The theme for this week was to share songs that tell a story.
My favorite kind.
So, without a lot of intro, here are some of my favorite songs that tell a story.
#1 Hurricane by Bob Dylan
I used to teach this song when I did a short unit on songs with meaning because a lot of music today doesn’t have much meaning beyond ‘let’s dance,’ ‘I love you,’ ‘I hate you,’ and ‘let’s dance a little more.”
The story of Reuben “Hurricane” Carter has always grabbed me, because I can’t fathom how completely corrupt the entire system was and how huge the helping of disservice that was done to this man.
Great, great song…awful, awful story.
2. Copacabana by Barry Manilow
Need I say more?
3. Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meat Loaf
I always feel like I need to take a shower after I see or hear Meat Loaf, but this song had to be included in this list.
This song drives me insane because I’ve seen grown adults turn into utter fools when this one comes on, acting it out, creeping me out beyond belief.
I know every word.
4. My Name is Luka by Suzanne Vega
Always made me sad when I heard it.
5. Hazard by Richard Marx
I always thought this song was strange. Like, did Richard Marx kill someone and this is his confession?
Having just thought of it, I just looked it up and it turns out that he wrote the song, hated it, but published it anyway, because he wanted to prove his wife wrong, who said it would be a hit.
It went to #1 in a bunch of countries and pissed Richard Marx off.
6. Don’t Stand So Close to Me by the Police
I know you know this one.
7. The Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band
This one makes you move like no other.
You just can’t listen to this song and keep your foot still.
And, the story is captivating.
8. Brick by Ben Folds Five
You feel for everyone in the story and want to go into the song and hold them close.
Hope you enjoyed story time!!!