The song from the book The Catcher in The Rye is an old folk tale
- A Folk tale is a story originating in pop culture that is passed on by word of mouth to teach.
- The original folk song actually says, Gin a body meet a body, comin' through the Rye Gin a body kiss a body.
- the Song actually shows kids meeting in The Rye to be intimate.
Holden's View of The Song
Holden gets the lyrics wrong in his mind and actually thinks that the song is meant to show his fantasies about him hiding in the rye and saving children from adulthood or (the cliff)
- Holden may have gotten the lyrics wrong on purpose.
- He may have thought that the real lyrics were too adult for children to understand and to learn from when they grow up.
On page 173 Holden says " I thought it was 'If a body catch a body.' Anyway, I keep picturing all there little kids playing some game one big field." "And I am standing on the egea of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start going out ver the cliff"