Songs that make you think of characters?

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Gervais » Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:43 pm

The song Bottom of the River really reminds me of the meta thread on Jehan here; it does seem like something he'd like to listen to for the lyrics alone, especially since I've always thought the song was about some sort of Judgement Day. http://youtube.com/watch?v=ji5y9NF8rXg


Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it’s a long way down to the bottom of the river
Hold my hand,
Ooh, baby, it’s a long way down, a long way down

If you get sleep or if you get none
(The cock’s gonna call in the morning, baby)
Check the cupboard for your daddy’s gun
(Red sun rises like an early warning)
The Lord’s gonna come for your first born son
(His hair’s on fire and his heart is burning)
Go to the river where the water runs
(Wash him deep where the tides are turning)


And if you fall....
And if you fall....

Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it’s a long way down to the bottom of the river
Hold my hand,
Ooh, baby, it’s a long way down, a long way down

The wolves will chase you by the pale moonlight
(Drunk and driven by a devil’s hunger)
Drive your son like a railroad spike
(Into the water, let it pull him under)

Don’t you lift him, let him drown alive
(The good Lord speaks like a rolling thunder)
Let that fever make the water rise
(And let the river run dry)

And I said

Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it’s a long way down to the bottom of the river
Hold my hand,
Ooh, baby, it’s a long way down, a long way down
Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way, a long long long way
Hold my hand
Ooh, baby, it's a long way down, a long way down
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby CeridwenLynne » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:13 pm

My Immortal by Evanescence always reminds me of Éponine.

The Impossible Dream. I know others have mentioned this already but this song is a perfect fit for Enjolras.

If I Die Young by the Band Perry. This song makes me think about all the Barricade Boys and little Gavroche. I guess it's most fitting for Gavroche.
" He makes no vain sacrifice who fights for a cause. All here are ready to die so that our brothers may live as free men. Liberty... sweet liberty... come fight with those who defend you." ----Enjolras.

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Jehans Rose » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:05 pm

Oh.My.Gosh.

I don't know if this anyone has been mentioned this before, but "Good Old Fashioned Loverboy" is totally Jehan's theme song. It's almost like he wrote the lyrics.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqXuuQDlUnM
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby TheRandomPhangirl » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:16 am

Ooh I have a lot of these. (not really songs so much as solo instrumental and orchestra stuff, but surely it still counts?)

Song Without Words by Mendelsohn always makes me think of Combeferre when I play it. I don't even know why, it just does.
Danse Macarbre by Saint-Saens makes me equally think of Prouvaire and Montparnasse. Maybe there's a little explanation behind that one.
Movement One of Vaughan-Williams' A London Symphony makes me think of the rebels in general, even though it's sort of the wrong city. :?
Hovercraft by Joby Talbot makes me think of Courfeyrac
The Lark Ascending by Vaughan-Williams makes me think of Cosette, and the name of the piece is quite fitting, right? :wink:
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Jehans Rose » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:59 am

How about Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings to describe the Fall of the Barricades? :cry:
"They heard a manly voice cry out: 'Vive la France! Long Live the Future!'
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Marianne » Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:33 am

I realized the other day that if I had to make a fanmix for Éponine it would just be wall-to-wall Emilie Autumn songs.

I couldn't be your friend
My world was too unstable
You might have seen the end
But you were never able
To keep me breathing
As the water rises up again
Before I slip away...

Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt thou the sun doth move
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love

(Opheliac)

-

I will swallow
If it will help my sea level go down
But I'll come back to haunt you if I drown

Will it hurt? No it won't--then what am I so afraid of
Filthy Victorians, they made me what I'm made of
The brighter the light, the darker the shadow
I don't need a minder
I've made up my mind
Go away

(Swallow)

-

I want my innocence back
And if you can't give it to me
I will cut you down
And I will run you through
With the dagger you sharpened
On my body and soul
Before you slit me in two
And then devoured me whole

(I Want My Innocence Back)

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She looks up to the mirrored glass
She sees a horse and rider pass
She says, "This man's gonna be my death
'Cause he's all I ever wanted in my life
And I know he doesn't know my name
And that all the girls are all the same to him
But still I've got to get out of this place
'Cause I don't think I can face another night
Where I'm half sick of shadows
And I can't see the sky
Everyone else can watch as the tide comes in
So why can't I?

