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Medium: Television
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Subject: Katara
Title: After Me Comes the Flood
Warnings: DIALOGUE ONLY SPOILERS for episodes 312: The Western Air Temple and 313: The Firebending Masters. (If you want to remain unspoiled, you can easily avoid the quotes, they are clearly marked!)
Notes: 24 tracks exploring the development of Katara’s character from Book One through Three.
Download: All songs individually uploaded to box.net, mix uploaded in three zips to mediafire.

After Me Comes the Flood: A Katara Fanmix

1. Wishing Heart ; Lisa Loeb
2. Overboard ; Ingrid Michaelson
3. Lullaby For A Stormy Night ; Vienna Teng
4. Umbrella ; Mandy Moore
5. Capturing Moods ; Rilo Kiley
6. I Can’t Take It In ; Imogen Heap
7. I Feel It All ; Feist
8. Home ; Vanessa Carlton

9. I Am Not A Pretty Girl ; Ani DiFranco
10. Broken Ice ; The Umbrellas
11. You Are The Moon ; The Hush Sound
12. Hope For The Hopeless ; A Fine Frenzy
13. With Arms Outstretched ; Rilo Kiley
14. How ; Lisa Loeb
15. Speeding Cars ; Imogen Heap
16. Hallelujah ; Imogen Heap

17. Downpour ; Brandi Carlisle
18. The Tower ; Vienna Teng
19. Glittering Clouds ; Imogen Heap
20. Do What You Have To Do ; Sarah McLachlan
21. Girl With The Weight of the World In Her Hands ; Indigo Girls
22. Drought ; Vienna Teng
23. Cannonball ; Vienna Teng
24. Apres Moi ; Regina Spektor


Wishing Heart ; Lisa Loeb
No teacher to follow, no prophet to tell me how
But I know what I want, I know what I want now
Like water, it rushes; it’s the last thing you see
When you close your eyes it’s the one place you want to be
But if it doesn’t brush my shoulder and it doesn’t beat my heart
That’s not what I want no, and that’s not where I will start
I never kissed somebody so that they would break my heart
That’s not what I want
If you don’t know what you’re missing cause you don’t know where to start
Follow your wishing heart

Overboard ; Ingrid Michaelson
I could write my name by the age of three
and I don't need anyone to cut my meat for me.
I'm a big girl now, see my big girl shoes.
It'll take more than just a breeze to make me
Fall over, fall over, fall overboard, overboard.

Lullaby For A Stormy Night ; Vienna Teng
and someday you'll know
that nature is so
the same rain that draws you near me
falls on rivers and land
on forests and sand
makes the beautiful world that you'll see
in the morning

little child, be not afraid
though storm clouds mask your beloved moon
and its candlelight beams, still keep pleasant dreams
I am here tonight

little child, be not afraid
though wind makes creatures of our trees
and their branches to hands, they're not real, understand
and I am here tonight

for you know, once even I was a
little child, and I was afraid
but a gentle someone always came
to dry all my tears, trade sweet sleep for fears
and to give a kiss goodnight

A lullaby for Sokka, because even as the little sister I think it was Katara singing her big brother to sleep.

Umbrella ; Mandy Moore
When the sun shines
We’ll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be your friend
Took an oath, I'mma stick it out 'till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can run into my arms
It's okay don't be alarmed, come into me
There's no distance in between our love
So gonna let the rain pour
I'll be all you need and more

Capturing Moods ; Rilo Kiley
I’m always one step ahead of you if you don’t know what you’re going through.
There’s laughs and fun up where the conversation flows.
And I don’t mind waiting if it takes a long, long time.
I don’t mind braving the coldest winter of our time.
I don’t mind racing through our goodbyes.

I Feel It All ; Feist
Oh I'll be the one who'll break my heart
I'll be the one to hold the gun

I love you more
I love you more
I don't know what I knew before
But now I know I wanna win the war

No one likes to take a test
Sometimes you know more is less
Put your weight against the door
Kick drum on the basement floor
Stranded in a fog of words
Loved him like a winter bird
On my head the water pours
Gulf stream through the open door
Fly away
Fly away to what you want to make

I feel it all, I feel it all
I feel it all I feel it all
The wings are wide, the wings are wide
Wild card inside, wild card inside

A song for Jet.

I Can’t Take It In ; Imogen Heap
Can't close my eyes
They're wide awake
Every hair on my body
Has got a thing for this place
Oh, empty my heart
I've got to make room for this feeling
So much bigger than me

It couldn't be any more beautiful - I can't take it in.

Waterbending, really waterbending for the first time. Everything before training with Pakku was nothing compared to what mastering her bending feels like.

Home ; Vanessa Carlton
Some people live in a house on the hill
And wish they were some place else
There’s nobody there when the evening is still
Secrets with no one to tell

Some I have known have a ship where they sleep
With sounds of rocks on the coast
They sail over oceans five fathoms deep
But can’t find what they want the most

Even now when I’m alone
I’ve always known with you I am home



I Am Not A Pretty Girl ; Ani DiFranco
I have been fighting the good fight
And what if there are no damsels in distress?
What if I knew that and I called your bluff?
Don't you think every kitten figures out how to get down
Whether or not you ever show up?

