140 Favorite Pop, Rock, and Country Songs That Tell a Story

Updated on June 12, 2018
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Songs don't just convey emotion.  Sometimes they convey great stories. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country tunes that tell a story. We have a long list to start you off with!
Songs don't just convey emotion. Sometimes they convey great stories. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country tunes that tell a story. We have a long list to start you off with! | Source

Not All Stories Are in Books: Popular Songs Convey Stories, Too

Some of the best songs I know don't just soothe or energize, inform or persuade. They entertain by telling stories. We all turn to music for different purposes. But who among us doesn't appreciates a good tale, especially when there's irony or humor involved?

If you appreciate songs that tell a story as much as I do, then make yourself a playlist. We've got some of the most memorable pop, rock and country storytelling songs here to start you off. How many do you already know?

1. "Travelin' Soldier" by Dixie Chicks

This 2002 country song will make your eyes go misty. A lonesome young soldier, barely 18 years old, stops by a cafe. He's all decked out in his Army uniform and waiting for his bus. He'll be shipping off to Vietnam.

A sweet smile from a high school waitress prompts the soldier to ask if he can write to her while away. He has no one else. They spend an hour or so talking by the pier before his fate arrives to claim him.

They exchange heartfelt letters as he moves from an Army camp to war. But then the song ends sadly with the girl, a piccolo player in the high school marching band, crying under the football stadium stands as the names of local Vietnam dead are read.

2. "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band

In this well-known song from 1979, the Devil has his sights set on stealing souls, and Johnny, a country boy from Georgia, is in his cross-hairs tonight. The sneaky devil contrives a fiddle playing contest and tempts Johnny with a golden fiddle. Johnny's pride and greed won't allow him to turn down the Devil's deal.

The Devil is extremely talented, but our Johnny is better. At the end of the contest, Johnny boasts:

Devil, just come on back
If you ever want to try again.
I done told you once you son of a b*tch
I'm the best that's ever been.

In radio versions of the song, the expletive is replaced by "son of a gun." In 1993, there was a follow-up story-telling song called, "The Devil Comes Back to Georgia."

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3. "Copperhead Road" by Steve Earle

A third generation bootlegger, the redneck fella in this 1988 song isn't fooling around with the moonshine that his granddaddy made on Copperhead Road. He's also one-upping the home brewed whiskey that made his father and uncle locally infamous.

Returning from Vietnam, the young man decides to grow an marijuana. He warns, "You better stay away from Copperhead Road."

Copperhead Road was a real road in Johnson County, Tennessee, but officials had to rename the road, "Copperhead Hollow Road" because vandals kept stealing the street sign.

4. "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam

Jeremy was a quiet boy with a troubled mind, and no one cared enough to notice the signs. He was bullied by classmates, then one day someone pushed him too far. An angry lion had been unleashed. He bit the recess lady and finally spoke in class—menacing words no doubt.

This 1992 Grammy-nominated rock song was based on the tragic case of a high school student who shot himself in 1991 front of his English class. If you guess his name was Jeremy, you're right.

5. "7 Years" by Lucas Graham

In this 2015 international sensation, a man shares the life lessons he has learned throughout his 60+ years. From the tender age of seven, he has learned that life is all about relationships. They keep you from being lonely, and as teenagers you learn to test limits with your friends.

As a young adult he learns that "only those I really love will ever really know me." As a maturing adult, he treasures becoming a father and maintaining friendship connections. Then, finally as an older adult, his children provide him warmth and comfort.

6. "Fancy" by Reba McEntire

Fancy Rae Baker was born poor white Louisiana trash. However, she wouldn't stay that way, thanks to her mama's heart-wrenching decision. The family in this 1990 song was poverty-stricken and desperate. The father had abandoned them, her mother was gravely ill, and Fancy had an infant sibling who was hungry.

In an attempt to save her, Fancy's mama spent the family's last penny to buy the 18-year old a dancing dress. As she curled her daughter's hair and did her make-up, Mama advised Fancy, "Just be nice to the gentlemen, Fancy, and they'll be nice to you." Then she sent her out on her own.

Over the years, Fancy used her womanly charms on "a king, a Congressman, and an occasional aristocrat" and found that she was able to claw her way into high society.

7. "Someone Like You" by Adele

In this 2011 pop hit, Adele is a woman who is still reeling from a breakup. Hearing that her former lover has now married, she decides to play it creepy by turning up out of the blue uninvited just to say "hi."

She wants to make sure the old lover remembers that their relationship is not over yet for her. She reminds him of some of the things he once said and urges him not to forget her. (How could he?) Chances are very strong her little appearance has raised the hairs on the back of his neck.

8. "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna

In this 1986 song, Madonna is a young woman who has ignored the warnings of her father. Dad doesn't like the guy she's been dating because the boyfriend doesn't treat her well. Now she finds herself pregnant and in need of advice from Dad.

Her friends tell her not to keep the baby, but she has illusions that she and Mr. Wrong will get married and be a happy little family. The troubled young woman begs for Dad's support and counsel rather than his judgment.

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9. "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman

A fast car is a means of escaping a negative home environment in this 1988 song. The narrator's mother left the family, and her father is an alcoholic who required that she quit school to take care of him. The narrator has a lover with a fast car, however, who can get them out of the bad situation.

She paints a picture of how she hopes it will be when they start a new life in a new town: new job, promotion, move out of the shelter and into a house of their own in the suburbs. She's not totally convinced that it will work, but she knows that if they don't make a change they'll wither and die if they don't fly away now.

10. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

For years, music fans have argued over the specific meaning of this 1975 musical masterpiece. At its core, the song tells the tale of a man's admission to his mother that he has just killed a man:

Mama ... just killed a man,
Put a gun against his head,
Pulled my trigger, now he's dead.
Mama, life had just begun,
But now I've gone and thrown it all away.

As he faces certain death for what he has done, he expresses guilt and his growing fear of what is to come.

