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

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  1. salvatore

    salvatore Gretschie

    Nov 29, 2017
    Durham, NC
    Bob Dylan:
    “ Hurricane”.
    “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carol”.
  2. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    Tweeter & the Monkey Man by The Traveling Wilburys from their 1988 debut. Definitely a Gretsch connection.

  3. Bravefaces

    Bravefaces Gretschie

    Jan 13, 2014
    Central Australia NT
    Paul Kelly- How To Make Gravy from the EP of the same name released in 1996

  4. flip

    flip Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Manchester UK
    Not a favourite or even a favourite genre but I think it qualifies, Jeannie C Riley, 'Harper Valley PTA'?
    D-I-V-O-R-C-E Tammy Wynette? Frank Sinatra - One For The Road?
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  5. Scamp

    Scamp Gretschie

    Feb 22, 2018
    He did a lot of research before he wrote the song to make sure it was accurate. Great song
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  6. Scamp

    Scamp Gretschie

    Feb 22, 2018
    "Coat of Many Colors" One of my favorite Dolly songs.
    Album: "Just Because I'm a Woman"
    Released: 1968
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  7. Echocat23

    Echocat23 Gretschie

    Jan 4, 2018
    Kansas City
    What an awesome weird song
  8. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The 70s were known for story songs

    Just a few:

    The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
    Blind Man in the Bleachers
    Run Joey Run
    Spiders n Snakes
    My Girl Bill
    Escape (Pina Colada Song)
    The Streak
  9. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    No doubt - he did a really amazing job of wording it both poetically and accurately. Just one of the best songs of all time and I also think Gordon Lightfoot is somewhat forgotten and underrated.
  10. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    Okay - I'm stretching the rules and doing "two at a time" since there was a limit of two:

    Bob Dylan:

    "Hurricane" - the story of Hurricane Carter the boxer

    Mark Knopfler:

    "Done with Bonaparte" - about a French soldier during the Napoleonic wars. In an interview, he mentioned researching it to get accurate town names etc.
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  11. GHook

    GHook Gretschie

    Sep 3, 2010

    I mentioned Fortunate Son.. here is footage to go with that. Some of you guys might relate. I have quite a few hours myself :)
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  12. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    Songfacts has a good quote from Fogerty on "Run Through the Jungle" which apparently wasn't about Vietnam.
  13. GHook

    GHook Gretschie

    Sep 3, 2010
    Totally aware of that. Fact is songs mean what we want them to mean. Pretty sure anyone who was in 'Nam related to this. All the guys I flew with sure did.
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  14. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    They mean what they mean, yes. But the writer didn't write it with that in mind is what I meant.
  15. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

    Sep 30, 2017
    Homosassa FLA

    Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song

    Love unrequited, robs me of me rest,
    Love, hopeless love, my ardent soul encumbers,
    Love, nightmare like, lies heavy of me chest,
    And weaves itself into my midnight slumbers.
    When you're lying awake with a dismal headache and
    repose is taboo'd by anxiety,
    I conceive you may use any language you choose to
    indulge in, without impropriety;
    For your brain is on fire, the bed-clothes conspire of
    usual slumber to plunder you:
    First your counter-pane goes, and uncovers your toes,
    and your sheet slips demurely from under you;
    Then the blanketing tickles, you feel like mixed Pickles,
    so terribly sharp is the pricking,
    And you're hot and you're cross, and you tumble and toss
    'til there's nothing 'twixt you and the Ticking.
    Then the bed-clothes all creep to the ground in a heap
    and you pick 'em all up in a tangle;
    Next your pillow resigns and politely declines to
    remain at it's usual angle!
    Well, you get some repose in the form of a dose, with
    hot eye-balls and head ever aching,
    But your slumbering teems with such horrible dreams
    that you'd very much better be waking;
    For you dream you are crossing the channel, and
    tossing about in a steamer from Harwich,
    Which is something between a large bathing machine and
    a very small second class carriage,
    And you're giving a treat (penny ice and cold meat) to
    a party of friends and relations,
    They're a ravenous horde, and they all come on board
    at Sloane Square and South Kensington stations.
    And bound on that journey you find your attorney
    (who started this morning from Devon);
    He's a bit undersiz'd and you don't feel surpris'd
    when he tells you he's only eleven.
    Well you're driving like mad with this singular lad
    (by the bye the ship's now a four wheeler),
    And you're playing round games, and he calls you bad
    names when you tell him that "ties pay the dealer";
    But this you can't stand so you throw up your hands,
    and you find you're as cold as an icicle;
    In your shirt and your socks (the black silk with gold
    Clocks) crossing sal'sbury plain on a bicycle:
    And he and the crew are on bicycles too, which they've
    somehow or other invested in,
    And he's telling the tars all the particulars of a
    company he's interested in;
    It's a scheme of devices, to get at low prices, all
    good from cough mixtures to cables
    (which tickled the sailors), by treating retailers as
    though they were all vegetables;
    You get a good spadesman to plant a small tradesman
    (first take off his boots with a boot tree),
    And his legs will take root, and his fingers willshoot,
    and they'll blossom and bud like a fruit Tree;
    From the green grocer tree you get grapes and green
    peas, cauliflower, pine apple and cranberries,
    While the pastry cook plant cherry brandy will grant,
    apple puffs, and three corners, and banburys;
    The shares are a penny and ever so many are taken by
    Rothschild and Baring,
    And just as a few are allotted to you, you awake,
    and with a shudder despairing
    You're a regular wreck, with a crick in your neck, and
    No wonder you snore, for your head's on the floor
    And you've needles and pins from your soles to your shins,
    and your flesh is acreep, for your left leg's asleep,
    And you've cramp in your toes, and a fly on your nose,
    and some fluff in your lung, and a feverish tongue,
    And a thirst that's intense,
    And a general sense that you haven't been sleeping in clover;
    But the darkness has passed, and it's daylight at last,
    and the night has been long, ditto, ditto my song,
    And thank goodness they're both of them over!
  16. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Two for one...

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  17. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Synchromatic

    May 20, 2018
    Phoenix, Arizona
    You guys both beat me to the Marty Robbins post. That whole albums is full of stories from beginning to end.

    Another one that comes to mind is Bales of Cocain by Reverend Horton Heat
  18. PrimitiveWood

    PrimitiveWood Electromatic

    Oct 16, 2014
    This was such an interesting thread--I had to jump back in and reset my password to log in and post--

    So the limit is 2--

    I'll lead with what I call the saddest song I ever heard--and the writer once wrote that his songs aren't sad--they're hopeless--I think this song proves it--
    Townes Van Zandt
    Live at Amsterdam 1991

    The other(s)? are a long list of Kenny Rogers songs

    But "Ohio", which has been mentioned, IS the story of an Era
    And Yes, Neil plays a white Falcon, But as most folks here know, Gretsch sold a Steven Stills "signature White Falcon"--
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