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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.
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