By Collin H. Wheeler
The Beatles - Blackbird (Rehearsal Take)
Blackbird- The Beatles
Surely not an obscure song, but suitably captures Arnold Spirit's struggle to escape the poverty of his tribe. This song correlates to this as it describes a bird being free, a moment long awaited, the song is a reference to the civil rights act which like Arnold had an opportunity for the disenfranchised to find prosperity.
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)-Billy Joel with lyrics
Movin out- Billy Joel
This song obviously goes well with Junior's main conflict in the book, trying to get off the rez and becoming something more in life, as the song describes the same concept, wanting to escape the status quo.
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
A day in the life- The Beatles
Correlates with the deaths Arnold goes through, the song describes a man who dies in a car crash, reminiscent of grandma spirit's DUI related death, 'blew his mind out' could also reference Eugene's gun related death. And finally the lyric 'well I just had to laugh' could reference Arnold's nervous breakdown after his sister's death
Stealers Wheel - Stuck in the middle with you
Stuck in the middle with you- Stealer's Wheel
Correlates to Arnold's odd relationship with Penelope, him being alienated in a less than friendly white environment hence 'clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right', and while Penelope feels alienated and displaced as well wanting more in life she develops somewhat of a mutual relationship with Arnold, hence 'stuck in the middle with you'.
George Harrison - All Those Years Ago (With lyrics)
All those years ago- George Harrison
Could represent Rowdy and Arnold's friendship, as like in the song Rowdy describes Arnold as different from everyone else on the rez, similar in the song where it says 'someone who offended all' and 'while they treated you like a dog'. The song describes the past which could fit well with the ending which looks to the future.