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Rock Songs About History

What songs tell a story about historic events, places or people. 

 

I'll start with a true favorite: Roads to Moscow- Al Stewart

From his 1973 Past, Present and Future album

 

This song tells the story of the German invasion of Russia in WWII. Each verse  beautifully captures the different aspects of the conflict as seen through the eyes of a Russian soldier. When you listen, you can almost see the aspects of the campaign happening.

 

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PT 109: Jimmy Dean

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We didn’t start the fire   Billy Joel

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The Battle Of New Orleans

 

Sink The Bismarck:   Johnny Horton

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Ohio:  CSN&Y

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Woodstock:  Joni Mitchell

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Ballad of Davey Crockett:  Fess Parker

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Ballad Of The Alamo:  Marty Robbins

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Ballad Of The Green Berets:  Sgt Barry Sadler

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American Pie:  Don McLean

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The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald:  Gordon Lightfoot

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Sunday Bloody Sunday:  U2

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Abraham, Martin And John:  Dion

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The Rising:  Bruce

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Hurricane:  Dylan

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The Palace of Versailles- Al Stewart

 

 

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Murder most foul, Dylan. Album was

released in June but this song was out

in April I think.
It is mostly JFK inspired but he makes

references to all sorts of people from the

Beatles to Wolfman Jack. Lots of suble

 references also as only Dylan does 💜🎼

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Wind Of Change  -  Scorpions  (1990, single 1991)

 

Written by Klaus Meine, the song is about the culture change in Russia following the fall of the Berlin Wall in East Germany. A conspiracy theory had it that it was written by someone in the CIA! Asked about it, Meine said the idea "would make a great movie". When they later performed it in Moscow, Meine was taught to sing the words in Russian.

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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The Caves of Altamira- Steely Dan

A Spanish cave containing drawings and paintings of early man

 

 

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