Listen Up: The Bones Mix Tape, Volume 3

Either Ingrid Michaelson gets her inspiration from Bones or she and Temperance Brennan are very similar people. There’s really no other option. Her songs fit B&B’s relationship so intimately that any Booth and Brennan mix tape would be incomplete without them.

“Soldier”

Y’all, BOOTH IS A SOLDIER, and not just in his job. He’s always, always been fighting the battle of the heart—does she love me? Can she? Am I worth loving?—and he knows it isn’t easy, but he won’t give up.  Brennan, for her part, has always only believed in herself. And science. She wants the proof in Booth: the evidence that he’ll love her and not abandon her.

I don’t believe in anything but myself
I don’t believe in anything but myself
But then you opened up a door, you opened up a door
Now I start to believe in something else

But how do I know if I’ll make it through?
How do I know? Where’s the proof in you?

And so it goes, this soldier knows
The battle with the heart isn’t easily won
And so it goes, this soldier knows
The battle with the heart isn’t easily won
But it can be won

I salute you, beautiful brooding man.

I salute you, beautiful brooding man.

“Breakable”

This song is literally TALKING ABOUT BONES, so there’s that. More than that, though, it’s about the fragility of life—which Booth and Brennan know all too well, what with all the time they spend standing over death—and the fragility of our emotions. They’ve each been broken before, so they know how easily it happens and how easily they could break each other. That’s why they handle with such care.

Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts?
Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts.
So it’s fairly simple to cut right through the mess,
And to stop the muscle that makes us confess.

And we are so fragile,
And our cracking bones make noise,
And we are just
Breakable, breakable, breakable girls and boys.

You fasten my seat belt because it is the law.
In your two-ton death trap I finally saw.
A piece of love in your face that bathed me in regret.
Then you drove me to places I’ll never forget.

And now we’re adding cars to the conversation? It’s almost too perfect. Booth and Brennan have so many meaningful relationship conversations while driving, most of all in “The Doctor in the Photo.” This song will always be that episode for me. They’re both so brittle in that car, and they see the love and regret in each other’s faces.

bones doctor in the photo

“Masochist”

I hear the two of them taking turns here, wondering what they mean to each other.

She says you’re a masochist for falling for me,
So roll up your sleeves.
And I think that I like her, ’cause she tells me things I don’t want to hear,
Medicinal tongue in my ear.

When will it stop? When will it stop?

When will I feel all soft on the inside?
When will I feel all soft on the inside?
When will I feel soft, soft?

Brennan really does tell Booth that he’s asking for trouble by falling for her (“I don’t have your kind of open heart”). She also tells him the truth, always, even when he doesn’t want to hear it, and he likes that about her.

Not for a little while longer, Booth.

Not for a little while longer, Booth.

Brennan, meanwhile, wants to know why Booth thinks she’s special. Isn’t all physical contact the same? Isn’t one warm body as good as the next? Why is it making love? And why would it be different with her?

You say that my skin feels like no one else’s,
That it’s different somehow.
But I don’t understand–isn’t a hand just a hand?
No you don’t understand.

When will it start? My broken part?

When will I feel all soft on the inside?
When will I feel all soft on the inside?
When will I feel soft, soft?

 I love that contrast between starting and stopping. Booth is waiting for a relationship with Brennan, and he has been since they met. He wants that longing to stop. For Brennan, something has to start before she can have a relationship with Booth. She has to break first.

bones hole in the heart

“Snowfall”

This is the only Ingrid Michaelson song to actually make an appearance on the show. Let’s fix that, shall we?

I want a snowfall kind of love
That lights up the sky from below
I want a snowfall kind of love
That brings people to their window
Won’t you bury me in your quiet love?
Oh bury me in your quiet love

Booth has literally brought Brennan to her window in the snow. Maybe it’s not that Ingrid Michaelson is inspired by Bones…maybe Bones is inspired by Ingrid Michaelson.

christmas!

So, would any of her other songs belong on Booth and Brennan’s mix tape? Hit the comments with your ideas, and enjoy the sweet sweet music!

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