't Feel Like Dancin'' → Scissor Sisters: Cities come and cities go just like the old empires, when all you do is change your clothes and call that versatile. You got so many colours make a blind man so confused. Then why can’t I keep up when you’re the only thing I lose? So I’ll just pretend that I know which way to bend and I’m gonna tell the whole world that you’re mine. Just please understand, when I see you clap your hands; if you stick around I’m sure that I'll be fine. You can’t make me dance around but your two-step makes my chest pound. Just lay me down as you float away into the shimmer light (This song dates back to a jokey story written long ago about John McManus and Dean Maynard getting tipsy at a Christmas party and dancing to this song! Anyway, it's just a fun song to get ready to and never fails to make me smile regardless!)
'It's Alright'' → S Club 7: It's alright, anything you wanna. It's alright, leaving all your troubles far behind. Don't let anybody tell you how to live your life, coz it's alright. No matter what you're feeling, it's alright. You cannot stop believing in yourself, don't let anybody tell you how to live your life, coz it's alright.
'Price Tag ft. B.o.B.' → Jessie J: Why is everybody so serious, acting so damn mysterious? Got your shades on your eyes and your heels so high that you can't even have a good time. Everybody look to their left, everybody look to their right, can you feel that? Yeah, we're paying with love tonight. (Spring/summer pre-matinee happy song!)
'Smash' → Goo Goo Dolls: I love when things work out. I see it from another place right now, I'm coming home before I hit the ground. Run fast there, I wanna be gone now. Smash - and I feel it. (This is a real feel-good song, and can actually really pick you up when you need the energy boost on the morning after a show too.)
'Dragonfly' → M. Craft: When the morning starts to glow out in the corners of the sky, all the people come and go and the time just passes by, then I'm only gonna see it from the corner of my eye. When the planet spins, it sings like the wings of a dragonfly, I can see it all tonight, I can see it all tonight.
'Drops Of Jupiter' → Treain: But tell me, did you sail across the sun? Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded, and that heaven is overrated? Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star, one without a permanent scar? And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?
'Girl In The Moon' → Darius: How can I sleep tonight? Tell me how Mars survived. Fallen with stars, she opened her arms. Venus was in my sky. How could it pass me by? You silently served my time. Even through chains, rust and the rain, you pulled away the tide. Girl In The Moon, I'm halfway there. Girl In The Moon, I see you everywhere. Help me find a way of falling closer to you...How could I weep tonight? Touch and tears collide. Gravity spins me into your wings, and covers me in your light... (I just love the feeling of this track - it has that contented-but-sleepy, wistful sound that really helps you drift off to sleep after a night at the theatre.)
'Gotten' → Slash ft. Adam Levine: So nice to see your face again, tell me how long has it been since you've been here, since you've been here. You look so different than before, but still the person I adore...So nice to see you face again, but tell me will this ever end? Don't disappear. And I've been saving these last words for one last miracle, but now I'm not sure...You just get me like I never been gotten before, like I never been gotten before.
'Gravity' → Coldplay: Can you hear my heart beating? Can you hear that sound? 'Cause I can't help thinking, and I won't stop now. And then I looked up at the sun and I could see, oh, the way that gravity pulls on you and me. And then I looked up at the sky and saw the sun, and the way that gravity pushes on everyone. (I find this song so good to help me unwind and get to sleep after a show, it's so soothing.)
'Just My Imagination' → The Cranberries: There is a game I like to play, I like to hit the town on Friday night and stay in bed until Sunday. We'll always be this free, we will be living for the love we have, living not for reality. (This is a great, more-upbeat wind-down song that is very relaxing but also makes you smile.)
'This Town' → Niall Horan: Yesterday I thought I saw your shadow running round, it's funny how things never change in this old town; so far from the stars...Them butterflies they come alive when I'm next to you. (The dreamy mood of this is what gets me really, that and the feeling captured by one of my favourite figure skaters Shoma Uno in an exhibition skate he performed to this are what make it make the cut!)
When the dawn comes, tonight will be a memory too...
From the giddy and excited to the bittersweet and nostalgic, even the grateful and amazed - these are some of the best, most accurate lyrics My Stage Door Playlist has to offer! These songs are arranged in alphabetical order and divided into pre then post-show listening; click the album cover for full song information and lyrics.
'After Today' [Doctor Dolittle Musical] → Doctor Dolittle Musical Cast: After today I'll say 'Oh what a day it was!' My heart will be lighter, an' my smile will be brighter...After today I shall have no more tears to quell. I'll learn to live with laughter to stay - after the tears comes the laughter! After today!
'Better Than Today' → Kylie Minogue: Oh you've got to; feel it, see it, know how much you mean it. What's the point of livin' if you don't take a chance? You've got to use it, lose it, cruise it, know the chance to do it. What's the point of livin' if you don't wanna dance? (This is a really fun song to get ready to!)
'Cheers (Drink To That)' → Rihanna/SMASH Cast: Life's too short to be sittin' round miserable...Cheers to the freakin' weekend, I drink to that, yeah yeah. (This is just SO much fun to dance to when the week's finally over and you know you have a show at the weekend, and I just love the musical-theatre take of it that SMASH did.)
'A Cockeyed Optimist' [South Pacific Soundtrack] → Rogers & Hammerstein: When the sky is a bright canary yellow, I forget ev'ry cloud I've ever seen, so they called me a cockeyed optimist; immature and incurably green....But I'm only a cockeyed optimist, and I can't get it into my head....I could say life is just a bowl of Jello and appear more intelligent and smart, but I'm stuck like a dope with a thing called hope, and I can't get it out of my heart Not this heart. (This is on my playlist because, every now and again, people tell me I'm crazy and that I should grow up and move on from silly shows and stage dooring, but honestly, it's never going to happen! Why should it?! Never give up on dreams, fun and magic - which is what the theatre is to me. I think we should all remember to be optimistic, hopeful and happy once in a while - something the theatre is perfect for instilling in people!)
