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Things Fall Apart Soundtrack

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Things Fall Apart Soundtrack
DeeDee
One Last Breath-Creed
Please come now I think I'm falling
I'm holding on to all I think is safe
It seems I found the road to nowhere
And I'm trying to escape
I yelled back when I heard thunder
But I'm down to one last breath
And with it let me say
Let me say

(chorus)
Hold me now
I'm six feet from the edge and I'm thinking
maybe six feet
Ain't so far down

I'm looking down now that it's over
Reflecting on all of my mistakes
I thought I found the road to somewhere
Somewhere in His grace
I cried out heaven save me
But I'm down to one last breath
And with it let me say
Let me say

(chorus)
Sad eyes follow me
But I still believe there's something left for me
So please come stay with me
'Cause I still believe there's something left for you and me

(chorus)

Lyrics
This song is almost like a narrative from Okonkwo.
The beginning line relates to Okonkwo immensely because the singer talks about falling just as Okonkwo does. In the book we start to see Okonkwo go on a downward spiral that at each snapping point would continually worse. The first major snapping point is when he kills Ikemefuna. After he kills his "son" he became depressed for some time. We continually see him going on a downward spiral until he commits suicide which relates to the line "I'm six feet from the edge and I'm thinking maybe six feet ain't so far down. However, the last line "But i still believe there's something left for me" and the line "'Cause I still believe there's something left for you and me" creates a sense of hope. Okonkwo did have a glimpse of hope when the missionarie's church wasn't doing good but by the end of the novel his hope was gone. The latter line I quotted can be related to Okonkwo and Nwoye. Unlike this song, Okonkwo completely rejects Nwoye and tells him that Nwoye is not his son and there is nothing left for them.
Circle of Life
The main reason I chose this song is because of its cultural aspect to it. One of Achebe's purposes of writing this novel was to convey a fuller understanding of the African culture but in an European way of story telling. We can even see a clash of African culture with European in this song within its use of English and using an African language of Zulu. This song also relates to Okonkwo when it says: "And it moves us all, Through despair, and hope, Through faith and love, Till we find our place". When Okonkwo was first exiled he was in total despair but when he was able to return he had hope because he knew he could find his place again in the clan and work for his titles back. Okonkwo also relates to the first lines which translates to "Here comes a lion, Father. Oh yes, it's a lion". Okonkwo is a father but at the same time someone his kids feared just as a lion is strong and mighty so therefore feared. Lastly, the song is about "The Circle of Life" which is about life and death. Death is a huge component in this book for example: twins are killed, white men are killed, Ikemefuna is killed, and Okonkwo commits suicide.
Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba [Here comes a lion, Father]
Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it's a lion]

Nants ingonyama bagithi baba
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama
Ingonyama

Siyo Nqoba [We're going to conquer]
Ingonyama
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]

[Chant repeats]

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

Lyrics
Let It Go
I chose this version of the song also for its African aspects to it because Achebe really wanted to convey the African culture in a better way. We can see certain lines through this song that really convey Okonkwo and what he is feeling at certain parts of the story. First off, the character that sings this song, Elsa, runs off to isolation because her powers have been revealed. It is similar to Okonkwo being sent to exile for doing something unacceptable which was accidentally killing a man. This following quote shows how Okonkwo didn't want to be like his father one bit: "Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know"
Okonkwo hated his father because he was lazy, had no titles, and was too kind and gentle. Okonkwo didn't want to perceived like his father one bit so at times he had to, as the song says "conceal don't feel, don't let them know". He doesn't show his love towards anyone, not even towards his favorite daughter, Ezinma. At one point he even says he loves her and is proud of her but rarely shows it. We see the character at a snapping point just like Okonkwo has many snapping points: " My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast". At this snapping point for Elsa you can see the imagry of her life going into a downward spiral and things falling apart for her just as things fall apart for Okonkwo.
The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the queen.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry

Here I stand
And here I'll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And I'll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone

Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway
Lyrics
Lorde - Royals (African Tribal Masquerade Cover) Alex Boye'
I picked this song because of its drumming/African elements and how it relates to Okonkwo's childhood life. The drums are especially important because they are talked about like the drums are a person. The drums are said to make decisions for the tribes and carry messages to the other tribes in different villages. This song also relates to Okonkwo's childhood in a few aspects. Okonkwo's father, Unoka, was lazy, had one wife, and wasn't seen as a "man". Okonkwo "didn't come from money" either because his father was poor and too lazy to do any farming so instead Okwonko had to do the farming for him and support his family as a child. Luckily, unlike the song, Okwonko does have a chance to be a "royal" because in his clan, titles are earned.
I've never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I'm not proud of my address,
In a torn-up town, no postcode envy

And we'll never be royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood,
That kind of luxery just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

My friends and I—we've cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the train to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows that we're fine with this,
We didn't come from money.


Lyrics
Lincoln - The Civil Wars (Africanized) ft. Alex Boye
I chose this song because of its African elements and in the book African culture is a very important aspect. The chorus is even sung in the Western African Dialect Yoruba. This song can even be seen as a cry from all of the converts. When it says "But can I fulfill, Gods own will Even if people turn on me" can be related to Nwoyes situation. He wants to become a Christian and follow God's will but in doing so he will lose his family. His father even says that Nwoye is not his own son anymore. When the song says "CAN HE MAKE THESE MEN, UNDERSTAND? THAT ALL OF OUR TEARS, AND THESE HEART WRENCHING YEARS WAS THE PRICE WE PAID, FOR MAN" reminds me of all of the people that are questioning the religious traditions. One father is heart broken that the price he paid was many of his children being killed because of them being born twins. We see these parents wanting something different. This song could also be applied to the missionaries in this line "NOW IS THE HOUR I QUESTION HIS POWER CAN HE MAKE THESE MEN, UNDERSTAND". The missionaries were struggling to make the people in the clans under stand them through the interpreters.
WHY IS IT ME THAT MUST, SUFFER THE PLEA?
FOR I ALONE, CANNOT SET THEM FREE
BUT CAN I FULFILL, GODS OWN WILL
EVEN IF MY PEOPLE, TURN ON ME WHY MUST HE ASK THIS OF ME, EVERYTHING?
JUST TO HEAR FREEDOM RING JUST TO SEE A FLAG UNFURLED JUST TO HEAR FREEDOM RING

ERU OLORUN BA MI
CO SENI TO LE DA DURO

NOW IS THE HOUR I QUESTION HIS POWER
CAN HE MAKE THESE MEN, UNDERSTAND?
THAT ALL OF OUR TEARS, AND THESE HEART WRENCHING YEARS
WAS THE PRICE WE PAID, FOR MAN
WHY MUST HE ASK THIS OF ME, EVERYTHING?
JUST TO HEAR FREEDOM RING?
JUST TO SEE THAT FLAG UNFURLED
YEAH JUST TO HEAR FREEDOM RING

NOW WITH THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS, I CAN SEE EVERYTHING
Lyrics
The Kids Don't Stand A Chance- Vampire Weekend
This song is chosen because it addresses and criticizes the issues of imperialism/colonialism. This following verse explains how the clans don't stand a chance against the rich "white men" and their religion: "The pin-striped men of morning are coming for to dance,
Forty million dollars, the kids don't stand a chance".
There are even men in the clans who say they are worried for future generations.

"You criticize the practice
By murdering their plants
Ignoring all the history
Denying them romance"

This can relate back to the the white men who criticize the clans becuase of their culture and the white men are being ignorant of the clan's cultures. This is even why Achebe wrote this book in English, because he was tired of the books that were written about Africa but it was not correct in any way.


A devastating backstroke
All the way from France
With shiny, shiny cufflinks
A shirtsleeve to enhance

The pin-striped men of morning
Are coming for to dance
With pure Egyptian Cotton
The kids don't stand a chance

You criticize the practice
By murdering their plants
Ignoring all the history
Denying them romance

The pin-striped men of morning
Are coming for to dance
Forty-million dollars
The kids don't stand a chance

I didn't like the business,
But that was at first glance
Your pillow feels so soft now
But still you must advance

The pin-striped men of morning
The partners in the dance
The paper's shot to pieces
The kids don't stand a chance


