This week Jen over at My Skewed View asked for us to create a playlist of songs that tell a story. Initially I thought, sweet, that leaves this open to damn near anything. After all, doesn’t all music tell a story? No? Okay, doesn’t all music with the exception of maybe dubstep tell a story (unless blenders converting into transformers is a story)? I mean, it may not be a deep story, but it’s a story nonetheless. But I get it, she wants GREAT stories. She wants a saga. She wants ahem, EPIC (shudder).
Still there are so many great stories out there! How do I keep this to (around) five? Great googly moogly, Led Zepplin could fill out every participant’s list with 5 unique songs. And then you have Billy. Is there a Billy Joel song that doesn’t tell a story?
Here are mine….last on the list as usual. Some how I’m always late when I post at lunch time. Y’all TMers are CHEATERS I tell ya! I guess I’m gonna start writing my next Tuesday post right now and wait with bated breath till Jen’s link goes up so I can yell first triumphantly. I need to get back in with the cool kids.
Anyway, here’s my list and despite the name, I didn’t feature any Oasis (sorry Lance).
What’s the Story Morning Glory?
Billy Joel- The Downeaster Alexa
Shall we get Billy out of the way first? I struggled to pick one, just one, Billy Joel song (hello, Leningrad, Goodnight Saigon, Captain Jack…..Allentown!), but this has always been a favorite of mine. Tell me a great story about gritty fishermen, their warm hearts, and their families Billy!
So if you see my Downeaster “Alexa”
And if you work with the rod and the reel
Tell my wife I am trawling Atlantis
And I still have my hands on the wheel
10,000 Maniacs- Poison in the Well
Natalie Merchant has one of the coolest voices in music ever. Let’s just go ahead and acknowledge that. This song used to make me so curious as a kid. I imagined an actual town with an old fashioned well. There was someone poisoning the village. Yeah, it’s just as chilling when taken as a metaphor.
O, they tell us there’s poison in the well, that someone’s been a bit untidy and there’s been a small spill. Not a lot, no, just a drop. But there you are mistaken, you know you are. I wonder just how long they knew our well was poisoned but they let us just drink on.
Led Zeppelin- Battle of Evermore
Any song that references Tolkein is epic by definition.
Queen of Light took her bow, And then she turned to go,
The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom, And walked the night alone.
Oh, dance in the dark of night, Sing to the morning light.
The dark Lord rides in force tonight, And time will tell us all.
Pearl Jam- Jeremy
Yeah, I couldn’t do this list without including some PJ! I am still reeling from the concert at Voodoo. When they played this song…..chills. Such a sad, sad story of abuse and bullying coming to a horrible end.
Daddy didn’t give affection
And the boy was something that mommy wouldn’t wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world
The Allman Brothers- Melissa
The song that spawned my name. I used to HATE hearing this as a kid. I’d get super embarrassed. But it is a cool story about a music man on the road who can only be fulfilled by one.
Crossroads, seem to come and go, yeah.
The gypsy flies from coast to coast
Knowing many, loving none,
Bearing sorrow havin’ fun,
But back home he’ll always run
To sweet Melissa..
Bonus- Lana Del Rey- Gods & Monsters
If you still haven’t checked her out, do yourself a favor. Talent. This song is about the recklessness of those in the music industry (drugs, fame, youth, etc.).
In the land of Gods and Monsters
I was an Angel
Living in the garden of evil
Screwed up, scared, doing anything that I needed
Shining like a fiery beacon
Stay positive & love your life!
Listening to: Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Eating: Leftover potatoes and lima beans
Random fact: I saw the Broadway play “Movin’ Out” which was review based on all Billy Joel songs. It was great!