Santana’s (Naya Rivera) performance of Taylor Swift’s “Mine” was beautiful and all, but was something missing? The lyrics didn’t seem to quite fit the scenario and the only thing that made us feel real sadness was that both Santana and Brittany (Heather Morris) had tears in their eyes... oh, and the fact that they broke up afterwards. But in retrospect, was there a song that could have better captured the heartbreak of our favorite couple being torn apart?
One thing that made Blaine (Darren Criss)’s “Teenage Dream” rendition so beautiful and devastating was that it was a twist on a more gleeful version of the song he sang to Kurt (Chris Colfer) at the beginning of their relationship. We thought about it — a lot — and came up with three songs that might have been more fitting for Britt and Santana to sing instead. What do you think?
Song: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
Scenario: Sung to an answering machine or in the choir room
Significance: This was the song Santana was singing (with Britt and Holly (Gwyneth Paltrow)) when she realized she loved Britt. She says that just because she sings the song doesn’t mean anyone can put a label on her, but she knows after singing that it’s true.
Twist: Singing it because she knows that even though she still loves her, she can’t be with her.
Lyric: “Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’/Cuz I built my life around you” Santana needs to move on now that she’s in college.
“So, take this love and take it down
Yeah, and if you climb a mountain and ya turn around
And If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide brought me down”
Song: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
Scenario: Choir room or hallway or on the stage, singing from stage to Britt in the seats to signify their separation.
Significance: Britt and Santana first sang it with full hearts, enjoying being with each other openly.
Twist: now it isn’t enough to just “wanna dance with somebody who loves me.” Everything is okay when there is other stuff going on, but time (signified by night fall) wears on them.
Lyric: “I've done alright up to now/It's the light of day that shows me how/And when the night falls, loneliness calls.”
Song: “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac
Scenario: Sung in front of the rest of the club as a performance when she returns and then split to singing it in the choir room.
Significance: She first sang it to her in Season 2 Episode 19, to express her feelings, apart from the rest of the group because she was afraid of what they would say behind her back.
Twist: She first sang it in earnest to express her feelings, but now she means that what’s right is for her to leave so that there is no more crying.
Lyric: “For you, there'll be no more crying/For you, the sun will be shining/And I feel that when I'm with you/It's alright, I know it's right.”