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Weekend Playlist: SF/F Songs About Love

We recently celebrated Valentine’s Day and while it’s a little behind the curve, it did get me thinking about what songs grab you by the heart:

“The Hazards of Love” by The Decemberists

The Decemberists are awesome at grand, sweeping tales, and their album “The Hazards of Love” is a mythological love story in and of itself. It’s a modern concept album of the highest caliber. It’s worth listening to in its entirety.

“The Crane Wife 1 & 2” by The Decemberists

I’ll cheat and use two Decemberist songs this week, one after the other. Their 2006 album, The Crane Wife, has some overarching storylines between a couple of songs, “The Crane Wife 1 & 2” and “The Crane Wife 3”, their take on the Japanese folk tale. From Wikipedia:

The Crane Wife is an old Japanese folktale. While there are many variations of the tale, a common version is that a poor man finds an injured crane on his doorstep (or outside with an arrow in it), takes it in and nurses it back to health. After he releases the crane, a woman appears at his doorstep with whom he falls in love and marries. Because they need money, his wife offers to weave wondrous clothes out of silk that they can sell at the market, but only if he agrees never to watch her making them. They begin to sell them and live a comfortable life, but he soon makes her weave them more and more. Oblivious to his wife’s diminishing health, his greed increases. He eventually peeks in to see what she is doing to make the silk she weaves so desirable. He is shocked to discover that at the loom is a crane plucking feathers from her own body and weaving them into the loom. The crane, seeing him, flies away and never returns.

“The Curse” by Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter’s known for his fantastic songs, and “The Curse” is one of my absolute favorites. An archeologist discovers a lost mummy in Egypt, who awakes and falls in love with his discoverer. He soon reveals himself to her, and they fall in love. It’s tragic, as she wastes away with age while he continues on, and it’s a sweet, heartbreaking song.

“Dusty Cartridges & Long Boxes” by Kirby Krackle

Nerd rockers Kirby Krackle have songs for every occasion. They’ve backed away from their faster nature, and put together this great nerd-love song between a guy and a girl geek pair.

“Be My Doctor Who Girl” by Mitch Benn

This is another fun nerd-love song from Mitch Benn, one for fans of the Doctor Who franchise. I’m sure this song has played out before at conventions.

“My Eyes” by Felicia Day & Neil Patrick Harris

Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog is a great love story in and of itself, one with tragic consequences. “My Eyes”, sung by Felicia Day and Neil Patrick Harris’ characters have this great duet in the middle which sums up things nicely.

“Robots in Love” by Beautiful Small Machines

From largely folk songs to a bit of electronica, which is appropriate, given the subject matter. It’s catchy, and a fun listen.

About Andrew Liptak (180 Articles)
Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

3 Comments on Weekend Playlist: SF/F Songs About Love

  1. Not surprised to see two Decemberists albums here in your list, Andrew 🙂

  2. Love the inclusion of the Dr Horrible song. One of my favorites from it.

  3. crypto nomico // February 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm //

    Jonathan Coulton’s “Skullcrusher Mountain” will break your heart as well!

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