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Jul 12, 2012

Theme Song Thursday (4): Snow Patrol - Run

Theme Song Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous Jena over at Shortie Says that takes place on Thursdays (obvi, lol!) where you pick a book you've previously read or is currently reading and then pick one song that you think fits that book. Also, post the lyrics, maybe a snippet leading up to the first chorus, explaining why you think that song fits said book like a warm, snuggly glove ;)

This week, I'm taking it back to one of my favorite books/series--The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater! Shiver was one of the first few books that made me bawl like a baby and because it did so, it sits way up there for me. Today's song is very versatile and could probably go well with a ton of books, but for me, Run and Shiver go together like two peas in a pod! It's one of those songs that seems to bring me right back to Shiver whenever it comes on; the aching sadness of Sam and Grace's relationship and just...sigh. I can't even explain it. I just love it so much!

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
I posted two synopsis of the book. The first one is from Maggie Stiefvater's website and the second is from Goodreads. I loved both of them and I couldn't choose which one to post so I just did both, lmao!

Snow Patrol - Run

Why it's on the playlist: I feel like every. single. word. in this song came straight from Sam's voice, as if he was singing this to Grace.

I'll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go.

I like how these are the first two lines in the song because it kinda sets the feel for Sam and Grace's urgent and fragile relationship. In this series, Sam is so poetic and lyrical and such a music man that I feel as if he was telling Grace that he'll sing one more time for her but then they really have to go and if you've read the book, you would know what I mean.

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Away from here.

I feel like these few lines couldn't have been more than perfect when Sam and Grace got in that car towards the end, when they were trying so desperately to get away!

To think I might not see those eyes
Makes it so hard not to cry
And as we say our long goodbyes
I nearly do.

And these next few lines just break my heart--every. single. time. When Sam and Grace were in the car and then it hits them that he really needs to run and his bright, golden eyes are looking at her. Aah, heart palpitations!

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you, dear.

And this felt like Sam's reminder to Grace whenever he was gone and in his wolf form.

Maggie Stiefvater is a goddess with her words! Shiver enchanted me, grasped my heart, and promised to never let it go! If you're looking for a heartbreaking, glass-shattering, tear-jerker-ing read, Shiver would be the one for you! Every time I think back to it, the one word that always comes to mind is: sadness. Sadness, but in an oh-so-very-addictive way! Some might say that Shiver isn't that sad or whatever, but when you pair it up with this song, oh yeah, tears will be shed! ;)

And before I let you all go, I have to share one more video of this song with you. When I fall so madly in love with a song--to the point where I know the lyrics inside out--I start youtubing live versions of the artist singing the song. I ran across this video a while back but whenever I watch it, I get so completely lost in it, mesmerized--as if I've become hypnotized! So, because this video has that effect on me, there's no doubt that I must share it with all of you bookworms!


I KNOW! I FEEL THE SAME EXACT WAY EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I LISTEN TO IT TOO (with Shiver in mind, of course)! I also forgot to mention: I love, love, love, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE when there's nothing but music playing towards the end. That's when the tears start falling real hard! When you can hardly contain yourself. When you start reaching for the tissue box. When you start doing the ugly cry.

I love this video like cray. What do you think of it? What do you think of my song pick for this books/series!? Let me know, let me know, let me know! I seriously do wanna know! Do you agree? Yay or nay!?


  1. I don't have a chance to listen to the song right now, but I marked it to watch later. I really like Snow Patrol, and I'm in LOVE with Shiver, so why not put them together? =D


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