'Coming Home' → Firelight: Freedom of life, I will express my soul. Look me in the eye and electrify my bones; I ain’t gonna leave until you know my name. Stepping out of the shell, now don’t you step in my way, build another wall and watch it crumble by your side. I’m coming home. I’m not holding back, no I ain’t wasting time...It’s only because I’m here, I’m finding gold in my hands...Trying to build up the words to say what you mean to me...Gonna take on this journey feel the light getting warm, find the strength I’ve been searching, keep the beat going strong...Yeah the spirits alive I’m on the road coming home.
'Dreams And Disasters' → Owl City: Follow the light through the dreams and disasters, follow the light to the edge and the after. We won't turn around, we will not slow down. Follow the light through the dreams and disasters. Think of the sun, and the sound of it rising. Still on the run with our eyes on the horizon. I wanna feel alive forever after.
'Everybody Wants Ya' → S Club 7: I get this feeling as you walk away; a million hearts will break in two...Everytime you move, everybody grooves; I can't help thinking it's alright (alright). You just gotta walk, see the people talk. I like to watch you party. Coz everybody wants ya when everybody sees ya. The world is full of dreamers, but I'm a great believer...I see the way you act like you don't know; there's something 'bout your attitude...You just gotta bump, see the people jump; I can't help thinking it's alright. When you do your thing everybody swings. They like to watch you party...I just wind you up and let you go, and I watch you in wonder. To see the look upon your face, I'd say you already know. (This will always make me think of the Cats cast - watching them in awe and the grins on their faces at the final bows when they each take their individual bows and hear me cheering them on from the front row.)
'Glad You Came' → The Wanted/Boyce Avenue: The sun goes down, the stars come out. And all that counts is here and now. My universe will never be the same, I'm glad you came. You cast a spell on me, spell on me. You hit me like the sky fell on me, fell on me. (So, whilst I get ready to The Wanted's original of this, the Boyce Avenue cover is the perfect, pretty little song to unwind with post-show!)
'The Invitation To The Jellicle Ball' [Cats the Musical] → Andrew Lloyd Webber & T.S.Eliot: Jellicle Cats come out tonight, Jellicle Cats come one, come all. The Jellicle Moon is shining bright, Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball. (This not only reminds me of all that beginning-of-the-show bubbling excitement I feel at Cats, but also it feels like an invitation to a magical night.)
'Love Like This' → Kodaline: You shine like silver in the sunlight, you light up my cold heart. It feels right in the sun, the sun, we're running around and around like nothing else could matter in our life. But wait, but wait, but wait the sun will stop shining soon and you'll be dark in my life...But I'm not gonna think about the future. (Summer pre-show fun song!) A love like this won't last forever
'Reaper' → Sia: Oh, I wanna dance in the open breeze, feel the wind in my hair, hear the ocean sing, I got good things to feel in my life, yeah. Don't come for me today, I'm feeling good, let me savour it. Don't come for me today, I'm feeling good, I remember when you came to take me away, so close I was to heaven's gates, but no baby, no baby, not today.
'Shooting Star' → Owl City: When the sun goes down and the lights burn out then it's time for you to shine, brighter than a shooting star, so shine no matter where you are. Fill the darkest night with a brilliant light coz it's time for you to shine, brighter than a shooting star, so shine no matter where you are tonight. (I have met more than one shining shooting star at stage door!)
'Something's Coming' [West Side Story] → Leonard Bernstein: Who knows? It's only just out of reach, down the block, on a beach, under a tree. I got a feeling there's a miracle due, gonna come true, coming to me! Could it be? Yes it could. Something's coming, something good. If I can wait, something's coming, I don't know what it is, but it is gonna be great!
'Wake Up' → Hilary Duff: The city's restless, it's all around me; people, emotions, sick of all the same routines, and they need to go, they need to get away tonight. I put my makeup on a Saturday night, I try to make it happen, try to make it alright...Wake up, wake up on a Saturday night, could be New York, maybe Hollywood and Vine, London, Paris, maybe Tokyo; there's something going on anywhere I go tonight.
'After The After Party' → The Lucksmiths: Even the most familiar face can disappear without a trace amidst a crowd of theatregoers. I had been waiting for a while, my stare mistaken for a smile, 'till I found the person no-one knows as well as I do, a hug hello and I'm beside you again. I know the lines to read between, and when you've stolen every scene, for good and all, the curtain closes. And though you mightn't win awards, the audience applauds.
'Charlie Brown' → Coldplay: I saw the lights go down at the end of the scene, saw the lights go down and standing in front of me. In my scarecrow dreams, when they smash my heart into smithereens, be a bright red rose come bursting the concrete. Be a cartoon heart, light a fire, a fire, a spark, light a fire, a flame in my heart. We'll run wild, we'll be glowing in the dark...All the madness that occurs, all the highs, all the lows, as the room a-spinning goes, we'll run riot, we'll be glowing in the dark. So we'll soar luminous and wired, we'll be glowing in the dark.
'Daylight' → Maroon 5/Boyce Avenue: Here I am waiting, I'll have to leave soon. Why am I holding on...This is our last night but it's late and I'm trying not to sleep, cause I know, when I wake, I will have to slip away. And when the daylight comes I'll have to go...The sky is getting bright, the stars are burning out; somebody slow it down. This is way too hard, cause I know when the sun comes up, I will leave. This is my last glance that will soon be memory.
'Edge Of The Ocean' → Ivy: There's a place I dream about , where the sun never goes out. And the sky is deep and blue, won't you take me there with you...There's a world I've always known, somewhere far away from home. When I close my eyes I see all the space and mystery. (In case of post-show daydreaming, break glass and listen to this song!)
'Electricity' [Billy Elliot Soundtrack] → Elton John & Lee Hall: I can't really explain it, I haven't got the words. It's a feeling that you can't control. I suppose it's like forgetting, losing who you are, and at the same time something makes you whole. It's like that there's a music playing in your ear, and I'm listening, and I'm listening and then I disappear. And then I feel a change, like a fire deep inside. Something bursting me wide open, impossible to hide. And suddenly I'm flying, flying like a bird. Like electricity, electricity sparks inside of me and I'm free, I'm free.
