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The Catcher In The Rye (Soundtrack)
Transcript of The Catcher In The Rye (Soundtrack)
Even though Holden understand that he needs to move on in a different direction and stop wasting time chasing that car, he still feel the necessity to take a moment. A moment to remember, a moment to stay a little bit longer and a moment of not thinking about the future yet.
It also symbolize Holden's live, how he live or dont live it. In my opinion, "Chasing Cars" symbolizes chasing thoughts around in our head, wasting time, the same Holden do almost in every chapter.
Perhaps, "Show me a garden that's bursting into life" simbolizes Holden's virginity. Quote: "All of a sudden, on my way out to the lobby, I got old Jane Gallagher on the brain again. I got her on, and I couldn't get her off."
-Holden (Chapter 11.) Holden's Life for Rent This song try to emphazise that life is what you get out of it, life is what you put in to it. If you rent life then you will never own life. If it is rented then it becomes a life for someone else to rent. If you are so afraid to do something to the point where you won't even try then that is not living at all, that is renting life, not living life.
In the novel, we can see the same circuit in Holden's life. The protagonist tried to make a better life by his own, but he is hampered by many sitautions, for example:
-He foreced himself to lose his virginity with a prostitute (Sunny)--In other words he is "Renting life".
-He is afraid to let know Jane that he is really in love with her--Again, he is not living life.
In my opinion, the song act as an advice to Holden; is a call to arms to take control of one's life. He needs to be able to commit to the person he finally falls in love with without being nervous or backing out because then he would lose them. Quote: “Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rule."
-Mr. Spencer (Chapter 2). Save Me!! (A Call to whoever is there!) This song has a really self-explanatory lyrics. It tells about a person who has been depressed and living without any interest or further meaning to its life. So, every morning this person wakes up feeling sad and indifferent... until this person finds another one that makes him love and aprreciate life... Do you find it similar with Holden-Jane? Holden-Phoebe? or maybe Holden-Allie, in a distant past of the story.
Holden is the typical guy that doesn't care about life, but he really wanted to find the true meaning of it. In some verses of the song, the "morning" is the start of another life in the "cycle"; when someone comes along, perhaps a know person (Phoebe, Jane, D.B., the nuns...), someone who was high up, and decided to come back down "travelling south again" to save (Holden) by showing how to live. Instead, the "lonely life" is one without those people who take care of us--Holden trying to figure out life between addictions, sex, fights, and the loneliness of New York, for a 16 years old low self-esteem boy.
In other words, those characters in the novel that gave Holden a good time, showed the narrator true love... love that goes deeper or broader in Holden's life. Quote: "I never seem to have anything that if I lost it I’d care too much about."
-Holden (Chapter 13). *I find interesting how Holden announced his indifference to people before screaming "save me" Holden needs Rehab! This autobiographical song by Amy describe her own personal demons of drinks and drugs; and Holden is not an exception on it. The song talk about being alcoholics and going to rehab and not wanting too. As we know Holden is telling us the story in a hospital where he is being psychoanalyzed. So we can interpret not only that Holden is an addictive to alcohol and tobacco, but also that he is mentally insane, or at least considered so. This can be seen by his frequent use of the word 'madman" when he criticizes himself: "I was smoking like a madman".
We can dig deeper and look for Winehouse's life and see the similarities with Caufield's life. Quote: "There isn't any night club in the world you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk. Or unless you're with some girl that really knocks you out."
-Holden (Chapter 10). He wants to use somebody... but who? "Use Somebody" tells the story of a guy--Holden-- who everywhere he goes he sees superficial people--Stradlater, Ackley, D.B., Sunny...--and he is looking down because it makes him sad or depressed; he doesn't feel understood by these people (the places he can't reach).
He could "use" somebody to keep it real with him, somebody that understands--Jane, Phoebe, Allie--that isn't superficial and doesn't wear a painted face (some chicks he likes?).
He thinks she is smart--Phoebe, Jane-- and he admires the fact, that she can relate to the way he feels; he is shy and subtle so he hopes she notices that he writes lyrics and music to impress her (with all you know and how you speak, waging wars to shake the poets and the beats).
He hopes she notice... As you can see, the song can easily relate to Holden's efforts to find a girl to connect with. On many occusions throughtout the book, Holden attempted to make a relationship with a girl. He called up one girl, danced with another, and tried running away with a different one, etc.
He does this because of his desire for somebody to listen to him, and it also seems like he is interested in having a girlfriend, as many of his friends do at his age. Quote: "You never worried with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were."