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The Outsiders Soundtrack

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Allison Dible

on 30 September 2017

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Transcript of The Outsiders Soundtrack

Cherry and Ponyboy's Conversation:Gold by Imagine Dragons
I chose the song Gold off of the Inagine Dragons album Smoke+Mirrors because I thought it fit the socs well. In the book cherry talks to Ponyboy about the fact that socs had learned to feel cold, and that she wants to live a life with actual emotion like the greasers do. This connects to the lyric: "I'm dying to feel again, oh anything at all, but oh I feel nothin', nothin', nothin'." Cherry's thought also connects to the verse: "Statues and empires are all at your hands, water to wine and the finest of sands. When all that you have's turnin' stale and it's cold, you'll no longer feel when your heart's turned to gold." Because of how well the lyrics connect to the lives of the socs, I think Gold would be a good song to describe them.
Darry and Sodapop Have to Raise Ponyboy After Their Parents Die: The Kids Aren't Alright by Fall Out Boy
Randy tells Ponyboy that He Doesn't Want to Fight in the Rumble: Bad Blood by Bastille
I chose this song to describe Randy and Ponyboy's conversation because of the chorus. "All this bad blood here, won't you let it dry? It's been cold for years, won't you let it lie?" Both Randy and Ponyboy want the fighting between the groups to end because it will only mean the downfall of all of them. I chose Bad Blood for this specific moment because its lyrics are very appropriate to the situation.
The Outsiders Soundtrack
by Allison Dible
I chose this particular song to describe this part of the book because of the emotions potrayed by the lyrics. The song plays swith themes of sticking together through hardship and brotherly love, similar to Darry, Sodapop, and Ponyboy. This is shown in the lyric "and in the end, I'd do it all again, I think you're my best friend. Don't you know that the kids aren't al-, kids aren't alright." I think that this song describes the brothers so well because even though they've been through so much, they've refused to split up. I think The Kids Aren't Alright describes their perseverence very well.
Sodapop Sends Ponyboy a Letter After Ponyboy Runs Away: Hey There Delilah by The Plain White T's
Although Ponyboy isn't a girl named Delilah, I feel that this song is really appropriate for this point in the book. In Soda's letter, he tells Ponyboy how much he loves him and misses him. The singer in Hey There Delilah is saying basically the same thing in the line "a thousand miles seems pretty far, but they've got planes and trains and cars. I'd walk to you if I had no other way... Oh it's what you do to me, oh, it's what you do to me." I think that Hey There Delilah is a good song for this moment in the book because of how it capitalizes on the love between two people.
Johnny Kills Bob: Dust Bowl Dance by Mumford and Sons
Dust Bowl Dance tells the story of a killer. At first, this killer is full of anger for his victim, similar to how Johnny felt when he killed Bob. "Well you are my accuser now look at my face. Your expression reeks of your greed and digrace. So one man has and another has not. How can you love what it is that you've got? When you took it all from the weak hands of the poor? liars and theives, you know not what is in store." Later in the song though, and also after Johnny and Pony get away, the killer feels remorse. It is at this point in the song that the lyrics start to emphasize the fear that the killer has for what will come next. "Yes sir, yes sir, yes it was me. I know what I've done 'cause I know what I've seen. I went out back and I got my gun, I said 'you haven't met me, I am the only son." I chose this song to describe this scene because of the similar emotional transformation that both of the characters go through.
Ponyboy and Johnny Run Away:Run Boy Run by Woodkid
I chose this song for when Johnny and Ponyboy run away because I feel that it emphasizes the fear that both of the boys experienced during this time. This is shown in the lyrics "run boy run, the sun will be guiding you! Run boy run, they're dying to stop you! Run boy run, this race is a prophecy! Run boy run, break out from society!" In my opinion, the pounding drumbeat and the franctic lyrics are very fitting to this moment in the book.
Darry's Theme: Coming of Age by Foster the People
I chose this particular song to describe Darry because I feel that the lyrics onnect to him very well. The song tells about a person that I found to have a similar personality. "And when my fear pulls me out to sea, and the stars are hidden by my pride and enemies, I seem to hurt the people that I care the most. Just like an animal, I protect my pride, when I'm too bruised to fight. And even when I'm wrong I tend to think I'm right." Darry is very protective of his own, selfless, and at times stubborn. So, I think that this song fits very well as his theme.
Dally's Reaction to Johnny's Death (Including Getting Shot): Nothing Left to Say by Imagine Dragons
I picked this song for Dally's reaction because the lyrics and minor key seem to emphasize the feeling of hopelessness that Dally feels. "I'm gining up, giving up, hey hey, giving up now." Dally is obviously crushed by his best friend's passing and decides he cannot take the pain. This, I feel, compliments the lyric "Below, my soul, I'm feeling injured. Collapsing as it sees the pain, if I could only shut it out." In conlusion, I believe that Nothing Left to Say is such a great song for this collection of scenes because it capitalizes on the desparation that Dally felt for Johnny.
Link to Spotify Playlist:
I have compiled all of these songs into one playlist with the music service Spotify.
Johnny Dies: Oblivion by Bastille
I think that Oblivion would be a good song for Johnny's death becuase it tells basically the same message as Johnny's "stay gold." The singer in Oblivion tells its listener to make the best out of life because the singer can't. This is shown in the lyric "are you going to age with grace? Are you going to age without mistakes? Are you going to age with grace, only to wake and hide your face?" I chose Oblivion for this point in the book because the singer and Johnny are in similar situation and are telling the same message to their listeners.
I mainly chose this song for Dally because of the heavy bass, guitar riff, and negative lyrics. If Dally were a ving person, I think that he would probably listen to a lot of alternative rock artists like Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, and Panic! at the Disco. The lyrics in this song I think also desribe Dally really well. For example: "So you gotta fire up, you gotta let go. You'll never be loved 'til you've made your own. You've gotta face up, you gotta get yours, you'll never know the top 'til you get too low." Dally definitely isn't sorry for who he is and I think this song potrays that very well.
Dally's Theme: I'm So Sorry by Imagine Dragons
I think that Hopeless Opus is a very fitting song to Ponyboy. This is because doesn't want to face the consequences of what he and Johnny did. This is shown in the lyric "I've got this place that I've filled with empty space, Oh I'm trying not to face what I've done. My hopeless opus. I'm in this race and I'm hoping just to place, trying not to face what's become of me, my hopeless opus." Also, Ponyboy accepts that he doesn't have the same seemingly perfect life that the socs have, and doesn't let others' definitions of a greaser define him. "It's not a picture perfect life, not what I had in mind. Let me write my own line." With these lyrics, I think Hopeless Opus is an excellent song to describe Ponyboy's development throughout the story.
Ponyboy's Theme: Hopeless Opus by Imagine Dragons
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