Remember when iTunes incorrectly listed Ella Mae Bowen on the tracklist for The Hunger Games Soundtrack? Well now you can hear the song she’d submitted for the Soundtrack.
Having become a fan of the first book when she read it in eighth grade English, she penned “Girl on Fire” — inspired by heroine Katniss Everdeen’s nickname — with her producer Seth Bolt of the band Needtobreathe. Though it didn’t ultimately make the track list, Bowen is releasing the song to fans in the hope that those who loved the book as much as she did will enjoy it.
Here’s what she tells Entertainment weekly about what inspired her to wring the song.
Then there’s her voice, which has an urgency beyond her years. “I just want that fight for something to come through when I sing,” she says. And it does, especially in the chorus: ”Lover hold me/Fighter join me/Whose side are you on/Oh, when the lines are drawn/Fear that blinds me/Faith that burns me/Lost and confused/Through all the smoke and the blaze of you/The flames are getting higher/Girl on Fire.”
Bowen says it was easy for her to relate to the book. ”I just remember being really inspired by the themes of fighting for love and family, the unrequited love, the strength of the girl character. She’s such a great character. It’s in a different time period, but it’s setting is like Appalachia, which is where I grew up,” says the Walhalla, S.C., native, who has now moved to Nashville. “I put myself there the best that I could. When I saw the quote ‘Girl on Fire,’ Seth and I just jumped at it, like, not only is that a great title, but it symbolizes how hard she was fighting for something.”
You can read the full article at Entertainment Weekly. What do you think of the song? Should it have been included on the Soundtrack?