Characterization: Marcus Strang’s Theme Song


Black Sun

Death Cab for Cutie


There is whisky in the water
And there is death upon the vine
There is fear in the eyes of your father
And there is “Yours” and there is “Mine”
There is a desert veiled in pavement
And there’s a city of seven hills
And all our debris flows to the ocean
To meet again, I hope it will

How could something so fair
Be so cruel
When this black sun revolved
Around you!

There is an answer in a question
And there is hope within despair
And there is beauty in a failure,
And there are depths beyond compare
There is a role of a lifetime
And there’s a song yet to be sung
And there’s a dumpster in the driveway
Of all the plans that came undone

(Not all of the lyrics included)


I have chosen Death Cab for Cutie’s song Black Sun because the song reflects the role of the FBI-agent. Listening to this song is gives you a sense of seriousness, also taking into consideration the lyrics. The lyrics sound like something fit for a thriller while it still has a cheery undertone to it because of the melody. This is why I think it fits perfectly. While Strang is a serious element in the story he still breaks out from that role by doing something unconventionally. For example, on page 167, the 2 last lines: “P.S.: We all love your TEDTalk. I’d love to see the latest on Samantha 2 if time permits.”. Here he breaks the serious atmosphere around himself after an important message, a little like the song talks about “How something so fair, be so cruel” while right after it continue with talking about songs yet to be sung and the beauty of failure. The song itself is a bit contradicting, just like how we would imagine a FBI-agent and how Strang acts. In the first verse there is also the line “There is ‘yours’ and there is ‘mine’”, which reminds me of how Strang decides to leave as soon as the intervention begins, page 201, line 7-8: “AGENT STRANG: if this has all of sudden turned into an intervention, that’s not really my thing.”