9 Magical Songs Through Which You Can Trade Overthinking With Sleep
Sometimes, we feel the intense desire for the silence of the night. Sometimes, we feel like shutting down everything and just diving into some meaningful songs. If it is one of such days, here is a playlist of slow and moving songs for you!
1. Road to Self, Aisha Badru
Mood: When you embrace yourself
This soothing song is about self-acceptance. Often, we blame both ourselves and others unnecessarily. While indulging in such a game, we miss untangling the mess. As Aisha Badru songs,
'The only way out is the road to yourself
Only you can walk and nobody else'.
Maybe, we are our only saviours. Maybe, self-acceptance makes life easier.
2. Don't Keep Driving, The Paper Kites
Mood: Still holding on
Love calls for a precious and often blurry balance between maintaining a sense of individualistic difference and a sense of soulful union. Sometimes, people in relationships are just overwhelmed and need some space and time to figure themselves out. This song is about such a time when the urge to just break away keeps knocking on our hearts. As the band sings
‘There's nothing wrong with a little space
…with a little time
But for the memories, for the good things
3. On The Train Ride Home, The Paper Kites
Mood: Citylights from the metro
The city has both its charms and shortcomings. For the freedoms we get, we are also served alienation. Though the lyrics are open-ended, one way of interpreting the song is through the lens of urban life and its imprint on an individual. In a sea of endless wants induced by society, what the traveller in a metro seeks is just his needs – being seen and being loved.
4. For You Now, Bruno Merz
Mood: listening to the flowing river
If you are feeling low, then perhaps this song can help. The lyrics of this song celebrate a soul who is embraced and loved by the universe. Often, we drift apart from our inner child and just lose ourselves, our individuality to the shackles of adulthood. This song is a summon to the inner child, to the inner wonder. As Bruno Merz sings
‘Come away, come away
Leave it all far behind you.
'Cos it's not who you are and it's not what you wanted.’
5. In the Morning, FIELDS
Mood: Endless wait
This song is about a relationship that is yet to happen. Even if there is mutual love, sometimes our inhibitions hold us back. How far can our vulnerabilities tangle the path to ourselves? Maybe till dawn and perhaps in the morning the guards can be let down and we can accept the love.
6. The Wisp Sings, Winter Aid
Mood: Drowning in the blues
Sometimes blues take their deeper shade and we feel unloved. In such times one seeks for any light of love. The lyrics of this song are very open-ended. Perhaps it is about a love that is looked down on by the world. If these lines intrigue you, then this song and its hypnotic rhythm might move you!
‘And how they hold you like a gun
And how I sing you like a song
I heard when I was young
And buried for a night like this’
7. Coda, Will Killen
Mood: Melancholic happiness of love
This song is about waiting for the love that has faded or perhaps has been curbed due to circumstances. Even if separation is hard, sometimes it is needed to avoid the worse. In this hurt, this song is the consolation one sings to the wounded self -maybe it is better to learn that this universe isn’t made for such a love to exist.
8. Only, RY X
Mood: Love in retrospection
This song is about the naïvety of falling for someone who drains you. It is about rethinking the relationships that were one-sided and suffocating. In retrospection, one realizes that despite the troubles and the discomfort, what made one stick to the love was the naïve understanding – ‘I was only falling in love’.
9. Wide-Eyed, Cold Weather Company
Mood: When you are tangled by questions
This song is about the vulnerability of love. It is about the intense connection as well as the intense doubts one encounters when in love. The song sings the questions we may have asked ourselves. It begins with these striking lines- ‘People, lost in the haze, defeat their own lives…’
By Sharmee Godhulika (Suggest Nest)