'Enchanted' → Taylor Swift: And it was enchanting to meet you. All I can say is I was enchanted to meet you. This night is sparkling, don't you let it go. I'm wonderstruck, blushing all the way home. I'll spend forever wondering if you knew I was enchanted to meet you. (This is on my playlist because every person I've met at stage door has enchanted me and left me wonderstruck with their performances and their personalities. I always walk away from stage door in a daze and this sums that up!)
'Embers' → Owl City: And you'll find there'll be mornings when the ashes and embers are cold, but you'll fight with a passion and you'll never stop 'cause you know, yeah you know, it gets better and your story is yet to be told; every push, every shove, every war, every love, yeah, the coals are beginning to glow. So I'm fanning the flames to climb so high 'cause there's no other way we can stay alive; 'cause we're burning bright as we all unite and when it's all said and done we'll shine like the sun, so don't let the fire die. And we'll watch the sky as it fills with light, and though the embers are new, whatever you do, just don't let the fire die.
'Feeling A Moment' → Feeder: Feeling the moment slip away, losing direction, you're loosing faith, you're wishing for someone. Feeling it all begin to slide...How do you feel when there's no sun? And how will you be when rain clouds come and pull you down again? (There's just something amazing about the feel of this song which I love - it's got just the right level of happy and sad in it to make it a perfect listen.)
'Firework' → Katy Perry/Boyce Avenue: Boom, boom, boom, even brighter than the moon, moon, moon. It's always been inside of you, you, you, and now it's time to let it through-ough-ough. 'Cause, baby, you're a firework, come on, show 'em what you're worth. Make 'em go, "Aah, aah, aah", as you shoot across the sky-y-y. Baby, you're a firework, come on, let your colours burst. Make 'em go, "Aah, aah, aah", you're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe. (This makes me think of my stage door friends - half of them don't have a clue just how wonderful they are or how brightly they shine. They're all firework people. The Boyce Avenue cover of this song is just really lovely to me because it's more about the sentiment than the dancing/happy vibe which overtakes the original - this cover is especially lovely on sleepy train journeys home from the theatre.)
'Found You' → Ross Copperman: Well, I saw you there just the other day. You smiled at me in a secret way. So I let you in and you captured me...All the stars lift you up well, to place you high above on top of the world. I'm just glad that I found you. Like a thief you came to steal my heart. I'll surrender now, because you broke my guard. Such a pretty face, it warms my soul. And your sweet blue eyes, they shine like gold. (This is another theatre friends song - because I'm very glad I found all of them at stage door!)
'Glad You Came' → The Wanted/Boyce Avenue: The sun goes down, the stars come out. And all that counts is here and now. My universe will never be the same, I'm glad you came. You cast a spell on me, spell on me. You hit me like the sky fell on me, fell on me. (So, whilst I get ready to The Wanted's original of this, the Boyce Avenue cover is the perfect, pretty little song to unwind with post-show!)
'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)' → Green Day: So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind, hang it on a shelf in good health and good time. Tattoos and memories and dead skin on trial, for what it's worth it was worth all the while. It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right, I hope you had the time of your life.
'Half A Moment' [By Jeeves Soundtrack] → Alan Ayckbourn & Andrew Lloyd Webber: Half a moment I shall treasure, keep it locked away for some future rainy day. Should you leave me with just this moment, in my mind I shall capture it anew; like some picture taken in my childhood, half a moment spent with you...Countless vivid memories spin before my view, like some toy kaleidoscope...Turn a moment to a lifetime, making it to last, blending future with the past...Even though half a moment is too few, I shall save it 'til I have another, making one whole moment filled with you.
'Millionaires' → The Script: Had the type of night you only dream about, if God came down he could take me now, coz in my mind, yeah we will always be singin' our hearts out, standin' on chairs, spendin' our time like we were millionaires. (This is great to listen to if you have a walk back to a train station after a show!)
'New Star' → Turin Brakes: Wait for a brand new sun, a brand new star to wish upon. Wait for a brand new day, a brand new way to see the world. Oh my Wait for the blue sky Wait for the sunshine To clear your mind Oh yeah Wait for the clear air 'Cause even that old moon It couldn't eclipse this brand new sun
'Ordinary Day' → Vanessa Carlton: Just a day, just an ordinary day. Just trying to get by. Just a boy, just an ordinary boy, but he was looking to the sky...Like a shooting star he shines. (This song is very personal to me: as one of my favourite songs at the time I first started stage dooring, it went onto the playlist right away and is now associated with an awful lot of beautiful memories - but the idea of an seemingly ordinary day being made magical by a shooting star is perfect even without all the memories I have associated with this song.)
'Satellite Call' → Sara Bareilles: You may find yourself in the dead of night, lost somewhere up in the great big beautiful sky. You were all just perfect little satellites, spinning round and round this broken earthly life. This is so you'll know the sound, of someone who loves you from the ground. Tonight you're not alone at all, this is me sending out my satellite call. (This is perfect as a grateful reflective song and as a comforting song after a show is over.)
'Somewhere In The Audience' → Eric Woolfson: The traveling show will play another town, but leaves behind a broken-hearted clown - and from somewhere in the audience, the order comes to bring the curtain down...The comedy will play and then it's gone, for everyday's a show that must go on. (A touch dramatic in tone, but I've always loved these lyrics.)
'What About Everything?' → Carbon Leaf: Get away and come with me...before time takes each year - like a knife cuts it clear. It's school, then work and then life that just sharpens the blade. I think about time for fun, I think about time for play, then I think about being done, with no resume...Holiday quiet on these streets, except for some reason me. The hometown harbor lights bright, the sailboats clatter in vain. Holiday sky, midnight clear, wind is high on this pier, I find it hard to complain when compared with what about, what about everything?
'Who Knows' → Avril Lavigne: So you go and make it happen, do your best just keep on laughing. It's all on you, there's always a brand new day. Who knows what could happen, do what you do, just keep on laughing, one thing's true, there's always a brand new day. I'm gonna live today like it's my last day.
