Transcript of Catcher In The Rye Songs That Relate
1. Call Me Maybe By Carly Rae Jepsen Explanation: Throughout the book, calling someone is a big thing for Holden. Every time he is depressed or lonely, he turns to the phone. He wishes he had someone to call, or that someone would call him. "I felt like giving somebody a buzz. I left my bags right outside the booth so that I could watch them, but as soon as I was inside, I couldn't think of anybody to call up. My brother D.B. was in Hollywood. My kid sister Phoebe goes to bed around nine o'clock--so I couldn't call her up....Then I thought of giving Jane Gallagher's mother a buzz, and find out when Jane's vacation started, but I didn't feel like it....Then I thought of calling up this guy that went to the Whooton School when I was there, Carl Luce, but I didn't like him much. So I ended up not calling anybody." Holden just wants someone who he can talk to and connect with. Someone with whom he can share his thoughts and feelings, and "chew the fat" for a while. He feels so unwanted walking around New York alone, so he wants someone who he can call to make himself feel otherwise. 2. Mr. Lonely By Akon Explanation: Holden is all alone in the adult world. He is not ready to be a part of it; he is not mature enough. Because of this, he is the lone child among the adults, ordering prostitutes just to talk to them, seeing drag queens and other "perverts". Trying to fit in with the three girls in the Lavender room, but again ending up lonely. In this part of his life, Holden is truly exactly what this song is trying to explain: Mr. Lonely. 3. Unwell By Matchbox 20 Explanation: There are two reasons why I chose this song. The first is because of Holden's sickness. Throughout the book he sleeps very little, smokes and drinks excessively and has no winter coat. This goes on for the period of three days, landing him in a tuberculosis hospital. We know this from when he said "That's also how I practically got t.b. and came out here for all these goddam checkups and stuff." at the end of the first chapter. So this is the first aspect of his feeling "unwell". The second reason is because Holden is also "unwell" in a different sense. He is unceasingly combating depression. He uses the word depressed or depressing 50 times in his recollection of events. That's a lot of depression. He feels like he's "headed for a breakdown". 4. I'm Just A Kid By Simple Plan Explanation: This song sounds as if Holden himself wrote it. He looks around and sees everyone else being happy, except him. He feels like he is "just a kid" who is "alone in the world". "Life is a nightmare" to him. Every single person he sees is a phony and he hates them all. He also sees: "everyone's got somewhere to go, and they're gonna leave me here on my own". The place that they are all going is to the adult world. Everyone is constantly changing around him. Jane doesn't even play checker's anymore. They all leave him on his own, a child among adults. That is why he loves the museum so much- it will never leave him on his own. 5. Runaway By Kanye west Explanation: Holden is constantly trying to "runaway" from his problems. At the very start of the book he runs away from his school problems- the fact that he is failing all but one subject. Additionally he runs away from his family problems, the fact that he doesn't fit in with them at all. He is also running away from his problems with Stradlater- the fight that he got himself into and lost. He is also constantly drinking, and at times getting drunk. This is the way people are able to escape from the world, if only for a little while. He also wants to run away with Sally Hayes, and he tells Phoebe of his plans to start a life of his own abroad. 6. Stay Young By We The Kings Explanation: This song needs very little explanation. The title itself is what Holden wants throughout the book- to "stay young". He despises the adult world with such a passion, and vows to never become a part of it. He decides to devote his entire life to making sure that kids like him aren't sucked into the adult world. He decides to become the catcher, to make sure that they stay kids; to make sure that they "stay young". By the end of the book, though, Holden realizes that growing up is something he can't prevent, and the adult world isn't all that bad. Like the world of children, there are happy times and sad times; good times and bad times. When Phoebe wants to go on the carousel, Holden decides not to join, but to watch from the side, like an adult would do. Although all he wanted to do originally was to "stay young", Holden finally realizes that adulthood is what's coming for him, so he might as well embrace it. 7. You're Never Over By Eminem Explanation: In this song Eminem pours his heart out over his very close friend that he lost. This makes me think of Holden and Allie. "The days are cold" and "the nights are long" for Holden, thinking about Allie, and missing him as he does. He is "growing older", and living without him is hard. Allie was the only thing that Holden liked about this world, as he reveals in conversation with Phoebe. Losing him makes the world seem like a terrible place, turning Holden into the depressed person he is. 8. Chasing Cars By Snow Patrol Explanation: Holden asks Sally Hayes to run away with him. He wants to start a new life from the beginning. To forget everything and, again, run away from his problems. The chorus of this song sounds like this request: Full transcript
"If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
and just forget the world?
