The Outsiders

Kailee Period 3

All Time Low - Time-Bomb

Time Bomb // All Time Low

Time Bomb is a good song for the middle of the story, when Ponyboy and Johnny were on the run.

  • "From the get-go I knew this was hard to hold

    Like a crash the whole thing spun out of control

    Oh, on a wire, we were dancing

    Two kids no consequences

    Pull the trigger, without thinking

    There's only one way down this road"

This verse can be used to describe the part where Johnny stabbed Bob and they started their run. (Chapter 4, Hinton) "Johnny looked around, slapping his pockets nervously. "We gotta get outa here. Get somewhere. Run away. The police'll be here soon." I was trembling, and it wasn't all from cold. But Johnny, except for the fact that his hands were twitching, looked as cool as Darry ever had. "

  • "Well there's no way out of this

So let's stay in

Every storm that comes,

Also comes to an end.

Oh resistance is useless

Just two kids stupid and fearless

Like a bullet shooting a livestock

There's only one way down this road"

This verse can be used to describe their stay in the church, waiting for something else to do with their lives. (Chapter 5, Hinton) "The next four or five days were the longest days I've ever spent in my life. We killed time by reading Gone with the Wind and playing poker."

  • "It was like a time bomb set into motion

We knew that we were destined to explode

And if I have to pull you out of the wreckage

You know I'm never gonna let you go

We're like a time bomb

Gonna lose it, let's defuse it

Baby, we're like a time bomb

But I need it

Wouldn't have it any other way"

This is part of the chorus of the song, and it can be used to describe the scene in the book where Ponyboy and Johnny are saving the children from the burning church. Johnny ended up pulling Ponyboy "out of the wreckage" to save his life, and then Dally ended up trying to save Ponyboy and Johnny from the flames caught on them. (Chapter 6, Hinton)

"I should be scared, I thought with an odd detached feeling, but I'm not. The cinders and embers began falling on us, stinging and smarting like ants. Suddenly, in the red glow and the haze, I remembered wondering what it was like in a burning ember, and I thought: Now I know, it's a red hell. Why aren't I scared?

We pushed open the door to the back room and found four or five little kids, about eight years old or younger, huddled in a corner. One was screaming his head off, and Johnny yelled, "Shut up! We're goin' to get you out!" The kid looked surprised and quit hollering. I blinked myself­--- Johnny wasn't behaving at all like his old self."

Panic! At The Disco: Nine In The Afternoon [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Nine in the Afternoon // Panic at the Disco

Nine in the Afternoon is a good song for when they're doing normal boyish things in the book, like when they're playing football, tumbling, and just around their neighborhood.

  • "Back to the street where we began
    Feeling as good as lovers can, you know
    Yeah we're feeling so good
    Pickin’ up things we shouldn’t read
    It looks like the end of history as we know
    It’s just the end of the world
    Back to the street where we began
    Feeling as good as love, you could, you can"

This can relate to the early parts in the book, before Johnny killed Bob. It basically tells how they did things that kids usually don't do, and how they're not exactly innocent/good. (Chapter 1, Hinton) "One time in biology I had to dissect a worm, and the razor wouldn't cut, so I used my switchblade. The minute I flicked it out--- I forgot what I was doing or I would never have done it--- this girl right beside me kind of gasped, and said, "They are right. You are a hood.""

Emblem3 - 3000 Miles (Official Video)

3000 Miles // Emblem3

3000 Miles is a good song to represent many parts of the story. It can be used to represent how Ponyboy feels after the deaths of Johnny and Dally, and it can be used to represent how the gang felt when Johnny and Ponyboy were in hiding and they couldn't hear anything from them. (Hinton, Chapter 5)

In the letter her wrote to Pony, Sodapop says, "Well I guess you got into some trouble, huh? Darry and me nearly went nuts when you ran out like that. Darry is awful sorry he hit you. You know he didn't mean it. And then you and Johnny turned up mising and what with that dead kid in the park and Dally getting hauled into the station, well it scared us something awful." He goes on to say, "Darry hasn't got the slightest notion where you're at and it is nearly killing him. I wish you'd come back and turn your selfves in but I guess you can't since Johnny might get hurt." These quotes show the gangs longing for Ponyboy.

  • "I wanna run wanna run away-ay
    I'm dreaming of a place called home
    I could try but I'm stuck in today
    I'm dreaming of a place that's
    3000 miles away
    Feels like it's forever
    Seems like yesterday
    We were running 'round town together
    This place, just ain't the same
    I miss the stormy weather
    I'm not okay
    3000 miles away"

Break Your Little Heart - All Time Low Lyrics

Break Your Little Heart // All Time Low

Break Your Little Heart can demonstrate how Cherry felt about Dallas and Bob. Cherry wanted to stay away from Dally because she was afraid she'd fall in love with him, and he would probably break her heart.