Now this is a dance.
Now this is a dance. | Source

11. "The Dance" by Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks shares the snapshot memory of a special dance the protagonist shared with his lover in this 1989 song. He describes the feeling of having it all when he held her under the stars. Even though their love affair ended, he wouldn't have missed their dance for the world. Must've been some dance, eh?

12."Three Wooden Crosses" by Randy Travis

Rare is the song that can win gospel awards, become a Country Music Association Song of the Year, and also cross over to the pop charts, too. However, that's exactly what this 2002 song did. It tells the story of a farmer, a teacher, a preacher and a prostitute who were on an ill-fated bus trip to Mexico, all for different reasons.

Their bus ran a stop sign and collided with an 18-wheeler. The farmer and teacher died, and as the preacher lay dying, he placed a bloodstained Bible into the hands of the hooker. Now all that exists at the accident site are three wooden crosses.

The song is told from the perspective of the woman's son, who is now a preacher himself. The listener is left to assume that the hooker read the blood-stained Bible, found redemption in its spiritual message, and went on to marry and have a family.

13. "You're So Vain" Carly Simon

Taylor Swift doesn't have anything on Carly Simon when it comes to trashing former lovers. This 1972 song describes an ex-lover as a narcissistic ladies man. He's a jet setter who isn't beyond hooking up with "some underworld spy or the wife of a close friend." Sadly, those who mean something to him, he has no problem betraying.

The song describes Mr. Wonderful sashaying his way into a party. Wearing an obnoxious apricot scarf, he admires himself in the mirror while all the women dream of becoming his partner. She knows better, however, and understands that he can never love another as he does himself.

14. "A Boy Named Sue" by Johnny Cash

Life wasn't easy for a boy named Sue. This 1969 classic is told from the perspective of Sue. The only thing his father ever gave him before abandoning him at age three was his girly name. And because of that, the boy faced incessant ridicule and grew up mean.

As a young adult, Sue bounced from town to town, frequenting the honky tonks in search of his father. He was determined to get even.

Finally, he found him and got the (surprising) explanation he was waiting for:

... 'Son, this world is rough
And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough
And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along
So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
I knew you'd have to get tough or die
And it's the name that helped to make you strong.

15. "How to Save a Life" by the Fray

This emotionally impactful pop tune from 2005 describes a discussion between a troubled young person and a caring friend who seeks to help. The narrator provides a vivid description of a conversation between them. It seems to be a retrospective of how the narrator wishes their interaction had turned out:

Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life.

16. "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf

This 1977 rock song lasts more than 8 minutes, but it's utterly entertaining. The song demonstrates how one moment of weakness can sentence two vulnerable people to be linked together forever.

A teenage couple is parked by the lake when their makeout session gets overheated and takes a very adult turn. Before consummating their lust, the young woman demands:

Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?
Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?
Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life?
Will you take me away, and will you make me your wife?

Rather than answer her, the aroused young man prefers to sleep on it. But that's not good enough because she needs an answer NOW. They eventually give in to their passions, as he promises on his mother's grave to love her until the end of time.

The song then cuts to years later, as they are unhappily married:

So now I'm praying for the end of time
To hurry up and arrive
'Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you
I don't think that I can really survive.
I'll never break my promise or forget my vow
But God only knows what I can do right now.
I'm praying for the end of time
It's all I can do (ooh, ooh)
I'm praying for the end of time
So I can end my time with you.

17. "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin

If you had a parent who was emotionally absent while you grew up, then this 1974 chart-topper will certainly resonate. The song is told from the perspective of a father who is too consumed with his career to be involved with the details of raising his son. Even so, the boy looks up to him and seeks to emulate him.

As the boy grows into adulthood, their roles reverse. When the young man comes home from college, his dad finally has the time to spend, but all Junior wants is the car keys. Then, the son moves away and has a family of his own. Like his old man, he becomes too busy with work and other priorities to devote time to loved ones. Dad got what was coming to him.

18. "Coward of the County" by Kenny Rogers

This 1979 song describes Tommy, a young man known locally for his cowardice. His father died in prison, but before leaving the 10-year-old in the care of the boy's uncle, his Pa advised him:

Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done
Walk away from trouble if you can.
It won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek
I hope you're old enough to understand,
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man.

Tommy grew up and found a sweetheart, Becky. However, when the trouble making trio, the Gatlin boys, assaulted her, Tommy let loose on them. He showed that even cowards have their limits.

"Stan" by Eminem (featuring Dido) - Clean Version

19. "Stan" by Eminem (featuring Dido)

One of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, this powerful song from 2000 is about a mentally unstable fan who reveals his obsession with the rapper through fan mail. The man becomes increasingly consumed, agitated, and then angry that his interest in the famous performer is not returned.

Lashing out, the fan makes a recording in which he puts his pregnant girlfriend in the trunk of his car then drives off a bridge. In the last part of the song, the rapper writes the fan back and tries to reason with him about his violent and irresponsible statements. It's not until the song's end that he realizes that the media has already reported the death of a man driving his car off a bridge with his pregnant girlfriend in the trunk, and that man was Stan.

Eminem released a 2013 follow-up song, "Bad Guy" that tells a story of vengeance from the perspective of Stan's younger brother, Matthew. Older now and unable to move on from the death of his brother, a disturbed Matthew kidnaps Eminem and drives around Detroit with the rapper in his trunk.

20. "Mariner's Revenge" by the Decemberists

In this 2005 tale of vengeance, two mariners are stranded in the belly of a great whale, when one explains to the other that their lives are eerily connected. The narrator explains that when he was only three, his widowed mother fell for a young womanizer and gambler. He left her with debt and disease.

She lost her small estate because of her lover's debts. As she lay dying made her son promise:

Find him, find him
Tie him to a pole and break
His fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole until he
Wakes up naked
Clawing at the ceiling
Of his grave.

The narrator then explains how he tracked down the mother's lover to honor her dying wishes. At the end of the song, it becomes horrifically obvious that the two men are no strangers.

