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RobertaTheGreat Mon 12-Oct-20 07:44:03

They played 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' by the Charlie Daniels band on the radio the other day, which obviously got me furiously playing my air fiddle, and also got me thinking about other narrative songs, and how songs that tell a story don't seem to be such a thing anymore. They were quite popular back in the day but I can't think of many modern ones. So what are your favourites/least favourites? That's chart songs, not songs from musicals.

Another one I thought of, that became an ear worm yesterday, is the Pina Colada song - which provides a lesson for us all 😄

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Pelleas Mon 12-Oct-20 07:45:59

Up the Junction by Squeeze

RobertaTheGreat Mon 12-Oct-20 07:50:49

I hadn't thought of that one! Used to really like Squeeze.

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MrsScrubbingbrush Mon 12-Oct-20 08:03:33

A lit of songs by the late Jim Croce are narrative songs.

Try 'You don't mess around with Jim' and 'Bad bad Leroy Brown'.

BogRollBOGOF Mon 12-Oct-20 08:09:35

Genisis:
No son of mine
Driving the last spike

Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush: Don't give up

RobertaTheGreat Mon 12-Oct-20 08:11:20

Oh yes I know 'Bad Bad Leroy Brown'. Haven't heard that one for I don't know how long!

Are there any modern narrative songs? All the ones I can think of are old ones, like 'Delilah' (which is pretty questionable when you think about it).

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RobertaTheGreat Mon 12-Oct-20 08:18:13

'Don't give up' is a great one! It always brings a tear to my eye. Apparently Gabriel initially wanted Dolly Parton to sing it with him. Kate Bush's voice is perfect for it imo.

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Wilbedon Mon 12-Oct-20 08:20:27

I love narrative songs. There are a lot of country songs that tell stories. "Harper Valley PTA" is a famous one. "Tell Laura I love Her", "Austin", "The Baby", "Ol' Red", "Don't Take the Girl" "Whiskey Lullaby".

JaneJeffer Mon 12-Oct-20 08:23:01

Spanish Train by Chris deBurgh
Coward of the County by Kenny Rogers

I hate the pina colada song.

Trying to think of recent ones...

ladymary86 Mon 12-Oct-20 08:23:15

Tribute - Tenacious D

DoTheNextRightThing Mon 12-Oct-20 08:24:25

Country music in general is very narrative. Rap music too.

RobertaTheGreat Mon 12-Oct-20 08:24:51

Yes country songs are often narrative aren't they? I just thought of 'A Boy Named Sue'.

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NC4Now Mon 12-Oct-20 08:25:03

The Cat in the Cradle by Ugly Kid Joe - I think it’s a cover actually but not sure who did it first

icedaisy Mon 12-Oct-20 08:25:26

Always wear sunscreen?

Yeah most country is like this.

RuffleCrow Mon 12-Oct-20 08:27:54

Many folk songs. I like Fairport Convention's Matty Groves, A Sailor's Life, Reynardine... too many to mention here!

Imissmoominmama Mon 12-Oct-20 08:29:45

Sylvia’s Mother- Dr Hook (I think).

That song about the child charging his mum for doing jobs around the house...

pointythings Mon 12-Oct-20 08:29:59

Camouflage by Stan Ridgeway. It's absolutely brilliant and very witty in places.

Cornishmumofone Mon 12-Oct-20 08:30:21

Hazard by Richard Marx. Whiskey Lullaby by Brad Paisley. Camouflage by Sinfuli.

Cornishmumofone Mon 12-Oct-20 08:31:29

@pointythings got the artist right - it's not Sinfuli!

RobertaTheGreat Mon 12-Oct-20 08:31:57

That song about the child charging his mum for doing jobs around the house Oh, I think that was called 'No Charge'.

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RobertaTheGreat Mon 12-Oct-20 08:33:09

What's that one with the lyrics "while you were having your fun, did you think I was having none? '?

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MacbookHo Mon 12-Oct-20 08:38:36

I love all these songs!

What about that 60s one where she begged him not to go out on his motorbike, and he crashes and dies??

MacbookHo Mon 12-Oct-20 08:39:25

Is that “A Little Time” by the Beautiful South?

icedaisy Mon 12-Oct-20 08:39:29

@RobertaTheGreat beautiful south a little time?

Cherryblossomandcornflakes Mon 12-Oct-20 08:40:07

Tell Laura I love her MacBook?

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