Helena's Playlist of Love and Hate
By Jonathan Osborne
Bruno Mars - Grenade [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Bruno Mars - Grenade
This song is about loving someone a lot (I would take a grenade for you) but they don't love you back (but you won't do the same). This represents how Helena loves Demetrius in the beginning of the play, and he doesn't love her because he loves Hermia. This is the ultimate song about unrequited love, which is the reason so many people are using it for Helena. It is a popular song that Helena would definitely listen to in the beginning of the play.
Nick Jonas - "Jealous" (Lyrics)
Nick Jonas - Jealous
The reason I chose this song is in the title. This song is about being jealous of other people for loving someone. That is what happens when Helena is Jealous of Hermia for having Demetrius's love. It describes how she doesn't want other people with her man, (the twist is he doesn't like her). It very accurately represents how Helena feels towards Hermia a little bit into the play, when Egeus talks of the marriage between Hermia and Demetrius.
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud [Official]
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
This song illustrates how Helena feels towards Demetrius. She still loves him and wishes that he would to. She wants for Demetrius to, " take me into your loving arms, kiss me under the light of a thousand stars, place your head on my beating heart". She wants Demetrius's love, but the soulful tone of the song fits her mood, knowing he probably never will. I think this would be a great song to listen to in Helena's position.
ADELE - 'Cold Shoulder'
Adele - Cold Shoulder
This song describes how Demetrius ignores Helena because he is in love with Hermia. It also represents how mean he is to Helena when he is trying to get her away from him. It also touches on the jelaousy that Helena has for Hermia. The lyrics include, You grace me with your cold shoulder (ignoring), whenever you look at me I wish I was her (jealousy), and you shower me with words made of knives (mean words). All these factors make me think that this is the perfect song for Helena during this part of the play.
Sam Smith - Leave Your Lover Lyrics
Sam Smith - Leave Your Lover
This sing is a pleading tune about wanting for someone to leave their lover and come for them. It explains how Helena feels when she wants Demetrius to leave Hermia and come for her. Helena's ultimate wish at this point in the play, is for Demetrius too see the light and fall in love with her. She wants him to ditch Hermia and go with her. This is a great song that shows Helena's feelings at this point.
Christina Perri - Human Lyrics
Christina Perri - Human
This song illustrates how even though Helena loves Demetrius a lot, the words that he says to hurt her make her hate him. She is torn between wanting to do anything for him and wanting to run away from him. The lyrics, "Your words in my head, knives in my heart You build me up and then I fall apart 'Cause I'm only human" shows how his words affect her. She loves him but what he says makes her fall apart.
Welcome to my life-lyrics(Full song)
Simple Plan - Welcome to My Life
This song is about being left out and made fun of. That perfectly fits Helena's emotions when she thinks that everybody is playing a big joke on her. It's also about thinking life sucks,everything going wrong, and nobody liking you. This is how Helena fells for most of the play because she fells mistreated and unlucky. The entire song is about that, and this is definitely the song Helena would listen to during that time.
FOREIGNER - COLD AS ICE
Foreigner - Cold as Ice
The lone classic rock song in this playlist, this is a great song describing how Helena feels towards Hermia. They used to be friends but now Helena feels that Hermia is being really mean and had ruined it all. This sing is about someone being really mean and messing up a relationship. In the play, when Hermia and Helena talk about fighting each other, Helena talks about how Hermia was so mean, and that she is a bad person. That idea is the sole premise of this song.
Christina Perri - Be My Forever Feat. Ed Sheeran (Head Or Heart)(New Song)
Christina Perri Feat. Ed Sheeran - Be My Forever
Both these artist have already been on this playlist, but this song is completely different. Their other songs are sad and bluesy, but this is and upbeat toe-tapper. This song represents Helena at the end of the play when, everybody is back to normal after the prion is removed. It describes her happy life and her relationship with Demetrius. The lyrics, "We're on top of the world We're on top of the world Now darling, so don't let go Can I call you mine? So can I call you mine now, darling For a whole life time? My heart finally trusts my mind And I know somehow it's right" really show how happy she is with Demetrius and her life
John Legend All Of Me Lyrics
John Legend - All Of Me
This is one of my all-time favorite songs! It is a great love song that perfectly represents Helena's blissful love for Demetrius. The lyrics "'Cause all of me Loves all of you Love your curves and all your edges All your perfect imperfections Give your all to me I'll give my all to you You're my end and my beginning Even when I lose I'm winning 'Cause I give you all of me And you give me all of you, ohoh" show how in love Helena is with Demetrius and the this the perfect song on Helena's playlist at this point in her life, at the end of the play.