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Catcher In The Rye Songs That Relate
Transcript of Catcher In The Rye Songs That Relate
"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)