I became a big Mumford fan sometime after I read the first four books. The message in After the Storm really reminds me of Mac and the hardships and growing she did throughout the series. Especially the beginning of the song, with the opening lines:
I run and run as the rains come
And I look up, I look up,
on my knees and out of luck,
I look up.
Night has always pushed up day
You must know life to see decay
But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.
And I took you by the hand
And we stood tall,
And remembered our own land,
What we lived for.
It reminds me of a rain-soaked Dublin, and whenever I hear the song, I’m taken back to those dark hours Mac withstood, sometimes alone, sometimes with those who cared for her, in their own twisted ways, and I feel for her. I feel the loneliness and fear, but more importantly, I feel the hope that continued to burn in her.
You can find the rest of the lyrics here.
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