Catcher in the Rye (5:53)

Cover of Chinese Democracy

From Chinese Democracy

Written by: “Catcher In The Rye” was written by Axl Rose and Paul Tobias
in or before 2000.

Catcher In The Rye Songfacts says: The title refers to J.D. Salinger’s novel of adolescence Catcher in The Rye. Rose appears to be questioning in this song why angst-ridden youths, such as Mark Chapman, the murderer of John Lennon, appear to be motivated by the book’s anti-hero Holden Caulfield.

Additional information: Brain said he worked on the song. This song is appereantly written as a tribute to John Lennon. Queen guitarist Brian May originally recorded a guitar part for this but his contribution was removed from the final version.


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  • Enemy-of-Gods

    Holy shit!

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • immisterlunch

    My anthem in Afghanistan...

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    the album is a kind of schizophrenic genius like someone previously pointed out.The bottom line is it is definitely a good album BUT it was judged on past merits such as the debut effort so they were damned either way.

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • traugod

    cool, great song for driving with a cycle in the countryside

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DeathNoteAddict

    I just love his voice... <3

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tyller1419

    not bad but i would rather listen to 50&60 music any time?

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Ezekiel22

    Not bad...

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • DeathNoteAddict

    Awesommee :D

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • yen4th

    so, I used to hate this song, thought it was too radio-friendly. so I just got the older version, fucking epic.

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • puddledumpling

    my fav from the album too. check out the acoustic version in paris on youtube, great! [2]

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Mr_Romeo

    You are obviously not familiar with Velvet Revolver.

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • gdcman

    After listening to the garbage the other members have put out, it is obvious Axl was the only one with any musical talent in the original GnR. Picking 2 of the 3 best (new?) guitar players on the planet wasn't a bad idea. Stealing Ashba from Nikki Sixx was genius as well. Having Steep Panther underline is also genius. Slash is a 20 year old has been. get over it MikeH3875. Have you heard the crap he has put out since they broke up?

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • tihsymtae

    I underestimated this album when it first came out.

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    the album is a kind of schizophrenic genius (2) :D

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • odaizaferreira


    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    been cool if they would've kept the version with Queen's Brian May and the killer solo.........

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • notandis-

    favorite song

    30 Sep 2011 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    the album is a kind of schizophrenic genius

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Sash5034

    I dig it, has an epic feel to it.

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    definitely my fave from the new album.this album is one you have to listen to a few times before you fully appreciate it.not your original guns but twenty something years on its a natural progression.i think the most missed ingredient here is without a doubt slash.these tunes could've been much better with some tasty bluesy solos.

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
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