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Stranger Than Fiction soundtrack

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Product detail
Format: CD
UPC: 88697026372
Label: Columbia
Label number: 702637
Running time: not on file
Shipping date: November 7th, 2006
Product availability
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Album Tracklist
1.  The Book I Write - Spoon
2.  Going Missing - Maximo Park
3.  Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric
4.  Flours - Britt Daniel / Brian Reitzell
5.  The Way We Get By - Spoon
...see complete tracklist
Music from the movie not on this soundtrack CD
Death Or Glory - The Clash
Democracy - Adolescents
Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra
Horizon Variations - Max Richter
I Turn My Camera On - Spoon
Live For Life - Francis Lai
Love You - The Free Design (found on the CD "Sing For Very Important People")
On the Nature of Daylight - Max Richter
Rave - Marc Ferrari and Paul Taylor
Small Stakes - Spoon (found on the CD "Kill the Moonlight")
Stop Your Sobbing - The Pretenders
That's Entertainment - The Jam
The One You Always Wanted - Brian Reitzell

Add more missing songs to this list, or tell us in what scenes these songs are heard or where they can be found.
Soundtrack Q & A
Q: What is the name of the song heard in the advertisments and at the movie's website? (from Greg in New York)
A: There are a couple songs played in the trailer. But the very last song they play is by the Pretenders, called "Stop Your Sobbing" with the lyrics "...It is time for you to stop all of your sobbing. Yes, it's time for you to stop all of your sobbing, um hmm. There's one thing you've gotta do... To make me still want you. Gotta stop sobbing uh huh (yeah, yeah stop stop stop stop)..." (thanks to Beautiful Lotus, Washington DCadd more info

Q: In the previews of this movie there is a piano melody... can anyone tell me the name and artist who plays this piano melody? (from sweethomechitown in Chicago, IL)
A: I think the song you are talking about is "The Way We Get By" by Spoon. Hope this helps. (thanks to zajosh, capetown, South Africaadd more info

Q: There is this song that I like from the commercial for the movie that I also heard once on the radio. It's not on the soundtrack and I can't find anything about on the internet. It's an upbeat song with lyrics like, "'ve got me running right out of my head. A woo hoo...." Then again, there is dialogue on the commercial that is louder than the music, so it could be quite different, but that is what is sounds like. Does anyone know what it is? (from Amanda in New Jersey)
A: The Song is "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra. It took me awhile to get it, but I always hear it at work. (thanks to Cooper, Puyallup, Wa, USAadd more info
A: Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra (thanks to Matt, Ann Arbor, MIadd more info

Q: What is the song Will Ferrell sings in the movie? (from Deens in San Francisco)
A: It's called "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric. (thanks to Katie, Missouri, USAadd more info
A: The version of "The Whole Wide World" heard in the movie is performed by Wreckless Eric (cool moniker, by the way), but I believe the original song was done by The Monkees (yeah ... I'm old enough to recall that tidbit, but too old to really remember accurately!). (thanks to Flameout, Alexandria, VAadd more info
A: Wreckless Eric wrote the song, it was a hit for him in 1978. The Monkees covered it later in 1987. (thanks to Steve, UKadd more info

Q: The very last song at the very end of the credits is called "Love." It's in the closing credits but not on the soundtrack (bummer) and I can't recall who sings this awesome song. Short of having to see the movie again--can anyone out there tell me who sings this song?  (from Andy Traisman in Eugene, OR)
A: It's a song called "Love You" by a band called Free Design. (thanks to martin, minneapolis, mnadd more info
A: The song is "Love You" from the 1970 album "Sing for Very Important People" by Free Design. (thanks to David, Los Angeles, CA, USAadd more info
A: You can still get the CD. Here's a link (thanks to James, Utahadd more info
A: The song is now featured in the Toyota car commercial shown in Europe 2009... (thanks to Gerry O'Connor, Dublin, Irelandadd more info

Q: Does anybody know the title and artist of the song at the very end of the credits? The only lyrics I could catch were "I hug you and kiss you and love you," but nothing comes up in my search. (from chickspirit in Los Angeles)
A: I think that one's called "Love You" by Free Design. (thanks to OSTfan, Burlingameadd more info
The Free Design - Love You Lyrics

Give a little time for the child within you,
don't be afraid to be young and free.
Undo the locks and throw away the keys
and take off your shoes and socks, and run you.
La, la, la...

