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Songs With Stories About Characters

Songs are often used to tell a story, and sometimes it involves particular characters. So this category is about the stories based on characters in the song. This is one of my favorites . . .

 

 

Livin' On A Prayer  -  Bon Jovi  

 

Tommy and Gina

 

 

 

 

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Jesse (Carly Simon)

the singer appeals to her friends Sally and Annie to keep her from falling for Jesse's charms

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Dan, My Fling (Carly Simon)

characters are a woman, her ex, her ex's new girlfriend

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Pull out the Pin (Kate Bush)

character is a Vietnamese soldier killing an American soldier

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Wedding List (Kate Bush)

Rudy, his bride and his killer

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God is a Bullet (Concrete Blonde)

"Mom and dad had a lot of big plans for their little man
So proud.
Mama's gone crazy 'cause her baby's shot down
By some teenage car chase war out of bounds
It was the wrong place wrong time wrong end of a gun."

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Prisoners (John Denver)

the characters are a prisoner of war and his wife

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Louis Quartorze (Bow Wow Wow)

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Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey  -  Paul McCartney & Wings

 

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Guitarzan - Ray Stevens

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Readjustment Blues (Bill Danoff)

about a returning veteran

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Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas (BIll Danoff)

a child's plea

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Baby You Look Good to Me Tonight (Bill Danoff)

about a trucker and a waitress

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Alice's Restaurant (Arlo Guthrie)

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The Sad But True Story Of Ray Mingus, The Lumberjack Of Bulk Rock City, And His Never Slacking Stribe In Exploiting The So Far Undiscovered Areas Of The Intention To Bodily Intercourse From The Opposite Species Of His Kind, During Intake Of All The Mental Condition That Could Be Derived From Fermentation (Rednex)

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Your Haunted Head (Concrete Blonde)

 

"Blackest eyes I've ever seen like moonstones shine,
And all the while behind the dancing eyes the boy was crying,
He creeps like ivy on the stairs, you know I liked him then,
When we would sit and drink for hours and watch the sidewalk spin."

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Saint Stephen - Grateful Dead

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Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (Neil Diamond)

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Tweeter And The Monkey Man: Traveling Wilburys

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I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado (Bill Danoff)

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Searchin' :  Coasters (Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chan, Sam Spade, Boston Blackie, Bulldog Drummond).

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Oklahoma Backroom Dancer (Monkees)

 

"She's the original sideshow"

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Dust on the Bottle (David Lee Murphy)

 

Creole Williams lived down a dirt road
Made homemade wine like nobody I know

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Wildfire (M. M. Murphey)

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The Farmer’s Daughter   The Mac

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Hurricane: Dylan

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White Rabbit: Jefferson Airplane

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney

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El Paso: Marty Robbins

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That reminds me of another western classic -

 

Big Iron  - Marty Robbins

 

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