The songs in Damage are really important. They crop up throughout the book in various ways; on a CD player, a juke box in the pub or played by Aiden’s band. But they are all significant. The story is all told through Cerys’s voice, so you know what she’s feeling, but the songs are a clue to what Aiden is thinking and feeling at different points as well. They are his narrative really.
Anyway, adding them here seemed like a good way of making them accessible to any of you who are reading the book. If you haven’t read the book, the songs give you a clearer idea of the tone, espcially the first one.
Broken – Lifehouse
This sets the tone for the whole book. If you like this track you’ll probably like Damage.
If Today Was Your Last Day – Nickleback
Cerys hears this when she first meets Aiden properly. It has significance because she nearly died that afternoon. It means something to Aiden too but you don’t know why at that point.
Slipped Away – Avril Lavigne
This is the song that the two girls put on in the pub to deliberately upset Aiden. Drew is furious with them for doing this, but you only find out it’s true significance right at the end of the story.
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Aiden, Drew and Bam play this at the beach party. It’s the night when Cerys realises she feels something for Aiden. But does he feel it too?
Six Degrees of Separation – The Script
Cerys plays this song to calm herself down after she “may have f***** up a little!” This song comes back in later on in a really good way.
Come Fly with Me – Frank Sinatra / Robbie Williams
Check Robbie’s psychotic eyes in this video clip. It’s just the way I imagine Paulo would look.
Long Train Running – The Doobie Brothers
This is the one that the band open their gig with. It never gets old!
In These Arms – Bon Jovi
This one is unashamedly romantic, but there is definitely a time and a place for it in Damage.
Spirit Carries On – DreamTheatre
This is the song Aiden has been up all night listening to in the chapter “Sunday 28th July”. It has huge significance for him. But it’s also the perfect backdrop to the final cliff-top scene and would make a great soundtrack for ‘Damage’ the film!
Wounded – Third Eye Blind
Watch out for the ‘nervous flicks on the lighter’.
I’m Yours – The Script
I LOVE this track and it’s perfect or one particular scene. SO perfect! 🙂