Give a little time for the child within you,
don't be afraid to be young and free.
Undo the locks and throw away the keys
and take off your shoes and socks, and run you.
La, la, la...

Run through the meadow and scare up the milking cows
Run down the beach kicking clouds of sand
Walk a windy weather day, feel your face blow away
Stop and listen: Love you.

Roll like a circus clown, put away your circus frown
Ride on a roller coaster upside down
Waltzing Matilda, Carey loves a kinkatchoo
Joey catch a kangaroo, hug you.

Dandylion, milkweed, silky on a sunny sky
Reach out and hitch a ride and float on by
Balloons down below catching colors of the rainbow
red, blue and yellow-green: I love you.

Bicycles, tricycles, ice cream candy
Lollypops, popsicles, licorice sticks
Solomon Grundy, Raggedy Andy
Tweedledum and Tweedledee, home free.

Cowboys and Indians, puppydogs and sandpails
Beachballs and baseballs and basketballs, too.
I love forget-me-nots, fluffernutters, sugarpops
I'll hug you and kiss you and love you
La, la, la... Love you.
(thanks to Nata Bug, Somers, CTadd more info

Q: Why wasn't the Will Farrell version of the song, "Whole Wide World" not on in the soundtrack album? Can it be found anywhere?
...from laptech in Memphis (answer laptech's question)

Q: Ok, This has been driving me crazy. There are some beats that run through a part of the film that I can totally recognize but can't figure out what song they are from... they are simply a "bum, bum, bum, bum..." that repeat just under one second or so apart, and I just can't sort out what song it is from. Thoughts anyone? (I know I am not being very articulate here, but... :)) (from Ryann in Los Angeles)
A: If the beat is a bass note followed by a guitar on the off beat with a sort of slow disco beat going along with it, then it's "I Turn My Camera On" by Spoon. (thanks to Lock, Canadaadd more info
A: I thought the quick bum bum bum bum at the beginning of Stranger Than Fiction was the opening from "Mr. Blue Sky" by ELO. (thanks to Cassie, Houston,TXadd more info

Q: Does anyone know the name of the first instrumental song from the closing credits? (from Aaron in san rafael, CA)
A: "The Book I Write" by Spoon [best band ever!] (thanks to Ali, Austinadd more info
A: Nope, that's not it. "The Book I Write" has vocals. It's the anthemy guitar instrumental before the "Love You" song starts that I'd like to know about. (thanks to Aaron, San Rafael, CAadd more info
A: It's Maximo Park's "Going Missing"! (thanks to Bobby, Dublinadd more info
A: Yeah, this is Maximo Park. The album is "A Certain Trigger" from 2005. (thanks to gab, parisadd more info
A: But Maximo Park's "Going Missing" has lyrics. I'm also looking for the name of the instrumental song. I think it's the second last song during the closing credits. (thanks to shekkie, Toronto, Canadaadd more info
A: It is "Going Missing" by Maximo Park. The instrumental version is previously unreleased and sadly does not appear on the Stranger Than Fiction soundtrack CD. To record it straight from the DVD is possibly your best option - just a thought. John :) (thanks to Johnny Pegg, Bournemouth, UKadd more info
A: Nope. It's "Vittorio E." by Spoon... (thanks to MickeyT., 21, Jumpstreetadd more info
A: Alot of confusion here. I can say with absolute certainty that the song following "Book I Write" by Spoon in the end credits is an instrumental version of "Going Missing" by Maximo Park. (thanks to Spencer, Pittsburgh, PAadd more info

Q: What's the name of the music playing when Harold is in the guitar store? (from Jenna in e'ville il)
A: That is the intro to "I Turn My Camera On" by Spoon. (thanks to Blue, Canadaadd more info