Songs are more interesting when they tell a story, don't you think?
Songs are more interesting when they tell a story, don't you think? | Source

Even More Songs That Tell a Story

Song & Year Released
Story In Brief
21. What It's Like (1998)
The losing stories of a homeless man, a pregnant teen and a drug dealer urge people not to judge unless they've walked in their shoes.
22. Whiskey Lullaby (2003)
Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
A man dies after years of alcoholism; he tried to drown his heartbreak. The woman who broke his heart drinks herself to death in response.
23. Rain on the Scarecrow (1985)
John Cougar Mellencamp
The family farm is auctioned off.
24. The Legend of Wooley Swamp (1980)
The Charlie Daniels Band
Greedy teenagers try to steal the money from an eccentric backwoods loner and become part of a spooky local legend.
25. American Pie (1971)
Don McLean
Referencing many post-WWII cultural events, this song is a commentary on how American culture is headed in the wrong direction morally.
26. Highwayman (1985)
The Highwaymen
The daring life stories of a highwayman, a sailor, a dam builder and an astronaut are interconnected as risk takers throughout history.
27. Speak Now (2010)
Taylor Swift
A young woman crashes the wedding ceremony of a former boyfriend and asks him to run away with her.
28. The House That Built Me (2009)
Miranda Lambert
A woman visits her childhood home where someone else now lives and the memories come flooding back.
29. Kentucky Rain (1970)
Elvis Presley
A man chases after the woman who has left him in the cold Kentucky rain.
30. Piano Man (1973)
Billy Joel
A piano man has a dead end job with a local bar but the crowd enjoys him.
31. Gunpowder and Lead (2007)
Miranda Lambert
A domestic violence victim decides to lethally strike back once her man gets out of jail.
32. Bullets in the Gun (2010)
Toby Keith
A man and a dancer he just met become outlaws and are chased to Mexico.
33. Black Velvet (1989)
Allanah Myles
The story of Elvis
34. Billie Jean (1983)
Michael Jackson
A woman named Billie Jean claims that the narrator fathered her child. She obsessively wants to be with him.
35. Jessie (1993)
Joshua Kadison
A man is hopelessly in love with a whimsical, undependable woman.
36. Goodbye Earl (1999)
Dixie Chicks
Female friends conspire to kill another old friend's abusive husband after he beats her badly.
37. My Name is Luca (1987)
Suzanne Vega
An abused child tries to cover up what is happening in her apartment by making excuses to a neighbor.
38. Two Black Cadillacs (2012)
Carrie Underwood
At a man's funeral, both his mistress and wife arrive in separate black Cadillacs after conspiring to kill him.
39. Back 2 Good (1996)
Matchbox 20
A guy comes to realize that his love relationship is nearing its end, and there's nothing he can do to get it back to good.
40. Harper Valley PTA (1968)
Jeannie C. Riley
When a widowed woman is criticized by the PTA for wearing her skirts too short, she points out their hypocrisy.
41. Half Breed (1973)
A woman who is half-Cherokee and half-Caucasian describes the rejection she felt from both races while growing up.
42. Thriller (1983)
Michael Jackson
Evil night creatures come calling.
43. Wildfire (1975)
Michael Martin Murphy
A girl dies looking for her treasured pony named Wildfire. Her memory haunts a man who loved her.
44. Phantom 309 (1967)
Red Sovine
A heroic ghost trucker gives a hitch hiker a ride.
45. Concrete Angel (2008)
Martina McBride
An abused girl tries her best to take care of herself.
46. Seven Spanish Angels (1984)
Willie Nelson and Ray Charles
On the run from authorities, a Mexican outlaw and his wife find themselves cornered. He is killed and she decides to die rather than face live capture.
47. The Ghetto (1969)
Elvis Presley
An unwanted baby begins the sad cycle of poverty against a backdrop of a society unwilling to help.
48. The A Team (2011)
Ed Sheeran
A drug addicted young hooker overdoses.
49. Operator (1972)
Jim Croce
A heartbroken man asks the phone operator for help in placing a phone call to his ex-lover and former friend who are now a couple.
50. Irreplaceable (2006)
A woman moves her cheating lover out of their home.
51. Space Oddity (1969)
David Bowie
An astronaut is floating in space and feels alienation from the world he left behind.
52. That Summer (1992)
Garth Brooks
A lonely widow employs a teenage field hand and makes a man out of him.
53. The Deeper In (2003)
Drive-By Truckers
The son of a prisoner follows in his daddy's footsteps.
54. The Thunder Rolls (1990)
Garth Brooks
A wife stays up half the night worried about her husband who is out in the storm, but he's been cheating so she kills him.
55. Papa Was A Rollin' Stone (1972)
The Temptations
A son whose father just died wants to know the truth about his father, and it's painful.
56. I Heard Love Is Blind (2003)
Amy Winehouse
A woman who cheated on her lover tries to justify her pathetic choices.
57. Fun, Fun, Fun (1964)
The Beach Boys
A teenage girl lies to her dad and uses his car to go cruising.
58. Ol’ Red (2001)
Blake Shelton
A convict finds a clever way to escape from prison.
59. Austin (2001)
Blake Shelton
A man whose lover had left him records messages for her on his answering machine and finally reunites with her.
60. Trapped in the Closet (2005)
R. Kelly
A couple has a one-night stand and the man has to hide in the closet because the woman's husband comes home.
61. Brick By Boring Brick (2009)
A disturbed young girl lives in a surreal world that turns very dark.
62. Copacabana (1978)
Barry Manilow
A showgirl's lover is killed by a mobster, and she loses her mind. Decades later, she still sits in the bar where she used to perform.
63. Broken Wing (1997)
Martina McBride
A woman escapes her abusive marriage the only way she knows how.
64. Independence Day (1993)
Martina McBride
An abused woman sends her young daughter to the Fourth of July parade in town while she burns down the family home with her husband in it.
65. Desperado (1973)
The Eagles
A hardened outlaw finds it difficult to allow someone to love him.
66. Lightning (2006)
Eric Church
A repentant man faces the electric chair for his crimes.
67. Unanswered Prayers (1990)
Garth Brooks
A man runs into his high school girlfriend and is thankful he didn't end up with her.
68. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You (1990)
A woman in love with her infertile husband desperately wants a child, so she has a one-night stand.
69. Photograph (2014)
Looking back through photographs brings back vivid memories of growing up.
70. Amnesia (2014)
5 Seconds of Summer
A couple has broken up, and although the girl has moved on, the guy ruminates about details of the past. He wishes he had amnesia.
71. Funhouse (2008)
A woman burns down the house that represents her broken love relationship.
72. I Drive Your Truck (2012)
Lee Brice
A friend drives the old truck that belongs to his Army veteran buddy who is never coming back.
73. Baby Girl (2004)
A struggling singer writes home at first wanting money and then sending money to her parents because she's made it big.
74. I Feel Lucky (1992)
Mary Chapin Carpenter
A woman is convinced that she'll win the lottery and all kinds of good things will happen for her.
75. Lyin' Eyes (1975)
The Eagles
A young woman marries a much older man who cannot give her the love and comfort she needs. She lies to him and sneaks to the other side of town to get what she needs.
76. The Beaches of Cheyenne (1996)
Garth Brooks
The wife of a bull rider takes his death very badly after their last words were an argument.
77. The Eighth of November (2005)
Big & Rich
A Vietnam veteran's story of wartime survival and remembrance of his fallen brothers years later
78. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1992)
Reba McEntire
A man's younger sister kills his adulterous wife and the wife's lover. Her brother is punished for her crimes.
79. Eleanor Rigby (1966)
The Beatles
A lonely woman dies and is buried by a lonely minister, the only one who attends the service.
80. The Devil Comes Back to Georgia (1993)
Charlie Daniels and Mark O'Connor (featuring Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart, Johnny Cash)
In a re-match with the devil, Johnny successfully defends his title as the best fiddle player there ever was.
81. Picture (2001)
Kid Rock (featuring Sheryl Crow)
A couple breaks up and after only three days they are already sleeping with other people. Their photos of each other prompt them to reunite.
82. All Summer Long (2007)
Kid Rock
A man recalls a summer love affair he had when he was 17 years old.
83. Rehab (2006)
Amy Winehouse
An alcoholic woman refuses to go to rehab, offering a number of excuses.
84. Magic Man (1975)
A young girl is seduced by a much older man and her mother calls to beg her to come back home.
85. Lose Yourself (2002)
A struggling rapper faces stage fright and other hardships on his way to stardom.
86. Coal Miner's Daughter (1969)
Loretta Lynn
A woman recounts her difficult but loving upbringing in poverty.
87. Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town (1969)
