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ONTD Original: Songs Inspired from Works of Literature



Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush.
inspired by "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte.


Kate Bush is so relevant she placed at #22 on Las Culturistas "200 Moments of Culture" as the OG queen of being a young white girl musical genius. To quote Bowen Yang, "if you didn't have Kate Bush you wouldn't have your Fiona Apples, your Lordes, your Billie Eilishs."

This song was Bush's debut at 18 (she had been writing songs and lyrics since she was 11) and is based heavily on the gothic romance "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. The song is told from the perspective of Ghost!Cathy. For the music video, Bush choreographed herself and wanted to allude to the fact that she was dancing as a ghost. Icon.




tolerate it by Taylor Swift.
inspired by "Rebecca" by Daphne du Marier.


Swift spoke of the inspiration to "tolerate it" at the Apple Music Awards, “When I was reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and I was thinking, ‘Wow, her husband just tolerates her. She’s doing all these things and she’s trying so hard and she’s trying to impress him, and he’s just tolerating her the whole time. There was a part of me that was relating to that, because at some point in my life, I felt that way.”

I'm not entirely sure that's the interpretation I got whilst reading the book, but it does serve to bring more awareness to an iconic tale rather than the recent messy Netflix adaptation starring ONTD Problematic Fave Lily James and [redacted].




It's All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion.
inspired by "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte.


"It's All Coming Back to Me Now" is a power ballad written by Jim Steinman. It debuted on the Pandora's Box album, "Original Sin," and was ultimately brought to fame by Celine Dion on her album "Falling into You." Originally, Meatloaf had lobbied Steinman to record the song for Bat Out of Hell II but was replaced by "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."

Of the song, Steinman said, "[Wuthering Heights] is always made much too polite; it always has been in movies. This isn't the Wuthering Heights of Kate Bush—that little fanciful Wuthering Heights. The scene they always cut out is the scene when Heathcliff digs up Catherine's body and dances in the moonlight and on the beach with it. I think you can't get much more operatic or passionate than that. I was trying to write a song about dead things coming to life. I was trying to write a song about being enslaved and obsessed by love, not just enchanted and happy with it. It was about the dark side of love; about the ability to be resurrected by it... I just tried to put everything I could into it, and I'm real proud of it."

I mean, definitely changes how you look at the song, but it is an iconic power ballad and will remain so thanks to Dion's flawless vocals.




Rocket Man by Elton John
inspired by "The Rocket Man" a short story by Ray Bradbury.


Bernie Taupin, Elton John's longtime song writing partner, wrote the first lyric to the song driving around near his parents home, and had to rush home in order to write the lyric down so he wouldn't forget. There is some dispute from Elizabeth Rosenthal, writer of "His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John" that Taupin was actually inspired by a shooting star or airplane instead of the short.

John and Taupin also wrote "Lord of the Flies" and "All Quiet on the Western Front" based off their novel counterparts, which unfortunately did not make the list because I hated reading those books in school.




The Invisible Man by Queen.
inspired by "The Invisible Man" by H.G. Wells.


The novel is by sci-fi horror (and overall terrible garbage man **edit: OP mixed him up with Lovecraft. Apologies) writer H.G. Wells that centers on a man who is able to, through science things, turn himself invisible and begins to act up and even commits murder. The song was written by Queen drummer Roger Taylor after he had read the novel. Rumor is he came up with the beat for the song while in the bathtub.



ONTD, if you could write a song based off of a novel, what would it be?


OP Note: This was gonna be longer but i got tired. lol. so add your faves!!
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