Season 3 of The Leftovers required Kevin to do some pretty out-of-the-box things in order to get back from the “other world,” but it’s hard to get over the moment when the only thing standing between him and Jarden was singing a song. We posed the question to the cast: If you had to choose one song to get you home, what would it be?
Some knew right away...
Christopher Eccleston: Definitely Curtis Mayfield’s “We’ve Got To Have Peace.” If you’ve never listened to Curtis Mayfield’s early albums, please do. He was an unacknowledged genius and preached an incredible spiritual message.
We got to have peace / To keep the world alive / And war to cease
Ann Dowd: It would be “Sugar Mountain” by Neil Young.
Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain / With the barkers and the colored balloons / You can't be twenty on Sugar Mountain / Though you're thinking that / you're leaving there too soon
Some had to give it a little thought...
Kevin Carroll: I think I would go all out and do something by the Roots or Wu Tang Clan.
Liv Tyler: “Bring it on Home to Me”, by Sam Cook, maybe. Either that or something Guns and Roses.
If you ever change your mind / About leaving, leaving me behind / Oh-oh, bring it to me / Bring your sweet loving / Bring it on home to me
Some chose the same artist…
Amy Brenneman: “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell.
Yesterday a child came out to wonder / Caught a dragonfly inside a jar / Fearful when the sky was full of thunder / And tearful at the falling of a star
Carrie Coon: “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell. It’s such an amazing song.
Just before our love got lost you said / I am as constant as a northern star and I said / Constantly in the darkness / Where's that at? / If you want me I'll be in the bar
And some decided it might not be worth the humiliation...
Damon Lindelof: “Total Eclipse of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Obviously. But based on my voice, I'm NEVER getting back home.
Once upon a time there was light in my life / But now there's only love in the dark / Nothing I can say / A total eclipse of the heart
Justin Theroux: I would probably pick something atonal by someone like Jonathan Richman or Lou Reed — someone not known for their vocal ability. I would probably try to get out of it. I’d pour over the karaoke book for a solid half-hour or just decide to spend my time in purgatory.
What song would you pick? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Watch the series finale of The Leftovers on June 4 at 9 pm on HBO.