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Huckleberry Finn Soundtrack Project
Transcript of Huckleberry Finn Soundtrack Project
Runaway by J. Cole
In chapter 16 Huck realizes why Jim is on the run. Huck, "But you knowed he was running for his freedom, and you could a paddled ashore and told somebody".
In chapter 23 "Jim spends his night watches “moaning and mourning” for his wife and two children. Though “it don’t seem natural,” Huck concludes that Jim loves his family as much as white men love theirs."
This song connects to the event where Huck is having his moral dilemma. Huck's moral dilemma goes with "god's law-vs-man's law. For example he knows it's wrong to lie which is against God's Law, but he also knows that Jim isn't a piece of property which is Man's Law. So, he has war with his own conscience about whether he will uphold what is morally right in order to do what feels right. He decides he will "go to hell" in order to protect Jim and gain freedom for both of them. "And may your conscience be your guide. I'll say a prayer for you to make it through to the other side. Tonight's the night, we fight or die" This song is saying to let our conscience guide us but if Huck would've done that he would've have done the "wrong thing". Instead he listened to his heart and didn't care of going to hell.
Midnight Rider by Allman Brothers
This song relates to Huck and Jim and how there on the run and how their doing whatever it takes to not get caught. For example, when Huck goes into Illinois and meets Judith Loftus and introduces himself as Sarah Mary Williams. Another example is when he covers up Jim in the boat and says its his father but that he is sick with smallpox. "But I'm not gonna let'me catch me, no Not gonna let'me catch the midnight rider." These lyrics relate to Huck and Jim on how there on the run and aren't gonna let themselves get caught.
You've Got a Friend In Me by Randy Newman
In chapter 11 pg. 73 Huck tells Jim "Git up and hump yourself , Jim! There ain't a minute to lose. They're after us!"
In the book is in chapter 15 "It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d a knowed it would make him feel that way.."
Let's Ride by Kid Rock
In chapter 26 "Because Mary Jane 'll be in mourning from this out; and first you know the nigger that does up the rooms will get an order to box these duds up and put 'em away; and do you reckon a nigger can run across money and not borrow some of it?"
Does It Really Matter by Up With People
In Chapter 16 "Conscience says to me, "What had poor Miss Watson done to you that you could see her nigger go off right under your eyes and never say one single word? What did that poor old woman do to you that you could treat her so mean? Why, she tried to learn you your book, she tried to learn you your manners, she tried to be good to you every way she knowed how. That's what she done."
Working Class Hero by John Lennon
Tom Swayer by Rush
In Chapter 18 "I never felt easy till the raft was two mile below there and out in the middle of the Mississippi. We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft."
Black Water by Doobie Brothers
In chapter 2 "So Tom got out a sheet of paper that he had wrote the oath on, and read it. It swore every boy to stick to the band, and never tell any of the secrets; and if anybody done anything to any boy in the band, whichever boy was ordered to kill that person and his family must do it, and he mustn't eat and he mustn't sleep till he had killed them and hacked a cross in their breasts, which was the sign of the band. And nobody that didn't belong to the band could use that mark, and if he did he must be sued; and if he done it again he must be killed. And if anybody that belonged to the band told the secrets, he must have his throat cut, and then have his carcass burnt up and the ashes scattered all around, and his name blotted off of the list with blood and never mentioned again by the gang, but have a curse put on it and be forgot forever.Everybody said it was a real beautiful oath, and asked Tom if he got it out of his own head. He said, some of it, but the rest was out of pirate-books and robber-books, and every gang that was high-toned had it."