nina nesbitt

Insomniac Playlist

   Click the songs to hear them. I recommend headphones, a hot cup of tea and a book - put your phone away!

1. Sound Asleep // Blondie : This song just describes that state of mind where you’re craving sleep but it just won’t come to you. Packed with a whirling lullaby melody, a soothing, calming beat and Debbie Harry’s dreamy vocals - this song is perfect to wind down to.

2. Oblivion // Bastille : The basis of this song is about watching someone fall into oblivion and never managing to quite get there yourself. Starting with Dan’s clear, calming voice and a single piano, it escalates into a beautiful tangle of strings with mesmerizing electronic beats and heartwarming, layered high notes.

3. Pale Blue Eyes // The Velvet Underground : It may be decades old but for me, this song is my secret sleeping weapon. Consisting of a mellow bass, light riffs of acoustic-goodness and a pure voice singing some of the most beautiful words ever written - this song and it’s hypnotic nature will have you snoring in seconds.

4. Breathe // Of Verona : This song is purely about love, however the chorus can really help to soothe your breathing and chill you out. Starting out as just a silky voice and basic, haunting accompaniment, it gradually blossoms into a beautifully dramatic collision of cymbals, layered, echoing vocals and a lullaby-esque flooding of drums and piano.

5. Tempt You (Evocatio) // Nothing But Thieves : Pure slow-indie perfection about being tempted away from ‘the city’. It’s a mollifying, smooth vocal that will make your head spin paired with a gradual build-up of minimalistic guitar and electronic sounds - this is sure to send you into a deep on-the-edge-of-sleep feeling.

6. I Work Nights and You Work Days // To Kill A King : This song is written about someone who works nights and comes home to see their partner sleeping lightly. Consisting of a consoling, rich folk voice that lies softly alongside a piano laced with sections of heart-warming strings - this song will make your eyes feel heavy and your bones feel tired.

7. Hold You // Nina Nesbitt (ft. Kodaline) : A match made in lullaby heaven, this collaboration will have you drifting between dreamland and reality. A slightly raspy but somehow clear, Scottish female voice teamed up with a gentle and heart-wrenching, Irish male voice layered over the top of a folk-indie instrumental, this is a definite track for a sleep playlist.

8. The Parting Glass // Ed Sheeran : Now I’m not a massive Ed Sheeran fan, but this hidden track found at the end of Give Me Love from his first album (+) is so simple and yet so soothing that it had to be included. With the only accompaniment being Ed’s harmonized humming and the rest is his reassuring vocal, this minimalistic track is amazing as a lullaby.

9. Final Masquerade (Acoustic) // Linkin Park : The original version of this song was on The Hunting Party, an album that I only own on vinyl but the acoustic version was floating about on iTunes. A true acoustic featuring Chester’s mesmerizing vocal, contrasted with a lower male voice and packets of a woman’s voice during the beginning - this song is like a stepping stone to a chilled out mind.

10. Metal & Dust // London Grammar : Indie relaxation at it’s best, this song can be interpreted into many different messages. Filled with light and fluffy beats, some hidden strings possibly and dominated by Hannah’s velvet-coated vocals, this is fantastic.

He isn’t you

He was lovely and he cared

He was handsome and he was fair

He never made a single mistake

Never took one wrong step

But he wasn’t you

He wasn’t you he wasn’t you

He wasn’t you he wasn’t you

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Sitting in his car

Old, black, new leather seats

We were driving driving but we didn’t get far

I was singing along to some 80ies hits on the radio

Just like that I wish you hadn’t forgotten about me

I wear his shirts to sleep at night

But they don’t feel like yours did

I’m dreaming at night

But it’s not his face I see

So I pretend just for the sake of it

For the hell of it

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But he just wasn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

Didn’t have a touch like silk

And didn’t smell like the wind

He just wasn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

I spent my days hiding away

Cause he just isn’t like ya

He just isn’t like ya

He just isn’t you

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I used to see a future I can’t say that now

You once hold my heart the way he should today

But you do

Oh you do you still do

I craved his attention

But it was yours that I searched for

I’m not ready for him

But he doesn’t see that

I didn’t see that

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But he just wasn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

Didn’t have a touch like silk

And didn’t smell like the wind

He just wasn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

I spent my days hiding away

Cause he just isn’t like ya

He just isn’t like ya

He just isn’t you

Cause he just wasn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

Didn’t have a touch like silk

And didn’t smell like the wind

He just wasn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

I spent my days hiding away

Cause he just isn’t like ya

He just isn’t like ya

He just isn’t you

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He was lovely and he cared

He was handsome and he was fair

He never made a single mistake

Never took one wrong step

But he wasn’t you

He wasn’t you he wasn’t you

He wasn’t you he wasn’t you

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Cause he just wasn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

Didn’t have a touch like silk

And didn’t smell like the wind

He just wasn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

I spent my days hiding away

Cause he just isn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

He just isn’t you

He just wasn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

I never wanted ya

More than this

Cause he just isn’t like ya

He just wasn’t like ya

He isn’t you

Lonely

Close the gates, it’s too late

Hold me now cause I can’t wait

Drag the demons away

Before we make this mistake

Love me now cause I can’t wait

Love me now cause I’m not okay

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I tried to tell you

A million times

But you told me

A billion lies

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And now I’m lonely

Cause you never hold me

And all I wanna do is to dance with you

To swing with you slowly

Cause you took down my pride

And took it with you and

You spent a fortune

But I’ll never have you

No I’ll never have you

-

Do you miss me now, or was it just a game

I guess it doesn’t matter

The outcome will still be the same

No nothing could make this better yet

The wounds will heal

But the scars will write your name

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I wanted to hold you

Every night

But you let me go

Every time

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And now I’m lonely

Cause you never hold me

And all I wanna do is to dance with you

To swing with you slowly

Cause you took down my pride

And took it with you and

You spent a fortune

But I’ll never have you

No I’ll never have you

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I have made up my mind now

The good times are getting rare now

My love for you is long gone now

Who am I trying to fool

Who am I trying to fool

The only one I want is you

Who am I trying to fool

Who am I trying to fool

I’ll only ever want you

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And now I’m lonely

Cause you never hold me

And all I wanna do is to dance with you

To swing with you slowly

Cause you took down my pride

And took it with you and

You spent a fortune

But I’ll never have you