Songs that Remind you of Narnia

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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby Louloudi the Centaur » Mar 01, 2013 8:32 pm

The song "Ice Queen" by Within Temptation is a song that really describes the White Witch.

Sample lyrics:

When she embraces your heart turns to stone
She comes at night when you're all alone
And when she whispers your blood shall run cold
You better hide before she finds you
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby Lady Haleth » Apr 27, 2013 5:41 pm

This song reminded me of Puddleglum and how he wasn't afraid to look stupid in order to stand up to the Green Witch. It fits how he would go on believing in Aslan even if it made him look foolish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEpoBGJ9LlA

Title: Fool for You
Artist: Nichole Nordeman
Lyrics:
There are times when faith and common sense do not align,
When hardcore evidence of you is hard to find,
And I am silenced in the face of argumenative debate,
It's a long hill it's a lonely climb. Maybe it's true.

CHORUS:
'Cause they want proof,
They want proof of all these mysteries I claim,
'Cause only fools would want to chant a dead man's name.
I would be a fool for you, all because you asked me to.
A simpleton who's seeming naive,
I do believe You came and made Yourself a fool for me.

I admit that in my darkest hours I've asked what if,
What if we created some kind of man made faith like this,
Out of good intention or emotional invention,
And after life is through there will be no You.

'Cause they want proof of all these miracles I claim,
Cause only fools believe that men can walk on waves.
Maybe it's true.

Unaware of popularity,
And unconcerned with dignity,
You made me free.
That's proof enough for me.

I would be a fool for You,
Only if You asked me to,
A simpleton who's only think of,
The cause of love.

I will speak Jesus name,
And if that makes me crazy,
They can call me crazed,
I'm happy to be seemingly naive,
I do believe You came and
Made Yourself a fool for me.
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby I Know His Name Here » Apr 29, 2013 4:11 am

I think "Scarborough Fair", as performed by Simon and Garfunkel, is a song one might hear in being played by a squire on his lute in the halls of Cair Paravel. IMO, the song has a very Narnian sound to it.

Scarborough Fair
Are you goin' to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine.

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt (On the side of a hill in the deep forest green).
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (Tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground).
Without no seams nor needlework (Blankets and bedclothes the child of the mountain).
Then she'll be a true love of mine (Sleeps unaware of the clarion call).

Tell her to find me an acre of land (On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves).
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (Washes the grave with silvery tears).
Between salt water and the sea strands (A soldier cleans and polishes a gun).
Then she'll be a true love of mine.

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather (War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions).
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (Generals order their soldiers to kill).
And gather it all in a bunch of heather (And to fight for a cause they've long ago forgotten).
Then she'll be a true love of mine.

Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine.
“But there I have another name.You must learn to know me by that name.This was the very reason you were brought to Narnia,that by knowing me here for a little,you may know me better there.”Aslan~VDT
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby Anfinwen » Feb 29, 2016 2:32 pm

I feel like an archeologist digging up this thread!
We just got Apple Music and I was looking up the PC soundtrack because it's the one I don't own. I looked down at the recommendations and saw Prince of Persia. I have not seen it; but visually it reminds me of HHB, so I clicked, curious as to what the music would sound like. I did not realize that Harry Gregson-Williams was the composer and when the Narnia-esque music with an oriental flair came out of the speaker... I cannot describe the feeling. The song I tried was "Tamina Unveiled", and I felt like I was listening to a track for HHB!
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby King_Erlian » Mar 01, 2016 2:58 am

Apologies for blowing my own trumpet again... I posted the link to this in the Musicians' Cafe thread a while back but I don't think many people caught it. It's my song based on the final chapters of "The Last Battle".

https://edenthomas.bandcamp.com/track/mike-nash-farther-up-farther-in-additional-track
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby narnia fan 7 » Mar 02, 2016 4:48 pm

That's a vary good song King_Erlian! vary catchy and upbeat I like how you incorporated some the lines from the end of the book in to the lyrics nicely done.
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby King_Erlian » Mar 04, 2016 3:18 am

Thank you, narnia fan 7! I wrote the music about 30 years ago but the lyrics I came up with at the time were rubbish. But the tune stayed with me. I felt it had such a happy, uplifting feel. When I thought of writing a lyric based on "the Real Narnia" it came flooding back.
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Aug 17, 2016 1:27 pm

Shy Galadriel wrote:"Night Ride Across the Caucasus" by Loreena McKennitt. I think it really matches the Horse and His Boy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz6EFiXbcT8


It's a bit weird responding a post from five years ago, but I was searching to see if anyone had mentioned her music on this thread! Ditto on that song; it's very evocative of the atmosphere of HHB.

Another song of hers that always makes me think I'm in Narnia is "The Mummer's Dance" by McKennitt. I especially love this upbeat live version! The lyrics make me think of dryads and fauns dancing in the Narnian forests. The song itself is about old May Day customs, but I like to pretend that the trees mentioned are dryads:

When in the springtime of the year
When the trees are crowned with leaves
When the ash and oak, and the birch and yew
Are dressed in ribbons fair

When owls call the breathless moon
In the blue veil of the night
The shadows of the trees appear
Amidst the lantern light

We've been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay

Who will go down to those shady groves
And summon the shadows there
And tie a ribbon on those sheltering arms
In the springtime of the year

The songs of birds seem to fill the wood
That when the fiddler plays
All their voices can be heard
Long past their woodland days

And so they linked their hands and danced
Round in circles and in rows
And so the journey of the night descends
When all the shades are gone

"A garland gay we bring you here
And at your door we stand
It is a sprout well budded out
The work of Our Lord's hand"
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby withyouinrockland » Nov 23, 2016 7:27 pm

Try something by George Ezra, he's got an amazing classical voice. I know, when I think Narnia, I usually think the battle song. Nothing is impossible with the Narnia battle song playing in the background!
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Nov 27, 2016 5:49 pm

I know it's an odd combination, but I can't hear "Hotel California" by the Eagles anymore without thinking of Underland. They both have the same hazy, creepy atmosphere, and I think the soft guitar at the beginning is a bit evocative of the LotGK's mandolin. Also, the narrator, the beautiful woman and the night man make me think of Rilian, the LotGK and Mullugutherum respectively.

"Relax," said the night man,
"We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!"


"Many fall down, and few return to the sunlit lands", anyone?

I also ran across a song by a Norwegian artist called Runaway, and it makes me think of Jill's emotional state at the beginning of The Silver Chair. (I kind of wonder if the artist had Narnia in mind when she came up with the concepts for the music video, what with the snowy wood and all.)
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Re: Songs that Remind you of Narnia

Postby Varnafinde » Nov 29, 2016 11:27 am

Even though I'm Norwegian, I hadn't heard about Aurora before (Runaway is the song, while Aurora is the artist) - she has a very nice voice!

The snowy wood changing with the summer landscape, and the singer running through the wood and posing in front of the summer landscape, does indeed seem to owe something to Narnia.

And I see what you mean about Jill ...
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