Ten songs, ten tales

‘It’s four in the morning, the end of December…’, ‘Is she really going out with him? Well there she is, let’s ask her…’Charlie I’m pregnant and living on Ninth Street’…Regular readers (or should that be singular?) will recall that last week’s post paid homage to the noble art of the story-song. I gave some story clues for ten songs. Here I provide the clues and – as promised – the songs’ names.

  1. A black boxer is framed for a triple murder – Hurricane, Bob Dylan
  2. Girl dumps her boyfriend because Daddy doesn’t like him; feels regret when boy dies in motorbike accident – Leader of the Pack, The Shangri Las
  3. Man goes to rehab; returns triumphant to wife and kids – To Her Door, Paul Kelly
  4. Woman writes to ‘Charlie’ about how well her life’s going; turns out she’s in jail and wants him to send bail – Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis, Tom Waits
  5. A man cries for the first time in his life; can’t stop crying; dies of dehydration – The Man Who Couldn’t Cry, Loudon Wainwright III
  6. Woman dreams of going out with the king of Sweden but ends up in jail, then in an asylum, then dead (Hint: has ridiculously cheery chorus) – Minnie The Moocher, Cab Calloway
  7. Man gets his girlfriend pregnant; has to marry her; his life turns to crap. – The River, Bruce Springsteen
  8. Man writes to friend to tell him he’s forgiven him for stealing his girlfriend (girlfriend has returned with a lock of girlfriend-stealer’s hair) – Famous Blue Raincoat, Leonard Cohen
  9. A fan gets mad that his idol hasn’t written back to him and drives himself and his girlfriend off a bridge – Stan, Eminem
  10. A girl called Lottie writes a confession letter from the prison/asylum, having been convicted of murdering several folk in her town – The Curse of Millhaven, Nick Cave


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2 responses to “Ten songs, ten tales

  1. dyl:pykl

    I got three of the first four! It went steadily downhill after that, but at least I now know what one of my favourite Cohen songs is about. Cheers for that S, ’twas fun.

  2. Ah, there you are, singular reader! It was my pleasure. I wonder if Leonard Cohen ever regrets signing off ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ with ‘Sincerely, L. Cohen’. It’s always seemed a strange ending…

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