The Serpent King: Venom by Dave Connis

A Words song inspired by the book The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, coming from Crown/Random House Spring 2016.

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Dave Connis - Everything


He was the serpent king. His subjects, they prayed for him.

I am the serpent prince, yet their venom flows cold and fresh.


Copperhead shapes on my seams, but no one wants to pray for me

I used to carry a tune, I’d rather carry that than a throne

She is a global queen. Jet fuel runs through her veins

Freedom is her best friend, Her’s is a story without an end.


He was a dragon knight, he towered above the dark 

He lived where he reigned. He had no subjects, just a dream


I am not a king. No, I will never be.

Like all these stories, to each their own.

As I will be.

Thirteen Reasons Why: Reasons Why by Dave Connis

August/Sept/Oct's Words for Words song inspired by the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

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Dave Connis - Vocals, Guitars, Production
Noah Barnett - Cello


Did you feel lost? Did you feel empty?
Did you feel all the weight calling you, to be some thing?

Did have love? The kind that's substantial?
The kind that went down the rabbit trails to keep you safe?

Cause darling I know it's a big hard world
And hurt flows like rivers coursing through or veins like purpose
Darlin I know that you're just a girl
Whose heart needs a fortress, not a place in a hopeless fight
Come back to life

Did you want love? The kind that's fulfilling? 
Because I know being a poster child, will dry you out.

Do you want freedom? Cause I know kingdom
That can give it all to you free of charge

The Fault in our Stars: Bigger Infinities by Dave Connis

The Fault in our Stars: Bigger Infinities

June/July's Words for Words song inspired by the book The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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You gave me forever in limited days.

You gave me a moment in timeless space

I'll walk into the darkness, the affliction we face.

A metaphor our freedom, okay our always.


The pleasure of your company, the pain of your wake.

The distance of religion, the closeness of fate

Your driving unpleasant, but technically safe.

All these things connecting, our okays to our always.


Because pain demands to be felt, just like love.

And I get to choose my options for the two and I like my choices

I do


The Name Of The Wind: Kvothe by Dave Connis

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me' So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin. The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.

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Legend: The Nobody Anthem by Dave Connis


An April Words for Words song inspired by the Legend series by Marie Lu.

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Special thanks to Jenna Clare for her vocalness!


D: Oh my family, this plague's been killing me

The way I can't hold you, the way I can't give you everything

J: Oh my brother please, don't take love when you leave.

Now I can't hold you, now I can't save you and me.


If I can be a legend(prodigy/champion) then I will find a way through the dark.

If I can live a new day, then maybe it's the day our world restarts.


D: It seems unfair to me, all this poverty

It's not a matter of politic it's just the way it's always been.

J: Oh the way I breathe, and all the things I see

None of it makes sense, not even my Republic creeds




Oh my city, my love and all who need

It's time to fight for all of it, time to shake our bindings free.



If I would ever lose you, I would always feel like somethings lost.

We're something sacred, a better way to make it through the dark.


D: Oh the cost of free, the loss is haunting me

Then I see your face, and I know I've found everything.

How To Save A Life: Stones & Wood by Dave Connis

Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends—everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.

Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted—to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?

As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy—or as difficult—as it seems.

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Looking For Alaska: Crooked Neighbor, Crooked Soul by Dave Connis

Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."

Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

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Eleanor & Park: Comic Books by Dave Connis

It's 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love--and just how hard it pulled you under.

 A cross between the iconic '80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel.

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What Is Words For Words? by Dave Connis

On the heels of The Fault In Our Stars Project, I realized something: I love making music about books. This doesn't come as a shock to me considering that I love both books and music. It's a future dream to combine the two by publishing a book as well as an album specific to that book. There's something about an auditory representation of words you read on a page that makes you feel and interact with the story in a different way. Therefore, I'm going to start the Words for Words Mblog (music blog, pronounced Mmmm blog). Instead of writing reviews and telling people my opinions on books (which I'm sure no one cares about), I'm going to write a song for the books that move me the most. I'm not sure what kind of timeline I can adhere too, but my aim is to have a song a month for 2014. 

Of course, my intentions are half-pure. I love making music, but I also desire to build a platform for myself. I also want authors to find a whole new side of fan art in their work (via Dave Connis). In a small way, I hope to give back to them for giving me a good story, however, I'd also like a RT...or a "good job" or "hey, my book has a movie coming out soon, why don't you write the soundtrack?"

Selfless, right?

Now that I've explained the Mmmm blog to you, hop on over to Eleanor & Park, January's Word for Word song.


In case you missed the Fault in Our Stars Project Pt. 1, look below. You may now breathe.

For the first video in the Fault in Our Stars Project by Dave Connis and the Imperial Afflictions click HERE

For the second video in the Fault in Our Stars Project by Dave Connis and the Imperial Afflictions click HERE

For the final video in the Fault in Our Stars Project by Dave Connis and the Imperial Afflictions click HERE

To download The Fault In Our Stars Project Live EP click HERE