Q: What's the song Will plays on guitar before Ana makes out with him? (from Ryan in white rock, canada)
A: "Whole Wide World" (thanks to scubaryan, pei, canadaadd more info

Q: What is the song playing when Harold finally finds the guitar he wants to buy? It's an instrumental, I think, because I don't remember hearing any words in it. (from SZK in NY)
A: That is "I Turn My Camera On" by Spoon... probably their best known song. (thanks to stonetree, Leeds, Alabama, USAadd more info

Q: Is there an instrumental piece by "Clap your hands say yeah" called "Blue Turning Gray" in the film?? I can't remember what part, but strangely enough I heard the song on the way home from the film and it's driving me mad!
...from holz in ireland (answer holz's question)

Q: At the end of the movie (before the Free Design "Love You" song at the credits are on a black screen) there is a more upbeat song when the actors' names are being shown with colorful backgrounds. It's not an instrumental, it's got lyrics, I just can't remember them. It's not on the soundtrack, does anybody know what it is?  (from Flo in USA)
A: "The Book I Write" by Spoon. :) (thanks to Thea, Mississauga, ON, Canadaadd more info

Q: I've seen the movie today and ever since, some of the music is driving me crazy. What is the classical music heard when Harold is about to get hit by the bus? Thanks for helping me. (from LuteK in Paris, France)
A: The classical song in this movie is called "La petite fille de la mer" by Vangelis. (thanks to paranoise, Tilburg, Hollandadd more info

Q: I just saw this movie last Saturday, and fell in love with the piece that's playing in the scene where Harold goes to see Jules Hilbert to hear how he's going to die. It has a lovely "Silent Hill" kind of feel to it, and I'd like to know what that piece is. (from Sun in Finland)
A: I'm pretty sure the one you're talking about is "In Church" (Cyann & Ben Version) by M83 (It's on the soundtrack). (thanks to TTRlovesMittens, Anaheim, CAadd more info

Q: Is Max Richter's music heard in this movie? Is Johann Johannson's music heard in this movie? (from Jess in Michigan)
A: "On The Nature Of Daylight" by Max Richter is listed in the soundtrack credits, and features approximately 20 minutes into the film when Harold starts trashing his apartment in frustration at the voice in his head. Another Max Richter piece, "Horizon Variations" can be heard as Harold reads Miss Eiffel's manuscript on the bus, near the end of the film. Both tracks are available on Max Richter's album "The Blue Notebooks" published by Fat Cat Records. (thanks to Daniel, Auckland, New Zealandadd more info

Q: BAM! Right when the movie ends, the credits start with this catchy-as-hell song. It's just acoustic guitar and piano when it starts then drums come in with lyrics. It's quite juicy. What is the name of the song? Who sings it? (from bonovox in Morocco)
A: That would be "The Book I Write" by Spoon. Someone involved in the making of this movie really likes Spoon; there are four songs from them at various points. They deserve it: they're an amazing band. Check out Gimme Fiction and Kill the Moonlight for their best two albums (in my opinion). (thanks to Bottlebowling, Kansas City, MOadd more info
A: Britt Daniel was one of the music directors for the film. He is the singer/guitar player for Spoon. (thanks to RC, Missouriadd more info

Q: What's the name of the song playing when Karen is laying on her table and is talking about the people she's killed? It's a piano song.
...from frank in college station, tx (answer frank's question)

Q: Any body know the name of the last song on the end of the credit. Who sings it? It's a poem-like song. (from Shane in australia)
A: Are you talking about "Love You" by Free Design? You know, it kind of goes like this:
Give a little time for the child within you
Don't be afraid to be young and free 
Undo the locks and throw away the keys 
and take of your shoes and socks and run you 
(thanks to mufasas_funeral, Americaadd more info

Q: After Harold's serendipitous encounter with Ms. Pascal on the bus, he steps off 27 blocks too soon, then some keyboard/synth begins. I would appreciate someone helping rid me of this earworm. (from minerkeez in Pendleton, OR)
A: The song is "Small Stakes" by Spoon. It is the opening track on the album Kill The Moonlight... which by the way is a great album. (thanks to bob, Conyers GAadd more info