Lyrics
Bottom of the River- Delta Rae
The first thing this song reminds me of is when Ezinma is taken by Chielo in the middle of the night because in the music video a girl is taken from her house. "If you get sleep or if you get none The cock's gunna call in the morning baby" refers to Ezinma being taken in the night, and the night she is taken is on a moonless night which frightens Ezinma. The song goes on and says "The Lord's gonna come for your firstborn son" and this can be related to Okonkwo and his firstborn son, Nwoye. Nwoye was never an "ideal" son for Okonkwo. Nwoye was never manly enough, he was too gently, like Unoka was. Later, Nwoye became Christian and Okonkwo disowned him for that hence "The Lord is gonna take your first born son.

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 firstborn son
His hair's on fire and his heart is burning
So go to the river where the water runs
Wash him deep where the tides are turning

And if you fall, 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
Lyrics
The Cave- Mumford and Sons
The name of this song reminds me of the cave that Chielo took Ezinma to in the middle of the night yet the song has no lyrics to relate to that. Yet this song does have many things that can be related to Okonkwo. In these lyrics we can see Okonkwo's reaction to the Christian missionaries:
"So make your siren's call
And sing all you want
I will not hear what you have to say"
A siren's call is something that is enticing and alluring and could be potentially dangerous and this is exactly what Okonkwo thinks of them. Okonkwo thinks the missionaries can say all they want but he will not listen to them. Then the following lyrics showing Okonkwo holding onto hope right up until his death: "But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck"
Sadly, Okonkwo does lose hope and hangs himself.
It's empty in the valley of your heart
The sun, it rises slowly as you walk
Away from all the fears
And all the faults you've left behind

The harvest left no food for you to eat
You cannibal, you meat-eater, you see
But I have seen the same
I know the shame in your defeat

But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

‘Cause I have other things to fill my time
You take what is yours and I'll take mine
Now let me at the truth
Which will refresh my broken mind

So make your siren's call
And sing all you want
I will not hear what you have to say

‘Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how
To live my life as it's meant to be




Lyrics
How To Save A Life- The Fray (Tyler Ward & Max Schneider Acoustic Cover)
The beginning of this song is a doctor talking to someone and breaking bad news to them and in the same way this is similar to Okonkwo learning from the Oracle that Ikemefuna must be killed. Okonkwo loved Ikemefuna. He was the son Okonkwo always wanted. Okonkwo even praised Ikemefuna because he saw a spark light in Nwoye and though Ikemefuna was the cause of this. When it came time to kill Ikemefuna he wish he "had known how to save a life" and find a way to be manly without having Ikemefuna killed. After Ikemefuna was killed, Okonkwo has a mini break down. Okonkwo won't eat for two days and becomes drunk by only drinking palm-wine. Luckily, he had Ezinma there for him and the two began to grow closer during this time
Step one, you say, "We need to talk."
He walks, you say, "Sit down. It's just a talk."
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
You begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
'Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defence
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
Pray to God, he hears you
And I pray to God, he hears you

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came


Lyrics
After all that you put me through,
You think I'd despise you,
But in the end I wanna thank you,
'Cause you've made me that much stronger

Well I thought I knew you, thinkin' that you were true
Guess I, I couldn't trust called your bluff time is up
'Cause I've had enough
You were there by my side, always down for the ride
But your joy ride just came down in flames 'cause your greed sold me out in shame

After all of the stealing and cheating you probably think that I hold resentment for you
But uh uh, oh no, you're wrong
'Cause if it wasn't for all that you tried to do, I wouldn't know
Just how capable I am to pull through
So I wanna say thank you
'Cause it

[Chorus:]
Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter

Lyrics
Fighter- Christina Aguilera
In this song, Christina Aguilera is sarcasticly thanking people for becoming who she is today. Like Okonkwo, he would not be as of a hard worker or prideful man if it weren't for his lazy dad, Unoka. Because of Unoka, Okonkwo is that much stronger, works harder, wiser, a better fighter, and smarter. We can also see a lot of anger in this song, which Okonkwo has a lot of. Okonkwo is at one time furious and betrayed because one wife did not have a meal prepared for him on time because she was getting her hair done. Okonkwo is so furious with her that he beats her during the week of peace.
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