Songs for Shelby
Shelby is a tough one. She has a giant ocean of love to give but no courage at hand to give it. The whole book was born listening to Sweet Lorraine by Patty Griffin, and I urge you to hunt that song down and listen to it. Here are my favorite lyrics:
Sweet Lorraine - Patty Griffin
In the battle of time in the battle of will It's only your hope and your heart that gets killed And it gets harder and harder lorraine, to believe in magic When what came before you is so very tragic Lorraine, sweet Lorraine Lorraine, sweet Lorraine
Readers first meet Shelby in WILD CHILD and in the book she engages in some pretty dangerous and wild behavior in an effort to FEEL SOMETHING. ANYTHING. So that someone will SEE her. And frankly, I've been trying NOT to use a thousand Springsteen songs, but this one is just too perfect, about a heartbroken, lonely man who steals cars, trying to get caught - but never does.
Stolen Car - Bruce Springsteen
And I'm driving a stolen car On a pitch black night And I'm telling myself I'm gonna be alright But I ride by night and I travel in fear That in this darkness I will disappear
Shelby and Ty start a relationship that Shelby insists is only physical and she's blunt and cold, but her real feelings - her terrible loneliness and craving for Ty is just so plain. And this song...holy cow...this is SUCH a song!!
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Why am I so emotional? No, it's not a good look, gain some self-control And deep down I know this never works But you can lay with me so it doesn't hurt
Shelby admits to her feelings far later than Ty but when she does, I feel like she's fierce. And once they're together, Ty and his son Casey, she's like this Mama Bear. Finally, all this love has a place to go and it's amazing.
What I Wouldn't Do - Serena Ryder
I’ll carry the weight I’ll do anything for you My bones may break but I’ll never be untrue Woah-oh-oh Woah Woah-oh-oh Woah Woah-oh-oh Woah Oh what I wouldn’t do Oh what I wouldn’t do