  • "I'm walking, who's laughing now?
    (Who's laughing, who's laughing now?)
    I'm wasted, wasting time
    You talk for hours but you're wasting lines
    A pretty face but the chase ain't worth the prize
    I'm gonna break your little heart
    Watch you take the fall
    Laughing all the way to the hospital
    'Cause there's nothing surgery can do
    When I break your little heart in two
    I'm gonna break your little heart in two"

Bob liked to get drunk a lot and while he was drunk, he'd do some pretty horrible things, such as beating up Johnny that time or trying to drown Ponyboy. He was bad and good at the same time, just like Dallas. If he were really like Dallas, that would mean he would be capable of breaking Cherry's heart as well. (Hinton, Chapters 7 and 8)

In Chapter 8 Cherry says, "He killed Bob. Oh, maybe Bob asked for it. I know he did. But I couldn't ever look at the person who killed him. You only knew his bad side. He could be sweet sometimes, and friendly. But when he got drunk... it was that part of him that beat up Johnny. I knew it was Bob when you told me the story. He was so proud of his rings. Why do people sell liquor to boys? Why? I know there's a law against it, but kids get it anyway. I can't go see Johnny. I know I'm too young to be in love and all that, but Bob was something special. He wasn't just any boy. He had something that made people follow him, something that marked him different, maybe a little better, than the crowd. Do you know what I mean?" Ponyboy goes on to prove the fact that him and Dallas are alike, thinking, "Cherry saw the same things in Dallas. That was why she was afraid to see him, afraid of loving him."

Furthermore, when Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dallas were in the movie theater with Cherry and her friend, Dallas was trying to hit on Cherry in a rude manner. When referring to Cherry, it was clear that he didn't think of her in the same way she thought of him; he'd refer to her as a "broad" which is an insulting way to talk to speak of someone. (Hinton, Chapter 3, Page 54. Chapter 5, Page 92)

Therapy- All Time Low

Therapy // All Time Low

Therapy by All Time Low is a good song to represent the period of time after the death of Dallas and Johnny where Ponyboy feels depressed, is falling behind in his schoolwork, and is fighting with Darry more often than usual. (Chapter 12, Hinton)
"I wish I could say that everything went back to normal, but it didn't. Especially me. I started running into things, like the door, and kept tripping over the coffee table and losing things. I always have been kind of absent-minded, but man, then, I was lucky if I got home from school with the right notebook and with both shoes on." Ponyboy is basically a mess.
  • "Arrogant boy,
    Love yourself so no one has to.
    They're better off without you.
    (They're better off without you.)

    Arrogant boy,
    Cause a scene like you're supposed to.
    They'll fall asleep without you.
    You're lucky if your memory remains."

These two verses can be used to show how Ponyboy feels depressed. (Chapter 12, Hinton)
5 Seconds of Summer - Wherever You Are

Wherever You Are // 5SOS

Wherever You Are by 5SOS is a good song to portray Soda's relationship with Sandy. He loved Sandy very much, but she moved away without marrying him. Additionally, he had sent her a letter, but she returned it unopened. That pretty much made him snap, and he fled the house. (Hinton, Chapter 12)

  • "For a while we pretended
    That we never had to end it
    But we knew we'd have to say goodbye
    You were crying at the airport
    When they finally closed the plane door
    I could barely hold it all inside

    Torn in two
    And I know I shouldn't tell you
    But I just can't stop thinking of you
    Wherever you are
    Wherever you are
    Every night I almost call you
    Just to say it always will be you
    Wherever you are"

This quote can show Soda's feeling towards the whole Sandy situation, and how he misses her and how much her leaving hurts him. There are more quotes from the song that can represent this as well. "But when I looked at Soda I stopped. His face was white, and when he looked at me his eyes were wide with a pained expression. I suddenly remembered Curly Shepard's face when he slipped off a telephone pole and broke his arm." (Hinton, Chapter 12) ""It's the letter he wrote Sandy," Darry said without expression. "Returned unopened." So that was what had been bugging Soda all afternoon."

  • "I could fly a thousand oceans
    But there's nothing that compares to
    What we had, and so I walk alone

    I wish I didn't have to be gone
    Maybe you've already moved on
    But the truth is I don't want to know"

  • "You can say we'll be together
    Nothing lasts forever
    Nothing stays the same
    So why can't I stop feeling this way"

"When Sandy went to Florida... it wasn't Soda, Ponyboy. He told me he loved her, but I guess she didn't love him like he thought she did, because it wasn't him."