What are your favorite narrative songs?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by TheAdversary, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. TheAdversary

    TheAdversary Curious Incubus

    Jun 25, 2017
    I'll just start by saying half the reason I'm here is because I like sharing music. Not much to be surprised about considering my post history. I figured, there are some types of music that people end up missing out on, because they stick mainly to big hits that one would hear on the radio. I personally believe that I'll never find my favorite musicians/artists unless I branch out and try listening to people I've never heard of.

    With that out of the way, I have been listening to some narrative songs lately (songs that tell a story) and have been finding some great gems that many people might not have even heard of.

    My favorite thus far is The Frame trilogy, by I, The Mighty. It's a 3-piece narrative that was released one part at a time in reverse order over the course of I, The Mighty's past few albums. The lyrics are in the video descriptions.

  2. Danuis

    Danuis Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jul 6, 2016
    Ever heard of Filk?

    There's a quite few narrative songs from Carmen Miranda's Ghost.

    Here's Guardians:

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  3. Mr Fish

    Mr Fish ...I Remember...

    Sep 11, 2010
    Pretty much any Steam Powered Giraffe song is a narrative song but the one that hits me the most is this song.
    Now, the lore behind the musical automatrons is that they were built like a hundred years ago and have been kept functional and running by the Walter family and.... Well... What do you think happens when a robot lives forever and a human... Doesn't?

    Keep that in mind while listening to this song:

    It made me tear up the first couple of times listening to it.

    Another great one in a similar vein by SPG is the original demo version of Photographic Memories by David Michael Bennet (who plays The Spine in SPG) but good luck finding that one, if anyone is interested they can tell me on Discord and I'll upload it there.

    So I'll just leave with the lyrics:

    Hope is very hard when
    Hope is very hard when we
    Put ourselves out to sea

    We've taken all the right steps
    Taken all the right steps
    But which doors open with our keys?

    All the neon fires fired in our brain
    We were thinking that our world was in danger
    Then we entered the fray

    All the rest they could not compare
    Your smiled said that you cared,
    And it felt so wonderful

    Now all these memories,
    I can't wash them away
    They are destined to stay
    And they feel like heaven

    Those photographic memories
    And they'll die on with me

    All your thoughts I did
    Cherish them all
    I helped you up when you'd fall
    You did the same for me, too

    Into my life, you were
    Right-right on time
    You must've been a sign
    And now I'm left with all these

    Photographic memories
    And they'll die on with me

    Your eyes
    Burnt two giant holes
    Straight in my heart, my love spills out
    Conquers you whole, now we're swimming around

    In the love
    And it soaks into our skin
    Though mine is metal, and yours is flesh,
    Our differences make this the best

    Love in the town that we skip to,
    Every destination
    We're putting on a show, everywhere we go
    Sparks fly from our lips
    It's an electric kiss

    Static's abound, frequency sounds
    And in and we dance around
    I'm generating lots of love
    Holding your hand

    They can hear our motors turning 'cross the land

    All our love, well it
    Put us at ease
    And it somehow made time freeze
    And it seemed like it'd never end

    Both of our hearts seemed to
    We met for the first time
    And now I can't stop thinking about those

    Photographic memories
    And they'll die on with me

    Hope is very hard when
    Hope is very hard when you
    Lost the thing you had before

    I took all the rights steps
    I took all the right steps
    And I unlocked the right doors

    All the neon fires died out in my brain
    Now I've grown onto that feeling of
    Why did you have to go?

    All they rest, they could
    Never compare
    Your smile showed me that you cared
    And it felt so wonderful

    All those memories I can't
    Wash them away
    They are embedded in my brain
    And I am all alone now
    With these

    Photographic memories
    And they'll die on with me

    It's not really that much of a narrative song though but whatever.

    Here's also a neat song by SPG that is narrative:

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  4. Ben Soto

    Ben Soto Professional Salt Shaker

    Jul 7, 2014
    There's A Boy Named Sue :

    It's one of the best examples of a narrative song.
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  5. mobucks

    mobucks moobs Orderite

    May 22, 2010
    Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel immediately comes to mind. It's a medley too I love medleys.
    Billy Joel is one of the best songwriters of our time! If you're from New Jersey.
  6. MPPlantOfficial

    MPPlantOfficial First time out of the vault

    Aug 24, 2017
  7. TheAdversary

    TheAdversary Curious Incubus

    Jun 25, 2017
    Basically it's a less classy version of "Sweet Violets."

  8. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    Favourite narrative song... Probably The Evangelist by Spawn Of Possession.

    Or maybe Diabolus Absconditus by Deathspell Omega.
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  9. MPPlantOfficial

    MPPlantOfficial First time out of the vault

    Aug 24, 2017
    This one is really good:

    This band is amazing at narrative songs in general
  10. TheAdversary

    TheAdversary Curious Incubus

    Jun 25, 2017
    Here's one I forgot about.

  11. MPPlantOfficial

    MPPlantOfficial First time out of the vault

    Aug 24, 2017
  12. YeeCop

    YeeCop Just a Sweet Irradiated Transvestite

    Jan 26, 2017

    Very overlooked art rock gem. Sounds a lot like Queen (urban legend is that this song inspired "Bohemian Rhapsody")