The Outsiders Soundtrack

Lynda Tsang, Period 3

Coldplay - Major Minus ~lyrics~

Coldplay "Major Minus"

They got one eye watching you

One eye, what you do?


"I knew it wasn't any use though--- the fast walking, I mean---" (Hinton, Chapter 1)


In beginning of the story the Socs are tailing Ponyboy, so to say, they have one eye on him. Ponyboy knows this and knows that he can do nothing to get away from the Socs which relates to the question in the song, "What you do?". Because of the Socs and Greasers long standing rivalry, both parties much be careful around each other and the line of the song stating:


So be careful who it is you’re talking to


Could even relate to later in the story where Cherry Valentine becomes the Greaser's spy.


They got one eye watching you
One eye, what you do?
So be careful what it is you’re tryin’ to do

And be careful when you’re walking into view
Just be careful when you’re walking into view


Whatever the Greasers or Socs do, they must be careful being around Socs or Greasers, otherwise they risk turning out like Johnny or Ponyboy, beat up and left on the streets in agony.


Bu-but don’t believe a word
It’s just us against the world


The Greasers are infamous to the town's population. Most think of Greasers as rude liars who steal and murder but as we learn in the story, not everyone in both gangs follows by the stereotypes placed upon them. The Greasers can only trust each other and for them it is them against everyone else.

Everybody Talks - Neon Trees Lyrics

Neon Trees "Everybody Talks"

The song's lyrics play into the story by in the story Dally tries to flirt with Cherry, " "Oh, my, my"--- Dally looked bored--- "you've got me scared to death. You ought to see my record sometime, baby." He grinned slyly. "Guess what I've been in for?" " (Hinton, Chapter 2), the song states,


Hey baby won't you look my way?

I can be your new addiction


Dally tries to flirt with Cherry although unsuccessfully and like the songs states,


Everybody talks… back


All you're giving me is friction


Cherry tells him off several times until Dally decides to get a coke. Also in the song it states,


All this trash talk make me itching,


And this describes how Dally is feeling during all this. All the trash talk by Cherry only seems to make Dally like her more and he even grins stating, "Dally grinned roguishly. "I'm never nice. Want a Coke?" " (Hinton, Chapter 2).

One Republic - Come Home

OneRepublic "Come Home"

Come home

Come home

Cause I’ve been waiting for you

For so long

For so long


Darry misses Ponyboy sorely after he hits him and realizes he has done something wrong after he hit him. Darry wants Ponyboy to 'come home' and not knowing where Ponyboy is, is killing Darry. In the letter Sodapop writes to Darry it states, "Darry hasn't got the slightest notion where you're at and it is nearly killing him," (Hinton, Chapter 5). Ponyboy truly realizes Darry cares about him later in the story when it states, "Darry did care about me, maybe as much as he cared about Soda, and because he cared he was trying too hard to make something of me," (Hinton, Chapter 6).


Right now there's a war between the vanities

But all I see is you and me

The fight for you is all I’ve ever known


Currently the Socs and Greasers are in long known rivalry and it only gets worse when Johnny kills the Soc, but all Darry currently wants is for Ponyboy to get home and be safe.

Red Like Roses Part II by Jeff and Casey Lee Williams with Lyrics

Jeff Williams "Red LIke Roses Part 2" ft. Casey Lee Williams & Sandy Casey

I couldn't take it, couldn't stand another minute

Couldn't bear another day without you in it

All of the joy that I had known for all my life

Was stripped away from me the minute that you died


The books states right after Johnny, Dally's actions in the story was, "Whirling suddenly, he slammed back against the wall. His face contracted in agony, and sweat streamed down his face" (Hinton, Chapter 9). In Dally's life the only person he ever truly cared about was Johnny and as soon as he died Dally couldn't handle it and proceeded to rob somewhere and act like he was going to shoot the police that were after to him so they would shoot him down and Dally got his wish, death.


I wasn't dreaming when they told me you were gone

I was wide awake and feeling that they had to be wrong


In the story, Ponyboy was there was Johnny died and tries to tell himself that it never happened, he denied Johnny's death, thinking that it was 'wrong'. " "Johnny is not dead." My voice was shaking. "Johnny is not dead." " (Hinton Chapter 11).


I tried so hard just to protect you, but I failed to

And in a prison of abandonment I’ve jailed you


This is see can also describe Johnny protecting Ponyboy from the Soc and in the end Johnny's death probably leaves Ponyboy worse off.

Down River - The Temper Trap with on-screen lyrics

The Temper Trap "Down River"

Finally we have seen some things

Some awfully nice

Some dreadfully bad


In the story Ponyboy states, "Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the sights you want to see," (Hinton, Chapter 8). Throughout their lives, they've seen so many sights, but not anything they want to see.


Cause our love breaks through rough seas our ship will sail

And I don't understand how this world would work

Cause time will tell us nothing

I'll take a chance on something


After Johnny's death Ponyboy's 'love breaks' but continues on despite it. Ponyboy isn't comprehending Johnny's death and tries to tell himself that he is alive. Ponyboy starts to think that his schoolwork is no big deal, "What's the sweat about my schoolwork?" I finally shouted. "I'll have to get a job as soon as I get out of school anyway. Look at Soda. He's doing okay, and he dropped out. You can just lay off!," and that Darry should lay off of him. He's taking a chance on something that he won't know.


Put bells in your hallways

Don't move you in the right place

So we will sing, cast our hopes out to sea


Feeling old, feelings this time take you

Down river, down river, down river, down

Walk these stairs, put the pieces back together

Go don't stop, go don't stop, go don't stop

Go don't stop now, go…


I feel that this describes how Ponyboy finally accepts Johnny and Dally's deaths at the end of the story. He starts to pick up the pieces of the mess of himself that he made in the time that passed and decides to write his English theme, "I sat down and picked up my pen and thought for a minute-- And I finally began like this: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.…" Ponyboy, after accepting their deaths, "Remembering a handsome, dark boy with a reckless grin and a hot temper. A tough, tow- headed boy with a cigarette in his mouth and a bitter grin on his hard face. Remembering- -- and this time it didn't hurt--- a quiet, defeated-looking sixteen-year-old whose hair needed cutting badly and who had black eyes with a frightened expression to them. One week had taken all three of them," doesn't give up, you can infer at the end of the story that Ponyboy will not give up now and that he's determined to now do what he knows will make good of himself.