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fst: Two Minds and All the Places They have Been

[Okay, what was going through my head making this *yes, I had a thought -- try not to faint* was to chronicle Charles & Erik's relationship right through the film, with a different song for each different important scene. Which is why there's a film-quote for every track. ^_^ The idea/hope was that you could listen to this and feel like you've relived the movie. Anywho -- lemme know if I've chosen craply, alright? *but I doubt it -- there are Scorpions.* ^_^]


1. dance with the devil /frankenstein's monster.
‘say goodbye
as we dance with the devil tonight
don't you dare look at him in the eye...’

This is Erik-The-Badass's Theme. This song fits his BAMFness to a T - especially the scene in the villa in Argentina -- the way he glares at those Nazis -- but it's also clearly a Charles/Erik song. Charles saying 'I believe in you' while knowing the dangerousness of his friend/their disagreement. >:-D
2. I'm alive! {it's much harder than it looks}
‘I'm alive! and I'm seeing things mighty clear today, I'm alive...;’
Meanwhile, what's Charlie-boy doing? Oh, he's drinking like a sump and hitting on women, ineptly. ^_^' This track has EXACTLY the same faux-old/retro feel as that Gnarls Barkley instrumental they used over the mutant-recruitment sequence *which this could also apply to* But I thought I'd put it here because I can picture Charles, out on the pop, getting up to dance to this number -- the song's theme of self-acceptance seems very much his kind of groovy. ^_^

3. side by side. {there's someone else out there}
‘a single voice in an ocean of constant noise,
but somehow our ears were trained to recognize
when we hear you call our name;’
*happy sigh* Oh this, this song, I'm coming to adore this song. Here, I've used it as the theme for  when Charles and Erik meet -- and Charles hears the 'foreign sound' of Erik's thoughts, out in the ocean - but really it could be their theme throughout the whole film. The lines about there being no language to describe what they've been through, and that their hearts eventually lie 'buried deep beneath the sand.' >_<. *ouch* 
4. beware of darkness {don't kid yourself}
‘beware of sadness. it can hit you, it can hurt you, make you sore,
and what is more
that is not what you are here for...’

In my head, this song is the 'What do you know about me?/Everything' scene - Charles talking to Erik about his violent past and the danger of his repeating it;
in particular, the line about 'beware of greedy leaders' sounds just like something Erik would say; it's so disillusioned. And also, since it's Charles speaking, English-accent-FTW! ^_^
5. two heads are better than one {we'll show you ours...}
‘two heads are better than one, it's double the pleasure babe, it's triple the fun!’ 
Hee! This is my theme for the Mutant!Recruitment!MontageofAwesome! ^_^ I think the lyrics speak for themselves...
6. humanity {children of the atom}
‘you're a drop in the rain, just a number not a name,
and you don't see it, you don't believe it.
at the end of the day you're a needle in the hay, you signed and sealed it,
and now you’ve got to deal with it.
humanity, humanity, goodbye;’
Scorpions! Firstly, you can't have a fanmix half devoted to a German character without including the king of all German bands! *she said, hyperbollically* So many of their songs are awesome that I had a hard time narrowing it down to just the two I've included here, but in this context I thought 'humanity' was begging to be added. Also - 'you're a number not a name' perfectly sums up Erik at the start of the film! There's something in the riff of this song which has a Bond Theme air about it; also, it has this endearingly bizarre one-man-band type break at the very end, which made me think of the Russian General and his pompousness. ^_^
7. have no fear {a very beautiful memory}
‘have no fear in your heart, 
though you feel you've been broken and lost.
there's a world where we will meet up again,
there's a place that mends your hurt and takes you in;’
Satellite of Love: This is Erik's Mother's Song. When Charles pulled that memory out of Erik's head, it was as if she was a ghost, come back from the dead, and I imagined this lovely little song to be her speaking from beyond the grave.

