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 @gemlog Yeah, "A Boy Named Sue" is a good one, but I definitely had not heard "Buenas Tardes Amigos". That was delightfully dark. Thanks for sharing it!

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I finally listened to the whole thing now (hey, it's over 7m long).

Wow. That is dark as fuck.
Great ballad though. You really nailed cstanhope's request for sure!

Buenos Tardes Amigo
hooktube.com/watch?v=uv-gT9lNa

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