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    Default Favorite Song Which Tells A Whole Story ?

    Some of my favorites:

    Ode To Billie Jo - Bobby Gentry
    Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
    Johnny 99 - Bruce Springsteen
    Hurricane - Bob Dylan
    Lilly, Rosemary, & The Jack of Hearts - Bob Dylan
    Taxi - Harry Chapin

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    1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Richard Thompson

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    Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen

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    The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

    Charlie Daniels Band
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    The whole story...
    Does "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" count because it's the end of a relationship?
    Honestly I don't think anyone tells a story through music better than Springsteen, the characters are so real. "Youngstown" seems to fit the bill if "the whole story" can end with the death of the American dream. "Wreck on the Highway","It's Cloudy out in Pittsburgh." My absolute favorite is "Thunder Road" but since "The Promise" is a continuation I think that knocks it out of consideration. The Pete Seeger song (from a poem by a steelworker) that "American Land" was based on is sad but something that should probably be taught alongside "boring" history.

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    Alice's Restaurant is about as close as it gets. Almost word for word based on true events to Arlo... but I think my favorite is ' She got the elevator, I got the shaft". I think that was a Jerry Reed song, but I'm not sure.
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    Default Goodbye Earl - Performed by Dixie Chicks

    Mary Anne and Wanda were the best of friends
    All through their high school days
    Both members of the 4H club, both active in the FFA
    After graduation
    Mary Anne went out lookin' for a bright new world
    Wanda looked all around this town and all she found was Earl
    It wasn't two weeks after she got married that
    Wanda started gettin' abused
    She'd put on dark glasses or long sleeved blouses
    Or make-up to cover a bruise
    Well she finally got the nerve to file for divorce
    And she let the law take it from there
    But Earl walked right through that restraining order
    And put her in intensive care
    Right away Mary Anne flew in from Atlanta
    On a red eye midnight flight
    She held Wanda's hand as they worked out a plan
    And it didn't take 'em long to decide
    That Earl had to die, goodbye Earl
    Those black-eyed peas, they tasted alright to me, Earl
    You're feelin' weak? Why don't you lay down and sleep, Earl
    Ain't it dark wrapped up in that tarp, Earl
    The cops came by to bring Earl in
    They searched the house high and low
    Then they tipped their hats and said, thank you ladies
    If you hear from him let us know
    Well the weeks went by and spring turned to summer
    And summer faded into fall
    And it turns out he was a missing person who nobody missed at all
    So the girls bought some land and a roadside stand
    Out on highway 109
    They sell Tennessee ham and strawberry jam
    And they don't lose any sleep at night, 'cause
    Earl had to die, goodbye Earl
    We need a break, let's go out to the lake, Earl
    We'll pack a lunch, and stuff you in the trunk, Earl
    Is that alright? Good! Let's go for a ride, Earl
    Songwriters: DENNIS LINDE
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    Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Pi˝a Colada Song)
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    Most any song by Marty Robbins. Marty was an amazing story teller.
    - You Gave Me a Mountain
    - Big Iron
    - El Paso (and El Paso City)
    - Texas Red
    - Strawberry Roan
    - My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
    - etc.
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    Zag Shop (Thrift Shop Parody)

    Gonzaga sind die besten! Gehe Zags!

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