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    Favourite Characters/Stories in song.

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Elgaisma, Mar 1, 2011.

    What songs do you like that have a strong story or character ? I love songs that build a character and tell a story so concisely. I have been studying them recently - learning how to introduce a character almost instantly.

    Some of mine:

    Little Andy; Joshua; Jolene - Dolly Parton
    Rosie - Joan Armatrading
    Jessie - Joshua Kadison
    Copacabana - Barry Manilow
    Thank You For a Lifetime - Cliff Richard (I know its autobiographical)
    Angie Baby - Helen Reddy
    Lovely Rita; She's Leaving Home - The Beatles
    The Ghetto - Elvis
     
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    GAH.

    Damn stupid English language. Almost everything I want to list is in Swedish but I'll give it a try:

    Whatever Lola Wants - Sarah Vaughan
    Princess Crocodile - Gry
     
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    Well, most Busted songs have a story and characters...
    I'll look through my music library and make a better response at some point, as I'm sure not a lot of you are Busted fans like me. :p
     
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    Let me remove the last of your doubt, Sarah.

    We're not! ;)
     
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    Pfft. I'll just enjoy Busted on my own then! You're all missing out.

    Oh also, one song does come to mind with character and a story. Great White Bear by Dear Reader. It's beautiful and I actually wrote a short story inspired by it.
     
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    For storytelling, in my opinion, nobody beats Bruce Springsteen.

    Racing In The Street; The River; Highway Patrolman; Incident On 57th Street.

    Life, love ,loss. It's all in there, and superbly told.
     
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    The Irish folk song Whiskey in the Jar is a pretty good story.
    There's been many done over time, but some of the most famous versions of it are by The Dubliners, Thin Lizzy, and Metallica (Covering Lizzy's version).
     
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    Oh yes I forgot Labelled With Love - Squeeze
     
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    Poets of the Fall - The Poet and the Muse

    In case you didn't catch it, the band may as well be a group of musical poets. PotF is my favorite band in the history of favorite bands. This song in particular tells a rather dark story.
     
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    No one said you had to stick to the english language. I list to a lot of J-Pop, German Industrial, and even European folk songs. :)

    Europa - Globus
    Links 2-3-4 - Rammstein
    Vanilla - Gackt
    Whatever - Ayumi Hamasaki
    Thanks For The Memories - Fallout Boy
     
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    agreed - even though words can't always be appreciated, music can.
     
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    Chuck Berry - You never can tell
    Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto
    Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman
    Type O Negative - Black No.1 (reminds me of being a 15 year old goth. Good times)
    Type O Negative - Christian Woman
    Pearl Jam - Jeremy
    Crash Test Dummies - Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm
    Bob Dylan - Moonlight
    Billy Idol - White Wedding
    Rammstein - Spieluhr
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication
    Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
    Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand

    I love all these songs for their story telling. I'm sure there are hundreds more, but that's all I could remember from the top of my head at the moment.
     
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    The Man I Killed by NOFX is pretty funny... try to guess the character ;)
     
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    I like The Queen and the Solider by Suzanne Vega loads. Know a lot of other songs that tell a story, but I just like listening to that particular one.
     
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    I shouldn't be reading this thread, it's over a week old. Very bad question to ask, but I'll try to keep it relevant and short (say...6?).

    For Characters:
    That's a Sad Affair - Daniel O'Donnell or Jim Reeves [Recommended]
    Pinball Wizard - The Who


    For Story:
    The Legend of John Henry's Hammer - Johhny Cash
    Subdivision Blues - Tom T. Hall

    For Both:
    Martinmass Time - Whoever you can get it by, it's old. [Recommended]
    The Slopes of Sweet Cloonee - Ditto the above.

    Try Cantaria for lyrics and possible directions to recordings.

    Speaking of busted:

    Busted - Johnny Cash [Recommended]

    ~ Mist
     
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    Virtually everything by Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens. They're both quite narrative- and character-driven songwriters. My favourite of this kinda genre would probably be 'Does Not Suffice' by Joanna Newsom. It's heartbreaking.
     
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    Man Called Sue! :D
     
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    I can't believe I forgot:

    I've Got a Brand New Combine Harvester : Wurzels
    Ernie : Benny Hill (the milkman one)
    Two Little Boys; Tie Me Kangaroo Down : Rolf Harris
     
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    Nothing wrong with replying to a thread where the last post was a week ago. It's when it goes beyond a month you should probably avoid it. Though not entirely sure on the necrobumping policy on this forum.
     
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    Okey.

    I'll go for some of my swedish favorites then.

    "Vargaflicka" - Loke
    "Vedergällningen" - Garmarna
    "Jag kan inte skilja på" - Melissa Horn
     
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    A Boy Named Sue by Johhny Cash? Thought of that but had already reached my self-set limit! :(

    I've gotta look that one up. Sounds great! :D

    ~ Mist
     
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    "She's Leaving Home", (basically describes my relationship with my parents), "Dear Prudence", "Rocky Raccoon", "Penny Lane", etc. by the Beatles. :D
    "Like A Rolling Stone", "Subterranean Homesick Blues", by Bob Dylan.
     
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    Penny Lane has always been a weird one for me - it's a bus terminal, a roundabout and stinks of wee. Sure it's changed a bit since I last went there lol

    Eleanor Rigby would be a good one but her statue terrfied me when I was a child it's kind of sat on a bench someone had given it a bag of chips (fries) and I didn't realise it wasn't a person. When i looked I thought the person had been touched by Midas lol
     
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    Danny boy - when you know the story behind it, it's heartbreaking.

    Two little boys - Rolf Harris

    The little boy that Santa Claus forgot - Dame Vera Lynne

    Coat of many colours - Dolly Pardon

    Are you lonesome tonight - Elvis Presley

    Outside of heaven - don't remember the singer's name

    Where have all the flowers gone - Peter Seeger

    Yesterday - Paul Mccartny

    All the songs that come to mind at the moment seem to be sad songs - must be the mood I'm in.:(
    If I think of any cheery ones I'll come back with them.
     
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    Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Ballad of Curtis Lowe

    It's a ballad so it's obliviously got the feeling of a back story, but I believe that if you really look into it you can find a even more of a hidden message behind the lyrics.
     

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