missmishka (missmishka) wrote,

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My Brokeback Mountain Songlist/Soundtrack

One of the many reasons I love the Brokeback Mountain fandom is that it gives me an opportunity to perhaps introduce some of my flist to a genre of music that never seems to get much love by people I know - country. I'm from West Virginia here in the US and live in a valley between mountains that honest to God block out any kind of radio station other than country so the music's a good part of my life. I'm a rock fan - alternative/punkish - first and foremost, but I do listen to and love a great many country songs and artists. And when you peel away the surface and look deeper into the lyrics of a great many country songs, you can find tracks that beautifully/painfully/poignantly/starkly capture the emotions of the Brokeback Mountain story - particularly the heartwrenching tale of Ennis/Jack.

So after much thought and consideration, I've compiled a list of 24 songs that, for me, capture some part of the story. I really meant to get it down to 17 and make it an 'alternative soundtrack' to the movie, but after cutting over 300 songs down to 150 down to 70 down to 60 down to 40 down to 30 and finally down to 24 I just can't bring myself to sacrifice anymore because each of these just have something that screams Brokeback at me, so maybe y'all can help me cut 7 more.

These are all available to download, BUT the links are NOT to be copied and/or posted ANYWHERE else. They will be deleted if I find evidence of hotlinking because I don't have unlimited bandwidth and hotlinking will suck up what I have and ruin it for everyone, so if you like a song and wanna share it refer to this post OR upload the songfile to a site of your own. To download, right click on the song title and "Save As". Songs with an asterisk(*) are in .wma(Windows Media Audio) format rather than .mp3 but should play with most any program you listen with. The key lyrics that got each song on this list are highlighted in italics.

* Chris Knight – The Band Is Playing Too Slow:
And I can't help but remember you
Morning high midnight low
I don't want to dance with your memory
But somehow I can't let you go

Clint Black - Desperado: (This song is so Ennis)
You better let somebody love you
Before it's too late

Conway Twitty – The Rose:
Some say love it is a razor
That leaves the soul to bleed
Some say love it is a hunger
An endless aching need

Dixie Chicks – A Home:
Somehow I saw you as a weakness
I thought I had to be strong
Oh but I was just young
I was scared
I was wrong

* Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt – Lovers Return:
God never gives us back our youth
The loving heart you slighted then
Was yours my friend in perfect truth

Dwight Yoakam – If There Was A Way:
I was just thinking
All to myself
How I still want you
And nobody else

* Dwight Yoakam – Nothing’s Changed Here:
I wake up crying
Calling your name
Nothing's changed here without you
I start every day the same

Garth Brooks - Shameless:
I could walk away from anyone I ever knew
But I can't walk away from you.

George Jones & Tammy Wynette - A Pair Of Old Sneakers:
We're just a pair of old sneakers
Worn out an' comin' unglued
Both wearin' rings, feelin' ashamed
Tryin' to run from the truth

George Jones - The Window Up Above: (This is a near perfect Alma POV track)
For last night he hugged you tightly
And you didn’t even shove
This is true for I’ve been watching
From the window up above

Heather Nova - Like Lovers Do: (suggested by mrsdawsonleery)
And all we really need to do
Is see the world like lovers do

* John Michael Montgomery - Friends:
Darling can’t you see
This is killing me
We could never be
Just friends

John Prine - When Two Worlds Collide:
We both reached for heavens, but ours weren't the same.

* k.d. Lang - Love Affair:
Love was always there
Knowing someday I would share
In a life-long love affair with you

* Kim Richey - Why Can't I Say Goodnight:
The whole world is sleeping and still I can't give in
It's a love story I never want to end
The time to go has come and gone
Why can't I, why can't I say goodnight?
I'm using up all my strength can't tear myself away
It only gets harder as night turns to day.

* Linda Ronstadt - Goodbye My Friend:
I've seen a lot things that make me crazy
And I guess I held on to you
We could've run away and left well maybe
But it wasn't time and we both knew

* Linda Ronstadt - When We Ran:
Maybe I was trying to tell you
I've never known a love so strong
Maybe in the shadows of the night
We just couldn't tell right from wrong
Maybe it's a real life story
Living with a sad regret
Maybe you were just a sweet dream baby
Something that I'll never forget

Martina McBride - Where I Used To Have A Heart:
Missing you has cut me to the core

Sara Evans - Niagara: (Love is a force of nature)
Oh baby it's unstoppable
I can't resist at all
I would never try to slow down the wind
'cause baby it just has to be what it is
And asking me not to love you
Is like asking Niagara not to fall

* Sara Evans - Time Won't Tell:
I watch his kiss good-bye that day
Heres where you turn around and walk away
Where were the words that would have made you stay
Time won't tell

* SheDaisy - Still Holding Out For You:
I see your coat and I fall apart
To those hints of you I'm clinging

* Steve Earle - I Still Carry You Around:
Sweetheart last night I dreamed of you
You loved me like you used to do
Mornin' come and I woke up and found
I still carry you around

Vince Gill - Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye:
You just never know
How tomorrow will go

Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings - Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys: (Just a lil something to lighten this list. Plus, it really actually fits the vibe of the movie - a fact pointed out in an article I read about the movie, but I can't remember which one to cite it for the inspiration.)
They'll never stay home and they're always alone
Even with someone they love

So, that's it. What y'all think? Like? Loathe? Too sappy? Predictable? Totally unfitting?

What fat can I trim?

And, again, bandwidth is limited on my site - not as limited as many sites, but still if there's a rush on getting these songs (which I doubt there will be but just in case) be aware that you may have to be patient and trying downloading again in a day or so to make sure you get the complete files. Please notify me of any problems with the links or in playing the tracks.

~ Mish
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