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Songs that tell a story
« on: February 09, 2013, 02:13 »
IMO the most enjoyable types. Songs that  give us a few characters, and tell us a story

And btw nice little stories. Poetic and romantic (not just in the love sense) or tragic.  Not - i got on the bus,  saw a girl i liked  and we snogged.
 A bit deeper than that.

Generally the good ones dont have happy endings.

And the story is supposed to be the main point of the song rather than a catchy chorus played multiple times at the end, which got it sales. Though there may be exceptions, these arent the types youd expect to hear on a dance floor.

Anyway, now that some vague rules have been established here are some  classic and famous examples.




This one is really deep















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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #1 on: February 09, 2013, 02:23 »
    And i need a seperate post to put what is IMO by far the greatest of all time.



    For those who don't know the story behind is and am wondering why im hyping some nonesence about satan, lenin and some clown, the song tells the history of american rock music from the 1950's -70's from the point of view of someone yearning for the 50's,    as this explains https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~jdevor/links/TheMeaningOfAmericanPie.htm 

    There is also of course Bob Dylan - The Hurricane but for some reason youtube doesn't have it.
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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #2 on: February 09, 2013, 02:35 »
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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #3 on: February 09, 2013, 03:03 »
    This one I love, tells a great story, and my favourite band by far, and the video was done by a High School drama group.



    And Dylan, at his very best, in a rare moment where he actually lets the world in on his love for his wife.

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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #4 on: February 09, 2013, 03:11 »
    and a couple that ive always loved for their simplicity



    and Pauls touching tribute to John, incredibly simple, but incredibly emotional. Im a big fan of Paul, have been for a long time, but theres no doubting that sometimes hes too polished, too careful, too reserved. But thats the one song where he always looks like hes on the edge of losing it.

    This version is Paul about as close the brink as it gets


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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #5 on: February 09, 2013, 10:48 »
    So many great examples of this. Bob Dylan has a few, but this one is one of my favourites, Dylan at his best:



    Mark Knopfler (certainly solo) has a talent for these story songs as well:

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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #7 on: February 09, 2013, 12:16 »


    one of my favorite robbie songs, about a monkey ;)
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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #8 on: February 09, 2013, 12:51 »
    All Harry Chapin's songs tell a story.

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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #9 on: February 09, 2013, 12:57 »
    ... He also inspired my parents' choice of my middle name.

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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #10 on: February 09, 2013, 13:02 »
    I always loved this one, it doesn't involve love,  soppy stuff or anything but just sucks you in.

    Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John
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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #11 on: February 09, 2013, 13:20 »
    Oh a lot of music from the 50's and 60's all kinds of stories. Cowboys, War, Surfing, lot of comedy. good times.

    http://youtu.be/Anq4wdZc2Ow?t=25s
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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #12 on: February 09, 2013, 13:26 »
    big hit when I was young got to love johnny horton
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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #13 on: February 09, 2013, 13:30 »
    You think this song would be accepted today or is it not PC

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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #14 on: February 09, 2013, 13:34 »
    I'm sure this would not make it today
    I was 10 years old and knew all the words
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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #16 on: February 11, 2013, 01:07 »
    So many great examples of this. Bob Dylan has a few, but this one is one of my favourites, Dylan at his best:




    Ah yes. Went through a month period a few years ago when i only listened to that.
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    « Reply #17 on: February 11, 2013, 03:20 »
    ... He also inspired my parents' choice of my middle name.



    L'arri Harry ....nice sounding  :D
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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #18 on: February 11, 2013, 03:29 »
    I love Tangled up In Blue....but now I can't get it out of my head... :P


    This song disturbed me greatly as a teen....
    it was so tragic

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    « Reply #19 on: February 11, 2013, 03:43 »
    English playlist is small so one Tamil which is good


    And this says a story about the singer
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    « Reply #20 on: February 11, 2013, 08:16 »


    story tellers and music seem to be a dying breed , one of my favs
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    Re: Songs that tell a story
    « Reply #21 on: February 11, 2013, 09:59 »
    L'arri Harry ....nice sounding  :D

    Yeah. My parents were old school rock n' rollers (Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochrane, etc..., not the Beatles or prog rock, hence my mother once turned down the offer of a drink from Jimi Hendrix - the body odour was strong with that one, apparently) but they would sit down on the floor at Harry's (few) gigs in the UK. I think my father wanted my first name to be Harry but my mother vetoed it.

    The warmth of Chapin's live performances contrast strongly with his studio output, which always sounds a bit flat.

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    « Reply #23 on: February 16, 2013, 06:41 »
    Barbara  allen



    most of bobbys song are sttory telling
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    Dire Straits at their best.
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