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
A paralyzed veteran who loves his wife begs her not to go out looking for a date.
88. Blow Up Your TV (1972)
John Denver
A topless dancer and a soldier went off the grid and found true happiness.
89. Long Black Veil (1965)
Johnny Cash
A woman mourns the wrongful execution of her adulterous lover.
90. The Leader Of The Pack (1965)
The Shangri-Las
A teenage girl mourns the death of her ex-boyfriend who was from the wrong side of the tracks.
91. Just a Dream (2007)
Carrie Underwood
A teenage bride shows up to the church on her wedding day, but it's her military groom's funeral.
92. People Are Crazy (2009)
Billy Currington
Two men meet and talk for hours in a bar. The older one, a secret millionaire, later dies and leaves his fortune to the guy he met only once.
93. Ode to Billie Joe (1967)
Bobbie Gentry
As dinnertime conversation, a family discusses the recent suicide of a local teen who jumped from a bridge. Just before his death the daughter was seen with him throwing an unknown object from the bridge.
94. El Paso (1959)
Marty Robbins
A cowboy falls in love with a Mexican maiden and kills another man over her. He escapes then is tragically killed.
95. He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980)
George Jones
A man who is madly in love with a woman who broke his heart only stops loving her only when he dies. She comes to see him to say farewell.
96. D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1968)
Tammy Wynette
A young mother's divorce becomes final today and she will be moving away with the couple's 4-year-old son.
97. Tight Fittin' Jeans (1981)
Conway Twitty
A socialite trades in her pearls and champagne for a one-night stand with a cowboy.
98. The Last Kiss (2000)
Pearl Jam
A young man recounts a car wreck in which his girlfriend died and he was the driver.
99. The Carroll County Accident (1968)
Porter Wagner
A single car accident claims the life of a supposedly happily married man while the driver is spared. The son of the deceased man discovers evidence of an affair.
100. Teddy Bear (1976)
Red Sovine
A young boy with paraplegia gets on his CB and connects tells his sad story to truckers. (His deceased father was a trucker.) His dream comes true when many truckers show up at his house to give him a ride in their trucks.
101. Lucille (1977)
Kenny Rogers
A man meets a woman in a bar and discovers she has left her husband and four kids.
102. Those Jeans (2012)
Ray Scott
A guy in a bar gets his woman stolen by a greasball with a heck of a pickup line then decides to use it for himself with hilarious results.
103. I Don't Even Know Your Name (1994)
Alan Jackson
A man in a roadhouse drinks too much tequila and winds up married to his waitress, who is missing her front tooth. He doesn't know her name.
104. The General (1998)
On the eve of an important war battle, a decorated general has a dream and realizes that the battle is not worth fighting. He tells his soldiers to go home and live their lives.
105. Sympathy for the Devil (1969)
The Rolling Stones
The Devil recounts evil acts throughout human history.
106. Take the Money and Run (1976)
Steve Miller Band
Two young outlaws are pursued by a Dallas detective who is determined not to let them get away with their crimes.
107. The Leader of the Band (1981)
Dan Fogelberg
The narrator pays tribute to his musician father by describing his life and commitment to music.
108. Jesus Take the Wheel (2005)
Carrie Underwood
A young mother credits Jesus for saving her life and that of her infant when her car slips on ice
109. Red Headed Stranger (1975)
Willie Nelson
A greedy woman attempts to steal the horse belonging to the dead wife of a grieving cowboy, and he kills her.
110. Camoflage (1986)
Stan Ridgway
A young private in the Vietnam War is separated during battle from his unit and is saved by a ghost soldier.
111. Sylvia's Mother (1972)
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
Sad about breaking up with his ex, a young man learns that she is leaving town and calls her mother to say goodbye to her, only to learn that his ex is marrying someone else.
112. I Was Only 19 (1983)
A young Australian who served in the Vietnam War recounts his experiences.
113. Don't Cry Joni (1970)
Conway Twitty
A young girl has a crush on an older boy who doesn't return her love then the years pass and the tables are turned
114. The Gambler (1978)
Kenny Rogers
Over a game of cards, an older gambler provides a stranger some free advice.
115. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1976)
Gordon Lightfoot
Based on a true story, a ship sinks with its passengers in the cold November Great Lakes.
116. Billy, Don't Be a Hero (1974)
Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods
As a young soldier heads off to war, his sweetheart warns him not to be a hero in order to stay alive, but that's exactly what he does. He dies.
117. Angie Baby (1974)
Helen Reddy
When a young man with evil on his mind goes missing, no one thinks to ask a mentally disturbed young woman named Angie.
118. One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack) (1973)
The warlike Valley People covet the hidden treasure of the peaceful Mountain People so they invade their territory and slaughter them only to discover that the treasured item is three words engraved on the underside of a rock: "Peace on Earth."
119. Riding with Private Malone (2001)
David Ball
A man buys a 1966 Corvette that had belonged to a solider who did not make it back from war. He senses that the soldier's spirit rides with him, one night even saving his life.
120. Marie Laveau (1974)
Bobby Bare
A witch who lives in the Louisiana bayou is approached by a man who promises to marry her in exchange for a magic spell that would make him a millionaire. When he recants, she seeks revenge through magic.
121. Hazard (1992)
Richard Marx
The narrator is a young man who is an outcast in a small community and has a relationship with a young woman named Mary who goes missing. He is blamed for her suspicious disappearance but maintains his innocence.
122. Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977)
Iron Maiden
Based on the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, this song tells the story of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage
123. The Trooper (1983)
Iron Maiden
A soldier's brutal description of battle during the Crimean War
124. Tribute (2002)
Tenacious D
The band member encounter a demon who demand that they play the best song in the world or have their souls eaten
125. One (1989)
A soldier loses all his limbs in World War I
126. Forever and Always (2011)
A woman rushes to the hospital bedside of her fiance who has been injured in an accident, and they marry
127. This Isn't the End (2015)
Owl City
The father of an 8-year-old girl dies by suicide, leaving her deeply impacted
128. Kiss It Better (2010)
He Is We
A woman dies in her lover's arms and he subsequently seeks vengeance against her shooter and ends up doing 25 years to life.
129. Hold On (2017)
Chord Overstreet
A couple argue, and the woman locks herself in the bathroom. Shortly thereafter, her partner finds her unresponsive and the ambulance takes her away as he begs her to hold on.
130. Alone Again Naturally (1971)
Gilbert O'Sullivan
A young man who is left at the altar contemplates jumping off a tower and ending it all, questions the existence of God, and recalls the deaths of loved ones.
131. One Piece at a Time (1973)
Johnny Cash
Over a period of many years, an auto worker sneaks out car parts from the assembly line to built himself his dream car. They hilariously don't fit together right.
132. The Night Chicago Died (1974)
Paper Lace
The son of a police officer recalls a shoot-out between Chicago police and gangsters tied to Al Capone.
133. Good Girls (2009)
Tim McGraw
A young wife learns that her best friend and husband are cheating, so she invites her friend out for a girls' night out and they never come home.
134. Big Bad John (1961)
Jimmy Dean
A mysterious miner who is large in stature becomes trapped in a fallen mine and saves every miner except himself.
135. Right Side of Wrong (2002)
Bon Jovi
A friend does a favor by committing a robbery but it goes wrong and they get caught
136. The Wild Rose (1999)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
A man meets a virginal beauty, is immediately taken with her, and on the third day kills her
137. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (1977)
Billy Joel
Two old classmates meet in an IItalian restaurant and relive their memories together
138. Greatest Love Story (2018)
A high school troublemaker falls for a smart girl then they part ways before finally getting back together to marry.
139. Same Old Lang Syne (1980)
Dan Fogelberg
Two old lovers bump into one another one Christmas Eve and spend time reminiscing about the past
140. Graffiti on the Train (2013)
A man spray paints a marriage proposal on a night train and loses his life doing so.
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        FlourishAnyway 5 days ago from USA

