Song 1: "Imagine" John Lennon
Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one
EXPLANATION: Holden would listen to this song because he does not connect with anyone or group because of his depression and lack of care in the world holden would like to imagine no country or religion like in this song.
Text Evidence: "They were so ignorant, and they had those sad, fancy hats on and all. And that business about getting up early to see the first show at Radio City Music Hall depressed me. If somebody, some girl in an awful-looking hat, for instance, comes all the way to New York – from Seattle, Washington, for God's sake – and ends up getting up early in the morning to see the goddam first show at Radio City Music Hall, it makes me so depressed I can't stand it. I'd've bought the whole three of them a hundred drinks if only they hadn't told me that. (10.50)" Shows how much he hates the social norms of society and how much he wants there to be no country or connection to anyone.
Song 2: "Boulevard of Broken Dream" Green Day
I walk a lonely road The only one that I have ever known Don't know where it goes But it's home to me and I walk alone I walk this empty street On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams Where the city sleeps And I'm the only one and I walk alone I walk alone I walk alone I walk alone I walk a... My shadow's the only one that walks beside me My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me 'Til then I walk alone Ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah, aaah-ah, Ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah I'm walking down the line That divides me somewhere in my mind On the border line Of the edge and where I walk alone Read between the lines Of what's fucked up and everything's alright Check my vital signs To know I'm still alive and I walk alone I walk alone I walk alone I walk alone I walk a... My shadow's the only one that walks beside me My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me 'Til then I walk alone Ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah, aaah-ah Ah-ah, ah-ah I walk alone I walk a... I walk this empty street On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams Where the city sleeps And I'm the only one and I walk a... My shadow's the only one that walks beside me My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me 'Til then I walk alone...
EXPLANATION: Holden Would Listen to this song because numerous times holden Mentions how lonely he is he walks down a lonely road and he has been on that road for a long time since allie died.
Text Evidence: "Then I went over and laid down on Ely's bed. Boy, did I feel rotten. I felt so damn lonesome. (7.29)" This quote highlights his loneliness that is portrayed throughout the novel.
Song 3: "In The End" Linkin Park
It starts with one thing I don't know why It doesn't even matter how hard you try Keep that in mind I designed this rhyme To explain in due time All I know Time is a valuable thing Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings Watch it count down to the end of the day The clock ticks life away It's so unreal Didn't look out below Watch the time go right out the window Trying to hold on, but you didn't even know Wasted it all just to watch you go I kept everything inside And even though I tried, it all fell apart What it meant to me Will eventually be a memory of a time when I tried so hard And got so far But in the end It doesn't even matter I had to fall To lose it all But in the end It doesn't even matter
EXPLANATION: This song is one holden can relate to because he kept the way he felt about his brother's death bottled up and he doesn't think it matters because in the end who cares.
Text Evidence: "I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them. I really don't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time, and I couldn't do it. It was a very stupid thing to do, I'll admit, but I hardly didn't even know I was doing it, and you didn't know Allie. My hand still hurts me once in a while when it rains and all, and I can't make a real fist any more – not a tight one, I mean – but outside of that I don't care much. I mean I'm not going to be a goddam surgeon or a violinist or anything anyway. (5.7)" He doesn't care because like in the song in the end it doesn't really matter.
Song 4: "Hurt" Johnny Cash
I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing that's real The needle tears a hole The old familiar sting Try to kill it all away But I remember everything What have I become My sweetest friend Everyone I know goes away In the end And you could have it all My empire of dirt I will let you down I will make you hurt
EXPLANATION: Holden would relate to this song because of his thinking that everything is so fake and to him pain would be the only thing that's real. Then the song says everyone goes away in the end which could relate to allie.
Text Evidence: "What I did, I started talking, sort of out loud, to Allie. I do that sometimes when I get very depressed. I keep telling him to go home and get his bike and meet me in front of Bobby Fallon's house. Bobby Fallon used to live quite near us in Maine. […] We thought we could shoot something without BB guns. Anyway, Allie heard us talking about it, and he wanted to go, and I wouldn't let him. I told him he was a child. So once in a while now, when I get very depressed, I keep saying to him, "Okay. Go home and get your bike and meet me in front of Bobby's house. Hurry up." […] I keep thinking about it, anyway, when I get very depressed. (14.1)" His hurt for Allie is shown here when he says every time I think about Allie and how I treated him I get so damn depressed. It makes him hurt.
