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Wages of Sin

Another fanmix! Apparently we need more of them here! Disregard the snarkiness because I really do love him more than I make it sound like I do. I also readily admit that Zekk would hate all of this music. Zekk probably listens to Enya because it is soothing and helps him say calm and controlled and not Dark Side OMG!!1 If, say, Guns N' Roses or Pearl Jam were to come on the radio, Zekk would probably change the station in horror and spend the rest of the day being super uptight so their rampant emotions and anger wouldn't effect him. And yet I have happily unleashed all my epic angry shit on him like nobody's business! That and power ballads. Because that's how I roll.

1) It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City (live) – Bruce Springsteen

I had skin like leather and the diamond-hard look of a cobra
I was born blue and weathered but I burst just like a supernova
I could walk like Brando right into the sun, then dance just like a Casanova
With my blackjack and jacket and hair slicked sweet
Silver star studs on my duds, just like a Harley in heat
When I strut down the street, I could feel its heart beat
The sisters fell back and said, "Don't that man look pretty"
The cripple on the corner cried out, "Nickels for your pity"
Them gasoline boys downtown sure talk gritty
It's so hard to be a saint in the city

I was the king of the alley, Mama, I could talk some trash
I was the prince of the paupers, crowned downtown at the beggar's bash
I was the pimp's main prophet, I kept everything cool
Just a backstreet gambler with the luck to lose
And when the heat came down it was left on the ground
The devil appeared like Jesus through the steam in the street
Showin' me a hand I knew even the cops couldn't beat
I felt his hot breath on my neck as I dove into the heat
It's so hard to be a saint when you're just a boy out on the street

Because I am awesome, I gave you guys the live version of this song. But can you figure out why I put this on here on your own? Because Zekk has a not so nice life on the streets is why, even if he does put on a tough face for Jaina and co.

2) I Want It All – Queen

Adventure seeker on an empty street
Just an alley creeper light on his feet
A young fighter screaming with no time for doubt
With the pain and anger can’t see a way out
It ain’t much I’m asking I heard him say
Gotta find me a future move out of my way
I want it all I want it all I want it all and I want it now
I want it all I want it all I want it all and I want it now

Listen all you people come gather round
I gotta get me a game plan gotta shake you to the ground
Just give me what I know is mine
People do you hear me just give me the sign
It ain’t much I’m asking if you want the truth
Here’s to the future for the dreams of youth
I want it all (give it all) I want it all I want it all and I want
It now
I want it all (yes I want it all) I want it all (hey)
I want it all and I want it now

Depressed bouquet-eating street kid? Cue the Shadow Academy!

3) Wasted Time – Skid Row

Paranoid delusions they haunt you
Where’s my friend I used to know?
He’s all alone
He’s buried deep within a carcass
Searching for a soul

Can you feel me inside your heart
As it’s bleeding
Why can’t you believe you
can’t be loved?

I hear you scream in agony
And the horse stampedes and rages
In the name of desperation

Is it all just wasted time?
Can you look at yourself
When you think of what
You left behind?

Oh the Dark Side emo! Angst and woe I tell you! No, seriously, it sucks a lot and Zekk wears leather and does some not so nice stuff and almost kills he BFF.

4) East Of Eden – Big Country

Some days will stay a thousand years
Some pass like the flash of spark
Who knows where all our days go?
Out here we lie together
Outside the thunder gathers
Why care about the weather
It always ends in dark

I looked west in search of freedom
And I saw slavery
I looked east in search of answers
And I saw misery

Some days I just don't worry
I let it pour through me
Some days I walk into
The very depths of me
So I wait out here to the east of Eden
I let my conscience be
I was waiting, I was watching
Would it ever be there for me?

And then there’s the whole getting over the Dark Side thing, which also sucks and induces a lot of emo, because he is Zekk and that’s how he rolls.

5) Miles From Nowhere – The Smithereens

I am lost somewhere I do not know
This is not the place I meant to go
And they told me before it was so
It was miles from nowhere

I was never meant to be alone
If I make it back I'll stay at home
Always told me that I should not roam
I'd be miles from nowhere

Again, what do you do with yourself when you’ve just given up a career as an underage Sith and killed people and blow up stuff and generally have no idea how to live with yourself now? Also, he’s a bounty hunter.