        Noah Wenn - Tragic story that makes you think. I added it at #140. Thank you for the song suggestion!

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        Noah wenn 6 days ago

        Graffiti on the train, very good

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        FlourishAnyway 6 days ago from USA

        Steve Sykes - I really like that one too. I added it at #139. Enjoy your week!

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        Steve Sykes 7 days ago

        I know you have a Dan Fogleber already, but "Another Auld Lang Syne" always gets me in the feels.

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        FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

        Cha - Thanks for the song suggestion. I love Billy Joel. I've added this song at #137.

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        Cha 2 weeks ago

        Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel.

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        FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

        Robert - Thanks for the suggestion.

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        robert 4 weeks ago

        What about Lil Pump esskeetit

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        FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

        Maria - Thank you for the suggestions. I've added several of them!

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        Maria 4 weeks ago

        My favourites:

        Bon Jovi: Right Side of Wrong

        Meatloaf: Objects in the rear view mirror ay appear closer than they are

        Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave: Where the wild roses grow

        Sting: Stolen car

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        FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

        Anonymous - Thanks for the recommendation. I've heard that this is loosely based on Ayn Rand's novel, Anthem.

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        Anonymous 2 months ago

        2112 by Rush. It’s about the year 2112, when creativity and self-expression have been outlawed.

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        FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

        JB - Thank you for the suggestions. I have added "Big Bad John." Have a wonderful week!

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        JB 2 months ago

        "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro. Maybe too old for this list, but another of the same time frame is "Big Bad John" by JImmy Dean

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        FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

        Briley - Thank you for the song suggestion. I've placed it on the following playlist about addiction, dependency, recovery, and getting sober: http://hubpages.com/playlists/Songs-About-Addictio...

