Throughout the novel, calling someone is a big deal for Holden, every time he felt depressed or lonely, he looks to his phone. He wishes he had someone to call, or that someone would call him. Holden just wants someone who he can talk to and connect with. Someone with whom he can share his thoughts and feelings, and "chew the fat" for a while. He feels so unwanted walking around New York alone, so he wants someone who he can call to make himself feel otherwise.
"I felt like giving somebody a buzz. I left my bags right outside the booth so that I could watch them, but as soon as I was inside, I couldn't think of anybody to call up."
Holden is constantly trying to "runaway" from his problems. At the very start of the book he runs away from his school problems the fact that he is failing all but one subject. Additionally he runs away from his family problems, the fact that he doesn't fit in with them at all. He is also running away from his problems with Stradlater- the fight he got himself into and lost. He is also always drinking, and at times getting drunk. This is the way people are able to escape from their own realities, if only for a little while. He also wants to run away with Sally Hayes, and he tells Phoebe of his own abroad.
"I think that one of these days... you're going to have to find out where you want to go. and then you've got to start going there."
Holden is all alone in adult world. He is not ready to be apart of it; he is not mature enough. Because of this, he is the loan child among the adults, ordering prostitutes just to talk to them seeing drag queens and other "perverts". Trying to fit in with three girls in the lavender room, but again ending up lonely. In this part of his life, Holden is truest exactly what this song is trying to explain: Mr. Lonely
"Anyway, it was the Saturday of the football game. […] I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill. […] You could see the whole field from there, and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the place. […] You could hear them all yelling."
In this song the artist pours his heart out over his very close friend that he lost. This makes me think of Holden and Allie. "The days are cold" and "the nights are long" for Holden, thinking about Allie, and missing him as he does. He is "growing older", and living without him is hard. Allie was the only thing that Holden liked about this world, as he reveals in conversation with Phoebe. Losing him makes the world seem like a terrible place, turning Holden into the depressed person he is.
"I don't know what I think about it. I'm sorry I told so many people about it. but all I know is, I sort of miss everybody I told about."
This song relates to Holden because the entire book Holden has an adventure in New York, which this song is about. "The side lines are blind with casualties ." This shows to live in New York can be a dangerous place. Like how Holden explains New York is where there are no innocence or trust amongst the people.