Bookish Playlist: Sawkill Girls

Beware of the dark, dank deep…and of spiraling into the far corners of Spotify.

You might remember that time I made a bookish playlist of all the literary references in Panic! At the Disco songs.

Well, I’m back at it again with a Bookish Playlist devoted entirely to the creepy, murky vibes that are ever-present in Claire Legrand’s Sawkill Girls.

The book is about a mysterious island (near Maine, if I remember correctly?) where girls have been silently and steadily going missing for decades. An evil force lurks within the bowels of Sawkill Rock, and it is up to an unlikely trio of kick-ass girls to put a halt to the dark presence. The book is perfectly gorey, haunted, and suspenseful, and I couldn’t help but cycle through my Spotify to find some spooky vibes to go along with it.

Did you read Sawkill Girls? Is this playlist the perfect set of musical vibes to go along with it? What songs would you add?

You can find the entire Sawkill Girls playlist on Spotify!

This song really just summed up a spooky, girl-power vibe I was feeling in the book. A little bit mysterious, a little bit witchy, and a lotta bit powerful-enigmatic woman, I though it was a good anthem for the girls of Sawkill Rock.

This song about a really torturous, dark relationship reminded me so intensely of Val, and her struggle with (what I’ll call for the sake of being spoiler-free) her demons. She is controlled by them, and she just can’t break the chain.

This is another one that just totally matched the strange and scary atmosphere of Sawkill Rock. Every single lyric in the song aligns perfectly with the suspense and fear in Sawkill Girls.

And I could hear the thunder and see the lightning crack, and all around the world was waking, I never could go back, ‘cause all the walls of dreaming, they were torn right open, and finally it seemed that the spell was broken.

In this bluesy jam, Hozier pleads with his to not feed “it”, because “it will come back.” In the second verse, the lyrics are almost identical, except that Hozier says “don’t feed me, I will come back.” If I picture the demon of this plot as being the mysterious “it”, this song is definitely perfect for the book. And Hozier sounds so darn villainous it it!

Oh, I hope some day I’ll make it out of here,
Even if it takes all night or a hundred years.
Need a place to hide, but I can’t find one near.
Wanna feel alive, outside I can fight my fear.

This is another one that struck a resemblance to Val’s role in the book.

My demons are begging me to open up my mouth.
I need them.
Mechanically make the words come out.
They fight me, vigorous and angry,
Watch them pounce,
Ignite me,
Licking up the flames they bring about.

OH BOY. I guess mild spoiler alert here? This song perfectly hit the mark for the romance that blooms between Val and Marion, in the threat of looming danger.

Come and take a walk on the wild side.
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain.
You like your girls insane.
Choose your last words.
This is the last time,
‘Cause you and I, we were born to die.

Thank you to the Twilight soundtrack for introducing me to this song, which just happens to be strangely gorey and intimidating and a great song for the evil force in Sawkill Girls.

I’ll seek you out,
Flay you alive.
One more word and you won’t survive,
And I’m not scared of your stolen power.
I see right through you any hour.

I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves here.

I heard he’s got a weak spot for you.
He’s gonna come,
Gonna run, coming right back.
I saw you try to hide, to hide,
He’s gonna come running right back.
I saw his inside through his eyes;
The vision was circling black.

Last but not least, we have one more song that I feel speaks directly to Val. As Val holds this immense evil secret inside of her, she is an accessory to terrible crimes, but she is also under the horrific control of a dark monster. One-Half villain, one-half victim.

I sat alone, in bed ’til the morning.
I’m crying, “They’re coming for me”,
And I tried to hold these secrets inside me.
My mind’s like a deadly disease.

I’m bigger than my body;
I’m colder than this home.
I’m meaner than my demons;
I’m bigger than these bones.

And all the kids cried out,
“Please stop, you’re scaring me.”
I can’t help this awful energy.
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me.
Who is in control?

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