Fun With Word Clouds

As I work on demos for the next album, I’ve been thinking a lot about lyrics, naturally. Then I decided to have a little fun with the lyrics on our releases so far, and make word clouds out of them.

Here’s what happens when you plop all 40 Sci-Fi Romance original songs into a word cloud generator (I used wordclouds.com)

All Lyrics wordcloud

I was a little surprised “Don’t” made such a strong showing, but I realized it shows up in the choruses of at least four songs, so there you go.

Then I broke down each album, and tried to generate clouds in thematically-appropriate shapes. Here’s our latest, Dust Among the Stars.

Dust wordcloud

There’s “Don’t” again. I think it’s mostly from the songs “Autumn Waltz” and “Please Don’t Cry.” Here’s a look at The Ghost of John Henry.

John Henry wordcloud

“Love” feels about right. Finally, the first album, …and surrender my body to the flames.

Surrender wordcloud

Ok, I know I said, “finally”…but, actually finally, I decided to do one more. The EPs don’t really have enough songs on them to have a ton of lyrics, but since the site had this one more particular shape that was perfect, I decided to do our EP October, where all the songs were inspired by classic horror movies.

October wordcloud

There’s “don’t” again, but “Dead” and “Break” seem totally appropriate. I really like these. I’ll probably do one for the new record, and if you make any for your band, or your favorite artists (or authors), link to them in the comments or or Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to see them.

In the End

The more of this noise that I perceive
The harder it is for me to believe
It’s too much with the hatred, it’s too much with the you-versus-me
It’s too much of pretending the truth is too veiled to see

It’s hard enough
It’s hard to transcend
Sometimes we all need a shoulder
And we’re all we’ve got in the end

I can’t say I understand
Locking the gates ’round the promised land
It’s too much with divisions, it’s too much with the lines in the sand
It’s too much with the torches and pitchforks in all our hands

It’s hard enough
It’s hard to transcend
Sometimes we all need a shoulder
And we’re all we’ve got
Sometimes we all need a shoulder
And we’re all we’ve got in the end

A Mile of Ground

A girl carries water in a gasoline can
A mile to the well, another back again
She didn’t ask to be born in this place
She didn’t ask, but she carries the weight

A boy in Nebraska stares up into space
Feels misunderstood, he dreams of escape
He didn’t ask to be born in this place, but
His future ahead is for him to create

The same heart pounds
As they kick the dirt up from the ground

Why do we wait?
What does it take
To see that in my shoes or yours
A mile of ground
Wherever it’s found
Is still the same distance to cross

A man with an office a hundred floors up
Can see for miles but it isn’t enough
Didn’t know peace would be so hard to find
He looks at tomorrow with fear in his eyes

A girl in the street throws up her fist with a shout
Joining her voice with the gathering crowd
Didn’t know peace would be so hard to find
Seizes her chance to make a better life

The same heart beats
Inside a soul that longs for relief

Why do we wait?
What does it take
To see that in my shoes or yours
A mile of ground
Wherever it’s found
May be the same distance to cross
But if the road’s not paved
The journey’s not the same

We put, we put
One foot
Before, before
The other.