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Songs that tell a story

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SocksinBoots Wed 27-Nov-13 08:28:36


Coward of the County

Any others you can thinK of?

ImATotJeSuisUneTot Wed 27-Nov-13 08:36:09

The entire album 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' by The Streets. smile

SocksinBoots Wed 27-Nov-13 09:02:44

i have that album somewhere. I can only remember "dry your eyes" sad

To Sir With Love

are kind of what I'm thinking of, but not quite.

JustMeh Wed 27-Nov-13 09:04:44

Hazard Richard Marx.

Ruby don't take your love to town.

Wild roses? Kylie and Nick Cave.

ithaka Wed 27-Nov-13 09:08:12

Lily, Rosemary & the Jack of Hearts - Bob Dylan

SocksinBoots Wed 27-Nov-13 09:09:20

Hazard smile

Don't know the others so I'm off to Youtube

joydivisionovengloves Wed 27-Nov-13 21:59:47

Highway Patrolman by Bruce Springsteen. In fact loads of his songs tell a story.

LauraChant Wed 27-Nov-13 22:05:34

Eleanor Rigby
Vincent Black Lightning 1952

ItsTheOnlyWayToLIve Wed 27-Nov-13 22:37:02

Plan B - Defamation of Strickland Banks, whole album tells a story smile

KatoPotato Wed 27-Nov-13 22:37:47


LauraChant Wed 27-Nov-13 22:45:05

Up the Junction
Tracy Jacks
Space Oddity

I love story songs!

LauraChant Wed 27-Nov-13 22:46:53

Ooh, Hearts and Bones, and Train in the Distance...I'll stop now...

soaccidentprone Wed 27-Nov-13 22:51:28

Up the junction, squeeze

DziezkoDisco Wed 27-Nov-13 23:05:57

A boy named sue
Famous Blue raincoat

paperlantern Thu 28-Nov-13 17:49:19

don't stand so close to me - the police

paradise by the dashboard light - meatloaf

Ferguson Fri 29-Nov-13 19:51:19

For REAL songs about REAL life, there is only one person - the late Dory Previn (one-time wife and musical collaborator of Andre Previn.)

I think all her original LPs are available on CD, often 2 LPs on one CD so good value. Probably the best introduction to her though, is her Live in Carnegie Hall concert, as it has songs from many albums.

She is too 'real' for some people, dealing with emotions, minorities, incest, religion, war, and show business.

Someone else from the '70s era, still performing and writing today is Pete Atkin: he writes the music, to lyrics by Clive James (yes, THE Clive James). He is also a BBC radio Producer. A good introduction to them is their Live in Australia double CD, with songs, anecdotes, Clive's poems etc. The stocks of their CDs were destroyed in the London riots, a few years ago (in the Sony warehouse I think).

Their current material is available ONLY from:

Amazingly, it looks like CDs, including double, are only £5, with £2 postage for the first, +50p for each subsequent one.

"Beware of the Beautiful Stranger" is on YouTube, one of their 'classics'.

mileysorearse Sat 14-Dec-13 16:52:29

Down from Dover. Various people have covered it, its bloody depressing though

JackShit Sat 14-Dec-13 16:58:40

Uptown Uptempo Woman by Randy Eidleman.

JackShit Sat 14-Dec-13 16:59:58

Train In The Distance by Paul Simon.

BertieBowtiesAreCool Sat 14-Dec-13 17:01:43

I have an album called "Story Songs" - it's a great compilation. Lots of these already mentioned on it smile

MoreThanChristmasCrackers Sat 14-Dec-13 17:03:48

Streets of London
Uptown Girl

FlutterShyPinkiePie Sat 14-Dec-13 17:03:55

- Tell Laura I love her
- 24hrs to Tulsa
- last kiss (pearl jam)

CuriousDad0089 Fri 07-Feb-14 02:45:41

The Album Hazards Of Love by The Decemberists is one of, if not THE best concept album ever produced. It's eclectic, tear jerking, dark and f**ked up in places. Superb album.

ohmymimi Wed 26-Feb-14 15:52:41

'Harper Valley PTA', Ode to Billy-Joe', 'Leader of the Pack, 'Hang Down your Head, Tom Dooley'.

Chatelaine123 Wed 26-Feb-14 20:47:29

Hope someone here can help with the scant info I have!

A ballad, young female singer, circa 2003 played repeatedly on the radio in the North London school I was working at the time. No idea what station.

Theme - singing a message to another girl - the message essentially was that she (the singer) stuck by "the boy", had faith in him, he grew into a man etc, they are happy, other girl lost out.

Any ideas?

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