Assigned:Catcher in the rye music. trackstar3, lilbop33p,shakenbake13

The lyrics in the song Prayer of the Refugee by Rise Against reflect largely the idea of independence and rebellion. The verse “Don’t hold me up now I don’t need your help now” relates to what Holden Caulfield is going through in The Catcher In The Rye. This is representative of the struggle of a teen during their quest for independence. The song sounds as if it would be in an aggressive tone during the chorus, but a more somber tone during the intro and pre-chorus. The two medias share largely the concept of teenage rebellion and desire for freedom and self identity. Holden may be rebelling from his parents expectations while attempting to create a feeling of purpose and importance in life. Holden, in essence, is telling everybody that he can be independent.

Warm yourself by the fire, son,
And the morning will come soon.
I’ll tell you stories of a better time,
In a place that we once knew.

Before we packed our bags
And left all this behind us in the dust,
We had a place that we could call home,
And a life no one could touch.

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You won’t let me down, down, down!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

Down!

We are the angry and the desperate,
The hungry, and the cold,
We are the ones who kept quiet,
And always did what we were told.

But we’ve been sweating while you slept so calm,
In the safety of your home.
We’ve been pulling out the nails that hold up
Everything you’ve known.

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

So open your eyes child,
Let’s be on our way.
Broken windows and ashes
Are guiding the way.

Keep quiet no longer,
We’ll sing through the day,
Of the lives that we’ve lost,
And the lives we’ve reclaimed.

Go!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will let me down, down, down !

Don’t hold me up…
(I don’t need your help, I’ll stand my ground)
Don’t hold me up…
(I don’t need your help)
No! No! No!
Don’t hold me up!
(I don’t need your help, I’ll stand my ground)
Don’t hold me up!
(I don’t need your help, I’ll stand my ground)
Don’t hold me down, down, down, down, down!

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7 responses to “Assigned:Catcher in the rye music. trackstar3, lilbop33p,shakenbake13

  1. Don’t hold me up now,
    I can stand my own ground,
    I don’t need your help now,
    You will let me down, down, down!

    I think this reflects Holden’s personality perfectly. He really likes his independence. He can’t stand it when others help him, or try to help him. He always resists. He also gets emotional when people try to talk to him about his problems.

  2. This song is really relevent to the novel. The lyrics really correspond to Holden’s life, character, and how he acts.

    So open your eyes child,
    Let’s be on our way.
    Broken windows and ashes
    Are guiding the way.

    This stanza shows Holden’s love and care for children, not adults. Also, it shows that Holden’s life is harsh and dark, like broken ashes. Good job!

  3. Keep quiet no longer,
    We’ll sing through the day,
    Of the lives that we’ve lost,
    And the lives we’ve reclaimed.

    I found this stanza interesting because if this song really does relate to Holden so closely this stanza suggests that Holden does have the capacity to turn his life around and get back on track. He can reclaimed control of his life and do what he wants to do. He can looked back at his mistakes and learn form them and use that knowledge to move foward.

  4. (assigned) The analysis of the song and its relation to Holden was really good. I agree 100 percent with it about the ultimate theme of the book was Holden trying to become more independent. The song relates very well with this theme. Also the line “You will let me down, down, down” is definately just like Holden. He doesn’t trust many people or really anything in his life because he realizes how people changing is just as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning. This is why he liked the museum so much because there was always the same deer drinking the same water, and the same eskimo catching the same fish. Nice job.

  5. (assigned)
    This is a good song to use to portray Holden.
    -Before we packed our bags
    And left all this behind us in the dust,
    We had a place that we could call home,
    And a life no one could touch.-
    these lyrics are similar to how Holden acted when he left pencey prep in the middle of the night to go to New York City
    one suggestion would be for next time the complete lyrics are not necessary, you could better establish your point if you picked out just the meaningful lyrics.

  6. howtomaneuverwordpress

    This blog is awesome. This is pretty much one of my favorite songs everrr. The part where hes saying “i dont help your now you won’t let me down down down” and then later it changes to ” you will let me down down down” really fit Holden. He gives people like Mr. Spencer and Mr.Antolini a chance to help him and then once he gets annoyed, thinks their phony or even questions their motives, in his eyes they’ve let him down. GREAT JOBB (shakenbake13.. hmm wonder who that is — way to keep the identity secret :))))

  7. howtomaneuverwordpress

    (assigned) ^^^^^

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