Meant to live- Switchfoot

Fumbling his confidence-And wondering why the world has passed him by-Hoping that he's bent for more than-arguments-And failed attempts to fly, fly-We were meant to live for so much more-Have we lost ourselves?-Somewhere we live inside -Somewhere we live inside -We were meant to live for so much more-Have we lost ourselves?Somewhere we live inside-Dreaming about Providence-And whether mice or men have second tries-Maybe we've been living with our eyes half open-Maybe we're bent and broken, broken-We want more than this world's got to offer-We want more than this world's got to offer-We want more than the wars of our fathers -And everything inside screams for second life, yeah-We were meant to live for so much more -Have we lost ourselves?-We were meant to live for so much more -Have we lost ourselves? -We were meant to live for so much more -Have we lost ourselves?-We were meant to live-We were meant to live Explanation: The reason I chose this song is to reflect the mutual feeling between the Yanakakis family of being meant to live for more than an underground compound. The line, Wondering why the world has passed him by, expresses Eli s thoughts as he lives in the compound, contemplating why he is where he is. The chorus We were meant to live for so much more. Have we lost ourselves? Somewhere we live inside, is a perfect description of the attitude of the entire family, esp. when they are struggling to maintain sanity. The entire Yanakakis family would play this.

Don t be there- Switchfoot
Don t be there-Don't be there-'Cause I'm on my way-And I'm already gone over-And I'm on my way-And I can't recall myself-How I went down-Did I get shot -Or shoot myself-I'm down here-I m down here-And you're way up there-But that doesn't hurt badly-But it stings right here- And I can't recall myself-How I went down-Did I get shot Or shoot myself -And I won't pretend there's nothing there-You be around and I'll be square-Don't be alarmed if I'm not there-You be around and I'll be square-If you're a rose-Then I'm the thorn-That's in your side-And does it hurt badly-'Cause it burns right here- And I can't recall myself-How I went down-Did I get shot -Or shoot myself -I'd like to say hello-I'd like to say I care-I'd like to let you know-That nothing here's the same with me-Nothing here's the same- And I can't recall myself-How I went down-Did I get shot -Or shoot myself- And I won't pretend there's nothing there-You be around and I'll be square-Don't be alarmed if I'm not there-You be around and I'll be square-Don't be around-Don't be there-Don t be there Explanation: Several of the lines in this song apply to the plot in the book; mostly referring to the relationship between Eli and his late twin brother, Eddy. I would quote a line from the song that directly applies to the book, but I feel that the entire song could be seen to apply to book. If you listen closely, you ll realize that the song addresses very specific issues in the book, e.g., If you re a rose, then I m the thorn that s in your side (referring to Eli s sore feelings toward his brother). This song would be played by Eli about Eddy.

The Blues- Switchfoot
Is this the New Year or just another night?-Is this the new fear or just another fright?Is this the new tear or just another desperation?-Is this the finger or just another fist?Is this the kingdom or just a hit n' miss?-A misdirection, most in all this desperation-Is this what they call freedom?-Is this what you call pain?-Is this what they call discontented fame?-It'll be a day like this one-When the world caves in-When the world caves in-When the world caves in-I'm singing this one like a broken piece of glass-From broken arms and broken noses in the back-Is this the New Year or just another desperation?-You're pushing till you're shoving-You bend until you break-Till you stand on the broken fields where our fathers lay-It'll be a day like this one-When the world caves in-When the world caves in-When the world caves in-When the world caves in-When the world caves in-When the world caves in-There's nothing here worth saving,-Is no one here at all?-Is there any net left that could break our fall?-It'll be a day like this one-When the sky falls down and the hungry and poor and deserted are found-Are you discontented?-Have you been pushing hard?-Have you been throwing down this broken house of cards?-It'll be a day like this one-When the world caves in-When the world caves in-When the world caves in-Is there nothing left now?Nothing left to sing?-Are there any left to haven't kissed the enemy?-Is this the New Year or just another desperation?-Just as I could find you, do the wicked never lose?-Is there any honest song to sing besides these blues?-And nothing is okay-Till the world caves in-Till the world caves in-Till the world caves in-Till the world caves in-Till the world caves in-Until the world caves in-Until the world caves in-Until the world caves in-Until the world caves in-Until the world caves in-Until the world caves in Explanation: This song, much like the last, address the family s own thoughts, whether public or private, about their lonesome and troubling situation. This song also expresses the process of their mentality (or at least Eli s); it goes from misdirection and desperation to pushing and shoving (implying hostility) to hopelessness and eventually depression. The music in this song also fit the mood quite well (for a reader) because the music is sad and emotional. Eli would mostly play this song about his life, but could also be played by any of his family members.

From where you are- Lifehouse
So far away from where you are-These miles have torn us worlds apart-And I miss you, yeah, I miss you-So far away from where you are-And standing underneath the starsAnd I wish you were here-I miss the years that were erased-I miss the way the sunshine would light up your face-I miss all the little things-I never thought that they d mean everything to me-Yeah, I miss you and I wish you were here-I feel the beating of your heart-I see the shadows of you face-Just know that wherever you are-Yeah, I miss you and I wish you were here-I miss the years that were erased-I miss the way the sunshine would light up your face-I miss all the little things-I never thought that they d mean everything to me-Yeah, I miss you and I wish you were here-So far away from where you are-These miles have torn us worlds apart-And I miss you, yeah, I miss you-And I wish you were here Explanation: I picked this song for the same reason as the last except that this song is more general in terms of who it could be sung about or toward. I feel like Eli could have written this song, word for word, about Eddy, his Grandma, any other human relationship, or even the world. Eli s family, especially his mother, could also play this song. This song would be played by Eli.