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        Briley 2 months ago

        Ill mind six:Old Friend by Hopsin

        Tells about a boy who watches his childhood friend get addicted to drugs and becomes someone he doesn't recognize anymore

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        FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

        David Burdick - I added your recommendation. And on the "Last Kiss" comment, sometimes I include cover version rather than originals, no offense to the ones who introduced the song.

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        David Burdick 3 months ago

        Recommendation, the Night Chicago died, paper lace. Also Pearl Jam didn't make "Last Kiss" famous, if you will. It was J.Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, they should get the credit here. Just sayin, but it is your blog. Thank you for a great list.

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        FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

        kgmohror - You're right, as that is one sad, miserable song. Poor guy. Thank you for the suggestion. I've added it at #130.

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        kgmohror 4 months ago

        Alone Again ... Naturally by the great Gilbert O'Sullivan. Boy jilted at the altar contemplates jumping off a tower, recalls the previous losses of his parents, questions the existence of God. As maudlin as it gets.

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        FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

        Ella - What a tragic song. I'm adding it at 129. Thank you for suggesting it. Have a wonderful weekend!

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        Ella 5 months ago

        Hold On- Chord OverStreet

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        FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

        Jordan - Great song. I have added it to two playlists: one about cheating lovers (http://hubpages.com/playlists/Best-Lying-Cheating-... and one about interlopers and love triangles (http://hubpages.com/playlists/Leave-Your-Lover-for... Thank you for this song suggestion! Have a great weekend!

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        Jordan 5 months ago

        Mr and Mrs Smith by Stereophonics: Briliant song about a woman having an affair with a younger man by using false names at a hotel. (Also much of the early songs by Stereophonics were stories of people from their home town)

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        FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

        Raiden - I added it as #129 for you.

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        Raiden 5 months ago

        I listened to the songs that Sarah suggested below. I also noticed that you put the Rihanna version of Kiss it better. They are completely different songs.

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        FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

        Sarah - Thank you for the song suggestions! I have added some of them here and others to the following playlists about addiction (http://hubpages.com/playlists/Songs-About-Addictio... and toxic love relationships (http://hubpages.com/playlists/Songs-About-Toxic-Lo... Have a terrific 2018!

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        Sarah 5 months ago

        I liked the songs but there are some that I like that are not listed.

        The End Of Jason Todd-- The Smyrk (a letter from the Joker to Batman after he killed the second child to sport the Red and Green of Robin. The song refers to Batman's "soldiers" not being ready for war, and the difference between being the joke and the punchline)

        Forever and Always-- Parachute (a young girl eagerly awaits the return of her fiance when she receives a call that he's been hurt. she rushes there as quick as possible where she finds him. they're not sure he will make it so they borrow rings from a couple in the next room over and get married. at the end of the song, he states that he will love her forever and always. the heart monitor reports "the beats are getting too slow/ his voice is almost too low/ and he says/ I'll love you forever/ forever and always/ please just remember/ even if I'm not there/ I'll always love you/ forever and always."

        Another Empty Bottle-- Katy McAllister

        kiss it better-- He Is We

        This isn't the end-- Owl City

        He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother-- The Hollies

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        FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

        Gavi1234 - I wanted to acknowledge your comment and thank you for your suggestions. I'll take a look at your many songs suggestions and add some of them. Have a happy holiday.

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        Gavi1234 5 months ago

        I would have liked to see more from the metal side:

        Rime of the ancient mariner--Iron Maiden (the tale of a cursed shipman, based on a 17th/18th century poem)

        Dance of Death--Iron Maiden (narrator witnesses and joins in a satanic/monstrous dance)

        The trooper--Iron Maiden(a soldiers tale)

        Inmate 4859--Sabaton(the true story of a polish soldier in a concentration camp)

        Counter strike--Sabaton(the story of the six day war between Israel and its surrounding countries)

        White Death--Sabaton(the tale of a Finnish sniper killing russians)

        Tribute--Tenacious D( the story of the greatest song in the world)

        Kickapoo--Tenacious D(the narrators origin story)

        One-Metallica( a soldier left a blind, dead quadriplegic from a land mine. Based on the movie "Johnny got his gun"

        From the rap side:

        Dance with the devil--Immortal technique(a young black man joins a gang and rises in its ranks. Easily the most intense, heart wrenching and powerful song on my list)

        Peruvian Cocaine--Immortal technique( the tale of how drugs are shipped onto American streets)

        Chris Dolmeth--Hopsin(the narrators friend becomes addicted to meth)

        Hotel on Sidney--Hopsin(the narrator discovers his pregnant girlfriend is cheating on him)

        My Own Hell--Tech N9ne(the results of rising in the rap game)

        Kenji--Fort Minor(the story of a Japanese american imprisoned during WWII)

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        FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

        Rodrigo - Thank you for stopping by and leaving suggestions! I have added "Hazard" as #121. Have a wonderful weekend!

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        RodBof 7 months ago

        One of my favorits songs:

        Tucson, Arizona - Dan Fogelberg

        Richard Marx - Hazard

        Greetings from Chili!!


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        FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

        John - Thank you for the suggestions! Have a great weekend.

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        John 7 months ago

        Stan Rogers has a few you might like:

        The Mary Ellen Carter

        Barrett's Privateers are but two

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        FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

        Tiffany - Thank you for the suggestion. I've added it at #119.

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        Tiffany 9 months ago

        Riding with Private Malone

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        FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

        Cheng Liu - I integrated that suggestion by adding a paragraph to the text on "Stan." Thanks for your suggestion!

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        Cheng Liu 10 months ago

        Another Suggestion is the sequel to Eminem's Stan, Bad Guy, good storytelling song :)!

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        FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

        Teenage Girl - Thank you for the song suggestions.

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        FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

        JJRD - Thank you for these suggestions! I've added all three! All the best to you.

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        JJRD 10 months ago

        Great list! The '70s are loaded w/ story songs. You may want to add "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Also, "Billy, Don't Be a Hero" and Helen Reddy's "Angie Baby."