6) Drive – The Cars

Who's gonna tell you when,
It's too late?
Who's gonna tell you things,
Aren't so great?

You can’t go on, thinkin',
Nothings' wrong, whoa ho
Who's gonna drive you home,

Who's gonna pick you up,
When you fall?
Who's gonna hang it up,
When you call?

Who's gonna pay attention,
To your dreams?
And who's gonna plug their ears,
When you scream?

But enough of putting these songs in chronological order! Because now we’re talking about always been there for Jaina (admittedly usually in the best friend capacity, not as a romantic interest, alas!) whenever she needs him, except for that one time he totally ditched her on Hapes, which we shall cover later. But yeah! He’s always the guy whose there for her, admit it.

7) Sweetest Thing – U2

My love she throws me like a rubber ball
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
She won’t catch me or break my fall
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Baby’s got blue skies up ahead
But in this I’m a rain cloud
You know she likes a dry kind of love
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing

I’m losing you
Hey hey hey, I’m losing you yeah
Ain’t love the sweetest thing?

I wanted to run but she made me crawl
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Eternal fire, she turned me to straw
Oh oh, the sweetest thing
You know I got black eyes
But they burn so brightly for her
Mine is a blind kind of love
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing

Jaina, on the other hand, has a track record of being a total jerk to Zekk post-YJK. To an extent I blame this on different authors shipping different things but even still, it’s like, “Hi Zekk, let’s make out and have witty banter!” “Go away Zekk you can’t be in my squadron because me new boyfriend who looks just like you said so!” “Hi Zekk, why are you mad at me? Get over it!” “Get out of my face, Zekk!”

Look, I just saved you the trouble of reading like 92385692347682365 books.

8) Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Whatever happened
To Tuesday and so slow
Going down the old mine
With a transistor radio
Standing in the sunlight laughing,
Hiding behind a rainbow's wall,
Slipping and sliding
All along the water fall, with you
My brown eyed girl,
You my brown eyed girl.

Do you remember when we used to sing,
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da

So hard to find my way,
Now that I'm all on my own.
I saw you just the other day,
My how you have grown,
Cast my memory back there, Lord
Sometime I'm overcome thinking 'bout
Making love in the green grass
Behind the stadium with you
My brown eyed girl
You my brown eyed girl

But bless his little heart, Zekk keeps trying to get in Jaina’s pants by which I mean a relationship because he loves her and they used to be a cute couple a long time ago and were totally adorable and he just can’t move on. (It’s actually much more romantic than I made it sound there. Sorry.)

9) I’m Not Afraid Of Life – The Ramones

I am not afraid of pain
But it hurts so bad
I feel so mad
No one see the truth
There's nothing to gain
A life goes down the drain
Don't want to die at an early age

I am not afraid of life
I am not afraid of life

But I see a street crazy shivering with cold
Is it a crime to be old?

There's the threat of the nuclear bomb
We know it's wrong
We know it's wrong
Is there a chance for peace?
Will the fighting ever cease?
Mankind's almost out of luck
A maniac could blow us up

I am not afraid of life
I am not afraid of life

But I get down on my knees and I pray
Is there hope for the world today?

Cue the Yuuzhan Vong invasion and some serious crisis of conscious on our boy’s part! Oh man, brace yourself for the moral outrage, guys.

10) Warboys – Queen + Paul Rodgers

They were born with the knowledge of the struggle to survive
They were raised, learning only ways to stay alive
Their language is the language of the bullet and the gun
If you can see them coming, baby, better run

Here come the warboys
Here come the warboys

Well they look so pretty as they march and drill
It's such, a pity that they're dressed to kill
Soldiers marching two by two
When it all comes down they know exactly what to do

(I can get away with using two Queen songs because this is them with Paul Rodgers, arguably a whole new band. Bite me.) Anyways, here’s a shout-out to the Jedi Strike team and the insanity that is Star By Star. Enjoy, won’t you?

