The Outsiders Playlist

By Molly C., Chy'nyiah B., and Danial A.

A modern-day playlist of songs that describe the characters and theme of  The Outsiders.

This song, I Just Wanna Run by The Downtown Fiction, really relates to Dally. "I just wanna run, I'm out here all alone" describes how Dally feels alone and has stopped caring about a lot. "Run because they're chasing me down" shows how Dally has had many run-ins with the law. He's reckless and the police are always out to find him. "I'm sick of feeling cheap, Cheated and abused" reminds me of when he tells Johnny not to end up like he did. He doesn't want Johnny to have the cheap and reckless life that he does.

I just wanna run, hide it away
Run because they're chasing me down
I just wanna run, throw it away
Run before they're finding me out
I just wanna run

I just wanna run
I'm out here all alone
I try to call your house
Can't reach you on the phone
I'll gather up the nerve
I'm packing up my bag
It's more than you deserve
Don't treat me like a drag

I'm feelin' like I keep on talking
I'm repeating myself,
My words lost all meaning
I keep talking
I repeat myself

I just wanna run, hide it away
Run because they're chasing me down
I just wanna run, throw it away
Run before they're finding me out
I just wanna run (oh, oh, oh)
I just wanna run (oh, oh, oh)

Like a game of chess
I predict your move
I think I know you better
Better than you do
I'm sick of feeling cheap
Cheated and abused
Sick of losing sleep
Thinking about you

I'm feelin' like I keep on talking
I'm repeating myself,
My words lost all meaning
I keep talking
I repeat myself

I just wanna run, hide it away
Run because they're chasing me down
I just wanna run, throw it away
Run before they're finding me out
I just wanna run (oh, oh, oh)
I just wanna run (oh, oh, oh) throw it away

I just wanna run, hide it away
Run because they're chasing me down
I just wanna run, throw it away
Run before they're finding me out, out

I just wanna run

I just wanna run, hide it away
Run because they're chasing me down
I just wanna run, throw it away
Run before they're finding me out

I just wanna run (Hey, hey, hey, hey,...)
I just wanna run (won’t find me out, won’t find me out)

I just wanna run

This song, Written in the Stars by Tinie Tempah, relates to Johnny. It reminded me of when Johnny and Ponyboy were in the empty lot looking up at the stars. "Oh written in the stars, A million miles away" is what Johnny feels when he and Ponyboy are looking up at the stars. Like the stars, a happy future is so far away. He doesn't see the point in living and wants the pain to end. "I used to be the kid that no one cared about, That's why you have to keep screaming 'til they hear you out"  is how Johnny feels about his parents. He tries so hard for them to love him, but all they do is scream at him and abuse him.

Oh written in the stars
A million miles away
A message to the main
Oh
Seasons come and go
But I will never change
And I'm on my way

Lets go...

Yeah
You're listening now
They say they ain't heard nothing like this in a while
That's why they play my song on so many different dials
'Cause I got more hits than a disciplined child
So when they see me everybody brrrrrap's, brrrrrraps
Man I'm like a young gun fully black barrack
I cried tear drops over the massive attack
I only make hits like I work with a racket and bat
Look at my jacket and hat
So berserk
So down to earth
I'm bringing gravity back
Adopted by the major I want my family back
People work hard just to get all their salary taxed
Look I'm just a writer from the ghetto like Malorie Blackman
Where's all the sanity at
I used to be the kid that no one cared about
That's why you have to keep screaming 'til they hear you out

Oh written in the stars
A million miles away
A message to the main
Oh
Seasons come and go
But I will never change
And I'm on my way

Oh, oh, oh, oh... [3x]

Yeah, I needed a change
When we ate we never tip cause we needed the change
I needed a break
For a sec I even gave up believing and praying
I even done the legal stuff and was leaded astray
They say the money is the root to the evilest ways
But have you ever been so hungry it keeps you awake
Mate, now my hunger would leave them amazed
Great, it feels like a long time coming, fam
Since the day I thought of that cunning plan
One day I had a dream I tried to chase it
But I wasn't going nowhere, running man!
I knew that maybe someday I would understand
Trying change a ten  into a hundred grand
Everyone's a kid that no one cares about
You just gotta keep screaming until they hear you out

Oh written in the stars
A million miles away
A message to the main
Oh
Seasons come and go
But I will never change
And I'm on my way [2x]

Oh, oh, oh, oh (Oh!)
Oh, oh, oh, oh (Oh!)
Oh, oh, oh, oh (Oh!)
Oh, oh, oh, oh (Oh!)
Oh, oh, oh, oh (Issie!)
Oh, oh, oh, oh (Eric Turner!)
Oh, oh, oh, oh (Let's go!)

Oh written in the stars
A million miles away
A message to the main
Oh
Seasons come and go
But I will never change

And I'm on my way [2x]

This song, I Won't Let Go by Rascal Flatts, is a song about friendship through tough times. The chorus is "I will stand by you, I will help you through, When you've done all you can do, And you can't cope, I will dry your eyes, I will fight your fight, I will hold you tight, And I won't let go" It's saying that when you've done everything you could but things are still tough, you have a friend that will carry you through. "Don't be afraid to fall, I'm right here to catch you" means that you have a friend that will always be there to support you through all the bad times. They love you so much that they will go through it with you.

It's like a storm
That cuts a path
It breaks your will
It feels like that

You think you're lost
But you're not lost on your own
you're not alone

I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you've done all you can do
And you can't cope
I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
And I won't let go

It hurts my heart
To see you cry
I know it's dark
This part of life
Oh it finds us all
And we're too small
To stop the rain
Oh but when it rains

I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you've done all you can do
And you can't cope
I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight

And I won't let you fall
Don't be afraid to fall
I'm right here to catch you
I won't let you down
It won't get you down
you're gonna make it
Yeah I know you can make it

Cause I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you've done all you can do
And you can't cope
And I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
And I won't let go
Oh I'm gonna hold you
And I won't let go
Won't let you go

No I won't

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