(Shalott)

-

How old are you?
I'm older than you'll ever be
I've been dead a thousand years
And lived only two or three
I don't mind telling you
My life was ended by your hand
The kind of murder where nobody dies
But I don't suppose you'd understand

(Gothic Lolita)

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I am still overglorified
My reasons to live
Were my reasons to die
But at least they were mine
Now I'm freedom unbound
Cut the laces of life
The pistol
The poison
The noose
Or the knife
I have chosen my instrument
And said no goodbyes
And my frozen pulse quickens
As the black plot thickens

Like the story I heard
A lifetime ago
Where a girl (and this is funny)
Took her life
And what she doesn't know
Is how long it takes for the water to rise
And the breath to stop fighting
And the cold to close her eyes

(306)
[Dieu] entend ta voix, ô fille des hommes! aussi bien que celle des constellations; car rien n'est petit pour celui devant lequel rien n'est grand.
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby CeridwenLynne » Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:12 pm

I was listening to Someone Like You by Adele the other day and I kept thinking about how this song could fit Éponine and Marius. What if Éponine had survived being shot at the barricades and months later goes to see Marius and Cosette where she realizes that he loves Cossette and will never see her as more than a friend. I could easily see her singing a song like this.

Who You'd Be Today by Kenny Chesney is fitting for any of the barricade boys who died. It speaks of someone who has died young and their loved one ( a parent, sibling, sweetheart, etc) is reflecting upon what their life would have been like had they lived. Would they have married? What would they have named their children? How they are missed greatly by their family and friends.

Here are the lyrics:
KENNY CHESNEY LYRICS

"Who You'd Be Today"

Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
I feel you everywhere I go.
I see your smile, I see your face,
I hear you laughin' in the rain.
I still can't believe you're gone.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who'd you be today?

Would you see the world? Would you chase your dreams?
Settle down with a family,
I wonder what would you name your babies?
Some days the sky's so blue,
I feel like I can talk to you,
An' I know it might sound crazy.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who you'd be today?

Today, today, today.
Today, today, today.

[Instrumental Break]

Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
The only thing that gives me hope,
Is I know I'll see you again some day.
" He makes no vain sacrifice who fights for a cause. All here are ready to die so that our brothers may live as free men. Liberty... sweet liberty... come fight with those who defend you." ----Enjolras.

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Jehans Rose » Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:36 pm

Santa Fe is for the barricade boys all the way. I think that it could mostly fit Enjolras' perspective, but it applies to the others-especially the lines

You've got to face your ghosts and know with no illusions
That only one of you is going home again

(Marius)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W45mlx7an6c

They say that no man is an island
And good things come to those who wait
But the things I hear are there just to remind me
Every dog will have his day

The spirits, they intoxicate me
I watched them infiltrate my soul
They try to say it's too late for me
Tell my guns I'm coming home

I swear I'm gonna live forever
Tell my maker he can wait
I'm riding somewhere south of heaven
Heading back to Santa Fe
It's judgment day in Santa Fe

Once I was promised absolution
There's only one solution for my sins
You gotta face your ghosts and know with no illusions
That only one of you is going home again

And I blame this world for making a good man evil
It's this world that can drive a good man mad
And it's this world that turns a killer into a hero
Well I blame this world for making a good man bad

Now I ain't getting into heaven if the devil has his way
I swear I'm gonna live forever
Heading back to Santa Fe
Got debts to pay in Santa Fe
It's judgment day in Santa Fe
Lord have mercy


So I save a prayer when I need it most
To the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
And sign it from a sinner with no name
When I meet my maker
Will he close the book on the hearts I broke and the lives I took ?
Will he walk away 'cause my soul's too late to save ?
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There was a flash and an explosion."

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Jehans Rose » Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:44 pm

Jehan: Where Butterflies Never Die by Broken Iris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGDSWFkLOKc

Enjolras Colorful Mind also by Broken Iris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJxznGyLVVc
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Jehans Rose » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:04 am

And adding another song:
Enjolras The Scar by Broken Iris. This one is totally after he killed the National Guard.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FV0ToLCeO8
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Barricade Butterfly » Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:34 pm

I think the Broken Iris ones are really accurate, although I'm not sure on Colorful Mind--it reminds me of a different character, but I can't think who.

