Rock Songs That Tell a Story or 5 Songs for Drinking Beer
I heard a song by Judge Smith called “Carpet Tile” (who would have thought a song about carpet tile would be interesting) and I heard a song by Robert Mullins called “Judgment Day”. While one is a pub song about the demise of the English economy after Margaret Thatcher and the other is a southern rock song about the treachery of West Virginia mining companies, they have one thing in common: they tell a story. (They are also about oppression of the common folk, but I didn’t want to go into that.)
I enjoyed these two songs so much that I thought I would put together a list of rock songs that tell a story. If it makes it easier for you to listen to these, you can get yourself a beer and sing along. You’ll find a couple of standards, but you’ll have have a couple of surprises to delight you along the way.
“American Pie” – Don McLean
It just seems right to me to start off with one that you would expect to be here. If you haven’t started with the beer yet take a shot of whiskey.
“Alice’s Restaurant” – Arlo Guthrie
Maybe this song isn’t a true rock song, but it’s close enough and I like it.
“Broadsword” – Jethro Tull
You probably won’t find this song on anyone else’s list, but I think it tells a cool story especially of you like Lord of the Rings and those sorts of things.
“Beyond the Realms of Death” – Judas Priest
You know I’m going to have to rock the list up just a little bit with some heavy metal. I’m not sure what the song is about for sure, but it sounds cool.
“Me and Bobby McGee” – Janis Joplin
I’ll close it out with another classic story song from our favorite flower child songstress.