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The Misfits--A Mai/Zuko Fanmix

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I had so much fun with this mix, oooohhhh my god. This couple > others.


I finished Avatar a little over a month ago, and came away with three impressions: "holy shit that was awesome," "needs more June," but most importantly, "I DON'T HATE YOU TOOOO <3." So it really was only a matter of time before I made a mix for Prince Pouty and that Gloomy Girl Who Sighs a Lot.

o1. Glacially - Asobi Seksu

 Follow me wherever we are going
Hold your breath I’m running up these stairs alone
Even we will grow up and be lonely
Having a miss for hopes and places we belong

Hushed in silence we lose our way in the dark
Starting, stepping we keep going too far
A crash is flowing while my heart is sinking in place
Hushed in silence we get up losing our way

Sneak away for talks out on the hillside
When you go home I’ll look for where you’re hiding
Even when we grow up and are lonely
Hold your breath I’ll run to where you’re calling me

A song for little Zuko and Mai, and what their lives grew into, with all those years apart. One of the things I find really interesting about Maiko is the fact that they returned to each other after years of separation--not to get too sappy, but neither character seems the type to give much of a damn about romance, were it not for each other. That's one of the reasons I gave this fanmix the name I did: Zuko and Mai are, in a lot of ways, the misfits of their glittering, privileged echelon, and, I think, would have realized that in childhood. So I chose this song because, to me, it really encapsulates that longing I like to think they might have felt, for what might have been (and would be, eventually). They're very lucky to have found each other.  

o2. Only Happy When it Rains - Garbage

I'm only happy when it rains
I'm only happy when it's complicated
And though I know you can't appreciate it
I'm only happy when it rains
You know I love it when the news is bad
And why it feels so good to feel so sad
I'm only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down, pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down, pour your misery down on me

I'm only happy when it rains
I feel good when things are going wrong
I only listen to the sad sad songs
I'm only happy when it rains

I only smile in the dark
My only comfort is the night gone black
I didn't accidentally tell you that
I'm only happy when it rains

Classic Garbage song, classic Mai.

o3. He's Funny That Way - Billie Holiday

Never had nothing
No one to care
That's why I seem to have
More than my share
I've got a man crazy for me
He's funny that way

When I hurt his feelings
Once in a while
His only answer is one little smile
I've got that man crazy for me
He's funny that way

I can see no other way
And no better plan
End it all and let him go
To some better gal
But I'm only human
A coward at best
I'm more than certain
He'd follow me West
I've got that man crazy for me
He's funny that way

Though he loves to work
And slave for me everyday
He'd be so much better off
If I went away
But why should I leave him
Why should I go
He'd be unhappy without me I know
I've got that man crazy for me
He's funny that way

Gotta love Lady Day. <3 I know I read somewhere that Grey DeLisle named Mai as her favorite character because she has Zuko "whipped," and...yeah. I love how both Zuko and Mai are so emotionally stunted in public, yet so sweet with each other in private...but Zuko just takes it to adorable, puppyish extremes. Can't beat "you're so beautiful when you hate the world~~~" or the look on his face when Mai walks into his room before their big final kiss. Evey time I see him turn to see her in that scene, I just expect him to burst out with OH BB GIRL I MISSED YOU SO MUCH <3 <3 <3 LET'S GO ON A PICNIC RIGHT NOW!~

o4. Sixteen - No Doubt

Now you're finally sixteen
And you're feelin' old
But they won't believe
That you got a soul
'Cause you're only sixteen
And you're feeling real
But you can't seem to cop a feel

Why do they have to force us
Through this metamorphose
Little butterfly
No matter how you try
You'll be segregated
You're gonna be closed off
You're callow and you're green
'Cause you're caught between

You're only sixteen
Try to cross the line
But your little wings are interwined
You're only sixteen
And you're such a tease
And there's nothing you can do
That can really please

A song for both Zuko and Mai, separately. Mai's family, and the whole world of the Fire Nation elite, couldn't really care less about who she is, and no matter how he tries, Zuko will never really be able to gain the love of his father. Sad. ;_;

o5. Katherine Kiss Me - Franz Ferdinand

Yes, I love you, I mean I--
I'd love to get to know you

Sometimes I say the stupid things--I think--
I mean I--
Sometimes I think the stupidest things
And do you ever wonder
How the boy feels?

