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Death of a Salesman Playlist

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Transcript of Death of a Salesman Playlist

"Unfaithful" -Rihanna
This song would come after Willy has a day dream about his mistress, and after he yells at Linda for repairing her stockings. The song represents the guilt he feels towards his affair. He continuously lashes out in remorse, yet he still visits her. He also knows that Biff is aware of the mistress, which makes him feel even more guilt.
"See You Again" -Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
This song is dedicated to the emotions of Biff, Happy, and Charlie after their father and/or dear friend had passed. So, It would be played at Willy's funeral. Willy was gone too soon and too abruptly. They had so many big plans in Alaska. Their future was starting to become clear, and they were actually starting to resemble a real family, because they were a lot closer. It was hard for them to accept what had happened and move on from it.
"Home on the Range" -John Denver
"When There was Me and You" -Vanessa Hudgens (HSM)
When Willy makes his speech to Howard about the good ole days when business relationships were more than just money. He still wants to be a successful business man but he can't anymore, younger people are passing him up; nevertheless, he still misses those days.
"Rich Girl" -Gwen Stefani
This would come right after the scene when Biff, Happy, and Willy are comparing the things that they would do if they had a ton of money. They talked about Alaska and living on the frontier, and trying to plan out what they would do with the loan from Bill Oliver. The Loman's live in a world where money is everything. It represents unlimited possibilities and unlimited happiness.
"You've got a friend in me" -Randy Newman
This song would be played right after Charlie gives him more money and offers him a job. Charlie has always been a true friend to Willy Loman and has helped him through all of his hard time. Charlie supported Willy even when he couldn't even support himself.
Death Of a Salesman Playlist
"Gone, Gone, Gone" -Phillip Phillips
This song would appear directly after Linda defends Willy's actions to Biff and Happy. Linda loves Willy unconditionally. She is his biggest fan and has stood by him through his highs and lows. Most people at that point in their marriage start to distance themselves; but, she has held his hand and provided unyielding support through it all.
"I wonder" -Kellie Pickler
This song would take place right after Willy asks Ben for parenting advice. Willy was abandoned at a young age and he has never had a father figure present in his life. This song is about abandonment and being raised by others in the absence of her own parents. Willy can relate on a deeper, emotional, level.
Home on the Range represents the idea of Alaska to Biff and Happy. It would be played when Biff is first describing his dream to Happy. Alaska is a symbol of independence. He finds peace in the frontier life, and the song encompasses that. Biff wants to live with an abundance of space and freedom.
"It's funny when you find yourself, looking from the outside... I'm standing here but all I want is to be over there"
"You've got a friend in me. When the road looks rough ahead, and you're miles away from your nice warm bed. You've got a friend in me"
"Your hope dangling by a string, I'll share in your suffering, to make you well to make you well"
"Think what that money could bring, I'd buy everything clean out Vivienne Westwood, in my Galliano Gown. No, wouldn't just have one hood"
"Did you think I didn't need you here, to hold my hand, to dry my tears.. did you even miss me through the years at all?"
"He's more than a man, and this is more than love. The reason that the sky is blue. The clouds are rolling in, because I'm gone again. And to him I just can't be true."
"It's been a long day without you my friend, but I'll tell you all about it when I see you again. We've come a long way from where we began. But I'll tell you all about it when I see you again"
"Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day"
"Logic" -Inception
“Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever make it, But there’s only one way I will ever know. It’s like I’m a seed planted in the dirt. Taking forever for me to grow”
This song would be played after he loses his job to Howard. He doesn’t know what to do next in his life. He still has all this potential but he doesn’t know what to do with it. He's tried so hard to make it in the business world, and at one point he was successful, but he's forced to make a new path for himself. He had ultimately failed in his career.
"Against the Wind" -Bob Seger
"Against the wind
We were runnin' against the wind
We were young and strong, we were runnin'
Against the wind"
Would be played when Willy is reliving his glory days. It represents Willy’s younger years (1928) when he had all these hopes and dreams for the future. His job as a salesman was always running against the wind, and trying to make it in the world. He had a positive attitude and was ready to conquer the world.
"Seeing Ghosts" -Rosi Goslan
This song is played when Willy really starts having his hallucinations and losing his mind. The fact that he interacts with and sees ghosts is a significant part of the play. He has flashbacks that give us more insight to who he is as a person. They also give more insight as to how he came to be that person.
"Did you leave those words around my door
Or did I sleep walk and leave myself a note, so I don’t feel alone
I’m seeing ghosts
Everywhere I turn, there you float"
"Invisible" -Taylor Swift
This song would come on right after Happy tries to show off for his father, but Willy doesn't notice. Happy has always grown up with an "overdeveloped sense of competition". He has had to compete with Biff his whole life for attention. He feels invisible.
"There's a fire inside of you that can't help but shine through
But she's never gonna see the light, no matter what you do
And all I think about is how to make you think of me
And everything that we could be"
"Fix you" -Coldplay
This would be played when Biff is telling Happy that he needs to settle down. This applies to Biff, how he has tried over and over again, and he just needs to be fixed. He's stuck in the same scenario over and over again. He get what he wants by having all these women but all he really needs is one to settle down with, to have a family with. And he recognizes that.


"When you try your best but you don't succeed. When you get what you want, but not what you need"
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