See, I've been playing this CD over and over again in my car, wanting to let the words sink in and stir up. And my mind hit a speed bump with this song, on the meaning of the title of Salinger's book. I think I get a feel for what Steel is saying in this song, because I read the book (I think everyone my age had to in junior high), and I remember Holden Caufield. What I don't remember is to what did the title of the book refer? So, I used the Internet.
First, I found that the book is still taught, at least in Long Island public schools. Elsewhere, I found the reference. In chapter 16, Holden hears a little boy singing, over and over again. "If a body catch a body coming through the rye." This is a kid's misquote of the Robert Burns Poem "Comin Thro' the Rye," which -- no surprise, it's the Internet -- you can read and listen to here. There's even an explanation of the reference in the book.
Okay, this has been way off course. Check out Bryan's CD. It is a winner.
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Haunting, real, troubling in a good sort of way.