And though your opened eyes stay bored
Upon the overflowing pipes above me
I don't mind

I love this song to a degree that is truly stupid, independent of its Maiko connotations. It's basically about this boy who's enormously in love with this badass mofo girl (it's all set in a dive bar, but, uh, we'll ignore that) and keeps stuttering out that he loves her, then covering it up, And really, how could I NOT choose that for a Maiko fanmix? If only for the last stanza. Goddamn, I love this song.

o6. Hard-Headed Woman - Elvis Presley

Well a hard headed woman, a soft hearted man
Been the cause of trouble ever since the world began
Oh yeah, ever since the world began, ah oh oh oh oh
A hard headed woman is a thorn in the side of man

I got a woman
Head like a rock
If she ever went away
I'd cry around the clock

I love that I managed to get an Elvis song into a Maiko fanmix. And be honest, it's a completely perfect fit.

o7. Peace and Love - Fountains of Wayne

We'll never live forever
But baby things could be worse
Cause when we get together we are one with the Universe

Sometimes I think I might just move up to Vermont
Open a bookstore or a vegan restaurant
Got crazy karma, never harmed a single soul
So if you want to join me then together we'll grow old singing

Peace and love
Peace and love
That's all I'm thinking of baby
Peace and love

Okay, I just lol at the image of Zuko opening up a vegan restaurant, but you know, picture the teashop if you want, Anyway. An ode to early-Book-3 Maiko happytimes, you know--PICNICS ON SUNSET CLIFFS and such. Come on. can't you just completely see Zuko knocking on Mai's door with a little blanket and basket and being like OMG MAI THE SUN SETS IN AN HOUR, WE ARE GOING ON A PICNIC~~

o8. Opus 36 - Dustin O'Halloran


And in an abrupt departure from our last song, a lonely melody for lonely Mai. Like I said for the ending song I chose for my Azula fanmix...when I listen to this, I just picture Mai recieving Zuko's letter and having to deal with the fact that he's gone--again, he's gone--she doesn't understand why, and there's no telling when he'll be back. Mai, in a lot of instances, struck me as the kind of person who is excellent at reading others, though she doesn't really feel the need to blurt this knowledge out everywhere. But living in the world she does, with the people that surround her? She'd completely understand how false and superficial everyone is. Zuko is the one person, it seems, she's ever really, honestly liked and cared for, and now...he's gone again, and she's alone. Again. That sounds terribly maudlin, but I think it's true. Which is why the last scene in the teashop is just so lovely--Mai with FRIENDS (and victorious firelord boyfriend!).  

o9. The Damage in Your Heart - Weezer

One more time
I have crossed the line
Now you won't be mine

One more dream
Vanished up in smoke
Now I have no hope

Let it go
The damage in your heart
Let it go
The damage in your heart
I can't tell you how the words have made me feel
I can't tell you how the words have made me feel

One more tear
Falling down your face
Doesn't mean that much
To the world

One more loss
In a losing life
Doesn't hurt so bad

Boiling Rock, man. The way they look at each other through that little window breaks my heart every time.

1o. Spanish Dance, From Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky


Okay, well, as a former ballerina I'm pretty partial to this song but I honestly did choose it because...it reminds me of Zuko and Mai. More than anything else, their relationship is just so funny and spirited--ironic, given Mai's disposition, but I just completely see them as the type of couple that spar together, are prone to fits of random emotion, and...would just really bring out the passion in each other. An AMV to this song would be a lot of fun. 

11. Such Great Heights - Iron & Wine

I am thinking it's a sign
That the freckles in our eyes
Are mirror images and
When we kiss they're perfectly aligned

And I have to speculate
That God himself did make us into
Corresponding shapes like puzzles pieces
From the clay

True, it may seem like a stretch
But it's thoughts like this
That catch my troubled head
When you're away, when I am missing you to death

Self-explanatory. Here's to many fanfic-borne, shuriken-wielding, fire-throwing ninjababies. <3

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On August 18th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC), fikuz commented:
It's awesome!
Now I want to make one too! *pouts*
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