The Playlist


I used 7,200 songs, divided between Manic and Depressive playlists while writing Bury My Heart at Conference Room B. A lot of rock, spanning from March 3, 1951 when the first rock and roll song was recorded to January 03, 2010, when the manuscript was completed, and feathered through with every genre from bop jazz to hip hop to classic country and soul to show tunes to world music. If anyone wants the printouts of the list, email me at and I’ll send them to you.

Here is a shorter playlist that contains songs about the themes in Bury My Heart at Conference Room B. It’s not attempting to be a complete list or representative of every genre I dig nor of my all-time personal favorite tunes but it contains some great cuts.

  1. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, The Allman Brothers Band
  2. All I Want Is Everything, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes
  3. All That You Have Is Your Soul, Tracy Chapman
  4. Believe I’ve Found, Original Soundtrack Of Our Lives
  5. Believe in Me, Sloan
  6. Build Your Own Fire, Eddie Hinton
  7. Can’t Buy Me Love, The Beatles
  8. Caravan of Love, The Housemartins
  9. Catch Yer Own Train, The Silver Seas
  10. Do You Hear the People Sing? Les Misérables Original Broadway
  11. El Gavilan, Marianne Faithfull
  12. Fade Away (Acoustic Live), Noel Gallagher
  13. Flowing, Teenage Fanclub
  14. Get It While You Can, Howard Tate
  15. Ghost Dance, Chris Whitley
  16. Give a Man a Home, Ben Harper/The Blind Boys of Alabama
  17. Guaranteed, Eddie Vedder
  18. Heroes, David Bowie
  19. Homesick, Kings of Convenience
  20. Homeward Bound, Simon and Garfunkel
  21. Human Touch, Bruce Springsteen
  22. I Am a Patriot, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
  23. I Believe (In Everything), JJ Grey and Mofro
  24. I Dare You (Acoustic), Shinedown
  25. I Do Believe, The Duke Spirit
  26. I Have a Dream, Mood Swings
  27. I Will Follow (Live in Boston), U2
  28. I Will Follow You, Baaba Maal
  29. I’ll Be Long Gone, Cold Blood
  30. I’m Free, The Rolling Stones
  31. I’m Free, The Who
  32. I’m Just Another Soldier, The Memphis Horns
  33. If I Could Help Somebody, The Blind Boys of Alabama
  34. If I Had a Hammer (Live), Eddie Floyd
  35. Kick Out the Jams, MC5
  36. Know Your Rights, The Clash
  37. Last Train to Heaven, Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls
  38. Let’s See Action (Live), The Who (w/Eddie Vedder)
  39. The Letter, The Veils
  40. Little Bit o’ Soul, TheMusic Explosion
  41. Like Alcohol (A Hole the Size of Part 2), Nico Stai
  42. Middle Management, Bishop Allen
  43. No Ceiling, Eddie Vedder
  44. Oh Set a Light (Live), Carrie Rodriguez and Chip Taylor
  45. People Got to Be Free, The Rascals
  46. Private Revolution, World Party
  47. Raise Your Hand, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  48. Resurrection Song, Mark Lanegan
  49. Respect Yourself, Staple Singers
  50. Rise, Chuck Prophet
  51. Rong Radio, Benjamin Zephaniah
  52. Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast), Lostprophets
  53. Sad, Sad Song, M. Ward
  54. Scratch Your Name, Noisettes
  55. Shake the Tree, Matthew Ryan
  56. Sixteen Tons (Live), Eels
  57. The Soul of a Man, Blind Willie Johnson
  58. Spirit, The Waterboys
  59. Stand Up Jamrock (Ashley Beedle Remix), Bob Marley and The Wailers
  60. Tell Me Where the Road Is, Guy Davis
  61. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Gil Scott Heron
  62. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), Sly and The Family Stone
  63. This Is the Sea, The Waterboys
  64. That Soul Twist, Peter Case
  65. This Is It (Your Soul), Hothouse Flowers
  66. This Is the Thing (Live in Studio), Fink
  67. Time Has Come Today, Chambers Brothers
  68. Time Stops, Teenage Fanclub
  69. True Blue, Gary Louris
  70. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
  71. The Truth Is the Light, The Wood Brothers
  72. Waiting for My Real Life to Begin, Colin Hay
  73. Work to Do, Isley Brothers
  74. Working Too Hard, Lyle Lovett
  75. You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want), Joe Jackson
  76. Your Life Is Now, John Mellencamp
  77. What Good Am I? Tom Jones