Just a few little essentials...
These are the songs no Stage Door Playlist should be without! These songs can do it all: they pack an emotional punch, but bring out the most relevant lyrics too. These songs are arranged in alphabetical order and divided into pre then post-show listening; click the album cover for full song information and lyrics.
'Another Op'nin' Another Show' [Kiss Me Kate/SMASH Soundtrack] → SMASH Cast The overture is about to start, you cross your fingers and hold your heart. It's curtain time and away we go! Another op'nin', another op'nin' of another show. (I personally prefer the SMASH version because of the orchestration and arrangement, but the Kiss Me Kate original is excellent too.)
'As If We Never Said Goodbye' [Sunset Boulevard Soundtrack] → Andrew Lloyd Webber: The whispered conversations in overcrowded hallways, the atmosphere as thrilling here as always. Feel the early morning madness, feel the magic in the making. Why, everything's as if we never said goodbye. I've spent so many mornings just trying to resist you. I'm trembling now, you can't know how I've missed you; missed the fairy tale adventure, in this ever spinning playground. (Multiple versions of this song are on my playlist as it is just perfect for the theatre! It's also versatile - whether you listento it pre or post-show, it's still perfect!)
'Best Day Of My Life' → American Authors: I had a dream so big and loud, I jumped so high I touched the clouds, wo-o-o-o-o-oh. I stretched my hands out to the sky, we danced with monsters through the night, wo-o-o-o-o-oh. I'm never gonna look back, woah, never gonna give it up, no. Please don't wake me now. Oo-o-o-o-oo, this is gonna be the best day of my li-ife, my li-i-i-i-i-ife.
'Best Day Of My Life' → Jesse McCartney: Woke up around a half past ten, can’t believe that I’m late again. Put down about a quart of caffeine to start my pulse and then I grabbed my jeans off the floor and I hit the door, just the same old same. It goes to show, you never know when everything’s about to change. Just another day, started out like any other...just another day that I had the best day of my life.
'Brand New Day' → Alphabeat: Yesterday I was low, down and out, like my life wasn’t something to dance about. Could you give me a leg up? I need one, to get me back in the sun, where I belong. I know one thing’s for sure, I’m heading to a new direction. Yesterdays are over, hear me, I’m coming. It’s a brand new day and I’m feeling oh, so good. It’s a brand new day and I’m feeling like I should.
'Down At Club S' → S Club 7: Where d'you wanna be when your brain's under stress? Be what you can be, coz you can impress, down at Club S...There's method in the madness nevertheless, down at Club...Everybody knows that life can depress, so come on to the place where you can impress, down at Club S. (Ok, so stop judging for ten seconds and just look this song up - it's pure fun, perfect for getting ready in time to and it's even better if you imagine the 'S' stands for 'Stage Door'!)
'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' → Coldplay: I turn the music up, I got my records on, I shut the world outside until the lights come on. Maybe the street's alight...I feel my heart stop beating to my favourite song. And all the kids they dance, all the kids all night, until Monday morning feels another life. I turn the music up, I'm on a roll this time, and heaven is in sight. I turn the music up, I got my records on, from underneath the rubble sing a rebel song...Don't want to see another generation drop, I'd rather be a comma than a full stop. Maybe I'm in the black, maybe I'm on my knees, maybe I'm in the gap between the two trapezes, but my heart is beating and my pulses start cathedrals in my heart...Every siren is a symphony, and every tear's a waterfall.
'Feel Again' → OneRepublic: It's been a long time coming since I've seen your face, I've been everywhere and back trying to replace everything that I had 'til my feet went numb....But with you I feel again. Yeah, with you I can feel again. Yeah, I'm feeling better ever since you know me. I was a lonely soul but that's the old me. (Because the theatre makes everything ok - no matter what is going on in my real life.)
'Gold' → Owl City: Stand on up and take a bow; there's something there and it's showing. There's no need to look around, you're the best we got going. Shout out to the dreams you'll chase, shout out to the hearts you'll break. Nothing's gonna stop you now, I guess you better be going. You'll never be far, I'm keeping you near, inside of my heart you're here. Go on, it's gotta be time, you're starting to shine; 'cause what you got is gold. I know, you're gold. Oh, I know, I know I don't need the stars in the night, I found my treasure. All I need is you by my side, so shine forever. Gold, I know you're gold. Oh, I know, you're gold. It won't take you long to get when you feel like you're soaring...Shout out to the friends back home, shout out to the hearts you've known. You gave them nothing but the best, yeah, and you can tell them your story. You'll never be far, I'm keeping you near, inside of my heart you're here. Go on, it's gotta be time, you're starting to shine; 'cause what you got is gold...You're gold! You're gold! (This always makes me think of my gorgeous, talented stage door friends!)
'Good Life' → OneRepublic: Oh this has gotta be the good life, this has gotta be the good life. This could really be a good life, good life. Say oh, got this feeling that you can't fight, like this city is on fire tonight. This could really be a good life, a good, good life. To my friends in New York, I say hello. My friends in L.A. they don't know where I've been for the past few years or so; Paris to China to Colorado. Sometimes there's airplanes I can't jump out, sometimes there's bullshit that don't work now. We all got our stories but please tell me what there is to complain about. When you're happy like a fool, let it take you over. When everything is out, you gotta take it in. Oh this has gotta be the good life...Hopelessly, I feel like there might be something that I'll miss. Hopelessly, I feel like the window closes oh so quick. Hopelessly, I'm taking a mental picture of you now. 'Cause hopelessly the hope is we have so much to feel good about.
'Good Time' → Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen: Slept in all my clothes like I didn't care. Hopped into a cab, take me anywhere. I'm in if you're down to get down tonight, coz it's always a good time. Good morning and good night, I'll wake up at twilight. It's gonna be alright; we don't even have to try, it's always a good time!
