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Layered Storytelling in Music

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Songbird, Sep 14, 2017.


Which song tells the best story?

  1. Esther (Phish)

    2 vote(s)
  2. Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf)

    3 vote(s)
  3. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Billy Joel)

    3 vote(s)
  4. Other

    8 vote(s)
  1. QYFW

    QYFW Well-Known Member

    You don't have to be on drugs to appreciate good music. You're such a hillbilly!
    SpeedTchr likes this.
  2. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    When I was in college, a friend of a friend didn't like "Taxi," because she said the line "I go flying so high when I'm stoned" glorified pot smoking.
  3. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    It's a cautionary tale!

    Pot smoking loser loses girl, never gets his pilot's license, and is stuck driving a taxi, while his ambitious ex now lives a glamorous life.
    I Should Coco likes this.
  4. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    But she's not happy and she's not acting! She's only acting happy. But I guess she at least has a spare $17.50 to tip him with, so that's something.
    I Should Coco and YankeeFan like this.
  5. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is probably the #1 for me.
  6. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I love Edmund Fitzgerald's voice.
  7. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Seriously, I'm a Phish fan, and 'Esther' is a great song.
    I love the Meatloaf song and the Billy Joel song, but 'Esther' is the best of three by a wide margin.
    Songbird likes this.
  8. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I like 'Rocky Racoon,' although that is more silly than layered.

    Also by Phish - 'Fee.'
    Off the same album, 'Junta,' as 'Esther.'
    'Fee' is good, but 'Esther' is much better.
    Interestingly, 'Junta' was their first album.
  9. John

    John Well-Known Member

    This thread reminds me that I pay virtually no attention to the lyrics when I listen to music. I love music and listen to it almost constantly, but even when I know the words (happens less and less these days) I'm not really paying any attention to the story being told.
    Dyno likes this.
  10. QYFW

    QYFW Well-Known Member

    I'm a lyrics junkie, but I do tend to ignore them somewhat if the music is really heavy.
  11. Corky Ramirez up on 94th St.

    Corky Ramirez up on 94th St. Well-Known Member

    Just about anything by Harry Chapin (WOLD, I Wanna Learn a Love Song) or Gordon Lightfoot fits the bill. What comes to mind too is "Fire and Rain."

    I'll have to think of some good obscure songs. You guys have some good ones, of which I'm not familiar.
  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Fee is so good. So is Rift.
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