Favourite story song

dlew919

Country Gent
Silver Member
Jul 18, 2016
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Sydney, Australia
What are yours? Songs that tell a story. Not an introspective love song or confessional. But character plot mood.

Some of mine. In no order and no way complete.

Pancho and lefty - Townes van zandt
Copperhead road - steve Earle
Spider John - Sam bush. (This is not the original. The name of the artist escapes me)
Romeo and Juliet - dire straits.
The river - bruce Springsteen
Tweeter and the monkey man - travelong wilburies

Long black veil - the band
Roland the headless Thompson gunner - Warren zevon
Your turn.
 

drmilktruck

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Double Platinum Member
May 17, 2009
20,328
Plymouth, MN
The 70s were the heyday of pop story songs. Many were schlocky but some were great.

Billy Don't Be a Hero
Night Chicago Died
Spiders and Snakes
Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

Jim Croce is one of my favorites for that genre:

Bad Bad Leroy Brown
You Don't Mess Around with Jim
Speedball Tucker
Rapid Roy

Operator - the saddest one, especially. the final line - "You can keep the dime."

 

Back in Black

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Jun 22, 2020
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Ontario Canada
What are yours? Songs that tell a story. Not an introspective love song or confessional. But character plot mood.

Some of mine. In no order and no way complete.

Pancho and lefty - Townes van zandt
Copperhead road - steve Earle
Spider John - Sam bush. (This is not the original. The name of the artist escapes me)
Romeo and Juliet - dire straits.
The river - bruce Springsteen
Tweeter and the monkey man - travelong wilburies

Long black veil - the band
Roland the headless Thompson gunner - Warren zevon
Your turn.
Whisky In The Jar, is one of my favorites...the list is long, sometimes changing.

Ghost Riders In the Sky is also right up there, as is Highwayman, That Smell and I Don't Believe A Word.

So in order that's Thin Lizzy, Johnny Cash, The Highwaymen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Motorhead.

Best,

BIB.
 

Runamok

Country Gent
A whole lotta Dylan going on. Early & mid years surely. When we get to storytelling songs that made some kind of narrative sense.

I don’t listen to radio, but it feels to me there are fewer truee poets & wordsmith’s presenting today.

Lily, Rosemary & the Jack of Hearts.

The Ballad of Amazing Grace & Sideshow Dan -
Roy Bookbinder. Or. Jason Wilber.

Wilber, John Prine’s longtime guitar player wrote it as I recall.
 
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wabash slim

I Bleed Orange
Feb 10, 2010
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lafayette in
"City of New Orleans"---Steve Goodman
"House of the Rising Sun"---trad.
"Boom Boom Mancini"---Warren Zevon
"Telegraph Road"---Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits---he's got quite a few story songs---it'd be easier to list his songs that don't tell a story.
"Canadian Railroad Trilogy"---Gordon Lightfoot
 
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Stingray70

Gretschie
Oct 18, 2021
112
Michigan
I love these kinds of songs.. This list just scratches the surface for me..

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Ballad of Curtis Lowe
Cats in the Cradle
Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
Devil Went Down to Georgia
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Night Moves
Rocky Mountain High
American Pie
You don't mess around with Jim
Rocky Raccoon
 

JuniorBaconTreez

Electromatic
Jul 29, 2022
16
Richmond, VA
So many of my favorites have already been listed but I didn't see these:

Me and My Uncle - Grateful Dead versions
Promised Land - Chuck Barry
Carolina Drama - The Raconteurs
Peggy-O - Grateful Dead
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band
1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Del McCoury's is my favorite version
 

Desirsar

Gretschie
Jun 9, 2021
310
Lincoln, NE
Took me a bit to think of this, and I'm glad it gave me the idea because I've never seen this in better than 240p.

Cradle of Filth - Her Ghost In The Fog



Edit - Eww, the video doesn't finish the story.

 
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Emergence

Synchromatic
Gold Supporting Member
May 25, 2022
714
New York
There are story songs I like to play. I probably play them too much because my wife recognizes them. These are my favorites.

House of the Rising Sun, with all the verses and a Dorian mode guitar solo.
Pancho and Lefty.
Zane Williams’ Jayton and Jill
George Strait’s Baby Run
Positively Fourth Street
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
Aimee
So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore

This is a great thread. There’s a lot here I should dig up and learn. Thx folks.
 
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