Most of Macklemore's stuff is fairly autobiographical. "Wings", "Victory Lap". Tells HIS story.
Geoff Tate really was great, and I agree, no other album comes close to OM.
It's been years since I've listened to it, but I've got it playing in my office now. The looks I'm getting from others has me laughing on the inside.
R6, Not the Priest
I loved the story of "Don't You Want Me" by Human League in the 80's.
It is sad, wistful, angry, and creepy at the same time. I liked that it told both sides of the story.
The Gotye song that is all over the radio now reminds me of it in some ways but the Gotye song doesn't have much as much going for it lyrically.
Anyone else think Tears for Fears' "Woman in Chains," fits this category?
I don't know if it fits r13 but I know it's a fucking awesome song! I thought I was the only Queensryche loving TFF fan and that is their best song.
Any freakin Taylor Swift song.
R15, I love the story that goes along with them discovering Oleta Adams in a Kansas City hotel bar and asking her to join them on the album.
Not afraid to admit, there are days when I turn it on, turn it up and sing along to "Woman in Chains."
I know, MARY!
"Timothy" -- The Buoys
Written And Arranged By Rupert Holmes Who Is Famous For The "Pina Colada Song."
A CONTROVERSIAL #1 Hit In 1979 about cannibalism.
"Uneasy Rider" and "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band.
Yep r32, I mentioned it at r4.
Not recent but Aerosmith's Janie Got a Gun and Pearl Jam's Jeremy.
I don't like Pearl Jam anymore r36 but Jeremy is an excellent song. It reminds me of the Stephen King story 'Rage", read it if you haven't. It is very timely in light of all the school violence lately.
OP you made me go watch the Ode to Bully Joe video. Creeepy. I didn't remember the full story and had never seen the bizarre video.
Not all ballads are story songs. Some just sing about their feelings about a situation or if they are telling a story it's done vaguely, not like the OP's examples.
The best: Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Said James to Red Molly, my hat's off to you
It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952
And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme
Another good, creepy one is the murder ballad, "Where the Wild Roses Grow" by Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue.
The day Jilly Jo Lalalister jumped off the Tallahasse River bridge........
The day my mammy socked it to the NAACP...
The wreck of the Edmund Fitsimmons
I learned the tooth at 17...That my face looked really mean...
Half breed that's all I ever heard
Half breed, breeding 'mos and girl's absurd
Half breed, aside me I was torn
'Mos and Norms agin me since the days I was born
Dark lady laughed and danced and lit the candles one by one
Fucked her racist ass, until she did cum
Dark lady laughed and danced until the clock struck on the twelve
She told me more about the cereal on the shelves.
"Aliens Invading" by Ke$hit
'It Was A Very Good Year' - Frank Sinatra
'One Piece At A Time' - Johnny Cash
'Summer The First Time' - Bobby Goldsboro
'The Ballad Of John And Yoko' - John Lennon
'Oh What A Night' - Four Seasons
The festival was over, and the boys were all plannin' for a fall
The cabaret was quiet except for the drillin' in the wall.
The curfew had been lifted and the gamblin' wheel shut down,
Anyone with any sense had already left town.
He was standin' in the doorway lookin' like the Jack of Hearts.
As the island slowly sank
The loser finally broke the bank in the gambling room
The dealer said "It's too late now
You can take you money, but I don't know how
You'll spend it in the tomb"
The tiny man bit the soldier's ear
As the floor caved in and the boiler in the basemen blew
While she's out on the balcony where a stranger tell her
"My darling je vous aime beacoup"
She sheds a tear and then begins to pray
As the fire burns on and the smoke drifts away
From Black Diamond Bay.
I was siting home alone one night in LA
Watching old Cronkite on the seven o'clock news
It seems there was an earthquake that
Left nothing but a Panama hat
And a pair of old Greek shoes
Didn't seem like much was happening
So I turned it off and went to grab another beer
Seems like every time you turn around
There's another hard-luck story that you're gonna hear
And there's really nothing anyone can say
And I never did plan to go anyway
To Black Diamond Bay.
Story songs are not synonymous with ballads, what a silly statement. Might just as well say that any song with lyrics tells some kind of story.
And some of the songs mentioned here are just songs. Story songs, with some exceptions are kind of gimmicky and often don't have so many choruses, usually more repeated hooks or phrases.
"Frankie and Johnny" is a story song, it tells a complete narrative verse after verse.
Dylan's "Joey", "Hurricane" and "Black Diamond Bay" are novellas they are so detailed and biographical.
"Ode to Billy Joe", of course.
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
"At Seventeen" (barely)
It was dark in June
The bug I did moon
My friend Ken and his big old log
And Carl and Pete smoked reefer
And Jimmy the big fat hog
I was a pedobear
I really wanted to fuck some kid
I said, I want to get really piggy
And that's exactly what I did
Oh we got our message conveyed
And we a beautiful site
We got our message conveyed
Either day or night
We got our message conveyed
And nothing gonna stand in our way
We got our message conveyed
Kids are molested by gays
Jacob's Dream - Alison Krauss
"Polaroids" by Shawn Colvin.
it's called R-A-P..even if you don't like the story, it's still a story. the question is why don't they writed GOOD ones anymore?
Most of the 60s pop songs wove narratives with a beginning, middle, and end and the trend continued through the disco era, e.g. "There But For The Grace of God," to today.
Which came first: the story or the song?
See many of Bruce Springsteen songs, i.e., "The River," "Point Blank", etc....
Best Story Song - In the Ghetto by Elvis
R56 is right. Many of you seem to be struggling with the concept of a story song.
Even R56 is confused. "At Seventeen" is not a story song.
Story songs tell a story from beginning to end.
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You by Heart had a lucid narrative with a twist worthy of The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia.
Many of Stacey Kent's songs tell stories. They aren't melodramatic so I'm not sure Datalounge's melodrama queens would appreciate them.
Pineola by Lucinda Williams
In Color by Jamey Johnson (kinda)
Lonely at the top by Jamey Johnson (for sure)
Choctow Bingo by James McMurtry.
It's hard to call these narrative songs because they are too clever (make a broader point/or act as a character sketch).
not much of rap is really stories anymore. Biggy Smalls was the best story-teller in rap, and there's just nobody who does it like that anymore, at least in the mainstream.
In fact, it's the absence of narrative that unifies modern rap/hip-hop.
Why tell a story when you can just repeat the same phrase over and over and make millions.
Don't know if I would say it's the "Best" Story Song, but agree that "In the Ghetto" is a great story song, sung fantastically by Elvis and thoughtfully well-written by its composer, Mac Davis.
Not recent, but I love "Angie Baby" and "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "Delta Dawn" (would that be considered a story?
Oh, also not recent but I loved Rod Stewart's "The Killing of Georgie" and his "Young Turks" ("Patty gave birth to a ten-pound baby boy, yeah!")
And that's why she fell for... the leader of the pack. Vroom, vroom.
That's the night that the lights went out in Jordan.
That's the night the Jews stole all my land
Don't trust your soul to nobody who's named Gordon
'Cause the Jews in the town got blood stains on their hand
are you TRYING to get this thread vanished, r75? I can't believe the Amazing Race thread is disappeared because everyone kept savaging Joey.