BUT GUYS. Look at this. So it's been decided in this thread that I Will Follow You Into the Dark, cover by Gavin Mikhail, is pretty much a narration of Orestes Fasting Pylades Drunk, right?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uLagQYbFMos

Well, it seems that George Blagden discovered that too, because he actually went and made this brilliant cover of it...and check out what he does with the second verse! :D

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w30Irt3m_jU

I really hope this hasn't been mentioned before
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Darkhorse » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:35 pm

For Javert, in a manner it would fit Valjean too.

I Vow to Thee My Country

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MG27BKwjaI

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Acaila » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:15 am

All the patriotism and nationalism and sacrifice stuff of it would make it seem more Amis related, but it's actually a piece that has a real ton of royalist connotations. Like, my mum gets cranky if I hum the original (Holst's Jupiter, which is my favourite piece of classical music!) because she gets so annoyed by the royalism of it.
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby what fine marble » Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:06 pm

This might have already been said, but Icarus by Bastille has always struck me as a Grantaire song. I might be a bit biased due to it being my favorite song, though.

Lyrics:
Look who's digging their own grave
That is what they all say
You'll drink yourself to death

Look who makes their own bed
Lies right down within it
And what will you have left?

Out on the front doorstep
Drinking from a paper cup
You won't remember this

Living beyond your years
Acting out all their fears
You feel it in your chest

Your hands protect the flames
From the wild winds around you

Icarus is flying too close to the sun
And Icarus's life, it has only just begun
It's just begun

Ooh

Standing on the cliff face
Highest fall you'll ever grace
It scares me half to death

Look out to the future
But it tells you nothing
So take another breath

Your hands protect the flames
From the wild winds around you

Icarus is flying too close to the sun
And Icarus's life, it has only just begun
And this is how it feels to take a fall
Icarus is flying towards an early grave

You put up your defenses when you leave
You leave because you're certain
Of who you want to be

You're putting up your armor when you leave
And you leave because you're certain
Of who you want to be, oh

Icarus is flying too close to the sun
And Icarus's life, it has only just begun
This is how it feels to take a fall
Icarus is flying towards an early grave

Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5JaxMaCIw4
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Acaila » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:06 pm

So, I was thinking this weekend that The Internationale totally makes me think of Feuilly
English version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTbashsKic
French version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POH14-HMGFc

English lyrics:

Arise, ye workers from your slumber,
Arise, ye prisoners of want.
For reason in revolt now thunders,
and at last ends the age of cant!
Away with all your superstitions,
Servile masses, arise, arise!
We'll change henceforth the old tradition,
And spurn the dust to win the prize!
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
The Internationale,
Unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
The Internationale,
Unites the human race.

No more deluded by reaction,
On tyrants only we'll make war!
The soldiers too will take strike action,
They'll break ranks and fight no more!
And if those cannibals keep trying,
To sacrifice us to their pride,
They soon shall hear the bullets flying,
We'll shoot the generals on our own side.
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
The Internationale,
Unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
The Internationale,
Unites the human race.

No saviour from on high delivers,
No faith have we in prince or peer.
Our own right hand the chains must shiver,
Chains of hatred, greed and fear.
E'er the thieves will out with their booty,
And to all give a happier lot.
Each at his forge must do their duty,
And we'll strike the iron while it's hot.
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
The Internationale,
Unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
The Internationale,
Unites the human race.


Heck, even just the fact that it's originally French but has been translated into so many languages, and has such a broad focus seems to strike well with Feuilly's cross-border solidarity. He is the one who represented the whole world rather than just France after all. Let alone the fact that it is all about uniting the human race and he is all about delivering the world. Then you've got the working man analogies, and some of the references to armed conflict and shooting the generals on our own side remind me of the bit at the barricade too, with Feuilly asking "Where are those men who promised to aid us?". And then, the last verse just seems very much in line with "VIVENT LES PEUPLES" as his effective last words.
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