Broken Ice ; The Umbrellas
If I could I would
I’d pull your ribs apart
like the bars on the jail cell
we'd make a clean break
I’d touch your racing heart
to control those anxieties
to calm you down
to stop you from pacing around
so let me do all the worrying
you know I’m so good at it

You Are The Moon ; The Hush Sound
Shadows all around you as you surface from the dark
Emerging from the gentle grip of night's unfolding arms
Darkness, darkness everywhere, do you feel all alone?
The subtle grace of gravity, the heavy weight of stone
You don't see what you possess, a beauty calm and clear

It floods the sky and blurs the darkness like a chandelier
All the light that you possess is skewed by lakes and seas

The shattered surface, so imperfect, is all that you believe
I will bring a mirror, so silver, so exact
So precise and so pristine, a perfect pane of glass
I will set the mirror up to face the blackened sky
So you can see your beauty every morning that you rise

Hope for the Hopeless ; A Fine Frenzy
Stitch in your knitted brow
And you don’t know how you’re gonna get it out
Crushed under heavy chest trying to catch your breath
But it always beats you by a step, all right now

Making the best of it
Playing the hand you get
You’re not alone in this

There’s hope for the hopeless
There’s hope for the hopeless
There’s hope

Cold in a summer breeze
Yeah, you’re shivering on your bended knee
Still, when your heart is sore and the heavens pour
Like a willow bending with the storm, you’ll make it

With Arms Outstretched ; Rilo Kiley
It’s 16 miles, to the promised land
And I promise you, I'm doing the best I can
Now don't fool yourself
In thinking you're more than a man
Cause you'll probably end up dead

I visit these
Mountains with frequency
And I stand here with my arms up
Now some days, they last longer than others
But this day by the lake went too fast

Jet’s death.

How ; Lisa Loeb
I didn’t come this far for you to make this hard for me
And now you want to ask me, “how?”
It’s like – “How does your heart beat, and why do you breathe?”
Why did you come here?
You weren’t invited.
You were on the outside, stay on the outside
And now you want to ask me, “why?”
It’s like – “Why does your heart beat, and how do you cry?”
How does your heart beat?
And there are some things that I’d like to figure out
There are some things that I can do without --
Like you and your letters that go on forever,
And you and the people that were never friends

With all the things that you could be
You never could learn how to be me
And now you want to ask me, “How?”

Katara: You’re a terrible person, you know that? Always following us, hunting the Avatar, trying to capture the world’s last hope for peace! But what do you care—you’re the Fire Lord’s son. Spreading war and violence and hatred is in your blood.
Zuko: You don’t know what you’re talking about.
Katara: (growing angrier) I don’t? How dare you! You have no idea what this war has put me through. Me personally. (turns her back to Zuko and crouches down). The Fire Nation took my mother away from me.
[Ep 220 “Crossroads of Destiny”]

Speeding Cars ; Imogen Heap
Here's the day you hoped would never come
Don't feed me violence
just run with me through rows of speeding cars.
The paper cuts the cheating lovers
The coffee's never strong enough
I know you think it's more than just bad luck

There there baby
it's just text book stuff
it's in the ABC of growing up
Now now darling
Oh don't lose your head
‘Cause none of us were angels

Zuko betrays her, in her own mind, even after she offers him the Oasis Water.

Hallelujah ; Imogen Heap
Maybe I’ve been here before,
I’ve seen this room; I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march, it's a cold and its a broken Hallelujah
There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show that to me, do you?
Remember when I moved in you;
The holy dark was moving too,
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah



Downpour ; Brandi Carlisle
I'm like the rain in a downpour
I wash away what you long for
And I wave goodbye with the sun in my eyes
I wish I could be there tonight

I'm like the wind in the canyon
I'm there then I'm gone in a second
You're growing older in peace where you're at
I wish I could be there for that

The Tower ; Vienna Teng
The one who survives by making the lives of others worthwhile
She’s coming apart right before my eyes
The one who depends on the services she renders
To those who come knocking
She’s seeing too clearly what she can’t be
What understanding defies

She says I need not to need
Or else a love with intuition
Someone who reaches out to my weakness
And won’t let go
I need not to need
I’ve always been the tower

Toph: Where did you get that!
Katara: It doesn't matter where I got it. The fact is –
Toph: You went through my stuff! You had no right.
Katara: Your stuff was messy, and I was just straightening up and I happened to stumble across it.
Toph: That's a lie! You're lying, Katara.
Katara: Fine! It's a lie. But you've been so out of control lately, I knew something was up. I knew you were hiding something, and you were. (Toph knocks the poster from Katara’s hand and walks away.) Don't you walk away from me while I'm talking to you!
Toph: Oh, really, Mom, or what are you going to do? Send me to my room?
Katara: I wish I could.
Toph: Well, you can't. Because you're not my mom, and you're not their mom.
[Ep 307 “The Runaway”]

Glittering Clouds ; Imogen Heap
I'm not always like this
It's something, I become
A terrible weakness
In my nature, in my blood
Save me, oh save me, save me from myself
Before I hurt somebody else again

Hama: My work is done. Congratulations, Katara. You're a bloodbender.
[Ep 308 “The Puppetmaster”]

SPOILERS FOR 312 and 313

Do What You Have To Do ; Sarah McLachlan
What ravages of spirit conjured this temptuous rage,
Created you a monster broken by the rule of love?
And fate has led you through it.
You do what you have to do.
And fate has led you through it.
You do what you have to do.