Forget what we're told
Before we get too old..."
If I run away, would you run away with me? We could forget everything, and not listen to anyone. We have to do this before we get too old, and become phony adults. 9. Jumper By Third Eye Blind Explanation: James Castle did not step back from the ledge. He jumped, and he died. Holden has been through so much trauma in his life. His brother died at a a very young age. James Castle out of the window, and Holden saw his dead body on the ground. "He was dead, and his teeth, and blood, were all over the place,..." Every horrible thing that he has seen has left a very strong impact on him. For the rest of his life he will remember seeing James Castle laying on the stone steps, blood trickling down his disheveled body, with limbs bent in every which way that they were not supposed to be. All of these experiences distort his personality as a character. He is now convoluted with thoughts of death that he passes on to us through his writing. Seeing things like this has changed him greatly for the worse, and desensitized him to many horrible things. 12. Comin' Thro' The Rye By Robert Burns
(Starts at 00:25) Explanation: When asked by Phoebe what he wants to be when he gets older, Holden replies that he wants to be the "Catcher In The Rye". This goes back to when he saw the little boy walking on the curb and singing "If a body catch a body coming through the rye". He is on the verge of falling into the street, which we can extrapolate to symbolically represent the adult world. Holden later imagines a field of rye on the edge of a cliff that the children are playing in. Falling off of the cliff would mean becoming a part of the adult world. Holden wishes to catch the kids before they fall, and throw them back up to the field where they can play and be kids forever. Extras: This never gets old: The Catcher In The Rye Songs That Relate Last Project Of The Year :( Thank You 10. Something Of Value By Yellowcard Explanation: Throughout the book, Holden turns to people for conversation. He doesn't want small talk. He doesn't want phoniness. He wants a meaningful conversation- "something of value". He turns to the two cab drivers, the nameless one and Horwitz, who both quickly turn him down. They are don't understand his random questions, and are unwilling to answer. He wants to talk about the ducks. The drivers just want to be paid and to go home. He even offers to buy both of them a drink, if only so they can talk over it. He calls up a prostitute, faith, so they could meet for cocktails and talk. Just talk. He orders a prostitute from Maurice, but not for intercourse. He really just wants to talk with someone, to engage in an endearing conversation with someone. In the end, he finally finds this with Phoebe. She is the one person that he can talk with for hours upon hours on end. She makes him feel wanted, keeping the "Little Shirley Bean" record pieces even though they were shattered and they would be of no use to her. She listens to what he has to say, and she is not afraid to tell him her honest opinions. She is the sole sincere person that Holden knows. She is his "something of value". Everything that happens, including humiliations, embarrassments, misfortunes, all has been given like clay, the material for one's art. Jorge Luis Borges- Blindness It [(my blindness)] is one more instrument among the many- all of them strange- that fate or chance provide. Jorge Luis Borges- Blindness 11. Ocean Avenue By Yellowcard Explanation: In this song, the boy longs for the girl he once knew. "If I could find you now things would get better". He misses what once was, the girl he had before adulthood. This is reminiscent of Holden's longing for the old Jane Gallagher that he once knew. The one who used to keep her kings in the back row in a game of checkers. The one who's "...tear plopped down on the checkerboard. On one of the red squares...". The fact that he remembers which color square her tear fell on so many years later shows his keen attention to detail, and his love, if only sensual, for Jane. He misses her (clearly, as he mentions her 50 times), and longs for the carefree days before the hardships of the adult world were evident. "Phony" Count: 48 "And All" Count: 383 (OHMAGAD!) Mentions of family members: Phoebe: 115
Mother: 97 (Not only his)
Father: 36 (Not only his)