8. after the storm {there's so much more to you than you know}
‘and there will come a time you'll see with no more tears,
and love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
get over your hill and see what you find there,
with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair;’

Satellite of Love: *winces* Okay, I know I disparaged the Mumf las time round, but I have a reason for liking this song. *bear-with-me* It was used in a Sci-Fi series, in an episode about a pregnant woman losing her baby -- she has a dream, while unconscious, in which she's on a paradise planet (which is orbited by two beautiful moons), where friendly people tell her they have to keep her baby with them, while she returns to the space-ship. When she wakes, she finds out she's lost the baby, walks to the nearest window and sees... the same two moons from her dream. Now maybe I'm a sap, but that totaly killed me - hence, the positive association with this song.
SO, now it's become the sort of thing Charles would say to Erik, being all faith-filled and hopeful on his behalf.
9. no one ever loves in vain {try again}
‘what we had showed me the power of a very special friend
our amazing bond we formed while you were here 
well that will never end.
every moment shared was worth it...
Satellite of Love: Beverley Knight's stuff has a sort of old-school motown/soul feel to it, so in it went. And again, this embodies the real strength of Charles & Erik's friendship, especially in the Satellite of Love scene. ^_^
10. love is only a feeling {do you have it in you}
'The first flush of youth was upon you when our eyes first met
And I knew that to you and into your life I had to get
I felt light-headed at the touch of this stranger's hand
An assault my defences systematically failed to withstand...'
...but then, that damn Kennedy makes his address, Erik gets back on to the 'Kill!Shaw' mindset, so the lovely friendship/shmoop of the satellite dish-push goes out the window. I thought this song had that same ambiguity; because the melody's like a proper rock love-ballad but the lyrics aren't. Suits that shift in Erik and Charles' interactions, I thought. The Darkness have an old-school glam metal sentiment that edges them back towards the 60s, bit more period. ^_~ *also, English accent - ftw*

11. mrs. o
{peace was never an option}
‘will you leave us hanging now that we are grown up and old?
will you kill me if I say I told you so we all know
there's no hitler and no holocaust no winter and no santa claus
and yes Virginia all because
the truth won't save you now...
Okay, time for a wild!card, this is like the escalation of Erik's disenfranchisement and cynicism towards the ending of the film- plus, you don't often get many angry piano pieces, and this is one. Plus, you know, Dresden Dolls. Amanda Palmer. Why would I not include her?? ^_^'
12. cochise {ready for this?}
‘well I'm not a martyr I'm not a prophet
and I won't preach to you but heres a caution
you better understand that I won't hold your hand
but if it helps you mend then I won't stop it;’
Another badass track! ^_^ This one I picked because of the sound of the guitar in the intro - it has that metal edge to it,
just like the sound-effects they used whenever Erik uses his power. Plus, it was in the Ironman trailer, and the link was too good to pass up. >_<.
13. bloodstream {between rage & serenity}
‘i think I might’ve inhaled you, I can feel you behind my eyes
you've gotten into my bloodstream, I can feel you floating in me
the spaces in between
two minds and all the places they have been;’
Bit more of a 'typical' fanmix song, and the one I got my title from! Originally, I was thinking that this song suited the moment when Erik finally dons the 'magneto' helmet; because he can't trust Charles to keep scratching around 'behind [his] eyes.'
14. love is war {never again}
‘you were once a friend to me, now you are my enemy. 
passion turns to hate and you make hate worth fighting for. 
i will re-write history and you will not exist to me. 
on the day you crossed the line I found out love is war...’
This is the other Scorpions song, and the lyrics are so apt I don't really need to explain; but imo, this is the moment at which Charles and Erik first come to blows/Charles first realises what his friend has become.

15. say it to me now {we're brothers, you and i}
‘;this is what you've waited for, your chance to even up the score
and as these shadows fall on me now I will somehow
cause I'm picking up a message lord and I'm closer than i've ever been before.
so if you have something to say,
say it to me now;’
First of all, if you haven't seen the film Once, you must. Second, since we've already had Brit-songs and two German songs, I felt like I should honour Fassy's Irish accent too. Lets' be honest - it had to be an Irish accent for such an emotionally charged scene, right? And crikey, Glen Hansard fits the bill - the amount of feeling he manages to inject into his voice is incredible; never fails to make me choke up. This song, to me, is Erik-- waiting, praying for Charles to say that he will stand by his side...
16. all the way down {oh my friend, I'm sorry...}
‘and what chance have we got, when you missed every shot for me?
and in the morning when you're turning, I'll be out of reach
and in the darkness, when you find this, I'll be far to sea...’
...and this is the expression on Erik's face when Charles says -the- killer line. He just looked like he'd died! (The 'shot' Charles missed, of course, being the point-blank one, back at the Satellite Dish; and the irony of that stings) So, this song is Erik's farewell - maybe just enough grace left in him to express a kind of wistfulness at the fact that him and Charles aren' t going to be together any more...

