The Last Song You Hear

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It’s Wild-Card Wednesday here at Full-Tilt Backwood’s Boogie.  If you’ve watched Angel Heart with Mickey Rourke, you know that Wednesday is anything can happen day.  It’s the same deal here at Full-Tilt Backwoods Boogie.  Anything–and I mean anything–can happen. 

Let’s get on with it.

The Devil’s Rejects, directed by Rob Zombie, is one of my all-time favorite movies.  I haven’t been as impressed with any of Mr. Zombie’s other work, but he set the bar pretty high with The Devil’s Rejects.

Click here to view the trailer on You Tube.

[Note:  If you love The Devil’s Rejects as much as I do, here’s a link to a wonderful wiki someone put together, which includes all the characters’ backstories.]

The Devil’s Rejects is not scary.  It makes you uncomfortable.  There were points during which I had to look away from the screen.  At other points of the movie, I laughed–because it was hysterical.

In The Devil’s Rejects, Mr. Zombie blurred the line between good and bad so well, I cheered for the villains without having made the conscious decision to do so.

I love it when a film makes me think.  Many viewings of The Devil’s Rejects followed that first viewing.  How could I have cheered for those monsters?  I came up with a lot of answers, and it changed the way I think about writing a hero…and a villain.

I realized something else, too, something that perked the antennae of my research nerd.

During the final scene of The Devil’s Rejects, “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd plays.  No dialogue is audible.  However, in the final moments of the film, the family, if their moving lips and nodding heads are any indication, has a conversation.  Baby says something.  Otis and Captain Spaulding laugh.  Otis leans forward and fiddles with the dashboard.

The following is a SPOILER.  If you watch this scene, you will know how the Devil’s Rejects ENDS.

Still gonna watch it? Okay. The part to which I am referring happens at about 4:00 minutes mark.


I found an interview where Rob Zombie (or maybe Sherri Moon Zombie) says Rob Zombie wrote dialogue even for the scenes where music played and we, the audience, just saw the character’s lips moving.

The Zombie interviewed said, in the final scene of the movie, Baby tells Otis she doesn’t like the song on the radio.  She wants him to change it because she doesn’t want that song to be the last one she hears.  Otis changes the song, asks if that’s better, and they all laugh.

Since then, I’ve thought about that many times.  If I were in the situation the Rejects were in, and I had my entire music library at my fingertips, what song would I pick?  This is a hard question, since I have about 7000 songs in my music library.

My answer:

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14 thoughts on “The Last Song You Hear

  1. Probably “Daylight Fading” by Counting Crows, although given 10 minutes I could come up with 25 different answers, one for each mood variation! “Uncomfortable” is a perfect description of how the movie made me feel – but I too enjoyed it.

    • I’m listening to it on You Tube. Very good choice. You know, I really like Counting Crows. Their music has the perfect combo of introspective melancholy and catchy melody.

      “Washington Square” is one of my favorites by them. I love the first line, “Sold my piano. It couldn’t come with me.” How many times in life have we just had to cut our losses and move on?

      I’m glad to hear someone else was uncomfortable while she watched The Devil’s Rejects but still liked it! I like a movie than can evoke many different emotions.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Wow! That ending reminded me of Denzel Washington in “Training Day” with Ethan Hawke. Gore-y!
    My favorite song if I knew I had only a few moments to live would be 10,000 Miles by Mary Chapin Carpenter. It’s a heart-ripper and so beautiful. It was the theme song for the end of “Fly Away Home” with Jeff Daniels. Great flick, by the way.

    • Neat choice of song, Patti. I had never heard it and had to You Tube it. One reason I like these music questions is that y’all introduce me to so much new music.

      You’ve got me wanting to watch Training Day again, because I don’t remember the ending.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I’m having trouble recalling every song in my library, but since I hope to go peacefully with no blood and gore, my first answer is “Into the West” by Annie Lennox. Or maybe “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe. I’m sure I could come up with more given the time. New mix: As I Lay Dying.

    • I’m listening to Annie Lennox on You Tube. I always liked her. She’s sexy in a weird way. Great voice.

      I don’t want to die with a bunch of blood and gore, but I do want to keep going up until my last seconds. My great-grandmother did that. She was a seamstress by trade and had her own business. She loved this business. G-grandma worked every day of her life until she reached 97 and had a stroke. She was sharp as a tack until the day she died. We miss her, but we think she had a great life.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Sandman by Metallica although Hotel California by the Eagles is a close second.

    Great review!

    • We must be close to the same age. I remember and love both of these songs. Remember that creepy album cover for the LP version of Hotel California? That weird shadow on the balcony creeped me out. Great choices.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Wouldn’t the sweet and appropriate answer be “Over the Rainbow” or “What a Wonderful World?” or maybe even “Stairway to Heaven”
    But, maybe “I’m a Bitch” by Alanis Morissette would be more my style….

    • I like “I’m a Bitch” a lot better than “Over the Rainbow.” “Stairway to Heaven” is appropriately creepy, so I won’t completely dismiss it.

      The thing about music (for me) is it’s the soundtrack of my life. I always pick songs to fit my mood. Maybe, on some level, I think I’m in my own movie–directed and produced, of course, by me.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  6. on ,
    Texanne said:

    Since I blew my iTunes to smithereens a couple of days ago, and worked 34 hours straight to try unsuccessfully to restore it, I guess my last song will be whatever is playing in my head. Maybe “Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel? Otherwise, I’d go with something mindbendingly beautiful like Ravel’s Pavanne for a Dead Princess or the second movement of Rodrigo’s Aranje (misspelling alert! due to Total Freaking Lack of iTunes!!!!).

    Or I could be like Hal2000 and go out singing the first song I ever sang: Buttons ‘n’ Bows, from an old Bob Hope movie.
    You really know how to set off a conversation, Catie. I’m enjoying being one of your characters.

    • You know of my love for Simon and Garfunkel. I’ll never not hear “Sounds of Silence” and remember the summer my mother found and rented The Graduate for us to watch together. This was back in the dark ages of VHS, and all those classic movies had *just* been released on VHS. Mom said she saw The Graduate on a date with my dad, and it was terribly racy at the time. It is forever one of my favorite movies.

      I sure hope you get your iTunes fixed. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Well.. that was some scene. The music worked beautifully with it, though. Really got the heart going, you know?
    What song would I want to be my last? I can’t decide between two. My first thought was QUEEN’s Somebody to Love because it’s just an awesome song and Freddie Mercury is my all-time favorite performer. True confession there. lol. The other, and probably more appropriate, would be Barbra Streisand’s version of Somewhere. But… I’m not so sure I’d enjoy either if I knew “the end” was minutes away. :-/

    • I *love* Queen. “Somebody to Love” is fantastic. I’d be tempted to have “The Show Must Go On” if I were going to have Queen play my last song.

      I don’t know if I’d enjoy my last song, either. 😀

      Thanks for stopping by.