Grant, I HEAR you! You’ve blogged about an issue that a lot of writers are still not privy to or even aware of for the exact reason you stated, they see other writers do it who can afford to pay for copyright blithely quoting away in their own tomes. I am the biggest music nut in London. And Gunshot Glitter is a Jeff Buckley song and my novel had quotes from The Cure, NIN, INXS, Foals – gorgeous, appropriate lyrics to bolster the intensity of the narrative. I pulled them all out. Made me want to weep.
I don’t have the kind of funds needed to pay £200 odd for 7 words. It’s a shame, oddly, it’s aright for musicians to use words from books in their lyrics, just not the other way round. The thing I don’t get is, from my perspective, it’s free publicity for the artist. If someone loves ‘ A Crowd of Furies in your Head’ as a line, they might think, hmmm I shall go and find that song – and bam! A new fan is born when they fall in love with it. Good luck with your novel.