"Gale Song" as written by Wesley Schultz, Jeremy Fraites and Neyla Michel Collins Pekarek....
It's a lonely road, full of tired men
And you can see it in their faces
And you'll be home in spring
I can wait 'til then
I heard you're on the big train

And oh this too shall pass
This loneliness won't last for long
I wasn't there to take his place
I was ten thousand miles away

So when you hear my voice
And when you say my name
May it never give you pain

'Cause I don't wanna go
But it's time to leave
You'll be on my mind, my destiny

And I won't fight in vain
I'll love you just the same
I couldn't know what's in your mind
But I saw the pictures
You're looking fine

And there was a time when I stood in line
For love, for love, for love,
But I let you go, oh I let you go

And he fell apart with his broken heart
And this blood, this blood, this blood
Oh, it drains from my skin, it does


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"Gale Song" as written by Jeremy Fraites Wesley Schultz

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the last line is "And this blood, this blood, this blood
    Oh it drains from my skin, it does"

    not "and dust"
    maladroitmortalon February 16, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song was written for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack. It's the story of the series from the perspective of Gale, the hometown love interest that the protagonist is forced to leave behind.
    cgrealmson November 26, 2013   Link
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    QuestionI am curious about the part where it says "And he fell apart with his broken heart
    And this blood, this blood, this blood
    Oh it drains from my skin, it does" is he talking about Peeeta? Is he saying that he let Katniss go? I'm confused. help?
    cheyivey1999on November 28, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song. I love how they tied it in so well with the movie even though you can listen to it on it's own. It's a beautiful song that definitely adds to the character.

    I was just reading through the lyrics and realized that It could totally be used to describe men going to war in general.

    However you see it, it's a great song.
    YellowLedbetterLoveon December 31, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song speaks to me so personally.. It's unreal.
    Before moving across the world, I connected to a friend I had known forever, we were so in love, but I had to leave. We were heartbroken but I would be home again in a year to my little hometown to visit. We spoke often, but he became more withdrawn, I thought we were growing apart like many of my friends since I left.
    When I came home for a while a year later we talked about it. In drunken conversation he told me how unhappy he was.. I told him he wouldn't be lost forever, forgetting how claustrophobic a small closed minded town was. In hindsight I realise how incredibly depressed he was, how he hid it because he was a guy afraid of being judged.
    'and oh this too will pass, this loneliness won't last for long' my fickle attempt at telling home he would feel better soon. In reality I wasn't there except in that moment. 'I was 10 thousand miles away' literally. I told him I didn't want to leave him but i couldn't stay in that town forever, I wanted to see the world but I'd be there for him if he needed to talk. (4th stanza)
    He was hurt. 'I loved him all the same' but couldn't make him realise he needed to get out of there. Both our lives carried on, I saw pictures of him on Facebook the next week and he looked happy. (5th)
    I was alway waiting 'in line' to find someone I felt the same way about, I knew we couldn't be together because our lives were different now. And inevitably I 'let him go'...
    He took his own life 2 months or so after that drunken conversation. He literally 'fell apart with his broken heart' and I am still coming to terms with the guilt I feel almost 2 years on.

    The last line. 'It drains from my skin, it does'...
    I found out over Facebook, the time difference meant I hadn't got my brothers calls. I can still remember the moment that something left me when I saw the posts, it was like part of myself died.. Time has healed though and one day I will listen to this song without my soul breaking into a million pieces.
    Mixedmotionon January 10, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThe last stanza reminds me of the part when Gale got whipped and was rushed to Katniss' mum. He was at his most vulnerable (physically and emotionally) while he lay bloody and half-conscious on the kitchen table. He and Katniss also had a very tender moment then.

    Blood draining from one's skin can also be a play on blood draining from one's face, to be shocked or mortified by some horrible news, like Katniss' engagement, perhaps.
    toblindfoldheron March 25, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThinking more about the sudden shift to third person in "he fell apart with his broken heart"... 'He' could be referring to Peeta, when he hit the force field and his heart stopped. It became obvious then that Katniss really cared for Peeta (Finnick himself said so), and maybe that's when blood drained from Gale's skin/face, became pale from the shock of this revelation.
    toblindfoldheron March 25, 2017   Link

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