What's a song that describes Dally?something that expresses his feelings

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since The Outsiders takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a good western-style rocker would be fitting. Although some of the lyrics don't fit Dally entirely, this one still works. (It might be even more fitting for "The Motorcycle Boy" from S. E. Hinton's novel Rumble Fish.)

(written by Don Williams, also performed by Eric Clapton)

I left Oklahoma drivin' in a Pontiac
Just about to lose my mind
I was goin' on to Arizona, maybe on to California
Where all the people live so fine
My baby said I was crazy, my momma called me lazy
I was goin' to show 'em all this time
'Cause you know I ain't no fool an' I don't need no more schoolin'
I was born to just walk the line

Livin' on Tulsa time
Livin' on Tulsa time
Well you know I've been through it
When I set my watch back to it
Livin' on Tulsa time

Well there I was in Hollywood wishin' I was doin' good
Talkin' on the telephone line
But they don't need me in the movies and nobody sings my songs
Guess I'm just wastin' time
Well then I got to thinkin', man I'm really sinkin'
And I really had a flash this time
I had no business leavin' and nobody would be grievin'
If I went on back to Tulsa time

Livin' on Tulsa time
Livin' on Tulsa time
Gonna set my watch back to it
Cause you know I've been through it
Livin' on Tulsa time

hilahmarca eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The song that immediately came to my mind when thinking of Dally is "Criminal" by Eminem.  I can't share the entire song's lyrics because the song contains explicit lyrics and also doesn't always fit the character of Dally, but some parts definitely capture the anger, the suffering, and the loneliness of Dallas Winston.

"I'm a CRIMINAL - an animal caged who turned crazed
But how the &*%# you supposed to grow up when you weren't raised?"

Even when Eminem describes himself it bears a resemblense to the tow headed Greaser:

"Now don't ignore me, you won't avoid me
You can't miss me, I'm white, blonde-haired
and my nose is pointy"

Although it's not an exact recount of Dally's last stand, Eminem describes a robbery that bears some relation to Dally's final crime:

"Windows tinted on my ride when I drive in it
So when I rob a bank, run out and just dive in it
So I'll be disguised in it
And if anybody identifies the guy in it
I'll hide for five minutes
Come back, shoot the eyewitness
Fire at the private eye hired to pry in my business"



Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you want to find a song that reveals much in the way of misunderstanding or a sense of pain.  Dally is the one who takes the brunt of being "a greaser," aware that the Socs will always have the social advantages, and that kids like him will always be seen from the other side of the tracks.  Some songs that would reflect this would be songs that address individuals who are misunderstood and won't ever get their fair and equitable chance.  A song like the Eagles' "Desperado" might be one to appeal to the idea of someone trying to bring Dally in from the self destructive element which runs within him.  Another song might be the storyline behind Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," which is sung from the point of view of someone who is always on the periphery, an individual who is left to see how others enjoy their lives while he is proverbially stuck in his.  Given the fact that Dally's only two loves would be horses and looking out for Johnny, perhaps the tune by Stealer's Wheel, "Stuck in the Middle with You," might have some appropriate connotations.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would go with 'Born to be Wild' by Steppenwolf. Thinking of his desire to be free, his love of cars and the drama of his death, this seems to fit for me.

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Before I even read the posts, I immediately thought of the Eagles's song "Desparado." Another song that would fit in terms of music and lyrics would be the song "Mad World" by Gary Jules. The music and lyrics combine in an especially poignant way and would suit Dally's mood and character. 

user4309346 | Student

21 guns by Green Day. It highlights his violent nature and how broken he is inside. It's a sad song about being broken and wanting to fight and die, but not knowing if it's worth it anymore.


"Do you know what's worth fighting for?

When it's not worth dying for?

Does it take your breathe away?

And you feel yourself suffocating?


Does the pain weigh out the pride?

Do you look for a place to hide?

Did someone break your heart inside?

You're in ruins.



One, 21 guns

Lay down your arms, give up the fight

One, 21 guns

Throw up your arms, into the sky.

You and I."



When i hear it, I picture that it's about Dally's death, when he's shot and lies in the parking lot, laying down his arms and giving up the fight. He just doesn't think life is worth fighting for anymore, so he chooses to die.


tianboz | Student

Definately "Behind Blue Eyes" by the who. Dally is someone who is misunderstood by the world, but seems that he wants the world to misunderstand him so that he looks tought. He showed only his soft side to pony and johnny.

it goes:

No one knows what its like... to be the bad man...

To be the sad man... behind blue eyes...

No one knows what its like.. to be hated...

To be debated... to tell nothing but only lies...

But my dreams ,yeah they arn't as empty,

as my concious seems to be.

I spend hours, only lonely

my love is vengence.. thats never free!

little-alice | Student

What Dally is seemed as is a “Bad to the Bone” kind of song, but, really, he is more of a guy that doesn’t want to show he is weak, but, does to Johnny and Pony, he is a very courageous guy, I think this personal thing describes his feelings after Johnny dies, and, before he is shot.

What would you say if I gave you a hug and started crying?

Would you see me as a wimp or the guy I really am?

I am the neatened and the damned.

I come from a broken home, my Father doesn’t care, my Mother’s gone.

I could be dead in a ditch for all they care,

I’ve seen the dark side, I’ve been in Jail.

I’ve seen death in my face.

The only reason for me to live is for Johnny.

And now that he is gone, I shall too.

He was my life, my one and only.

With him, I was never lonely.

Now, here is my life, with no meaning.

The only one who got me is now gone….

The only one…

The only one who understood me,

Who could see,

Behind my “Cool”

Behind my hatred.

Behind this act.

mkcapen1 | Student

The Outsiders, a novel by Susan Eloise Hinton, was first published in 1967.  It tells the story of three brothers whose parents are deceased.  The boys are connected with a local gang of boys.  They are the outcasts or outsiders of a society that views the clean cut well bred white children as the good children.  In truth the Socs or socialites are also involved in their own gang rivalry against the Outsiders. 


Dally is a friend of the brothers and part of their gang.  His character is sexy and charismatic.  He is the bad boy that attracts one to the nature and persona of the bad boy.  While he presents as bad to Pony Boy and Johnny are his best friends.  The other side of Dally’s personality is the mischievous delinquent who taunts others and performs acts of vandalism.  He is a loose cannon waiting to explode which he does following the death of Johnnie.


When I think of Dally the song that comes to mind is Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.  Dally is just a poor body in many ways pre-condemned by society by the class he is born into, poverty, and the abandonment of his own parents.  He causes his own execution in the end. 


Part of the Lyric’s to Queen’s song are as follows:


Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I'm just a poor boy (Poor boy)
I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go
Little high, little low
Any way the wind blows
Doesn't really matter to me, to me

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