Sadly, this is as HD as the ATLA episodes get, but I hope you give the video a shot anyway and maybe experience some of the emotions I had making it. Big thanks to @worddevourer for having this idea and my twin sister @splickedylit for consulting with me during its creation!
Song: Wait For It from Hamilton Show: Avatar - The Last Airbender
It’s about that time again. After asking twitter when I should share it and an overwhelming vote in favor of “now, you asshole,” I’m excited to share the official playlist for THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS!
Like last time, I’ve included a note about what each song is there for, and the songs are roughly in story order. This, of course, leads to a caveat: while I’ve done my best to keep things vague, the deeper you go and the closer you read, the more you wander into potential spoiler territory.
This playlist grew alongside the book—some songs corresponding to certain scenes, others lending themselves more to the overall vibe. Those of you who’ve read already can probably see their influence and the ways they reflect the story. Those of you who haven’t… buckle up.
So Far From Your Weapon // The Dead Weather //there’s a bullet in my pocket burning a hole / you’re so far from your weapon and the place you were born // a song for lookout duty
Winter // Daughter //drifting apart like two sheets of ice, my love / frozen hearts growing colder with time // a song for three weeks of silence
Blame // Bastille //fall upon your knees, saying ‘this is my body and soul here’ / fall and beg and plead, saying ‘you’ve got the power and control’ / don’t pin it all on me // a song for swift at the door
Gun // CHVRCHES //who are you to tell me how to keep myself afloat? / i tread the water all the while / you stuck in the knife that you held at my back // a song for bleeding lips and finding balance
Get Home // Bastille //how am i gonna get myself back home? // a song for a question
Mother & Father // BROODS //ever since i left my mother, it’s much harder to know / how to make my own life here, how to make my own home // a song for a heart too empty
We the Common // Thao & The Get Down Stay Down //all they wanted was a villain, a villain / and all they had was me / all they wanted was a villain, a villain / so then they just took me // a song for cas and the salt
Beggin For Thread // Banks //strapped down to something that you don’t understand / don’t know what you were getting yourself into / you should have known / secretly i think you knew // a song for cas and the bind
Ships in the Night // Mat Kearney //turn the lights down low / walk these halls alone / we can feel so far from so close // a song for trying to make it work
Black Water // Of Monsters And Men //swallowed by a vicious, vengeful sea / darker days are raining over me / in the deepest depths i lost myself / i see myself through someone else // a song for cas
Trouble // Neon Jungle //they say here comes a hurricane / trouble is her middle name / but i don’t look for trouble / yeah, trouble looks for me // a song for swift at the helm of a needleboat
Hell and Back // The Airborne Toxic Event //and you took me to hell and back / how many times can i walk away from you? // a song for a new year
I’m So Sorry // Imagine Dragons //so you gotta fire up / you gotta let go / you’ll never be loved ‘til you’ve made your own // a song for meeting an old friend in the middle of a storm
Bullets // Rebecca & Fiona //don’t make me show you how weak you are / hurts like bullets between these walls // a song for a punching bag
The Draw // Bastille //in my left hand there is the familiar / in my right hand there’s the great unknown // a song for cas’s turmoil
Leave A Trace // CHVRCHES //i have somehow got away with everything / anything you ever did was strictly by design / but you got it wrong / and i’ll go anywhere but there // a song for cas, the knife
Ghost Towns // Radical Face //but i miss you / but there’s no coming home / there’s no coming home with a name like mine // a song for cas and tom
We Sink // CHVRCHES //we are / i’ve come apart and you made me / float like / a pretty box of your evil // a song for young leadership
Cliffs Edge // Hayley Kiyoko //cliff’s edge, you turn me on / you lead me on / you’ve got me on a cliff’s edge / where i belong // a song for a cold bottle of beer on the trainer deck
Everybody Wants To Rule The World // Lorde //help me make the most of freedom / and of pleasure / nothing ever lasts forever // a song for second times
This Is Why We Fight // The Decemberists //so come to me / come to me / lay your arms around me / this is why / this is why we fight // a song for the last stand
I Bet My Life // Imagine Dragons //i know i took the path that you would never want for me / i know i let you down, didn’t i? // a song for new ships on the horizon
Home // American Authors //i’m not trying to part the ocean waves / i’m not trying to overthrow the throne / i’m just trying to find a way to make it back home // a song for the end in sight
Monster Lead Me Home // Sara Hartman //where there is nowhere to hide / stranger on the other side / we walk in shadows / monster lead me home // a song for cutting a deal
Love Me Again // John Newman //i need to know now / know now, can you love me again? // a song for new beginnings in the bones of old ones
Bet'cha on land they understand, Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters.
And she sighs, and she swoons, and she’s hummin’ little tunes, even has a sorta glow! What on earth could it be? Any hammerhead can see! That sigh! That glow! That swoon! Oh, no! She’s in love!
Somewhere there’s a girl who’s like the shimmer of the wind upon the water, somewhere there’s a girl who’s like the glimmer of the sunlight on the sea, Somewhere there’s a girl who’s like a swell of endless music, Somewhere she is singing and her song is meant for me!
And her voice! It’s warm as summer sky, And that sound, it haunts my dreams, and spins me ‘round, Until it seems I’m flying…
Poor unfortunate souls, in pain, in need, This one longing to be thinner That one wants to get the girl, And do I help them? Yes, indeed!
Look at it all, hall after hall, perfect as you could please here! Marvels galore, and even more, gee, did I mention she’s here? And if - who knows? - all of it goes past even these extremes! Just look at me and you will see someone beyond her wildest dreams!
Just let your emotions tell your body what to do, see how much a single gesture can reveal! And every little step, every single step, is one step closer, to saying what you feel.
Sing with me now! Sha la la la la la, my oh my, Look like the girl too shy ain’t gonna kiss the girl, Sha la la la la la, ain’t that sad? Ain’t it a shame? Too bad, she’s gonna miss the girl.
And at the ball, what will occur? Maybe I’ll find that voice… But I’ll lose her!
But fathers have to learn their daughters have to grow, And if you truly love them you must let them go… And oh, I love you so, if only you could know…. You love her very much, don’t you?
And now at last, love has surpassed each tribulation! Mermaid and woman finally can join and be one! Now they can smile, walking the aisle, here at their wedding celebration!
Now they can be who their meant to be, now they can gaze on a new horizon! Here between ocean and sky, forever and on! Now they can walk, now they can run, now they can stay all day in the sun! Just you and me, And I will be, Part of your world!