/ Songs that tell a great story
Up the Junction by Squeeze
...I was reminded of this song yesterday via a Radio 4 feature.
It was one of those 7" singles that no sooner had it ended you'd want to play it again (and again and again).
"Tweeter and the Monkey Man" by The Travelling Willburys.
Tangled up in blue.
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
and lots more!
Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)
The coward of the county, Kenny rodgers
The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song - Jeffrey Lewis
> The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song - Jeffrey Lewis
What's that about then?
Anything by Stompin' Tom Connors.
I was listening to that t' other night. What a performance. He was just to damn strange to live.
Country Death Song by The Violent Femmes
Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave and Kylie - actually every track on Murder Ballads
The Ballad of Climie Fisher - Half Man Half Biscuit
Lola by the Kinks
Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thomson
Susan's House by the Eels
The Mary Ellen Carter by Stan Rogers
By the Time I get to Phoenix by Glen Campbell
Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waites
Most folk songs really!
speaking of which:
And in a similar vein
the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot
Another pedant writes back: Yes I know but Campbells versions are the best known and many of them were released by Campbell first.
Some great ones on Bruce's 'ghost of tom joad', especially:
The New Timer
Can't believe no-one's mentioned house of the rising sun...
> Can't believe no-one's mentioned house of the rising sun...
Great song, but what is the story behind it?
The clue to the OP request is in the words 'great story'! 'Anything by Frank Zappa'.....like Zombie Woof?
Jack of hearts - Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Also Bob Dylan's Isis.
Oh, and did I mention the Bob Dylan song, Isis?
"Well she told me that one day we would meet up again
And things would be different the next time we wed
If I only coulda hung on and just been her friend
I still cain't remember all the best things she said."
Autobloodybiographical or what? When I was 19... there was this girl...
no, you don't want to hear this, so I'll stop.
> Tangled up in blue.
I was just clicking on this to say Hurricane!
'Story' = Narrative structure (beginning/middle/ending - not necessarily presented in that order!) + narrative persona (often fictional) + characters engaged within the narrative?
'Shine on you crazy diamond' referenced in this thread is surely 15 minutes or whatever of saying 'you're a really nice bloke and we really miss you': possibly a nice poem but not a 'story'. 'House of the rising sun' might stretch to a short story; man sits in bar and reminisces on what brought him here (and that is NOT to decry the varied performances of that song by the great Eric Burdon) but it doesn't really have a true narrative sweep.
Check out 'Taneytown' by Steve Earl for a lyric narrative that could be expanded to a novel on a par with 'To kill a mockingbird'.
Sorry. Got a bit serious there.....
Pretty much every folk song.
Bob Dylan can't write your autobloodybiography. Only his own.
He rote a universal pome you related to. Not a 'great story'.
And that's not to belittle your experience. If only I could have had the courage to hang on to that woman five years ago...!
> Check out 'Taneytown' by Steve Earl for a lyric narrative that could be expanded to a novel on a par with 'To kill a mockingbird'.
> Sorry. Got a bit serious there.....
ANYTHING by Steve Earle is a good story. My faves being Copperhead Road and Johnny Come Lately.
In the Ghetto - Elvis
shipbuilding by elvis costello (but sung by robert wyatt)
levi stubbs' tears by billy bragg
national shite day by half man half biscuit
oh... and the jazz discharge party hats by frank zappa
Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen.
"She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge..."
"Oh, we were born within an hour of each other..."
Lots by Bob:
"Your breath is sweet, your eyes like two jewels in the sky..."
Almost anything by Phil Ochs.....
James Dean of Indiana
That was the President
Vastly underrated and in danger of becoming forgotten.
Oooh, that's reminded me, "John Condon" by Cara's sister - a song about the (supposed) youngest British / Irish soldier to die in WW1.
lady Eleanor - Lindisfarne
Forsaken - Dream Theater
a Nightmare to remember - dream theater
Jacob's Dream - Allison Krauss (written by Julie Lee)
Does the Book of Invasions by Horslips count ?
Gruff Rhys - Skylon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q1RVILuc74 About an off duty bomb disposal expert on a flight which turns out to have a bomb on board. he's been sitting next to an irritating TV presenter who won't shut up and can't decide wether to disarm the bomb or let it go off just to take her out.
John Wayne Gacy, Jnr - Sufjan Stevens
22 going on 23 - Butthole Surfers
spanish train- chris de burgh
She's Leaving Home & Eleanor Rigby
Does in my book. Splendid record, one which I played only the other day.
"41 shots" by Mr Springsteen
Coldplay - Viva la Vida.
7 Drunken Nights - The Dubliners
Irish Rover - The Pogues with The Dubliners
Andy (now removing tongue from cheek)
> spanish train- chris de burgh
jeez thats an awful album.
Iron Maiden - Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
WASP - Crimson Idol (whole album)
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime (again, an album)
Paul Brady "The Lakes of Pontchartrain" and "Arthur McBride"
Were you successful with the Maggie May story?
A lot of hymns and Christmas Carols tell a story (relics from the days when putting a story into song was the best way to remember it)
I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats
Hazard Richard Marx
Luka Suzanne Vega
Learning to Fly by Pink Floyd
The ladies of the harem of the court of king caractacus by Rolf Harris
> Almost anything by Phil Ochs.....
> James Dean of Indiana
> That was the President
> The Highwayman
> etc etc.
> Vastly underrated and in danger of becoming forgotten.
...outside a small circle of friends!
'Waltzing Matilda' by The Pogues. Stunning.
'Next' by Alex Harvey has been mentioned.
What about 'A Hard Rains Gonna Fall', 'Ballad of Hollis Brown', 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' and 'Bob Dylan's 115th Dream', all Dylan.
Finally, I give you 'Miss Otis Regrets', by Cole Porter, and also performed by Kirsty MacColl with the Pogues.
don't want to be repetitive, but Dylan is king in this area. But I'll throw in Rocky Racoon by the Beatles too
bob of course. all along the watchtower. end of story. f u ck the hendrix version - and i love hendrix.
led zep get a few in ther with no quarter, ramble on, misty mountain hop etc. all hippy viking stuff.
rod and the faces as someone mentioned. great stuff. every picture tells a story, maggie may and italian girls - ballads of the hooligan.
i have no idea how rod became so unpopular - the faces were the shit.
jazzy jeff and the fresh prince - google their stuff. amazing.
and tim buckley
> bob of course. all along the watchtower. end of story. f u ck the hendrix version
Have you heard the version by XTC?
> As young Nigel said after he killed his overbearing parents, "I think, I'll stick with the Dylan and Hendrix versions thanks..."
I love it, big XTC fan. You obviously can't tell from a cover but Andy Partridge is one of the most under-rated songwriters of all time.
> Have you heard the version by XTC?
all good and well but nah, not for me.
i like the gloomy dangerous feel to it - all these atempts to brighten it up and complicate it miss the point in my opinion.
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