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.

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If I Fell


You took my hand, took me under your wing
So smart, so funny, so perfect at everything
All I thought I could never be
Try to live up to what you see in me

But sometimes the climb’s so steep
The clouds shroud a peak out of reach

If I fell
Would you save me
Or close my memory in a file
Buried under lock and key?

I’m not blind, naive, or innocent
I’m not the first to think you’re heaven sent
But yesterday means nothing to me
It’s left its scars and set us free

But some nights the light’s so weak
The next step ahead so hard to see

If I fell
Would you save me
Or close my memory in a file
Buried under lock and key
And if I fell
Would you catch me
Or just write beside my name
“What might have been…”?

A heart alone too long
Don’t know what it can and can’t believe
If your love, your love was just a dream
Then let me sleep, let me sleep

If I fell
Would you wake me
And tell me it’s all right
I’ve got you, baby?

I’ve got you
I’ve got you, baby

Autumn Waltz


And it’s hard to remember these days
The way it all held me in
The thrill of skin on skin

And it’s hard to recall the way
Time could move so slow
In your arms that long ago

And I wish I could fall in love
Like I did once before
But my heart it don’t beat the same
My heart, it don’t beat the same
…anymore

And you said love was a mystery
Hearts and hopes, they change
Just leaves on an autumn day

I know it’s all history
Memories to shut away
No point in trying to explain

That I wish I could fall in love
Like I did once before
But my heart, it don’t beat the same
My heart, it don’t beat the same
…anymore