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Death of a Salesman Soundtrack

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Natalie Danielson

on 8 October 2015

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Transcript of Death of a Salesman Soundtrack

Eye of the Tiger
"Risin' up, back on the street, Did my time took my chances, Went the distance, Now I'm back on my feet, Just a man and his will to survive"
Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis
"You cut me open and I, Keep bleeding, Keep, keep bleeding love"
"When you see my face, I hope it gives you hell, I hope it gives you hell"
Chasing Cars
Sleeping At Last
Gotta Go My Own Way
Vanessa Hudgens & Zac Efron
"I've got to move on and be who I am, I just don't belong here, I hope you understand. We might find our place in this world one day, but at least for now, I've gotta go my own way."
Hotel Sayre (feat. Lana Del Rey)
I would place this song at the very end of the story at the funeral. I would put it there because it is the final scene and it is a very moving piece filled with tons of emotion. I feel that these lyrics would be shared between Willy and Linda because Linda loves Willy no matter how "ugly" and "aching" his soul had become. Even though he had made mistakes in their marriage he had always loved her and she will always love him.
Death of a Salesman Soundtrack
"Will you still love me when I'm no longer young
and beautiful? Will you still love me when I've got nothing but my aching soul..."
Natalie Danielson
(Ignore the "Troy, listen..." part) I would put this song at the scene of when Biff and WIlly are talking for the last time before Willy's suicide. Biff is trying to tell his father that he is leaving and is trying to say goodbye to him. I don't think that Biff and WIlly would sing this song to each other, but I feel that it explains what Biff is trying to say to his father.
"I don't know where, confused about how as well. Just know that these things will never change for us at all."
I would put this song around the car accident scene, even though there isn't a actual scene describing it in the book, I feel that this would be perfect because it almost seems like a message from Willy to his family saying that "I love you and nothing will ever change that, so this is why I am doing this." It also has a somber feeling to it, which is what the family experiences after Willy's death. I believe that he committed suicide so that his family would get the money and he could be proud of doing something for them. This song has been featured in other television shows during a time of conflict and I thought it fit here.
"L-o-v-e's just another word I never learned to pronounce."

I would use this song to describe Biff and Happy. They are philanderers who have not settled down and gotten married yet, and they don't show a lot of respect for women. Biff is starting to move towards that point, but Happy probably never will.
Linkin Park
"I'm tired of being what you want me to be, Feeling so faithless, lost under the surface, Don't know what you're expecting of me, Put under pressure of walking in your shoes, Every step that I take is another mistake to you"
I think that this song represents Biff's relationship with his father throughout course of the play. Willy always put Biff on a pedestal when he was younger and almost expects him to be just like him now that he is an adult, but Biff's lack of employment and family of his own frustrates Willy.
Gives You Hell
The American Rejects
I would say that this song fits Willy's personality because he seems to be pretty cocky about his job and his "great" life in general and this song gives off the vibe that I'm better than you and I hope you feel bad when you see or think about me.
I believe that this song describes Willy and Linda's relationship. Linda loves Willy unconditionally and stays with him even though he "cuts her open" and is rude to her at different points in the book. I believe that Willy loves Linda, but he doesn't treat her like it
All Summer Long
Kid Rock
"Now nothing seems as strange as when the leaves
began to change, Or how we thought those days would never end"
I believe that this song best fits in Willy's flashbacks. Willy was a lot happier during these times and the song has a upbeat sound to it to help the audience understand it was a better time. Towards the end, the singer seems to realize that times have changed and he misses those days. This is like Willy because he misses when he and the boys were younger.
This song is a very upbeat song and at the end of Act I we are left with Willy and Biff feeling excited and inspired. Biff is going to go talk to Bill Oliver about a job, and Willy is going to talk to Howard to get a job in New York, so at this point they are feeling pumped to start this part of their life.
Bad Day
Daniel Powter
"You had a bad day,
You had a bad day"
I believe that this song would be for both Willy and Biff. They both went to either get a job or get a "promotion," but it didn't turn out well and now they both don't have jobs.
The Way You Look Tonight
Frank Sinatra
I could see this song playing at the restaurant where the boys and Willy were having dinner. It would probably help the mood and Happy flirt with Miss Forsythe a little too.
"Cause we all just want to be big rockstars, And live in hilltop houses driving fifteen cars"
I feel like this song describes what Willy is feeling when he sees Bernard later in the play. Bernard is now a big shot lawyer and makes a good living, and Willy is probably a little jealous that his life has turned out so well compared to Biff's. Willy even tries to make Biff look good by telling Bernard that he has an interview with Bill Oliver.
Christina Aguilera
"When I, thought I knew you, Thinking that you were true, I guess I, I couldn't trust, Called your bluff, time is up"
I feel that this song would work for Biff. Biff had thought that his father was the greatest thing in his whole life, but when he found him cheating on his mother her finally realized he wasn't as great of a person. It wouldn't fit Linda, even though the song is about a cheater, because she would probably stay in denial like she has for so many years.
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