Thursday, October 6, 2011

Lyrics That Either Have or Could Have Inspired Awesome Game Sessions

We all know of songs that were inspired by some bit of fantasy literature, or even DnD.  Zeppelin comes to my mind most often in this regard.  (from like 2:50 on for a minute or so)

Let's flip that around.  Here's the question---have you ever had a specific bit of song lyric that inspired something in your game?  Either a monster, encounter, theme, adventure, or something else? If not, can you think of a part of a song's lyrics that you would love to do something with because it's so fucking awesomely evocative of something cool for DnD?

Name the song, specific part of the lyric, artist, album, and what you've done with it (or want to do with it), and tell us how it turned out.  It you want to be really cool, link to the YouTube video and tell us the minute/second mark of the lyric.  :)

Edit to add:  Maybe it's the 6-pack talking, and I know its hardly METAL!!! (though a great tune), but I'm thinking there is something that can be done with Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence.  There's some creepy shit in them thar lyrics...


ze bulette said...

Yeah, definitely! Two by Genesis are the Squonk and the even better Giant Hogweed, both of which I've posted D&D monsters based on. Only took me 28 years or so.

JoetheLawyer said...

What were the lyrics? What were the monsters?

Adam Nowak said...

Two songs come to mind that might work...

The Wizard by Uriah Heap;
"He was the wizard of a thousand kings
And I chanced to meet him one night wandering..."

In The Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson;
"The black queen chants
the funeral march,
The cracked brass bells will ring;
To summon back the fire witch
To the court of the crimson king."

The alternate title of this one is "Return of the Fire Witch"!

Both songs are pretty awesome.

Roger the GS said...

What you mean it's not metal? Old school CT><HC!

Jeff Rients said...

The line from Blue Oyster Cult's track "Career of Evil" that goes "I choose to steal what you choose to show" is my buddy Pat's sort of all-purpose D&D motto.

Von said...

"Here's the question---have you ever had a specific bit of song lyric that inspired something in your game?"


Rather than repeat myself, y'know. Haven't tried it for D&D yet, but it should work.

Rhetorical Gamer said...

I once wrote up a whole summer campaign for In Nomine after listening to the Fiona Apple song, Criminal...

Also, not exactly the same, but Carry on My Wayward Son has pretty much become my theme song when I need inspiration to start working on an Amber DRPG session.

Jon Hendry said...

It's kinda cheating, and it's more CoC or Laundry than D&D, but the album "Shadow Out of Tim" by Darkest of the Hillside Thickets.

It's cheating because the CD tells a story inspired by Lovecraft's Shadow Out Of Time.

Jon Hendry said...

Can be heard at:

Eric Wilde said...

I regularly use music, and specific lyrics, to create adventure sessions. Here's a list of songs used (though not the time marker for the lyrics) for a recent Pendragon jaunt.

Syrsuro said...

Ages ago (~'87?) a friend of mine ran a D&D campaign heavily inspired by The Police's Wrapped Around Your Finger .

You consider me the young apprentice
Caught between the Scylla and Charybdis
Hypnotized by you if I should linger
Staring at the ring around your finger

I have only come here seeking knowledge
Things they would not teach me of in college
I can see that destiny you sold
Turned into a shining band of gold

I'll be wrapped around your finger
I'll be wrapped around your finger

Mephistopheles is not your name
I know what you're up to just the same
I will listen hard to your 'tuition
You will see it come to it's fruition

Devil and the deep blue sea behind me
Vanish in the air you'll never find me
I will turn your flesh to alabaster
Then you'll find your servant is your master

Oh, you'll be wrapped around my finger
You'll be wrapped around my finger