The Great GatsbySound Track ProjectDiana Singh

She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
This song by Maroon 5 reminds the listener of the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy. It emphasizes the longing Gatsby has for Daisy and the willingness he has to be with her. The lines "He was always there to help her / She always belonged to someone else" are similar to how Gatsby was there all along. He bough his "house so that Daisy would be just across the bay,” (83). Nevertheless, this doesn't change the fact that she now belongs to Tom.

Gatsby is willing to do anything to make Daisy happy. So, Gatsby tries to work on himself and his "tend[ancy] to get so insecure." His insecurities lie in his lack of wealth and he fixes this by buying a large mansion and throwing parties. It took "three years to earn the money that bought it,” (95). This was all done in the hopes of becoming more desirable to Daisy. Furthermore, Gatsby throws parties hoping that one day Daisy will "wander into one of his parties," (83). It would take a simple "knock on [his] door" and Gatsby would do everything to be with her. He loves her to the fullest extent and "wants to make [her] feel beautiful."

The lyrics in the chorus of the song include "I don't mind spendin' everyday / Out on your corner in the pourin' rain" which can describe the watch Gatsby keeps over Buchanan house after the accident that killed Myrtle Wilson. He's willing to protect Daisy by standing on the edge of her property, watching over her through the night. He also is willing to protect her by taking the blame for the accident. Gatsby knows at this point that Daisy has loved Tom all along and is not choosing him. Nonetheless, he continues to love her. His "door's always open" for Daisy until the moment he dies as indicated by his words and actions. He is keeping a line open hoping that "Daisy'll call too," saying she changed her mind (161). Therefore, this song should be played when Gatsby is left standing alone on the Buchanan's property at the end of the night.
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Breakeven - The Script
This song describes the way someone feels without their other half and how Gatsby feels without Daisy. Gatsby has "been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set," (97). Gatsby has wanted to be with Daisy for so long that it consumed his life. It's been "five years next November" since Gatsby last saw Daisy. (92). Therefore, Gatsby has spent a large amount of "time" on his dreams while Daisy has had the "freedom" to live her life.

Additionally, Gatsby is the man that "puts her first". He is always thinking about Daisy and her happiness, unlike Tom, the man she is currently with. Nonetheless, Daisy chooses Tom leaving behind a mess in Gatsby's life. His dreams have been shattered. Daisy has "moved on while [he's] still grieving" over her and is still in love. He is unwilling admit that she chose Tom. This indicated when Gatsby says "I don't think she ever loved him," (159). In the end, Daisy has the love of Tom and Gatsby, but "none of the pain". She is a careless person who "smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into [her] money," (187-88). The song should be played while Gatsby is lounging in his pool, mulling over the recent events, and figuring out how he feels. The scene will be the last time the viewer sees Gatsby alive and the song will help to summarize his life.
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Someone Like You - Adele
This song best describes the how Gatsby has been holding onto the past and is unwilling to move on from Daisy. Gatsby "turns up out of the blue uninvited" in Daisy's life when "she heard the name Gatsby for the first time in years," (82). Later, Gatsby reconciles with Daisy and hopes that she'll fall back into his arms. This is best described by the lyrics "I had hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded / That for it isn't over." Gatsby has been living his life in love with her for five years and hopes that everything will go back to way it used to be. He remembers like it was yesterday how happy he felt with her during the summer. The time Gatsby spent with Daisy was the best time of his life. This is similar to the lyrics "You know how the time flies/ Only yesterday was the time of our lives/ We were born and raised / In a summer haze." Thus, he is chasing after the past and trying to recreate it. He tells Nick his intentions, "'I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before,' he said, nodding determinedly. 'She’ll see,'" (117). Thus, scene where Gatsby is telling Nick about recreating the past would be ideal to play the song.
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