I hope some of these videos will stir some memories for you. Warning, some of these songs are long - but after all, it takes a while to tell a story.
One of my favorite story telling songs of all time - City of New Orleans, written by Steve Goodman.
And the sons of Pullman porters
and the sons of engineers
ride their fathers' magic carpet made of steam....
Simon and Garfunkel, a folk rock duo from the 1960's and early 1970's, had a hit with a song called Scarborough Fair/Canticle. The song consists partially of a traditional English ballad (Scarborough Fair) and partially a anti war song Paul Simon wrote in 1963 and rewrote for this (Canticle).
The intertwining of the two sets of lyrics is remarkable.
Speaking of Simon and Garfunkel, I also love a song called The Boxer, down and out on the streets of New York City. In this live version, they sing an extra verse that wasn't in the original studio version.
I am older than I once was
And younger than I'll be; that's not unusual....
After changes upon changesWe are more or less the same
After changes we are more or less the same
One more story for you, this time, a true story. I know people who can not stand this song. But as we are coming up on the 40th (November 10, 1975) anniversary of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald...well, I hope you like the story as much as I do.
Do you have a favorite story-song?