Q: What is the name of the piano song heard when Karon is imagining jumping off the rooftop? (from Howie in Tampa, Fl.)
A: That would have to be the piece "Writer's Block" by Reitzell, I believe. (thanks to Kodachrome, MNadd more info

Q: Does anyone know the music playing when the protagonist is frustrated, trashes his apartment, breaks a lamp, etc. It sounds like a string quartet or string orchestra -- very slow sustained chords (adagio). (from Phil in Massachusetts)
A: This is "On The Nature Of Daylight," by Max Richter (thanks to John Mc, Irelandadd more info

Q: During the final monologue of the movie, there is a song playing in the background. It's right before the credits go into "The Book I Write." What is that song? I haven't been able to figure it out and it's driving me crazy!!! (from Jesse in Seattle, WA)
A: I have my own answer: after some searching around and listening a lot more, it's "Vittorio E" by Spoon, although it sounds like they are using a different cut with a lot less vocals. (thanks to Jesse, Seattle, WAadd more info

Q: Can anybody tell me in where I can find the instrumental version of "The Way We Get By" as heard at the beginning of the movie? (from Guane in Buenos Aires)
A: It was never released. (thanks to AJ Quick, Minnesotaadd more info

Q: What is the song playing towards the end of the movie when Will Ferrell's character is reading the manuscript on the bus? (from Alex in FL)
A: "That's Entertainment" by The Jam is playing while he's on the bus reading. (thanks to Jesse, Seattle, WAadd more info
A: "That's Entertainment" by The Jam, an absolutely awesome song. Check out Morrissey's cover, too. (thanks to hopcolyte, New Hampshireadd more info

Q: Can anyone confirm whether or not the song "Glass, Concrete, and Stone" by David Byrne is actually in the film? I thought for sure that it was, but it is not listed on the soundtrack. Thanks. (from Moondog in Bellingham, WA)
A: It does not. The song is featured on the In Good Company soundtrack however. (thanks to Jesse, Seattle, WAadd more info

Q: Which is the song playing during the root menu of the DVD? It also starts playing when Ana Pascal gives Harold her documents all messed up for him to revise and file. (from mauporte in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México)
A: "Auditor" by Britt Daniel/Brian Retzell (thanks to DJ, Bothell, WAadd more info

Q: What is the music playing in the scene when Harold leaves Anna's bakery and walked home with his umbrella in a rainy night after he rejected Anna's cookie? (from NHC in Singapore)
A: The song is called "Bottles and Bones" by Califone. (thanks to Jes, Los Angelesadd more info

Q: The last night Harold spends with Ana Pascal watching a French movie. In that scene a french song is being played, which is the theme of the old french movie. The scene of the old french movie shows a Mustang and two kids running after their father. That french movie is one of my favorites and have never been able to either get the name of the song or the movie. Does anybody recognizes any of the two? (from Enrique in Bellevue, WA)
A: "Live for Life" if I remember correctly. In french, called "Vivre pour vivre." The theme of the movie is simply the main theme. (thanks to SoundtrackJehovahadd more info
A: I think it is actually "A Man & A Woman" (thanks to roger niner, redwood city, caadd more info
A: IT is called "Un homme et une femme" by Michel Legrand (thanks to BEN (frenchie), Whistler, CANADAadd more info

Q: What is the music playing just after Harold gives the script to the lecturer to read? It's got an organ and an acoustic guitar playing with some piano too.  (from Matthew Davies in England)
A: It's Called "In Church." I can't find the guitar tabs for it though, any help? (thanks to Dave, Michiganadd more info

Q: What is the song playing in the trailer when the writer is sitting in rain? I think it's the second song.
...from Eric in New York (answer Eric's question)