Setting Sun- Switchfoot
I've got a wound that doesn't heal-Burning out again-Burning out again-I've not sure which of me is real-And I'm alone again-Burning out again-My hope runs underneath it all-The day that I'll be home-It won't be long, I belong-Somewhere past the setting sunFinally free, finally strong-Somewhere back where I belong-They're selling shares of me again-But I'm not buying it-I'm not buying it-My wound goes deeper than the skinThere's no hiding it-So I'm not trying it-My hope runs underneath it all-The day that I'll be home-It won't be long-I belong somewhere past the setting sun-Finally free, finally strong-Somewhere back where I belong-(Going back where we belong!)-(I'll find you)(The setting sun!)-Let the weak say I am strong, and it won't be long-Let the right say I was wrong, and it won't be wrong-Let us find where we belong-Beyond the setting sunBeyond the setting sun-It won't be long-I belong somewhere past the setting sun-finally free, finally strong, Somewhere back where I belong Explanation: I feel as though I had to add this song for it s lyrical connection to the plot of the book concerning Eli and Eddy s tradition of watching the sunset together and Eli s remorse brought by the loss of their custom. It also targets a bit of Eli s confusion over the matter of his brother s death, I m not sure which of me is real and I m alone again, burning out again. Though it is a sadder song, it also speaks of Eli s absurd yet optimistic hope that someday he could be reunited with his brother, in death or life (Eli does have feelings that Eddy may be alive somewhere simply because he thought that it would feel different). This song would be played by Eli.

Gone- Switchfoot
She told him she'd rather fix her makeup-Than try to fix what's going on-But the

problem keeps on calling -Even with the cellphone gone-She told him that she believes in living -Bigger than she's living now-But her world keeps spinning backwards and upsidedown-Don't say so long, and throw yourself wrong-Don't spend today awayCause today will soon be-Gone, like yesterday is gone-Like history is Gone-Just trying to prove me wrong-And pretend like you're immortal-She said he said live like no tomorrow-Every day we borrow-Brings us one step closer to the edge (infinity)Where's your treasure, where's your hope-If you get the world and lose your soul-She pretends like she pretends like she's immortal-Don't say so long-You're not that far gone-This could be your big chance to makeup -Today will soon be-Gone, like yesterday is gone,-Like history is gone-The world keeps spinning on-Your going, going, gone-Like summer break is gone-Like Saturday is gone-Just try to prove me wrong -You pretend like your immortal your immortal-We are not infinite-We are not permanent-Nothing is immediate-We're so confident-In our accomplishments-Look at our decadence-Gone, like Frank Sinatra-Like Elvis and his mom-Like AL Pacino's cash nothing lasts in this lifeMy high school dreams are gone-My childhood sweets are gone-Life is a day that doesn't last for long-Life is more than money-Time was never money-Time was never cashLife is still more than girls -Life is more than hundred dollar bills-And roto tom fillsLife's more than fame and rock and roll and thrills-All the riches of the kings end up in wills-We got information in the information age-But do we know what life is outside of our convenient Lexus cages-She said he said live like no tomorrow-Every moment that we borrow-Brings us closer to the God who's not short of cash-Hey Bono I m glad you asked-Life is still worth living- Life is still worth living- Life is still worth living Explanation: Though, musically, the song doesn t match the mood, the lyrics do match the mood in the sense that they focus on the saying, You never know what you ve got till it s gone. The song also describes some of the relationship between Eli and Lexie, She told him she d rather fix her makeup than try to fix what s going on. This song would be played by Eli about Lexie.

Awakening- Switchfoot
Face down with the LA curbside endings-With the ones and zeros-Downtown was the perfect place to hide-The first star that I saw last night was a headlight-Of a manmade sky, but manmade never made our dreams collide-Collide-Here we are now with the falling sky and the rain-We're awakening-Here we are now with our desperate youth and the pain-We're awakening-Maybe it's called ambition, you've been talking in your sleepAbout a dream, we're awakening-Last week saw me living for nothing but deadlinesWith my dead beat sky but, this town doesn't look the same tonight-These dreams started singing to me out of nowhere-And in all my life I don't know that I ever felt so alive-Alive-Here we are now with the falling sky and the rain-We're awakening-Here we are now with our desperate youth and the pain-We're awakening-Maybe it's called ambition, but you've been talking in your sleep-About a dream, we're awakening, dreamWe re awakening-I want to wake up kicking and screaming-I want to wake up kicking and screaming-I want to know that my heart's still beating-It's beating, I'm bleeding-I want to wake up kicking and screaming-I want to live like I know what I'm leaving-I want to know that my heart's still beating-It's beating... it s beating it's beating...I'm bleeding!-Here we are now with the falling sky and the rain-We're awakening-Here we are now with our desperate youth and the pain-We're awakening-Maybe it's called ambition, but you've been talking in your sleep-About a dream, we're awakening, dreamWe re awakening! Explanation: The chorus and much of the pre-chorus of this song does a fantastic job of displaying the feeling Eli and his family must have been feeling the moment they had come out of the compound. It also reminds you in a few senses of how much worse life in the compound was, e.g., The first star that I saw last night was a headlight of a manmade sky, but manmade never made our dreams collide (referring to Eli s bedroom ceiling). This song expresses the ending mood of this book perfectly. This song would be played by the entire Yanakakis family.

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