'Southern Nights' - Glen Campbell
Again, not every song on Awesome Mix Vol. 2 was chosen for its lyrical significance or deeper meaning. Remember, Meredith likes some songs for nothing more than their "hooks and melodies." Glen Campbell's 'Southern Nights' is one of these songs, with Gunn calling it "a different flavor for the movie."
It comes into the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when the Ravagers arrive at the site of the crashed Milano, having been hired by Ayesha of the Sovereign to hunt them down for stealing those batteries. Rocket, however, has rigged explosives throughout the surrounding forest and to the tune of 'Southern Nights,' dispatches with one group of unsuspecting mercenaries after another. The song has a real laid back quality to it, inviting us to sit back and watch as Rocket does what he does best -- blowing stuff up. He's captured in the end, but not before getting to have his fun.
'My Sweet Lord' - George Harrison
While Rocket is blowing up Ravagers, Peter, Gamora, and Drax arrive on Ego to the pleasant melody of 'My Sweet Lord.' It's a wholly appropriate choice because Ego is of an ancient, immortal and extremely powerful race known as the Celestials -- basically, he's a god (little-G). Gunn explains that he has "always been into Hindu creation myths," and the story of Ego's creation in the movie bears that influence, with Ego creating of himself a whole planet in his search for meaning. George Harrison was also heavily influenced by Hindu religious teachings, and the song even mentions the Hindu gods involved in creation: Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshvara.
In addition to being a song about literally searching for god, 'My Sweet Lord' is also a song about yearning. In the film, the lyrics speak to Peter's yearning to know his father with its repeating of the phrases: "I really wanna see you/I really wanna know you/I'd really wanna go with you/I really wanna show you, Lord." It can be interpreted as Peter wishing not only to meet his father, but to stay with him and prove himself worthy of being his son. And for a little while, that's just what Peter plans to do -- that is, until it's revealed Ego is more interested in using Peter as a Celestial battery than he is in reconnecting with his son.
'Come a Little Bit Closer' - Jay and the Americans
After capturing Rocket and Groot, the Ravagers mutiny because they don't believe Yondu will ever betray Quill and turn him over to the Sovereign. Yondu is imprisoned along with Rocket, and when asking Baby Groot for help proves futile, the still loyal Kraglin frees them. What follows is a scene first teased in Hall H at Comic-Con and it features Yondu -- now equipped with his trusty telekinetic arrow and new control fin -- killing the mutineers as they try and stop them from escaping.
The sequence is one of the more violent in the film, but pairing it with 'Come a Little Bit Closer' by Jay and the Americans brings a real cheekiness to the scene. As the Ravagers converge on Yondu to a chorus of "Come a little bit closer", his arrow rips through one victim after another in a fantastic slow-motion display. It's brutal, but it's hard not to smile watching Yondu and Rocket enjoy a bit of ultra-violence to such catchy tune.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017