'Hail, Rain Or Sunshine' → The Script: We're late to bed, we're early to rise, wipe the sleep from our eyes...We open up, we start to wake; maybe it's gonna be our day. And suddenly we start to smile - the sun is out for a while. And you may see this place and find no worth, but it's a little piece of heaven here on Earth. Yeah, we always have a good time, whether it's hail, rain or it's sunshine. Yeah, we're all living the good life, whether it's hail, rain or it's sunshine. We reach the top, we took the fall. But we laughed through it all. Cause dreaming of them better days has always been our way. And you may see my friends and find no worth, but, no, I'll never go and change them for the world.
'I Can't Wait' → Hilary Duff: Everybody has their day, where things just seem to go their way. An angel's gonna smile on me when it's meant to be. Cause anything is possible no matter how incredible; you never know who I might meet on this crowded street. Life goes on like a song. I can't wait for the world to spin, I can't wait to be happening. Ooh, what's it gonna take. I can't wait for the time to come when I'll be shining like the sun. I can't wait.
'I Lived' → OneRepublic: Hope when the crowd screams out, they're screaming your name. Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay...Hope when the moment comes, you'll say; I, I did it all I, I did it all. I owned every second that this world could give, I saw so many places, the things that I did. Yeah, with every broken bone I swear I lived. Hope that you spend your days, but they all add up. And when that sun goes down, hope you raise your cup. I wish that I could witness all your joy and all your pain, but until my moment comes, I'll say; I, I did it all.
'Perfect Day' → Hoku: Sun's up, a little after twelve, make breakfast for myself, leave the work for someone else. People say, they say that it's just a phase, they tell me to act my age - well I am. On this perfect day, nothing's standing in my way. On this perfect day, when nothing can go wrong. It's the perfect day, tomorrow's gonna come too soon. I could stay forever as I am on this perfect day. Sun's down a little after ten...wake up, don't tell me it's just a dream, coz when I've had enough you'll hear me say, now don't you try to rain on my perfect day. (Everything about this song is fun to listen to before a show!)
'Shine' → Shannon Noll: This is the time, this is the day that we've been waiting for, al the world will stop to watch you shine. This is the time, this is the day that we've been waiting for, when all the world will stop to watch you shine. (If you have that one theatre friend you've followed and championed, this is the perfect song to make you smile and be proud of them before and after a show.)
'Shooting Star' → Owl City: Let your colours burn and brightly burst into a million sparks that all disperse, and illuminate a world that'll try to bring you down - but not this time. When the sun goes down and the lights burn out, then it's time for you to shine, brighter than a shooting star, so shine no matter where you are. Fill the darkest night with a brilliant light, coz it's time for you to shine... (This always makes me think of my theatre friends, who are true shooting stars.)
'Sweeter Than Fiction' → Taylor Swift: I'll be one of the many saying: "Look at you now, look at you now, now." I'll be one of the many saying: "You made us proud, you made us proud, proud." And when they call your name, and they put your picture in a frame, you know that I'll be there time and again, coz I loved you when, when...in this perfect weather, it's like we don't remember the rain we thought would last forever and ever. There you'll stand, ten feet tall. I will say "I knew it all along." Your eyes–wider than distance, this life–sweeter than fiction.
'Why Not' → Hilary Duff: You always dress in yellow when you wanna dress in gold, instead of listening to your heart you do just what you're told; you keep waiting where you are, for what you'll never know...Why not take a crazy chance, why not do a crazy dance. If you lose the moment, you may lose a lot. (The second national anthem of the stage door! Never lose the moment, always take the crazy chances!) So why not Why not
'The Ad-Dressing Of Cats' [Cats the Musical] → Andrew Lloyd Webber & T.S.Eliot: So this is this, and that is that; and there's how you ad-dress a cat. (As a closing number, there is something oddly spine-tingling about this song - but also, if you listen to the words, you can imagine it as a little jokey guide to ad-dressing people at stage door too!)
'Castles' → Sandi Thom: I'm just skimming stones against the lake, while my dreams pass me by. I've never known what to make of life, but I guess I'm willing to try. Sometimes it's better, sometimes it's worse. Sometimes it heals, sometimes it hurts. So hail to the morning, wherever it dawns down on me. It's now that I get to thinking some castles lie way beneath the sea. You always said that it would be such a long summer, and now it's here and I can break the ice on this cold water. (I remember listening to this on that Bristol morning and feeling it was the day's atmosphere captured in song.)
'City Of Blinding Lights' → U2: And I miss you when you're not around, I'm getting ready to leave the ground. Oh you look so beautiful tonight In the city of blinding lights. Don't look before you laugh, Look ugly in a photograph. Flash bulbs, purple irises, the camera can't see. (I just love the whole atmosphere of this song and it was one of my favourites at the time of us starting to stage door, so it's become forever associated with the theatre to me.)
'Come Back...Be Here...' → Taylor Swift: I told myself don't get attached, but in my mind I play it back, spinning faster than the plane that took you. And this is when the feeling sinks in; I don't wanna miss you like this. Come back... be here, come back... be here. (For when the tours leave your town!)
'Crazy Dreams' → Carrie Underwood/SMASH Cast: Here's to you free souls, you firefly chasers, tree climbers, porch swingers, air guitar players. Here's to you fearless dancers, shaking walls in your bedrooms. There's a lot of wonder left inside of me and you. Thank God even crazy dreams come true. (This is just even more beautiful when Megan Hilty sings it in Smash!)
'Cut, Print...Moving On' [Bombshell/SMASH Soundtrack] → Bombshell/SMASH Cast: Yes, there have been nights I'll long to relive, but sometimes you gotta roam. You can't fight when something's gotta give, but you'll always be my home away from home...We told the same jokes, we breathed the same air, we couldn't tell night from day; but just like the end of a love affair, we all know the time comes to break away. Last year, we all were strangers, this year, we're lifelong friends. I know that this location is not where our story ends.
'Don't Stop Believing' → Journey/Boyce Avenue: Everybody wants a thrill, payin' anything to roll the dice just one more time. Some will win, some will lose, some were born to sing the blues. Oh, the movie never ends it goes on and on and on and on. Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard, their shadows searching In the night. Streetlights, people livin' just to find emotion, hidin' somewhere in the night. Don't stop believin', hold on to that feelin'. (I always think the Boyce Avenue cover is so pretty and atmospheric late at night after a show.)
