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What Good Does It Do To Sing Helplessness Blues

01. Anaïs Mitchell - He Did

But you grew up straight and you grew up true
And he kept a blue-gray eye on you
Until the day he closed his eyes and left them closed
Your daddy didn't leave a will
He left a shovel and a hole to fill
And how it feels, how it feels

How it feels to be a child of his
How it feels to be alive like this

But who gave you an axe to grind?
Who gave you a path to find?

02. Nickel Creek - Speak

Young and with no clue
I still wanna love you
Give credit where it's due
I've got good taste
It's not like I wanna get married
I never asked you to kiss me
Just don't want you to be sorry you didn't try

03. Helplessness Blues*

And now after some thinking, I'd say I'd rather be
A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me

But I don't, I don't know what that will be
I'll get back to you someday soon you will see

What's my name, what's my station, oh, just tell me what I should do
I don't need to be kind to the armies of night that would do such injustice to you
Or bow down and be grateful and say "sure, take all that you see"
To the men who move only in dimly-lit halls and determine my future for me

04. Iron & Wine - Promise What You Will

I said, "Love is waiting
And better days"
She smiled and placed a kiss
On my waiting face
Promise what you will
Something good for me
Time will take it all
And it will, you'll see

05. St. Vincent - Landmines

I'm crawling through landmines
Just to know where you are
There's smoke in my eyes
Cause you're burning the ground

I'm crawling through landmines
Just to feel where you are
Under cover of night I put a pearl in the ground

06. Kimbra - Withdraw

Now I can't spend a minute
Now I can't steal the time
I've lost all my friends like money
I've lost all my men to the sky

I can't keep your loving from my mind
It's worth more than gold, crystals and pride
Ready to shake these stars from me

Oh, I can't withdraw your heart from mine
You're the one thing that sticks right onto my side
No, I can't withdraw your heart from mine
How'd I get so stuck, so stuck to your side?

07. The New Pornographers - Mutiny, I Promise You

What's the weight of the world worth to you, kid
Go write down what you see
And see how far it can go
What's the weight of the world worth to your side
Here is where you got lost
And here is how you got by

And here's the mutiny I promised you

08. Inara George - Bomb

Drop the bomb on everyone
Oh so the feeling's gone
How can i dance and sing?

I don't know where you've gone for good
I'm breaking up my house for firewood

09. Anaïs Mitchell - Coming Down

I never felt so high
I never felt so high
I never felt so high
I think I'm coming down

Please don't leave
Easy feeling
Don't leave me like that
Not yet
Don't set me
Free, free, free, free, free

10. Neko Case - Vengeance Built Me Hastily

All I had was my invention
And my love invented on you
Oh, look what thoughts can do
What thoughts can do
If you're not by now dead and buried
You're most certifiably married
Oh, married

I'm not the man you thought I was
My love has never lived indoors
I had to drag it home by force
Hired hounds at both my wrists
Damp and bruised by stranger's kisses on my lips
But you're the one that I still miss
You're the one that I still miss
And the truth is that it comes as no surprise

11. Alison Krauss - Lie Awake

How do I lie awake now
when I know I've got to be moving on?
How do I lie awake now
when nothing's right and nothing's wrong?

12. Avett Brothers - Tear Down the House

Bulldoze the woods that I ran through
Carry the pictures of me and you
I have no memory of who I once was
and I don’t remember your name

I remember crying over you
and I don’t mean like a couple of tears and I’m blue
I’m talking about collapsing and screaming at the moon
but I’m a better man for having gone through it
Yes, I’m a better man for having gone through


Notes: So basically this chronicles Gale Hawthorne's long and tumultuous life from childhood with his father, through falling in love with Katniss (there is a lot of being in love with Katniss), through the growth of his revolutionary feelings, through the destruction of District 12, through joining up with District 13 and making his bomb, through fighting the war, through Prim's death (this is the Neko Case song and features a lot of self-loathing; I want to be clear that Gale blaming himself for Prim's death does not mean that I blame him for Prim's death. I don't, and neither should you, but Gale absolutely would blame himself because he's a good person who loved Prim okay fandom thanks but we don't blame the inventors of AK-47s for their use in civil wars now do we no we don't thanks), and concludes with him starting to pick up the pieces of his life after the war.

