Hooks and Books 18

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(Note: This is a new edition of “Hooks and Books”, a series that once appeared on a now-defunct website.)

In this series, we explore the inspiration behind specific songs. To wit, we examine the connection between certain songs and literature. Without any further adieu, here is the latest group of hooks and books:

“The Sixth Extinction Crept Up Slowly, Like Sunlight Through the Shutters, as We Looked Back in Regret”

This is an instrumental on a post-rock album titled At the Soundless Dawn. It was written and recorded by the American group Red Sparowes and dropped in 2005. It was inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Preludes.


This is an evocative instrumental composed by Edgar Winter. It was named after the famous 1821 book by English author Mary Shelley. The song was also named thusly because the finished product is not one take but multiple bits pieced together from numerous recordings. It appears on the 1972 vinyl They Only Come Out at Night.

“The Lord’s Prayer”

This is a recording by the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was inspired by material from The New Testament in The Bible. It appeared as the flip side to the 1963 seasonal single “Little Saint Nick.” It also appears as a bonus track on a CD version of 1964’s The Christmas Album.

“Roll Away Your Stone”

This song is by the English rock quartet, Mumford & Sons. It was partially inspired by William Shakespeare and includes a repeated reference to his classic play Macbeth. It is featured on their debut disc, Sigh No More, which was released digitally in 2010 and physically in 2011.


The song “Shalott” is based on the poem “The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Written and recorded by singer-songwriter, poet, violinist, and actress Emilie Autumn, it was included on her second studio album Opheliac which was released on October 23, 2006. It was her first platter to be distributed worldwide.