I have a weakness for songs with stories in them. (I'd use the word ballad, but I'm not sure the encompasses everything.) Some of my favorites are about vengeance. Examples: The Decemberists' long pursuit of vengeance in "The Mariner's Revenge Song", Gillian Welch's short, instant vengeance in "Caleb Meyer".

Now I have a new one to add to the list. A mysterious, full throttled rocker from TWRP and The Protomen: "Phantom Racer". I particularly enjoy the chorus.

twrp.bandcamp.com/track/phanto

@cstanhope I love that decemberist song too. You like know this one already from stan rogers?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrett%

@gemlog @cstanhope I love story songs too, although I started listening for lyrics less and less once I got into playing instruments and listening to a broader range of styles. You both probably know Johnny Cash's 'A Boy Named Sue', but you may not have heard 'Buenas Tardes Amigos' by Ween:
invidio.us/watch?v=uv-gT9lNa1g

@strypey @cstanhope
that song speaks to a very sad and embarrassing truth about canada.
It should get played more.

@gemlog @cstanhope I think there's some truth in the idea that embedding facts like that into story form, and telling those stories in art (in any medium), makes them easier for people to empathize with and accept. We've had a series of great films and songs made by Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa (NZ), that I think have made important contributions to the public debate around honouring the treaty the settler government made with them.

@gemlog @cstanhope a recent example is this song about land confiscation by a young metal band called Alien Weaponry, whose members all have whakapapa Māori (indigenous ancestry):
invidio.us/watch?v=CrGHGwH2wlg

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