Helplessness Blues has been starred because if you could take Gale and put him into a five minute folk song, it would be that song and I'm obsessed. Hope you like it. If you have any questions about song choices or Gale feelings, I'm happy to help.

Should you like, this mix on tumblr.

Date: 2012-04-10 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh em gee, I have so many ~feelings about this mix, I can't even explain ♥

Date: 2012-04-10 05:42 pm (UTC)
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i'm obsessed with it it's a crisis.

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Date: 2012-04-10 06:22 pm (UTC)
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excuse u she has her own crisis and her crisis is in the film a lot more than mine is THANKS.

Date: 2012-04-10 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2012-04-12 03:13 pm (UTC)
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that's all i want. do not fall into this cave of despair my dear. it's lonely here.

Date: 2012-04-10 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
sorry for barging into your journal, but this mix was so painful and amazing and perfect for gale. i haven't even listened to it yet, but the lyrics and your notes are enough to show me how great this will be. thank you

Date: 2012-04-12 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
don't apologize at all, that's why it's here! i hope you enjoyed.

Date: 2012-04-10 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

All of your choices are A+. Shall have this on repeat for days!

Date: 2012-04-12 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i am doing this because i want people to suffer as i have suffered okay. it's in my intro post tag. :D

hope you're liking it! i certainly am. :)

Date: 2012-04-10 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ahh, this is wonderful. my goodness. so many feelings. ♥

Date: 2012-04-12 03:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-04-10 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
so perfect! i've been having lots of gale feelings so this is perfect! ty

Date: 2012-04-12 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lots of gale feelings is the story of my week. what a tragedy my life has become. hope you liked it!

Date: 2012-04-10 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
so many gale feelings
and your notes = A+
downloading this <3

Date: 2012-04-12 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks! hope you enjoyed!

Date: 2012-04-10 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You give all the Gale Hawthorne feelings I didn't know I wanted.

Date: 2012-04-12 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

keep them, stay with me. i have cookies.

Date: 2012-04-10 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course you love Gale - he's a militarized boy! ♥ Pretty pretty mix, Elyssa. The Neko Case song is amaaaaaaazing.

Date: 2012-04-12 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol i am nothing if not consistent anna darling. hope you like it!

Date: 2012-04-10 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why yes, I would like to listen to this all day at work. Well done.

Date: 2012-04-12 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks doll! hope you liked it.

Date: 2012-04-10 11:20 pm (UTC)
ext_82418: (Actress --> blonde bombshell)
From: [identity profile]
Becoming friends over this on Tumblr was the best idea everrrrr.


Date: 2012-04-12 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
basically. gale/katniss people are my favorite right now. come to me, hold me in the blustery fandom cold, etc./

Date: 2012-04-11 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh your gale stanning, I can't. I love this mix and the ideas behind it! followed over at tumblr x

Date: 2012-04-12 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thank you on both counts! i hope you enjoy.

Date: 2012-04-11 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

That's all.

And thank you :D

Date: 2012-04-11 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gonna try to remember to download this the next time I am on my computer. Gale! My favorite. This looks gorgeous.

Date: 2012-04-12 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks! i hope you like it :D

Date: 2012-04-11 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Going to download because i love all of your mixes, but WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHY ARE YOU NOT WRITING PEETA/KATNISS THIS IS A TRAGEDY.

Date: 2012-04-11 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol sorry dudette i don't really have katniss/peeta feelings

i mean i like them

but that's really the end of the sentence unfortunately

Date: 2012-04-11 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is a great tragedy. I'm going to cry about it for three minutes and then go back to reading White Collar/Star Trek crossover fic. As one does. On break. So it goes.

Date: 2012-04-11 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ahhh I love this! I love the title/art and I am so excited to listen to the songs. I really love folksy music in conjunction with THG, it fits so nicely.

Date: 2012-04-12 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks! i hope you like it.

Date: 2012-04-12 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

but this is way lovely. like, really.

Date: 2012-04-12 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i would and i'm ashamed but also not

i mean i'm ashamed my fandom life is now the hunger games

but this idiot, man. i love.

Date: 2012-04-12 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This mix just makes me want to float away :) It's such a wonderful collection of songs, and your application of them to Gale just gives them an extra depth and connection. I literally cannot get enough of listening to this.

Date: 2012-04-12 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
:D thanks! i can't stop listening to it either, must admit. meta in a mix!
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