Most of the songs in Gravity's Rainbow appear to be based, some closely, some loosely, on already existing songs to which Pynchon has written new lyrics. Appropriate to the nexus of film allusions and images in the text, some of Pynchon's songs are based on music written for the movies. I have identified specific sources for two songs that have not previously been accounted for. Together, the two allusions illustrate the contradictory ways the narrator of Gravity's Rainbow uses film references.
How to Cite:
McLaughlin, R. L., (1991) “Movie Music in Gravity's Rainbow”, Pynchon Notes , p.143-145. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/pn.263