Catcher in the Rye Lyric from Chinese Democracy by GNR




Catcher in the Rye Lyrics from Chinese Democracy by GNR


The Catcher in the Rye is a reference to the famous American novel by J. D. Salinger. Set in the 1940s and is noted for it's liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and teenage angst. Sounds like a good a reason to use in it a song lyric then....

Catcher in the Rye could also be a reference to John Lennon's murderer, Mark Chapman. Chapman was carrying a copy of the book when he shot the Beatle.

Queen guitarist Brian May had recorded a guitar part for Axl some years prior to the release of Chinese Democracy. This was ultimately not used, much to May's disappointment who said "Well, it is a shame, perhaps ... I did put quite a lot of work in, and was proud of it. But I could understand if Axl wants to have an album which reflects the work of the members of the band as it is, right now."
Catcher in the Rye lyric by Axl Rose
When all is said and done
We're not the only ones
Who look at life this way
That's what the old folks say
But every time I'd see them
Makes me wish I had a gun
If I thought that I was crazy
Well I guess I'd have more fun
(Guess I'd have more fun)

Oooh
The Catcher in the Rye again
Won't let you get away from him
(Tomorrow never comes)
It's just another day…
Like today

You decide
'Cause I don't have to
And then they'll find
And I won't ask you
At anytime
Or long thereafter
If it's cold outside
As I'm imagining
It to be

Lana nana na na na
Lana nana na nana

Oooh
The Catcher in the Rye again
Won't let you get away from him
(Tomorrow never comes)
It's just another day…
Like today

When all is said and done
We're not the only ones
Who look at life this way
That's what the young folks say
As if they'd ever change
That's not who am I to say
But every time I'd see them
Makes me wish I had a gun
If I thought that I was crazy
Well I guess I'd have more fun
It's what used to be's not there for me
And ought to find someone that belongs insane like I do

On an ordinary day
Not in an ordinary way
All at once the song I heard
No longer wouldn't play for anybody
Or anyone
That needed comfort from somebody
Needed comfort from someone who cared
To be
Not like you
And unlike me
And then the voices went away
From me
Somehow you set the wheels in motion
It Haunts our memories
You were the instrument
You were the one
How a body took a body
You gave that boy a gun

You Took our innocence
Beyond our stares
Sometimes the only thing
We counted on
When no one else was there


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6 comments:

Douglas said...

For the record it's actually a reference to John Lennon's killer. He carried the book "Catcher in the Rye" with him when he killed Lennon. Inside the book he wrote, "This is my statement---The Catcher in the Rye" and also has said it was his motivation for killing Lennon.

The song is about Lennon being killed. :)

Thought you might want to know that.

Jimmy Jangles said...

chur, have added.

João said...

Although it makes a clear reference to Mark Chapman´s motivation, I think this song is NOT about Lennon, instead of a wish to repeat what chapman did to a couple.

Anonymous said...

My guess is that the song is really about David Geffen -- and how he ripped off all the young rock stars -- and led Curt Cobain to suicide.

Just my 2 cents.

Anonymous said...

this song is about god's relationship with che guevara.

prostitute says "what would you say if i told you i was to blame?"

Anonymous said...

Douglas the song is not talking about John Lennon. The book "The Catcher in The Rye" is about teenage rebellion and that is EXACTLY what this song is about.