Song 5: "What I've Done" Linkin Park
In this farewell There's no blood, there's no alibi 'Cause I've drawn regret From the truth of a thousand lies So let mercy come and wash away What I've done I'll face myself to cross out what I've become Erase myself And let go of what I've done Put to rest what you thought of me While I clean this slate With the hands of uncertainty So let mercy come and wash away What I've done I'll face myself to cross out what I've become Erase myself And let go of what I've done
EXPLANATION: Holden doesn't want to be the kid he is and he doesn't like phonies he is really uncertain on who he wants to be in life and is stuck in a state of stasis.
Text Evidence: You remember I said before that Ackley was a slob in his personal habits? Well, so was Stradlater, but in a different way. Stradlater was more of a secret slob. He always looked all right, Stradlater, but for instance, you should've seen the razor he shaved himself with. It was always rusty as hell and full of lather and hairs and crap. He never cleaned it or anything. He always looked good when he was finished fixing himself up, but he was a secret slob anyway, if you knew him the way I did. (4.2)
Song 6: "Gravity" John Mayer
Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down Oh I'll never know what makes this man With all the love that his heart can stand Dream of ways to throw it all away Oh, gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down
EXPLANATION: Holden is always being brought down with his depression and is inevitable for him to happy in sense kinda like it's inevitable to escape gravity.
Text Evidence: After I shut the door and started back to the living room, he yelled something at me, but I couldn't exactly hear him. I'm pretty sure he yelled "Good luck!" at me. I hope not. I hope to hell not. I'd never yell "Good luck!" at anybody. It sounds terrible, when you think about it. (2.78)
Song 7: "What Hurts The Most" Rascal Flatts
I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house That doesn't bother me I can take a few tears now and then and just let 'em out I'm not afraid to cry every once in awhile Even though goin' on with you gone still upsets me There are days every now and again I pretend I'm okay But that's not what gets me What hurts the most was being so close And havin' so much to say And watchin' you walk away And never knowin' what could've been And not seein' that lovin' you Is what I was trying to do
EXPLANATION: This song is about a girl but Holden could relate this to his brother because he is gone he is depressed and upset that he is living without him.
Text Evidence: I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them. I really don't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time, and I couldn't do it. It was a very stupid thing to do, I'll admit, but I hardly didn't even know I was doing it, and you didn't know Allie. My hand still hurts me once in a while when it rains and all, and I can't make a real fist any more – not a tight one, I mean – but outside of that I don't care much. I mean I'm not going to be a goddam surgeon or a violinist or anything anyway. (5.7)
Song 8: "Shut Up and Dance With Me" Walk The Moon
Oh don't you dare look back Just keep your eyes on me I said you're holding back She said shut up and dance with me This woman is my destiny She said oh oh oh Shut up and dance with me We were victims of the night The chemical, physical, kryptonite Helpless to the bass and the fading light Oh we were bound to get together Bound to get together
EXPLANATION: Holden really wanted to dance it overpowered him and made him get up and ask a random girl.
Text Evidence: I apologized like a madman, because the band was starting a fast one. She started jitterbugging with me – but just very nice and easy, not corny. She was really good. All you had to do was touch her. And when she turned around, her pretty little butt twitched so nice and all. She knocked me out. I mean it. I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can. (10.42)
Song 9: "Piano Man" Billy Joel
It's nine o'clock on a Saturday The regular crowd shuffles in There's an old man sitting next to me Makin' love to his tonic and gin He says, "Son, can you play me a memory I'm not really sure how it goes But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete When I wore a younger man's clothes."Sing us a song, you're the piano man Sing us a song tonight Well, we're all in the mood for a melody And you've got us feelin' alright
EXPLANATION: Holden must like the piano if he knows the guy who plays it at the bar.
Text Evidence: It was pretty quiet, though, because Ernie was playing the piano. It was supposed to be something holy, for God's sake, when he sat down at the piano. Nobody's that good. About three couples, besides me, were waiting for tables, and they were all shoving and standing on tiptoes to get a look at old Ernie while he played. (Chapter 12)
Song 10: "Jealous" Nick Jonas
I don't like the way he’s looking at you I'm starting to think you want him too Am I crazy? Have I lost ya Even though I know you love me, can’t help it I turn my cheek, music up And I'm puffing my chest I'm getting ready to face you Can call me obsessed It’s not your fault that they hover I mean no disrespect It's my right to be hellish I still get jealous
EXPLANATION: Holden gets jealous of Stradlater because he took "his" girl our on a date to park Stradlater's basketball coaches car. Because of Holden's jealousy he punches stradlater and ends up getting his but kicked, but holden would listen to this because he gets extremely jealous of this girl going to park with Stradlater.
Text Evidence: Stradlater kept taking these shadow punches down at my shoulder. He had his toothbrush in his hand, and he put it in his mouth. "What'd you do?" I said. "Give her the time in Ed Banky's goddam car?" My voice was shaking something awful. (Chapter 6)