'For Good' [Wicked Soundtrack] → Stephen Schwartz: I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow...Like a comet pulled from orbit as it passes a sun, like a stream that meets a boulder halfway through the wood. Who can say if I've been changed for the better? I do believe I have been changed for the better. And because I knew you, because I knew you, because I knew you I have been changed for good...(Theatre friends, this one is for all of you!)
'A Glorious Day' → Embrace: You came along, on a glorious day. By the time that you left I was crawling again. Yeah you came along on a glorious day, now I want you to save me again. (This song makes me think of all the times thatthe theatre or my stage door friends have given me beautiful days which have completed turned around bad weeks or situations and helped me start feeling myself again.)
'Good Ol' Days' → The Script: Oh, we'll remember this night when we're old and grey, coz in the future these will be the good ol' days. Oh and we're arm in arm as we sing away, in the future these will be the good ol' days. Ten o'clock and it's off, what started as a pub crawl, now we're all lost. Better live it out tonight, tomorrow's gonna cost, so get up on that piano boy and play your ass off. You're playing real good, everybody sing along. If your bang is out of beat, everybody move along. Play us somethin' real we can hang our hopes on, sing a rebel song and watch us march along, won't you come along? (Oh, these times are hard.) Yeah, meet Jenny, meet Pete, meet Mary, meet Keith, they're busking on the streets seven days a week. Pay a pound, pay a penny, make it full or leave it empty. They play, you listen, that's plenty. It's two am now, we're dancing in the rain and uh hanging out of each other like the pain is gone. These are my people, these are my crowd...Oh, we'll remember this night when we're old and grey, coz in the future these will be the good ol' days. Oh and we're arm in arm as we sing away, in the future these will be the good ol' days.
'Help Me Suzanne' → Rhett Miller: I've been living on the memory of a dream I once I had. You gave me the reason for feeling like I do. You gave me the reason I'd like to thank you. Help me, Suzanne, I've got to set my sights on a bright sunshiny day, cause my whole world's gone grey and it's going wrong. You got a big heart beat and a body in work you could do me a world of good, yeah you could and you did and I am begging you to keep on. I've been living on the memory of a dream I once I had. You gave me the reason for feeling like I do. You gave me the reason, I'd like to thank you. I had lost my way, like I always do; you gave me the reason I'd like to thank you.
'In My Veins' → Andrew Belle (feat. Erin McCarley): Nothing goes as planned, everything will break, people say goodbye in their own special way. All that you rely on and all that you can fake will leave you in the morning, but find you in the day...But you catch a glimpse of sunlight shining down on your face. (I find this song so beautiful and bittersweet.)
'It's The End Of The Road' → Matt Goss: When something ends something begins, but now it's just the end of the road. When someone loses someone wins, but now it's just the end of the road. Don't get to fix it if it doesn't break, but now it's just the end of the road. When you gotta leave, makes you wanna stay. I know, it's the end of the road, it's the end of the road. (This is the go-to song on my iPod when there's a cast change or when a tour/show ends!)
'Kind And Generous' → Natalie Merchant: You've been so kind and generous, I don't know how you keep on giving. For your kindness I'm in debt to you, for your selflessness, my admiration. And for everything you've done, you know I'm bound, I'm bound to thank you for it. You've been so kind and generous, I don't know how you keep on giving. For your kindness I'm in debt to you...I want to thank you, show my gratitude, my love and my respect for you. I want to thank you. (This is perfect, accurate and beautiful and is a complete must-have for a Stage Door Playlist!)
'Lullaby' → Newton Faulkner: Close your eyes, get some sleep - it's too late now to change anything. But it's all right, get some sleep. It's so dark outside, so close your eyes and feel the world turn round. If you're not lost, I guess that makes you found. (This is one of my favourite songs to listen to and mellow out after a show, and it really does make a perfect lullaby too if you need one.)
'Peace And Love' → Blessid Union Of Souls: May every star you wish upon, and every hope you're hangin' on come true. Out of everybody in the world there's no one who deserves it more than you. I hope you find everyhing you've been dreamin' of, only good things, no in betweens just peace and love...You must know what you mean to me I wish that you could always be around. I hope you find everything you are worthy of. I'm gonna miss you, but I only wish you peace and love. Peace and love, tears of joy, kindness of strangers, all of your roads paved in gold by guardian angels. Wherever you may be in this world, my salutation says it all, may you always have enough peace and love. (This song just means so much to me personally, but it also has a beautiful mellow vibe and sweet meaning.)
'Say Goodbye' → S Club: In the years to come, will you think about these moments that we shared? In the years to come, are you gonna think it over, and how we lived each day with no regrets? Nothing lasts forever though we want it to, the road ahead holds different dreams for me and you...In a year from now, maybe there'll be things we'll wish we'd never said. In a year from now, maybe we'll see each other, standing on the same street corner, no regrets. Each and every end is always written in the stars, if only I could stop the world, I'd make this last. (My go-to cast change/end of tour song.)
'A Sky Full Of Stars' → Coldplay: Coz in a sky, 'coz in a sky full of stars I think I see you, I think I see you. 'Coz you're a sky, you're a sky full of stars, such a heavenly view. You're such a heavenly view. (This is a wonderful song to make you think of your theatre friends before or after a show. If you're feeling more reflective, there's a beautiful cover by Beth as well.)
'Time Of Our Lives' → Tyrone Wells: We say goodbye, we hold on tight to these memories that never die. We have had the time of our lives; now the page is turned, the stories we will write. We have had the time of our lives, and I will not forget the faces left behind. It's hard to walk away from the best of days; but if it has to end, I'm glad you have been my friend in the time of our lives.
'Tiny Star' → Eric Woolfson: The sun is just a tiny star, the moon is not so very far...So you must sleep and then morning comes, dawn will break, the sun will shine again. (One of the first songs I ever added to the playlist because it felt like a lullabye which is just what you need trying to get to sleep after a show!)
