What would be a song to represent the whole book The Outsiders?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I hope that some younger people will answer this question too because my answers are all going to be from ages ago -- I don't keep up much with current music.

I think there are a couple types of song that could represent the whole book.  You could have songs about being yourself and not letting the outside world change you (stay gold) or you can have songs about how hard life is.

A song from the first category might be "Young Turks" by Rod Stewart (sorry, this is from way back) -- its chorus goes like this:

Young hearts be free tonight.Time is on your side,
Don't let them put you down, don't let 'em push you around,
don't let 'em ever change your point of view.

A song from the second category, and somewhat more modern, might mbe "Welcome to My Life" by Simple Plan.  This song might better illustrate the Soc point of view, perhaps, but it might work.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have always been partial to the Eagles' song, "Desperado" as a song which could apply to situations such as Hinton's work.  The idea of the Greasers' state of being representing as something where time is essentially running out is quite powerful.  The strongest element which comes out of the song is the idea that the ways of those who seek to go against the established social order is running out of time and it is time to change one's ways.  The life being led by the individuals in the Greasers gang is not empowering nor is an expression of strength.  As Dally's death proves, the reality is that the members of the gang might have "come down" from their fences and change their ways.

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One song that represents the turmoil in The Outsiders is the instrumental song The Rumble from the musical West Side Story, written by Arthur Laurents, with  music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. During The Rumble, two opposing gangs meet to face off with each other. In the ruckus that ensues, Tony tries to stop the fight. Bernardo stabs Riff who falls on Tony. Tony takes Riff's knife and stabs Bernardo. The Outsiders reminds me of this sort of tragedy. In writing The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton wanted to put the reality into youth stories about life in cities and schools in order to show the "social-jungle" and "cruel school system."

qiansue | Student

On e song could be Queen's, Bohemian Rhapsody because of the lyrics

Here some lyrics:

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye
So you think you can love me and leave me to die
Oh, baby, can't do this to me, baby
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here

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