Favorite song that tells a story....an actual story

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  1. larryr

    larryr Synchromatic

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    Bobbie Gentry Ode To Billie Joe album by same name. 8/21/1967 Terry Rangno played bass on those album sessions. (wiped). I played music with Terry for 15 years, and I play a Gretsch. 6 degrees. Photo still from those sessions photo circa 66/67 of Terry

    Steve Earle Billy Austin The Hard Way 1990
    “I had an absolutely mint, no–binding, no–corrosion 1958 Gretsch 6120,” Earle recalls. “It had everything: the cable, the original literature in the case. And I pawned it for $150 when I was shooting dope.”

    Earle lists the Gretsch as one guitar he wish he could have back.
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  2. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Ok, I realize I'm blowing off the two-song limit, but what the heck. I'm having fun and we don't have any bubble-gum cannibal songs yet, so here ya go... Timothy, by the Buoys, 1971.

    btw, kudos to LarryR for the Bobbie Gentry post. Haven't heard that one in a very, very long time. Great song!
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  3. DougWheeler74

    DougWheeler74 Gretschie

    Jul 10, 2019
    NE Wisconsin
    Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightening. This version is by Red Molly from the Red Album:
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  4. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Two very different ones.

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  5. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Gretschie

    Oct 5, 2020
    Gripping indeed. (May 4, 1970, the tragedy, the song was written by Neil Young immediately after seeing the images in Life Magazine. It was released soon after that.)
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  6. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    Spyro Gyra, Del Corazón from the album:


    not sure if it tells a story, but it takes you on a journey ... a musical journey!
  7. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Gretschie

    Oct 5, 2020
    "Me and Bobby McGee" - Janis Joplin's version
    PEARL - LP - January 11, 1971 (Joplin died on October 4, 1970)
    Song writing credits are officially given to: Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster (Interesting backstory...IMHO)
    If Sam Andrew was playing guitar in studio for the recording (and that's just a guess), he was probably playing and SG or Tele. He preferred SG's, but when he was recording for Columbia, he got lots of Fender gear.

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  8. DangerousD

    DangerousD Electromatic

    Oct 15, 2020
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  9. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    OK, my bad, confusion between actual and true. Then for sure, Isis as mentioned by @OzzPocket tells a great story.

    From Dylan, a great and hilarious story can be heard in Motorpsycho Nitemare. And most probably as always with Dylan, "this is a true story, nothing has been changed 'xcept the words".
  10. lathoto

    lathoto Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020

    Kudos to Verlon Thompson. Guy Clark RIP.
  11. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    Bob Dylan's "Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts" from 1975's Blood on the Tracks.
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  12. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

    Aug 11, 2020
    That's a good one.......I nearly used "Tangled Up In Blue".....one of my favorite Dylan songs...
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  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Mr. Bojangles
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  14. Lucky Jim

    Lucky Jim Electromatic

    Oct 16, 2020
    Kent, England
    Adam Mitchell's song 'Out Among The Stars', a story of tragedy covered by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and others.

    Here is Darrell Scott's sensitively performed version

  15. nasonm

    nasonm Gretschie

    Nov 3, 2010
    New England, USA

    I remember being a kid in the early 80s hearing this classic and being totally captivated by it
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  16. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I’ve always liked this one for obvious reasons although in my version it’s Slim who gets what’s due! :)

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  17. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

  18. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Gretschie

    Nov 18, 2019
    Beaverton, OR, USA
    By "actual story", do you mean a true story, or just that it tells a story?

    Mark Konpfler's song about Sonny Liston (the boxer):

    Mark Knopfler - Postcards from Paraguay:
  19. afire

    afire Country Gent

    "A Boy Named Sue" is a great call. "El Paso" was the first one that came to my mind, but CousinWarsh beat me to it.
  20. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Jim Croce made his living largely with story songs.

    Bad Bad Leroy Brown
    Rapid Roy
    Speedball Tucker
    Roller Derby Queen

    My other favorite. Makes me want to cry when I hear it. (This version is too fast though.) RIP Jim and Maury.

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