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A Separate Peace Soundtrack

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Josh Green

on 21 January 2014

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Transcript of A Separate Peace Soundtrack

1. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy By: The Andrews Sisters

"He was a famous trumpet man from out Chicago way
He had a boogie style that no one else could play
He was the top man at his craft
But then his number came up and he was gone with the draft
He's in the army now, a-blowin' reveille
He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B"

This song is about a street musician who is drafted into the U.S. Army. The army had no use of his "craft" so he became the wake up call. This song relates to A Separate Peace because in the book Gene, Finny, Brinker, and Leper all think about joining the army. Also at Devon, most of the Seniors are drafted into the military. Those Seniors are like the street musician.

Songs During World War II
A Separate Peace Soundtrack By: Josh Green
"History in ev'ry century records an act that lives forevermore.
We'll recall, as into line we fall, the thing that happened on Hawaii's
As we go to meet the foe.
As we did the Alamo.
We will always remember how they died for Liberty.
And go on to victory."

This song is about the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The song itself came out a year later (1942). There isn't much else to say about the song besides the fact that it is about Pearl Harbor. This song relates to A Separate Peace because in the book Gene and Finny always jump from a tree into water. Them jumping could simulate what people could do to save their lives on a ship that could be under attack or in danger.

"Till then, my darling, please wait for me
Till then, no matter when it will be
Some day, I know I'll be back again
Please wait, till then

Our dreams will live though we are apart
Our love, I know it'll keep in our hearts
Till then, when of the world will be free
Please wait for me"

This song is about a soldier going off to war and he tells his lover to wait for him until he is able to come back home. It came out in 1944 and it was very popular like all the other war related songs. This song relates to A Separate Peace because this song reminds me of how when Finny is gone and in the hospital he tells Gene that he will be back eventually which is almost exactly like the song. Also Gene thinks about joining the war which is also related to the song.

1. Goodbye Blue Sky By: Pink Floyd
"Bring the boys back home
Bring the boys back home
Don't leave the children on their own, no, no
Bring the boys back home

Wrong, do it again
Wrong, do it again
Wrong, do it again
(Time to go)
Wrong, do it again"

This song is about family members wanting their loved ones to come home from the war. In the video for the song it shows a marching band and people are singing along with it. This song relates to A Separate Peace because in the book everyone wanted Finny to be ok and for him to return back to Devon and in the song everyone wants their loved ones to return home.

"All that we can do is just survive
All that we can do to help ourselves is stay alive

Ragged lines of ragged grey
Skeletons, they shuffle away
Shouting guards and smoking guns
Will cut down the unlucky ones"

This song is about a nameless soldier living in a prison camp setting in first-person. Neil Peart said that at first he was basing the lyrics on Nazi concentration camps but decided to make it seem like a general prison camp setting. This song relates to A Separate Peace because in the book Leper goes completely insane. Insanity can be a factor in prison camps in general.
4. Red Sector A By: Rush
Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war"

This song tells the story of Ira Hayes. Ira Hayes was one of the Marines that became famous for raising the flag on the Battle of Iwo Jima. This song relates to A Separate Peace because in the book Finny does something triumphant. That something was breaking the school swimming record and not telling anyone. Also even though this song came out in 1964 I still consider it a modern song.
"I'll never forget the people I met
Braving those angry skies
I remember well as the shadows fell
The light of hope in their eyes
And though I'm far away
I still can hear them say
Bombs up..."
2.(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover By: Jimmy Dorsey
"I wonder my little darling
Where can you be this moonlit night
Are you holding someone tight
Oh Baby, I wonder

My heart is aching, I'm a fool
To let it go on breaking
Maybe I'll awake and find that I'm mistaken
I wonder"

This song is about a soldier at war wondering if his lover or his "little darling" back home isn't hurt and is ok. This relates to A Separate Peace because when Finny broke his leg everyone was wondering if Finny was ok. Gene was really worried about Finny because he was the one who caused it.
"In the gloom, the gathering storm abates
In the ships gimlet, eyes await
The call to arms to hammer at the gates
To blow them wide, throw evil to its fate

All summers long the drills to build the machine
To turn men from flesh and blood to steel
From paper soldiers to bodies on the beach
From summer sands to Armageddon's reach"

This song is about the invasion of Western Allied forces in Normandy in 1944. In the song it says "throw evil to its fate" which is what happened that day. This song relates to A Separate Peace because the song's tone seems kind of angry and in the book Gene suddenly gets a feeling of anger when him and Finny are on top of the tree and knocks Finny off.
5. I Wonder By: Louis Armstrong
3. The Longest Day By: Iron Maiden
5. The Ballad of Ira Hayes By: Johnny Cash
Modern Songs About World War II
2. Bring The Boys Back Home By: Pink Floyd
3. Remember Pearl Harbor By: Sammy Kaye
4. Till Then By: The Mills Brothers
This song is about lifting the Allies spirits at a time when Germany has conquered much of Europe and were bombing Britain. The song was written a year after British and German planes were fighting over the cliffs of Dover. This song relates to A Separate Peace because in the book Gene and Finny talk about how the U.S. can drop bombs on the other countries. In this song it's the opposite and Germany is dropping bombs on the Allies.
"Oooooooo ooo ooo ooooh
Did you see the frightened ones
Did you hear the falling bombs
Did you ever wonder
Why we had to run for shelter
When the promise of a brave new world
Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky"

This song is about the Blitz on London by the Germans. Some people disagree and say it isn't even about WW2 but I think it is. Also they are a British band so that may explain some of their songs. This relates to A Separate Peace because again in the book they talk about military bombing and that's what is happening in the song.

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B
By: The Andrews Sisters
Red Sector A
By: Rush
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