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        FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

        Steve - I added Kenny Rogers' hit at #114. As for "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," I simply liked Reba's version better, that's the only reason.

        Thanks for your suggestion!

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        Steve 11 months ago

        I would have expected to see Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" on the list.

        Also, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" was originally by Vicki Lawrence, from 1972, and she had a pretty big hit with it too.

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        FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

        Hey, Vince, Don't be sad. I added it for you! Have a great weekend and thank you for recommending it. It's on a number of my other playlists already.

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        Vince 11 months ago

        I'm expecting to see "Don't cry Joni" tho :(

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        FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

        Jo - Thank you for the suggestions. I have added two of them. Also, Redgum's song is on the following soldiers and veterans playlist: http://hubpages.com/playlists/Songs-About-Soldiers... And I have a jobs and employment playlist in the works which Dolly's 9 to 5 will be added to so I appreciate the inspiration!

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        Jo 12 months ago

        How about Dr Hook - Sylvias Mother and Dolly Partons 9 - 5, I was only 19 - Redgum, come said the boy - mondo rock, The Police, Dont stand so close to me, almost the whole Pink Floyd The Wall Album.

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        FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

        Monica from Germany - That's actually a different song, so thank you -- I will add it as #110! Thank you for leaving a comment! I'm happy that this songlist was helpful to you.

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        Monica, Germany 12 months ago

        I think the song with the ghost soldier who saves a young Marine is called "Camouflage". It's by Stan Ridgway.

        Thanks for the list. I'll use in my lessons !!

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        FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

        M - Thank you for taking the time to comment. I added some of these, and I also added The Dan Fogelberg song to a playlist of Songs About Music, Songs, and Singing: https://spinditty.com/playlists/Pop-Rock-and-Count... . THANK YOU again.

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        14 months ago

        Good list!

        Here are a few more for the next hundred.

        thrice - the artist in the ambulence

        dispatch - the general

        dead milkmen - punk rock girl

        rolling stones - sympathy for the devil

        the dirty heads - lay me down

        steve miller band - take the money and run

        the offspring - self esteem

        dan fogelberg - leader of the band

        tenacious d - tribute

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        FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

        Shyron - I also find that some of my favorite songs have some kind of story woven in. Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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        Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

        Yesterday, I was listening to my collection of Roy Orbison songs and each one tells a story most of lost love, loneliness (Pretty Woman); fear of losing someone (Running Scared); dreams of lost love (In Dreams and Leah).

        I also watch KERA featuring Roy Orbison in 'Black & White' with Bruce Springsteen.

        I look forward to your 'singing hubs'

        Blessings dear friend

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        FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

        Tina - I like that you found humor and music in even sad situations. Your story is a good one. I have added your two suggestions. A big thank you for sharing them!

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        tina 15 months ago

        love this list i love songs like this brings up a lot of memories there are a couple more that are really good "teddy bear" by red sovine and also "Lucille" by Kenny Rogers this one has a kinda funny story behind it when we were kids we changed the lyrics around some my aunt was named Lucille my uncle was named Keith they had 4 children and my aunt loved to go out to the bars to meet men so depending on the day the chorus either ended with no money for our next meal or a stack of unpaid bills

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        FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

        mohamed - I appreciate your kind words. Thank you.

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        mohamed 15 months ago

        thank you very much i have been looking for something like this for a while now because i got tired of all the meaningless songs out there so you have maid my day thanks again

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        FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

        Andrew - You have quite a musical library of songs in your head. Thank you for the suggestions and for stopping by. You'll see that I have added some of them! Have a terrific day!

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        Andrew 16 months ago

        You've includedquite a few that many other lists forget, but the I one song I am actually shocked not to SE on your list.

        "El Paso," by Marty Robbins. The tale of a man in El Paso who fell in love with a Mexican woman working in a local cantons. When he observed another customer coming on too strong with the girl, Felina, he challenged the man and ended up killing him in a gunfight. After fleeing through the deserts of New Mexico, he is drawn back to El Paso by his undying love for Felina, even though he knows that returning will mean death for killing the man in the bar. He makes his way back and is met by a posse who shoot him from his horse. Felina runs to him as he is gunned down, he then dies in her arms after a final kiss.

        A beautiful song with a tragic story. If you're not familiar with it, you should definitely look it up. A few other songs I would also recommend:

        "He Stopped Loving Her Today," by George Jones. About a man whose wife left him years before and how he swore he would love her until he died.

        "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," by Tammy Wynette. The story of a woman going through a painful divorce and how she hides what is happening from her four-year-old son by spelling out the hurtful words.

        "Tight Fittin' Jeans," by Conway Twitty. The recollection of a country boy remembering an encounter he had with a rich woman living out a fantasy to spend a night as a country girl.

        "Ebony Eyes," by The Everly Brothers. The heart-wrenching story of a military man who got permission to fly in his fiancee to marry her and the devastating news he gets at the airport, that her plane has crashed.

        "Honey," by Bobby Goldsboro. A man recounts his find memories of his beloved wife, who died while he was away for work.

        "The Last Kiss," by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers. A teenage boy tells of a drive with his girlfriend when he lost control of the car and she dies in his arms in the aftermath of the accident.

        There are many more, I had actually thought of one more to list, but it slipped from my mind before I could type it. I think, however, that is enough for the time being, except maybe to mention that nearly anything by Johnny Horton could qualify as a story song ("Sink the Bismarck," "Battle of New Orleans," "North to Alaska," etc."). I also have to give you a great big thumbs up for including my favorite country song of all time, which most lists seem to overlook: "Seven Spanish Angels." Thanks for the great list. I'll definitely bookmark it to see if you add any more. And I might just go listen to the ones I'm not familiar with. I love my story songs!

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        FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

        Shyron - Thanks for the suggestions! I've added Billie Joe. Such a mysterious and sad song, especially that object thrown over. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful holiday season. Wishing you much joy.

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        FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

        Robm69 - I'll put the information on an internal forum and see if anyone else might have a hint. Even if they are wrong, it might jog your memory. Sorry I cannot help more!

