Words & Music Monday with Cassandra Clare


One more day, my lovelies!!! We’re one day away from the release of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare, the conclusion of The Infernal Devices trilogy, and another piece in the whole Shadowhunter Chronicles puzzle. I’m so excited to find out what’s happening with Tessa, Will, Jem, Magnus, and the rest of our crew.

A while back, Cassie posted the playlist for Clockwork Princess on her site. I asked if I could share something here, to help celebrate CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ release, and she sent me the list, but annotated it with which characters/couples the songs related to. I was excited to get to see the matchups, and I’m excited to share them with you.

Check after the listing for a way you can enter to win a copy of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS and a signed bookplate from Cassandra! It has to do with a character who DOESN’T MAKE IT through the book!!

cass-clareClockwork Princess playlist (and couples or characters the songs remind me of)

Libertines: Music When the Lights Go Out


Is it cruel or kind
Not to speak my mind
And to lie to you
Rather than hurt you?

And alarm bells ring
When you say your heart still sings
When you’re with me
Oh won’t you please forgive me

Snow Patrol: If There’s A Rocket Tie Me To It


And I knew the beat since it matched your own beat
I still remember it from our chest to chest and feet to feet
A fire a fire, you can only take what you can carry
A pulse your pulse, it’s the only thing I can remember
I break you don’t, I was always set to self destruct though
The fire the fire, it cracks and barks like primal music.

Bright Eyes: Perfect Sonnet

Tessa — thinking about all her choices

Lately I’ve been wishing I had only one desire
Something that would make me never want another
Something that would make it so that nothing matters
All would be clear then

Foster the People: I Would Do Anything for You

The Lightwood brothers and their love lives

Every day is a battle I face
Strange life I live
But it’s what you’ve decided
I give it all into your hands
Do what you will with me
And I’ll I smile when you speak
Remember all those times
I was hoping for something?
And shaking my head
From all that I’ve done
But you never left me

Elliot Smith: Alameda

This is really a song about addiction, so I always think of Jem.

Thinking about your friends
How you maintain all them in a constant state of suspense
For your own protection over their affection
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can’t finish what you start

Cake: Love You Madly

About knowing the people you love. Charlotte and Henry.

I don’t want to hold back
I don’t want to slip down
I don’t want to think back to the one thing that I know I
Should have done

I don’t want to doubt you
Know everything about you
I don’t want to sit across the table from you
Wishing I could run

The Weakerthans: Left and Leaving

Magnus – since his whole life is about leaving and being left by those who die.

My city’s still breathing (but barely it’s true)

Through buildings gone missing like teeth

The sidewalks are watching me think about you

Sparkled with broken glass

I’m back with scars to show

Back with the streets I know

Will never take me anywhere but here

Zero 7: Destiny

Jem and Will – “when I’m weak I draw strength from you.” Brotp!

The journey’s long, and I feel so bad.
I’m thinking back to the last day we had
Old moon fades in to the new
Soon I know I’ll be back with you
I’m nearly with you, I’m nearly with you.

When I’m weak, I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart, we are each other’s

Exit Wounds: The Script


And it hurts so bad
That I search my skin
For the entry point
When love went in
And ricocheted
And bounced around
And left a hole when you walked out

Grizzly Bear: Knife

Gabriel & Gideon Lightwood and their troubled family

I want you to know
When I look in your eyes
With every blow
Comes another lie

clockworkprincessBlock Party: I Still Remember

Will/Tessa/Jem – so many should haves.

And I can see our days are becoming nights.
I could feel your heartbeat across the grass.
We should have run.
I would go with you anywhere.
I should have kissed you by the water

You should have asked me for it
I would have been brave
You should have asked me for it
How could I say no?

Of Montreal: Wraith Pinned to the Mist

Spoilery, but about the conundrum of being immortal when the person you love isn’t

Maybe I’ll never die,

I’ll just keep growing younger with you,

And you’ll grow younger, too.

Now it seems too lovely to be true

But I know the best things always do.

Regina Spektor: All the Rowboats

Jem and his violin 🙂

But the most special are the most lonely,
God, I pity the violins

Passion Pit: The Reeling


And all at once i feel this, oh how it clings to me
it reels and calls me towards it, confounding destiny
and i can feel the madness inch by inch
the more i run the more i am convinced
a color all these like the branches glimpse
just like the saddle in the foggy mist

Yo La Tengo: Tears are In Your Eyes


Although you don’t believe me, you are strong
Darkness always turns into the dawn
And you won’t even remember this for long
When it ends all right

Modest Mouse: Ocean Breathes Salty

This one is about a character who doesn’t make it. 🙂

Your body may be gone, I’m gonna carry you in.
In my head, in my heart, in my soul.
And maybe we’ll get lucky and we’ll both live again.
Well I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.

Airborne Toxic Event: Wishing Well


So you stand on the corner
Where the angels sit
And you think to yourself,
“This is it, this is it,
This is all that I have
This is all ll I can stand

Sufjan Stevens: Casimir Pulaski Day


In the morning in the winter shade
On the first of March, on the holiday
I thought I saw you breathing

All the glory that the Lord has made
And the complications when I see His face
In the morning in the window

All the glory when He took our place
But He took my shoulders and He shook my face
And He takes and He takes and He takes.


So… can you picture those songs with those characters??? Big thank you to Cassie for sharing her matchups with us!!!

ShadowhuntersandDownworldersNOW… there’s one song listed that’s about a character who DOESN’T MAKE IT through the book!!!! We all know Cassie revels in breaking our hearts almost as much as she does in making them smile. So, lets have a little fun with this before the poor person’s demise. Who do YOU think the song is about??? Comment below with the NAME of the character you think the song is about, and your prize choice ONLY. Please do NOT include any other information about the story or the character… JUST their name. Comments are open for this until midnight EASTERN. This way there’s no chance that people who’ve already read it can enter. The winner will be chosen randomly from all those who guess the correct character. Drawing will be no later than March 23rd, and winner will be notified no later than March 24th. Winner will receive EITHER a print copy of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS or a print copy of SHADOWHUNTERS AND DOWNWORLDERS and a signed bookplate from Cassandra!!

So… let the speculation begin!! Good Luck!!


  1. Comment by bn100:



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  3. Comment by heathercm2001:

    Copy of Shadowhunters and Downworlders

  4. Comment by Na S.:

    My guess is Jem.
    I would like to enter for Clockword Princess, please.

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