11) Victim of Circumstance – Joan Jett

Really gets you down when you don't belong
An' everyone around says you growed up wrong
But why do they resent it, I ain't doin' anything
They say that I'm demented an' I never could sing
Then everywhere I went I caused them such alarm
You know I never meant to cause anybody harm, no

Just a victim of circumstance
Didn't you know
Just a victim of circumstance
Doesn't it show
I'm just a victim of circumstance
Wherever I go
Just a victim of bad reputation
I go no chance of shakin'

I've been laughed at, I've been shut out
But let there be no doubt
Never been afraid of chances I been takin'

Oh just the usual angst. Specifically being mad at everyone else for not listening to him about the Dark Jedi on Myrkr being bad. (“Guuuuys! Seriously guys!”)

12) The Monster Is Loose – Meat Loaf

I've lived a thousand years in darkness
Banished all alone
Inside my mind with just my madness
Behind these walls of stone
I was falling apart at the seams
Holding my breath just to breathe
tasted the sting of my tears

I was waking up stuck in a dream
Ran out of air, couldn't scream
Wasted away by my fears

The monster's loose
And now you know the truth
Tell me can you feel it
As you hit the wall

The monster's loose
And now you have to choose
And prove that you can take it
To the top and never fall

Oh, here we go, my favorite part of LotF (granted, given the quality of those books and my overall extremely poor opinion of them it doesn’t take a lot to earn the spot of Favorite Moment in them. You know its true.) when the authors were like, “Wait a second, Zekk actually used to not be a total puss! Heck he fell to the Dark Side! Let’s do something with that!” So they went to town, and he fought a talking Sith spaceship with his mind (it was way cooler than that made it sound, hush.) but he had to use the Dark Side to do it and save Jaina from crazy bugslut Alema. (Jag was off running away from imaginary mynocks at the time. Don’t you just love that that statement is true? I do.) But then he was all Dark Side and trying to deal with it and a total wreck and I really thought they should have done more with that and stretched the angst out to the next book. But no, we got more Boba Fett and his whining instead. But anyways, my point is that, for one brief scene, both Zekk and LotF were awesome.

13) Life Wasted – Pearl Jam

You're always saying that there's something wrong
I'm starting to believe it's your plan all along
Death came around, forced to hear its song
And know tomorrow can't be depended on

Seen the home inside your head
All locked doors and unmade beds

Open sores unattended
Let me say just once that

I have faced it, a life wasted
I'm never going back again
I escaped it, a life wasted
I'm never going back again
having tasted, a life wasted
I'm never going back again

Back to Zekk and his totally dysfunctionality with Jaina and general inability to talk to girls. Your chick’s falling to the Dark Side, pal! Grow a pair and stick around to help her out and save her soul!

… Or totally run away when she needs you most. Way to be dependable there, slick.

14) Don’t Damn Me – Guns N’ Roses

It's only for a while
I hope you understand
I never wanted this to happen
Didn't want to be a man
So I hid inside my world
I took what I could find
I cried when I was lonely
I fell down when I was blind

But don't damn me
When I speak a piece of mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
'Cause I've been where I have been
And I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me

How can I ever satisfy you?
And how can I ever make you see
That deep inside we're all somebody
And it don't matter who you wanna be
But now I gotta smile I hope you comprehend
For this man can say it happened
'Cause this child has been condemned
So I stepped into your world
I kicked you in the mind
And I'm the only witness
To the nature of my crime

So let us sum up; our boy here is conflicted and emo and dramatic and has a track record of bailing in critical situations and engaging in shirtless pull-up competitions rather than just talking to girls and eats bouquets. Also he only has half a name.

And yet we love him anyways. Perhaps we should all go seek professional help.


Apr. 4th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
*giggles* You didn't have the "Zekk would change the channel in abject horror" description in the "fanmix" comm... I love it! :D
Apr. 5th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, well I didn't want to ramble. But it's true. I totally picture Zekk listening to, like, New Age tranquility music and getting all annoyed with Jaina for her rap. Because apparently Zekk is even weirder in my head than in the books or something, I don't know.

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