Listen Up: The Bones Mix Tape, Volume 2

Last week, we got to thinking about Booth’s mix tape for Brennan, what songs he might have chosen, and what you’d choose if you were in charge. (We’re all totally in charge, right? That’s how TV works?) This week, let’s look at the music from a few different season finales. Finales always bring out the big feelings.

Season 5: “Kandi”—One Eskimo

“The Beginning in the End” pains me like no other season finale ever has—which is significant. I’d rather watch Zack turn out to be a serial killer’s sidekick than watch Booth and Brennan say goodbye at an airport. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I do know that this scene is crushing. The longing glances! The whole of their relationship reduced to a hand squeeze! Everything they’re not saying! Brennan needs to get away and find perspective, to reevaluate what their partnership means to her, but her partner doesn’t know that. And it’s a cruel, devastating gut-punch to see Booth rejoin the Army because he feels like they’re the only ones who want him. SO. NOT. OK. I want you, Booth.

Appropriate Lyrics:

You’ve been my queen for longer than you know
My love for you has been
Every step I take, every day I live, everything I see

And if I get things wrong
Don’t want you to think I’m running away
But I heard from Jo about this guy and I want to know
What did he say?

He called me baby, baby, all night long
What did he do?
He called me baby, baby, all night long

Why? Why? Why did you need him?
Where was I?
Just how close to you is he?
Every smile you gave, every touch you made, every word you said

And it hurts beyond hurt
It was a love that blinds and a love that stings
When I heard from Jo
About this guy, and I want to know
What did he say?

Does my love ever touch you?
Does my love ever reach you?
It’s never enough
Ah is it never enough?

At one level, “Kandi” is a callback to the season five premiere, when Booth cradled Brennan in his arms and kissed her head and literally called her “baby.” But it’s also a warning of what’s to come—of a Booth who wants to love someone who loves him in return, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, and who has to look elsewhere when Brennan can’t be that for him. “Kandi” is Hart Hanson’s way of telling us to get ready for the angst.

booth army

bones airport

"I wanna punch the writers sometimes."

“I wanna punch the writers sometimes.”

Season 6: “Make You Feel My Love”—Adele*

HALLELUJAH the angst is over; bring on Adele. She knows how to capture the soul of a love so strong it hurts.

Appropriate Lyrics

When the rain
Is blowing in your face
And the whole world
Is on your case
I could offer you
A warm embrace
To make you feel my love

I know you haven’t made
Your mind up yet
But I would never
Do you wrong
I’ve known it
From the moment
That we met
No doubt in my mind
Where you belong

I’d go hungry
I’d go black and blue and
I’d go crawling
Down the avenue
You Know there’s nothing
That I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love

I could make you happy
Make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn’t do
Go to the ends
Of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love
To make you feel my love

Booth and Brennan would die for each other. They’ve always known that. This is a song about what you do after you know that. It’s about the moment that you fall. And you guys, Booth and Brennan fell. YOU’RE THE FATHER YOU’RE THE FATHER YOU’RE THE FATHER.


Happy tears.

Season 7: “From the Ground Up”—Sleeping At Last

Just thinking about “The Past in the Present” makes me want to hug a pillow. (Find my full recap of the episode here.) Booth and Brennan are losing their grasp on the life they worked so hard to build, and all they can do is stand together and christen their daughter while a serial killer ruins everything. Excuse me while I cry and yell at the television.

Appropriate Lyrics:

One by one the knots we’ve tied will come undone.
Like picking locks, we’ll sow our seeds beneath the sun.
Our accomplice is the rain,
With patience, that of saints

It grows and grows,
Our home sweet home.

It took me 27 years to wrap my head around this
To brush the ashes off of everything I love.
Where courage was contagious, confidence was key

Right as rain and soft as snow,
It grows and grows and grows,
Our home sweet home.

We’ll try to document this light,
With cameras to our eyes,
In an effort to remember
What being mended feels like.
We’re home sweet home.

Half of the brilliance behind this song choice is its tension. It’s the way “home sweet home” echoes over and over again as Booth and Brennan prepare to lose theirs. That’s what always gets me—I mean ‘balled up in a corner weeping or semi-catatonic’ gets me. “From the Ground Up” describes a journey to happiness that mirrors B&B’s: long, brave, totally worth it, hard to believe, and very much worth remembering. That’s all being ripped apart, but Booth and Brennan still take the time to hold on to what they have for as long as they have it. Good things are fleeting. Brennan’s less scared of that now than she ever has been before. Even when she runs, now, she’s running to protect other people. It’s progress! My heart’s in a puddle on the ground, but it’s progress.

jess crying

Preach it, little Deschanel.

Musically, these are also just three really solid songs. I listen to them all the time, and I’m pretty sure Booth and Brennan should too. So enjoy the updated playlist and then hit the comments to share your thoughts. Did these finales make you weepy too? Got any future mix tape suggestions? Next week, we’re talking Ingrid Michaelson, because I’m convinced that she’s a real-life Temperance Brennan. Get ready.

*Reader suggestion; thanks Loni!

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