My top picks...
These are the songs I love and the artists I love! These are the songs I most want to share, because they're some of my personal favourites to listen to any time - but they're pretty great for anyone wanting to start up a Stage Door Playlist of their own too! Almost all of these songs I would also classify as essentials, so be sure to take a look! These songs are arranged in alphabetical order.
'Believe' → Take That: Took a walk around the block, didn’t stop. All this space; it makes me want to see your face. Such a beautiful place. When I met you last I was at a loss. Life goes on...I can see the sun is risin’, I can see your eyes are smilin’, I will hold onto the things that I believe. Believe. Shut my eyes I feel alive...Give me one more night at last, filled with joy. (This song is just really pretty, feel-good and gorgeous - my favourite band doing me proud!)
'Carnival' → Mark Owen: But in my heart a drum is beating, a carnival inside my head. Before they turn the music off, before they tell us to go home again...before we change our minds, can we go dancing somewhere? 'Cause in my heart a drum is beating, a carnival inside my head. And when we talk in so many words, we've got to live this life a bit harder. And when we think in so many words, we've got to bring each other together.
'Collide' → Howie Day: I'm quiet you know, you make a first impression...Even the best fall down sometimes, even the stars refuse to shine. Out of the back you fall in time. I somehow find you and I collide. (Honestly, I just love the atmosphere of this song, it is one of my favourite songs on my iPod and listening to it cheers me up post-show, regardless of the lyrics, and makes me smile pre-show too. It's just beautiful.)
'Dakota' → Stereophonics: Thinking back, thinking of you; summertime think it was June, yeah think it was June. Laying back, head on the grass, chewing gum having some laughs, yeah having some laughs... Wake up call, coffee and juice; remembering you, what happened to you? I wonder if we’ll meet again, talk about life since then, talk about why did it end. (This is just a great reminiscing song, but it's also great when you're driving along to or from the theatre.)
'DJ' → Alphabeat: I could be dancing, I could be dancing all night if you would play. I would be dancing, I would be doing all right if you would play. I need something I can turn to, now and then. Take me out, out and out, on and on. I need something I can turn to, something I can count in, day and night, on and on like a record now, out and out. I need something I can dance to. (This is one of those songs which just always makes me feel happy - I have the single and album versions of this on my playlist, as well as a beautiful acoustic version from Alphabeat's 'Beta Session' in Denmark which is perfect for a sleepy, post-theatre morning.)
'Do It All For Love' → Take That: For all your days inspired by the beauty of your timing, and those endless acts of kindness. I want to give you more, give you more, I only want to let you know...'Til the last of the daylight survives, we do it all for love. While we wait for the dawn to arrive, we do it all for love. (This song sends shivers down my spine, always.)
'Everything Has Changed' → Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran: Coz all I know is we said "Hello", and your eyes look like coming home. All I know is a simple name - everything has changed. (A little bit how I feel about the theatre, a little bit how I feel about meeting my stage door friends. A lot about the fact I just really like this song!)
'Flowerbed' → Take That: Darling, please forgive me, I was sitting on the fence, I was slowly going out of head - I did not hear a word that you said. I was enjoying myself sleeping in your flowerbed. (I honestly just love the misty magic and emotion of this song, I find it so soothing and it always makes me think and makes me smile - the lead vocal is also by my favourite, Jason Orange, whose voice is just beautiful for really making you feel the emotion.)
'Freeze' → Take That: Am I asking too much to remain in your company? Stop everything. We can stay here if you hold still, we can stay here for life if you say you will. We’ll be caught in a moment of time if we all freeze, don’t even breathe. Everyone freeze, then you won’t leave. (This song is one of my favourite songs off one of my favourite ever albums, and it has a simply beautiful atmosphere and feels magical, which never fails to make me smile even when I'm sad - plus, it's quite an appropriate post-show sentiment.)
'The Garden' → Take That: We could hear the sound of sirens all around us, and the scent of burning oil was in the air, and the music played and it felt so good to hear. This is the life we've been given, so open your mind and start living. We can play a part if we only start believing...This is the life we've been given, so open your mind and start living. We can play a part if we only start believing. This is the life we've been given so open your heart and start loving. We can make a start if we only learn to listen. Then the crowd began to head for the horizon, a million people walking back to work. But you and me, we just lay down in the garden. Yeah you and me, we just lay down in the garden. (To me this is song is just...all the magic, the wonder, the excitement, the joy, the sandness, the wistfullness...the ineffableness of a night at the theatre and it's just generally one of my favourite songs that always makes me smile and sends shivers down my spine. I recommend the studio version, the acoustic Abbey Road version and the live version of this song, it's simply beautiful.)
'Get Ready For It' → Take That: You said whatever you put out there, whatever you put out there is gonna come back. You said whenever you are ready, whenever you are ready just let it all out...But we know there’s something in the silence, there’s something in the silence. Get ready for it...The night is young, until it’s over, until it’s over. The night is young. The night is ours, until tomorrow.
'Ghost' → Mark Owen: Tell me it’s not 24 days, almost a year since yesterday. I thought that I was over you last night, but there’s no getting over you tonight...I can still feel the ghost walking through the walls. And it’s calling every night...I can still feel the ghost. And I hope you’re happy now, and I have to let you go. But I wish that you were here. All things will pass; you told me that. I watch the stars bringing me back. And I don’t know what day it is no more, never see the way it is no more. (This song is just gorgeous and sad and nostalgic and I adore it - it always makes me feel better when I'm sitting in the car on the way home from a show - particularly Cats - or a lovely time at stage door.)
'Greatest Day' → Take That: Today this could be, the greatest day of our lives. Before it all ends, before we run out of time. Stay close to me, stay close to me. Watch the world come alive tonight. Stay close to me. Tonight this could be the greatest night of our lives, Let’s make a new start, the future is ours to find. Can you see it, can you see it in my eyes? Can you feel it now, can you hold it in your arms tonight? Hold on, hold on. Hold on, hold on...Oh stay close to me. Hold on, stay close to me. Watch the world come alive tonight. (I have multiple versions of this song my my playlist - I love the excitement of the live version though, and the Abbey Road acoustic version is gorgeous, magical and relaxing to listen too when you're exhausted after a show.)