17. god was never on your side {the humans have played their hand}
let the sword of reason shine, let us be free of prayer and shrine,
god's face is hidden, turned away,
he never has a word to say...’
*and just to give you genre-whiplash* MOTORHEAD! B-) No one writes anti-establishment lyrics like Lemmy the Legend, and to me this is the 'humans are bad' disenfranchised Erik from the Dresden Dolls song; angry and self-righteous again.
18. a dead-end mind {no more hiding}
‘so I finally fall behind
with a deadend mind
i wasted all this time,
with a deadend mind...'
But it's still not all good, right? Because Erik's just fucked up his boybestfriend, and I'd imagine both men would be feeling bitter about it, so here, have Madrugada.
19. earth song {i can't feel my legs}
‘did you ever stop to notice all the blood we've shed before?
did you ever stop to notice the crying earth, the weeping shore?’
I know, I know, Michael Jackson = WTF, but I've always had a soft spot for this song, and I was rewatching X1C t'other day (one of the many, many times, I should say) and wracking my brains trying to think of ~the~ song that summed up that beautiful heart-breaking end shot, that pan out from the beach and Charles repeating 'I can't feel my legs.' >_<. Part of me thought that should have been the end of the movie...
20. love's recovery {professor x}
‘i search for our absolute distinction
not content to bow and bend to the whims of culture
that swoop like vultures,
eating us away; to our extinction...
Indigo Girls! I know, random, but there's a feeling to this song, there's a kind of regretfulness to it,
and when I listen to it I think of how subdued Charles was, at the end of the film. Like he was shell-shocked by the divorce. *wibble*

21. diamonds and rust
‘now you're telling me you're not nostalgic
then give me another word for it
you were always so good with words and at keeping things vague
because I need some of that vagueness now it's all come back too clearly
yes I loved you dearly...
Ahh, Joan Baez. I know Priest did a cover of this and if I had any respect for my classic-rock chops I'd include them- but really, this is Baez's song. And I guess, in a way, this could equally be about Moira and Charles as about Charles and Erik - in the interest of fairness.
22. samson {a gap in my life}
‘you are my sweetest downfall
i loved you first, I loved you first.
beneath the stars came falling on our heads
but they're just old light, they're just old light
your hair was long when we first met;’
Well now I couldn't let Charles have his woobie-song without giving Erik the same chance, could I? So here's a little ditty that got me thinking. The analogy of Charles and Erik to Samson and Delilah might be a bit awkward, but Regina Spektor sings so prettily it doesn't register. ^_^'

23. smooth criminal
{erik, I believe?}
‘as he came into the window / was a sound of a crescendo
he came into her apartment / he left the bloodstains on the carpet
she was sitting at the table / he could see she was unable;’
AND WE'RE BACK WITH ERIK THE BADASS. *realise I can't seem to keep him out of this fanmix, lol* This is Erik breaking Emma Frost out of the CIA cell -- and practically admitting that he's just come out of amessy break-up and needs some telepathic company. Oh, the bromance.
24. outro / magneto {to be continued...?}
And finally... a bit of grunge, to see us out - a book end to the BB song I began with. Now our favourite villain has gone from 'Erik' to... Magneto...

Ph-yew! *collapses* Glad I finally got round to posting this!

Sorry if this sucks/if there're any mistakes with anything, my eyes are currently burning with hayfever and I'm having a job seeing my screen. >_<.

♥ ! Comments are ♥ and I hope anyone who pops by likes the songs ! ♥ ^_~

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