Eight Songs for the Restless, the Gypsies, the Wild Things (& Me).

Via Kate Bartolotta
on May 31, 2012
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 I woke up restless yesterday.

And went to bed restless tonight.

In the in-between (and hopefully the again soon) I kept dreaming of far away places, and handmade boats; of soft, strange sounding languages that would roll around awkwardly in my mouth; of throwing a few sundresses and my cowgirl boots in a bag, and running away to live with gypsies and tinkers and dancing until the sky turns to ink.

When you are filled with wanderlust, restless, gypsy-hearted, tossing and turning—sometimes a song can be your boat:

1. When I grow up, I want to be a wild bird and fly away to wherever this is:

2. There are no words for this. Only made up ones in a language I used to whisper to my toys. I don’t remember it. I think they speak it in Iceland.



3. If you aren’t listening to First Aid Kit, please. Get to it.


4. “I don’t think about you anymore (but I don’t think about you any less).”


5. Some songs, like twinkling fairy lights or far away fireflies, add a little bit of magic to your tossing and turning.


6. They said they made it up. I heard it means “Oh, Infinite Nakedness.” Either way (or both ways) Om Nashi Me.



7. The moon plays the ocean like a violin…


8. Wake up to the sound of your fleeting heart:


And if you’re still wild and restless, start and the top and listen again and again until it’s time to fly away (or time to hit your pillow and sail away to sleep).

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is a wellness cheerleader, yogini storyteller, and self-care maven. She also writes for Huffington Post, Yoga International, Mantra Yoga+ Health, a beauty full mind, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. Kate's books are now available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. She is passionate about helping people fall in love with their lives. You can connect with Kate on Facebook and Instagram.


8 Responses to “Eight Songs for the Restless, the Gypsies, the Wild Things (& Me).”

  1. brooke says:

    that first aid kit song is a fever ray cover… if you haven't been listening to fever ray, you must. she blows that out of the water..

  2. Yes! Love the Fever Ray version too.

  3. […] Hung out with a wonderful bunch of raggle taggle gypsies who I love and laughed and played and made mischief of one kind and another. I didn’t think about my […]

  4. loving this. thank you Kate! My ears are very happy.

  5. Lauren Autenrieth says:

    Id love the names of some of these artists so I can continue supporting them outside of your playlist!
    Awesome stuff!

  6. Saige says:

    Andrew Bird is a god. I highly recommend Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head & Why. So talented!

  7. Zia Teige says:

    I was just wondering if you could let me know which each song is supposed to be? For some reason it’s only showing me images, and am unable to listen to any but number 1.

    Was really needing to hear these tonight 🙁

  8. Annie says:

    Could u please please please give us the list of artists and songs? I need this on my morning playlist!!!