Q: What song is playing on the DVD's menu screen? It's a simple bass guitar line with a percussion background, all instrumental. I am dying to know what this is. I might have to rent this movie again just to hear this song. (from creepstarr in seattle, WA, Etats Unis)
A: I think it might be "Let Me See" by Morcheeba, which sounded familiar to me when I heard it on Hamlet (2000, with Ethan Hawke) both in the DVD menu and the opening scene. If anyone can confirm that, please write, I'm just as curious, but can't get hold of the "Stranger Than Fiction"-DVD at the moment. (thanks to Elli, Cologne, Germanyadd more info
A: Yes it is, but it is only featured at the very beginning (about 2-3 seconds). I would suggest recording it. I love it too! (thanks to Stranger than Ficiton Lover, INadd more info

Q: When Harold is learning to enjoy his life there is an instrumental piece with guitar chords and a nice bassline. What song is this? (from AJ in USA)
A: I believe it's "I Turn My Camera On" by Spoon. (thanks to Andrew, Colorado, USAadd more info

Q: In the script for Stranger Than Fiction, a CD accompanies it. I want to know the two song titles from And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead that are not listed.
...from psychobillycas in seattle (answer psychobillycas's question)

Q: Anybody know the song that starts with an acoustic guitar and then a piano during Emma Thompson's narrative when Harold turns his life around (starts playing the guitar, eating with his friend, "living his life")? (from Sketch in California)
A: It's "Vittorio E." by Spoon from their album Kill the Moonlight (thanks to lori, californiaadd more info

Q: What is the song playing when Harold leaves the bakery after he refused the cookies from Ana? He is walking in the rain with an umbrella (from Z-man in nevada)
A: The song is called "Bottles and Bones" by Califone. (thanks to Question already answered, aboveadd more info

Q: My question is: what is the song (instrumental) that plays when Harold is at Ana's bakery and she gives him her tax documents in a box? Thanks. (from Chris in New York)
A: Delta 5 - "Mind Your Own Business" (thanks to austin, los angeles, ca add more info

Q: What are the correct lyrics for "The Book I Write"? I've found many versions and don't know which is right.
...from Margs in USA (answer Margs's question)

Q: What is the song at the beginning of this clip  (from elnikothegreek in birmingham, MI)
A: It's called "Auditor" by Britt Daniel & Brian Reitzell. (thanks to Hush, Franklin, TNadd more info

Q: Where can I find Brian Reitzell's "The One You Always Wanted"? It's shown as music in the movie, but not on the soundtrack.
...from Rodnoc in Topeka, Kansas, USA (answer Rodnoc's question)

Q: Who is the composer of "Love You" that is sung by Free Design on the movie? This would be a great "a cappella" song for a high school choir to perform and I would love to get the sheet music! Thanks in advance for your help!
...from Steph in Edgewood, Kentucky (answer Steph's question)

Q: Who sings the end credit song "Love You"?
...from kmjcutie94 in mn (answer kmjcutie94's question)

Q: What is the piano instrumental playing in the scene right after Emma Thompson is lying on her desk talking about the characters she's killed? It underscored Will Farrel reading the manuscript on the bus and keeps playing under his dialogue with Emma Thompson about how it is necessary for the book to end the way she writes it. (from Veronica  in NY, NY)
A: It's "Horizon Variations" by Max Richter (thanks to Ana Pascal, Chicago, ILadd more info

Q: Is the section from around 1:15-1:30 of Ratatat's "Tropicana" in Stranger than Fiction somewhere? If not, what song is it that sounds nearly identical to that section in the movie?
...from sandy in Canada (answer sandy's question)

Q: Right near the end, when Harold Crick leaves Ms. Pascal's house, getting ready for his "last day" there's an instrumental playing in the background... what is the name of this music?
...from Lord Bub in Pakistan (answer Lord Bub's question)

Q: How does Ana know the lyrics to "The Whole Wide World" and why does Harold learn this one song? Is it somewhere else earlier in the movie? (from DJ in Austin, TX)
A: She doesn't. Ana asks Harold if he knows how to play the guitar, and he said he knew, but he doesn't really feel like it. But later he picks up his courage and plays this song. It is not anywhere else in the movie. (thanks to Thomas Smith, Wisconsinadd more info

Q: What is the song playing at the end of the movie during the narration about the little things that save lives??
...from Meban in Delhi, India (answer Meban's question)

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