Special Feature: A Duke Will Never Do Playlist
by Anthony, Lord Colton
We are overjoyed to be joined today by Anthony, Lord Colton, who has graciously stopped by to share the songs that played a part in his romance with Jane Pemberton. Readers, be prepared to swoon—fans at the ready, smelling salts on hand, please—and sigh over this list of meaningful music, and find out more about A Duke Will Never Do by Darcy Burke, the story of Lord Colton and his lady love . . .
I’ve been in kind of a bad place the past, oh, year or so. Music helps (but not as much as brandy or port or brandy and port). Songs that help me cope are evocative and emotional, and maybe have a wee bit of angst. They’re also fun and charming because I’d rather be fun and charming than emotional and angsty. That’s…private. Or at least it was. Until I passed out on Jane Pemberton’s doorstep. She chose some of these songs, said they were perfect for me. She’s probably right since I’m fairly certain she knows me better than anyone. Better than I know myself. But some of these songs are for her. And some are for us.
I like the sound of that.
SONGS FOR JANE
The Song that Jane Likes, Dave Matthews Band
Key lyric: “Would you like to play with a fool holding hands with a one-eyed jack of spades.”
Why this song: We play cards (and backgammon) and for a while, I couldn’t use one of my eyes because it was swollen shut. It seems to fit. Plus, it’s the song that Jane likes.
Love Runs Out, OneRepublic
Key lyric: “I’ll be your light, your match, your burning sun, I’ll be the bright, and black, that’s making you run. And I feel alright, and we’ll feel alright, ‘Cause we’ll work it out, yeah we’ll work it out.”
Why this song: If anyone can save me, it’s Jane. She is my constant amidst the pain and grief. She is my light, my…everything.
Stripped, Depeche Mode
Key lyric: “Let’s get away, just for one day.”
Why this song: Jane wants me to take her virginity and that terrifies me. Not because of how she’ll be changed, but because of how I might be.
SONGS FOR ANTHONY
Break Free, Dave Matthews Band
Key lyric: “You make me crazy baby, don’t let up, And if I’m fallin’ I don’t want to stop, I give up everything to have your love, I drink your poison…”
Why this song: Is this song about Jane or my other mistress, alcohol? I know what I want it to be, but I’m not sure of the truth.
Kill the King, Dave Matthews Band
Key lyric: “You save the world every time you walk in the room, what you do, you alone, you could save my soul.”
Why this song: This is who Jane is to me. So maybe this should be under Jane’s songs. Hmm.
Unsteady, X Ambassadors
Key lyric: Um, the entire song? “Mama, come here, approach, appear, Daddy, I’m alone, ‘cause this house don’t feel like home. If you love me, don’t let go.”
Why this song: Pretty much sums me up. To a tee. It mentions my parents and Jane and how much of a disaster I truly am. What does Jane even see in me? (She would say I’m charming and witty and attractive. But she sees deeper than that.)
SONGS FOR US
Roll Away Your Stone, Mumford and Sons
Key lyric: “Don’t leave me alone at this time, For I am afraid of what I will discover inside.”
Why this song: This is probably more for me, but it’s also us because without her, I can’t roll away my stone.
Pig, Dave Matthews Band
Key lyric: “What if a great wave should wash us all away? Just thinking out loud, Don’t mean to dwell on this dying thing.”
“Oh, this love will open our world, From the dark side we can see the glow of something bright, There’s much more than we see here, Don’t burn the day away.”
Why this song: Thinking of a future with Jane is hard, especially when I can’t seem to stop dwelling on this dying thing. But I don’t want to burn the day. I want Jane.
Hunger for the Great Light, Dave Matthews Band
Key lyric: “I want to be your hunger, I want to see you open wide, And when I go down for you, I want to blow your mind.”
Why this song: This one’s a bit R-rated, but hopefully Jane and I are a bit R-rated too. I want to be everything for her, as she is for me. I want to give myself completely—if she’ll have me.
A NOTE FROM DARCY BURKE
As you can see:
1) Anthony is a mess.
2) Jane is awesome.
3) Together, they are an awesome mess. Or messily awesome?
4) I really like the Dave Matthews Band.
Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her Reader Group at https://www.darcyburke.com/join-my-reader-group/.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.
For more on Darcy and her books, visit her website at https://www.darcyburke.com/.
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