Katara: You might have everyone else buying your... "transformation", but you and I both know you've struggled with doing the right thing in the past. So let me tell you something right now. You make one step backward, one slip up, give me one reason to think you might hurt Aang, and you won't have to worry about your destiny anymore. Because I'll make sure your destiny ends, right then and there. Permanently.
[Ep 312 “The Western Air Temple”]

Girl With The Weight Of The World In Her Hands ; Indigo Girls
We're busy with our happiness, busy with our plans
I wonder if alone she wants it taken from her hands
But if things didn't get any harder
She might miss her sacred chance to go a consecrated martyr:
The girl with the weight of the world in her hands.

Katara brings things on herself. She makes herself into the martyr.

Drought ; Vienna Teng
Summer move forward and stitch me the fabric of fall
Wrap life in the brilliance of death to humble us all
How sweet is the day
I'm craving a darkness
As I sit tucked away with my back to the wall
And the taste of dried-up hopes in my mouth
And the landscape of merry and desperate drought
How much longer dear angels
Let winterlight come
And spread your white sheets over my empty house

Summer move forward and leave your heat anchored in dust
Forgotten him, cheated him, painted illusions of lust
Now language escape, fugitive of forgiveness
Leaving as trace only circles of rust

And the taste of dried-up hopes in my mouth
And the landscape of merry and desperate drought
How much longer dear angels
Come break me with ice
Let the water of calm trickle over my doubts

Come let me drown
Angels no fire no salt on the plow
Carry me down
Bury me down

And the taste of dried-up hopes in my mouth
And the landscape of merry and desperate drought
Once I knew myself
And with knowing came love
I would know love again if I had faith enough
Too far is next spring and her jubilant shout
So angels, inside
Is the only way out

Zuko: Listen everybody, I've got some pretty bad news: I've lost my stuff.
Toph: Don't look at me, I didn't touch your stuff.
Zuko: I'm talking about my Firebending.
Katara: (laughs) I'm sorry, I'm just laughing at the irony— you know, how it would've been nice for us if you'd lost your Firebending a long time ago.
[Ep 313 “The Firebending Masters”]

Cannonball ; Vienna Teng
There’s still a little bit of your song in my ear
There’s still a little bit of your words I long to hear
You step a little closer to me
So close that I can´t see what´s going on

Stones taught me to fly
Love taught me to lie
Life taught me to die
So its not hard to fall

Zuko: It's just weaker for some reason.
Katara: Maybe you're just not as good as you think you are.
[Ep 313 “The Firebending Masters”]

Apres Moi ; Regina Spektor
I must go on standing
You can't break that which isn't yours
I, oh, must go on standing
I'm not my own, it's not my choice

Be afraid of the lame
They'll inherit your legs
Be afraid of the old
They'll inherit your souls
Be afraid of the cold
They'll inherit your blood
Apres moi, le deluge
After me comes the flood



( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 10th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhh! Avatar! Will def be taking all three! Thank you this is georgeous!!!!! Wooo!
Mar. 10th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
This looks amazing! Downloading all three, thanks so much!
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Mar. 10th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
gorgeous music! :)

Mar. 10th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Avatar and some of my favorite artists? (Imogen Heap and Vienna Teng :D)
Taking the ZIPs, for sure.
Mar. 10th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, I haven't watched this show in forever! But I totally love this, taking some Imogen :]
Mar. 11th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
ten times awesome mix <3
Mar. 11th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
this is gorgeous in all different ways.
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Mar. 11th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Awesome mix. Thanks watch this with my son whenever possible
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
saved glittering clouds, downpour, with arms outstretched, &capturing moods. great mix! thank you! :D
Mar. 11th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
I'm taking all three. ;p There're some awesome songs up there!
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
amazing song choices, taking everything i don't already have. <3
Mar. 11th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
This is a wonderful mix. So much good music and it all fits SO well

Great job! Taking all three
Mar. 18th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Wonderful choice of songs! Taking them all, thank you very much for putting them together.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)

Avatar is so amazing, and you did a great job with the songs! Taking all 3 books. :D
Apr. 29th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
That is so awesome. =) I love how you matched the songs to the moments. Lovely.
May. 27th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
great song choices, taking everything :)
Jul. 24th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Lovely, grabbing this. Awesome work on the songs and the cover! I love good fanmixes with pretty album art. :)
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)

I just saw "After Me Comes the Flood" (Regina ftw <3) and knew this was going to be an awesome fanmix.(:

Cool thing is I know most of these songs/artists. :DD
Feb. 4th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
This is an amazing mix. =)
I don't watch avatar, but this is awesome!
Aug. 19th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
The cover art is just beautiful!
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