Ha ha. Kidding.
Anyway, a funny thing happened on the last page. Third-to-last sentence: "We're. . .back in the sunlight."
Cue the music!
I know a lot of writers make playlists of songs to go with the novel they're working on. (I'm going to leave that preposition right where it is, thankyou.) But when paraphrased lines from songs work their way into your manuscript, does that mean you're listening to that playlist a little too much?
The thing is, Follow Me Back Into the Sun is the theme song for this novel. I originally had it near the beginning of the playlist as a bit part to go with one chapter because it's a nice song and kinda sorta fit.
Then I realized it neatly condenses the feel of the whole book into four minutes, and I promoted it to the end of the playlist. It could have been written about my characters—but, of course, it wasn't.
Did I write a novel based on a song? (No, I didn't)
Or do I simply interpret vague lyrics to mean what I want them to?
I do that second one all the time. Take the line "You can blow what's left of my right mind" from Future Starts Slow by The Kills. I doubt they were thinking about literally blowing up a mentally ill person. But they could have been. I mean, that's what it says.
The Rescues' lines
Love be bravearen't about a boy named Ash and a girl named after the wind.
Burn all the maps and let the ashes blow away
Sirens in the distance crydoesn't have to be about lovers trying to save each other on a battlefield. That's the nice thing about ambiguous lyrics. They let you make the song mean what you need it to mean.
Don't know how to leave you
Don't know how to leave you now
And it's an awesome song. Listen to it, if you haven't already.
(If your browser settings prevent that link from working, you can go to Rhapsody.com and search for "Follow Me Back Into the Sun" by The Rescues. No need to register or pay.)