Story-Songs; Love ’em or hate ’em?

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When I was growing up there seemed to be an inordinate amount of songs that were written as stories and set to music. They were always fun to sing along to, although on close examination many were corny. I don’t think there are too many story-songs being written anymore? (Michael Cargill just thought to himself, “Yes, for good reason.”) Anyway, here’s my list of catchy songs from the past that tell a story.

As usual, feel free to add to the list if I forgot something.

Classic Cher
  1. Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
  2. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
  3. Alone Again – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  4. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves – Cher
  5. Ode to Billy Joe– Bobbie Gentry
    Bobbie Gentry
  6. Bobby McGee – Janice Joplin
  7. Brandy – Looking Glass
  8. Lola – The Kinks
  9. She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles
  10. Hotel California– The Eagles
    The Eagles
  11. Mr. Bo Jangles – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  12. Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
  13. One Tin Soldier – Coven
  14. Hurricane – Bob Dylan
  15. Fancy – Bobbie Gentry