'Hello' → Take That: I'd watch the world go by in the morning and lose myself in the the news...a life of filter coffee and dreaming, dreaming. Never thought that anyone could change my view, but everything looks different when I'm looking around with you. Glad you took the time to say hello, hello. Now I don't ever wanna let you go, oh no. All the bells are ringing out, all the birds are singing out, glad you took the time to say hello, oh oh oh. I'd lock myself away in the evening, afraid to ever come out. Watch TV and get lost in my feelings, feelings...It's a lovely day, it's a lovely day. Never thought that anyone could change my view, but everything looks different when I'm looking with you. Glad you took the time to say hello oh hello.
'Hey Boy' → Take That: Get outta your head, get into your heart...Hey boy, watcha got? Hey boy, watcha got? Can't take this anymore, don't want no trouble in the house. Don't wait for someone to change your life, don't settle for less than you deserve. Don't waste a minute of your precious time, don't wait for someone, go change your life. (This is just so fun to dance to!)
'Hold Up A Light' → Take That: You can dance if you like, you can sing every line of every song. No, you don't have to steal the show; it was your show all along. As the orchestra plays, the people take the seats. There's no room left in this house, it's only you and me. And if life is your stage, I'll be watching. Hold up a light for me, hold up a light for me...I'll be watching you, everything that you do. As we start rehearsing every scene, the words to everything, we realize that the crowd is listening. And then the tears fall down on your face at exactly the right place as the people start to stand up in the aisles. You can hear the sound of violins on every street tonight, you can see all lovers dancing round; I'll be watching...All things you see end up where they should be..Hold up a light; cause I'm loving you and I'm loving this...I'll be watching you, I'll be watching you. (There are no words for how this song makes me feel before and after a show, it is one of my very favourite songs in the world.)
'Holy Ground' → Taylor Swift: I was reminiscing just the other day, while having coffee all alone and Lord, it took me away...And darling, it was good never looking down, and right there where we stood was holy ground. Spinning like a girl in a brand new dress, we had this big wide city all to ourselves...Tonight I’m gonna dance like you were in this room, but I don’t wanna dance if I’m not dancing with you.
'How Did It Come To This' → Take That: All this noise and all these lights, all this talking through the night. All this expectation now it's making me neurotic...Though I'd made it clear now that I've always been a smiler. (One of my all-time favourite songs ever, love the studio version and the Abbey Road version too - and this lyric is SO appropriate!)
'I Like It' → Take That: Hey, I’m back again, yeah I’m back again in another place; I can see your face. Oh let me hear you now, yeah let me hear you now; let me hear you loud, make a bigger sound. There’s a voice in my ear, the intention is clear. Out of time, out of space it’s a feeling a meaning that I can taste.
'I Wish You Would' → Taylor Swift: I wish you knew that I'll never forget you as long as I live, and I wish you were right here, right now, I wish you would. (This lyric and the fact I love the whole of 1989 are the only reasons this song made my playlist, but I think they're pretty good reasons all the same!)
'Iris' → Goo Goo Dolls: You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be, and I don't wanna go home right now. And all I can taste is this moment, and all I can breathe is your life. When sooner or later it's over, I just don't wanna miss you tonight. (I have adored this song for forever, and its mood is perfect for after a show.)
'Memory (Reprise)' [Cats the Musical] → Andrew Lloyd Webber & Trevor Nunn after T.S.Eliot: The stale, cold smell of morning. A street lamp dies, another night is over, another day is dawning...When the dawn comes, tonight will be a memory too, and a new day will begin. Sunlight through the trees in summer, endless masquerading; like a flower as the dawn is breaking, the memory is fading...Look, a new day has begun. (This. Song. Is. SO. IMPORTANT. That final line makes my heart leap every time when it's sung in the show, because you know, in that moment, exactly the emotions the song is describing.)
'Never Forget' → Take That: I understand the meaning of 'I can't explain this feeling' now, and it feels so unreal. (This song is so perfect! My favourite versions of it are actually both live albums: Circus Live and Progress Live - the Progress version has a particularly beautiful opening but Circus is the most upbeat.)
'New Romantics' → Taylor Swift: 'Coz, baby, I could build a castle out of all the bricks they threw at me. And every day is like a battle, but every night with us is like a dream. Baby, we're the new romantics, come on, come along with me...We are too busy dancing to get knocked off our feet, baby, we're the new romantics. The best people in life are free.
'Starlight' → Taylor Swift: Oh my, what a marvelous tune; it was the best night, never would forget how we moved. The whole place was dressed to the nines, and we were dancing, dancing. Like we're made of starlight, starlight...Like we dream impossible dreams. Like starlight, starlight, like we dream impossible dreams. Don't you see the starlight, starlight? Don't you dream impossible things?
'Stolen' → Dashboard Confessional: We watch the season pull up its own stakes, and catch the last weekend of the last week - before the gold and the glimmer have been replaced, another sun soaked season fades away. (The faster single version of this song is beautiful, but the for the journey home I thouroughly recommend the slower album version because it is pure warmth and nostalgia!)
'These Days' → Take That: What a day to believe, to believe in the night, what a day to belong to a face in the crowd and the beat of your heart...Take me back to where it all began, to where our memories grow, before they take us over. Tonight we're gonna live for, we're gonna live for these days. Tonight, tonight we'll remember, we'll remember these days.
'Those Days Are Gone' → Busted: Say goodbye to the times we had All the summers spent together, now we leave it all behind. Sooner or later when the winter comes I will picture us together in my mind forever, I will be holding on. Oh well, those days are gone. (This is a great end-of-a-tour/cast-change song!)
'Without You' → Busted: The way I never thought I'd leave this place, the way you made it seem so real. 'Cause you have faith and you had empathy, and all I needed was this. (Honestly I just remember being into this song around the time I started the playlist, but there is something soothing about it that makes it a must for me for sure!)