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        Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago from Texas

        Wow this will be bookmarked to read over and over again.

        Two songs pop into my head when I read your title, one that we hear so often and most people not even the people who play the haunting melody know the story behind it is "Taps" and the other one had a TV movie about it, "The Ode to Billie Joe." Some of your stories I did not know.

        I will be back often.

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        Robm69 18 months ago

        I don't really know much about the song, think it was either a 50's or 60's song, more spoken than singing, just remember it was about a soldier in the desert and a ghost of a soldier got him to safety, it was a man that sung/spoke the song

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        FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

        Robm69 - Sorry, but that doesn't ring a bell. Can you supply any additional information, such as whether the song was pop, rock, country, what era the song was released (1960s, 70s, etc.), any key phrases you recall from the song?

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        Robm69 18 months ago

        Hi, I am trying to find a song I heard when I was young, it was about a soldier who was lost in the desert and was saved by a mirage of a dead soldier, song was sung similar to deck of cards, any help in finding it wud be great :)

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Kyriaki - Thank you for stopping by and for the kind kudos! I sure love songs that relay a story and am glad that you do as well. Have a wonderful weekend!

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        Kyriaki Chatzi 19 months ago

        I am massively surprised by your amazing writing skills, Flourish. This list proves that not only can you work miracles with that pen, but also that you thoroughly researched the topic. EXCELLENT work! Bravo!

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Thank you, Gypsy Rose Lee! Glad you enjoy a good story as much as I do.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 19 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        An interesting and inspirational hub that brings ideas shining through. I think that country songs tell great stories and at times I find the occasional rock or pop song that does the same. Great choices all.

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Linda - Thanks for the compliment, and I'm glad that you knew some of these. Hope you found some new ones that were of interest as well. Have a wonderful week.

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        Linda Crampton 19 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        The stories that you've shared are very interesting, Flourish. I know and enjoy some of the songs in your list. This is yet another great playlist article.

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Dora - I appreciate your reading and being so encouraging. If there's one thing I've learned from these articles, it's that the lyrics often aren't what you think they are! Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

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        Dora Weithers 19 months ago from The Caribbean

        I like stories and stories in song lyrics are even better. Thank you for this list. You do a great job of presenting these stories in the "Story in Brief" section. Interesting!

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Peg - Odd that you mention that, as I've had that song on my mind a lot lately. Going to feature it in another hub prominently. It's a sobering song and I really enjoy it. Thanks for reading and the suggestion.

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Larry - I think your dad was right. Thank you for sharing a memory of him.

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        Peg Cole 19 months ago from Dallas, Texas

        These are definitely some of my all time favorites. Harry Chapin's tales all have deep messages and stories within. I saw him in concert in Florida. He was great. I recently learned that Landslide, by Stevie Nicks, was autobiographical. Great topic and a fabulous list.

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        Larry Rankin 19 months ago from Oklahoma

        My father always enjoyed country music the best. As he would always say, "It tells a story."

        Another great list.

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Bill - At least the classic type of country music. The new stuff is not quite the same but I still like it. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

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        Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

        The first thing I thought of was....that's what country music is, telling stories, so you could have filled out the whole list with country songs. :) Great list, my friend, and enjoyable read.

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Jo - You've certainly educated me! That's the first I've heard of that humorous song. Definitely adding it! Thanks so much!

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        Jo Miller 19 months ago from Tennessee

        Great list you've provided here. So many great songs.

        One of my favorites is John Prine's 'Blow Up Your TV'--also called 'Spanish Pipedream'. I've taught that to my four young granddaughters, and we like to sing it together when they come to visit me here in the country. In deference to their parents, I left out the verse about the topless waitress.

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Heidi - I appreciate your great suggestions and have incorporated them. I never imagined the list would be this long! There were a few that came to me right off the top of my head (favorites like "Fancy") but then I had to dig deep. They kept on clicking. Have a great week, and thanks again!

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        FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

        Carb Diva - Kenny Rogers has some good ones, and "Ruby" is one of them. I've added it. (I always thought it was strange that he tried to get into the chicken restaurant business because it had zero to do with his music career. Guess that's why it failed.) I've added the song. That's very cool that you were able to listen to the Mike Love interview. So many times listeners and readers attribute meanings that authors didn't fathom when they were penning a song or other work. Happens a lot with poetry too. Thank you for reading and for your enthusiastic support.

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        Linda Lum 19 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Flourish - When I first read the title of this hub I thought, hmm, this will be a short list. But ohmygoodness, you opened up the floodgates. And then you got me thinking. (Dangerous, right?)

        There is a painfully sad song by Kenny Rogers "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town." Boy, if that doesn't tell a story, I don't know what does. He's paralyzed and loves his wife dearly, but can't give her the physical love that she needs and desires. And so he watches her primp and preen to leave for the evening to find "love" with someone else.

        Also, last week I had the opportunity to listen to an interview with Mike Love of the original Beach Boys. He was in town to promote his book "Good Vibrations--My Life as a Beach Boy." The song "Warmth of the Sun" was released just days after the assassination of JFK. Many assumed that the song alluded to that tragedy, but Mike Love explained that he wrote it after being rejected by a woman he sincerely cared about and hoped to form a relationship with.

        This is a great hub! You shared some songs I had never heard, and so will be listening to those. Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you put into these hubs. Each one is a treasure. How awesome if you could find a way to publish these amazing compilations/ideas.

        Blessings to you.

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        Heidi Thorne 19 months ago from Chicago Area

        Wow! What a list. So many good ones. I always think of that Heart song when it comes to story tunes. I think Heart's "Magic Man" also qualifies for the list.

        I think Eminem has some great, gritty story songs. I think of "Lose Yourself" and "Not Afraid."

        (I'm thinking of another related list you could consider: Biographical or autobiographical story songs. There's a whole bunch of those. Loretta Lynn "Coal Miner's Daughter.")

        Honestly, I think songs that have a story are much more memorable. You're so good at these list posts. Thanks for sharing another great list!


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