Catcher In The Rye

Album: Chinese Democracy (2008)
  • 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

    Oh no, no, no, no, no

    The Catcher in the Rye again ooh
    Won't let ya get away from him
    It's just another day like today

    You decide
    'Cause I don't have to
    Then they'll find
    And I won't ask you
    At anytime
    Or long hereafter
    If the cold's outside
    As I'm imagining
    It to be
    Oh no

    The Catcher in the Rye again ooh
    Won't let ya get away from him
    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
    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

    Oh no
    Not at all [Repeat]

    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 then voices ran away
    From me
    So now you set the wheels in motion
    It haunts our memories
    You were the instrument
    You were the one
    How a body took a body
    And Gave that boy a gun
    You took our innocence
    Beyond our stares
    Sometimes the only thing
    You got at all
    When no one else is there

Comments: 1

  • Dino from Bandung, IndonesiaAccording to Axl in the last chat, the song is inspired by what's referred to sometimes as Holden Caulfield syndrome. He'd think for most those lines are enjoyed as just venting, blowing off steam, humor or some type of entertainment where it may be how others seriously live in their minds. When he came up with the focus, he got a call from the director of Imagine wanting a bunch of money to make a documentary, had a guy sending him strange packages about Lennon and serial killers etc., and the web started calling him Salinger with no one knowing what he was writing. He figured he was on the right track at least for a song.
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