Best storyteller songs?

Don't want to forget Chuck Berry's sweet little song My Ding a Ling
My Catholic high school (early seventies) removed our cafeteria jukebox because of "My Ding a Ling" and Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35". I never could figure out why they just didn't remove the offending records. They probably needed an excuse to ban the entire jukebox.

The lunch-time sing-alongs were fun while they lasted!
 
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Song for America​

Kansas

Virgin land of forest green, dark and stormy plains, here all life abounds
Sunlit valley, mountain fields, unseen in the rain, here all life abounds
No man rules this land, no human hand has soiled this paradise
Waiting patiently, so much to see, so rich in Earth's delights
Painted desert, sequined sky, stars that fill the night, here all life abounds
Rivers flowing to the sea, sunshine pure and bright, here all life abounds
No man rules this land, no human hand has soiled this paradise
Waiting patiently, so much to see, so rich in Earth's delights
So the maiden lies in waiting, for the sails to reach the shore
Land of beauty and abundance, innocent, you opened wide your door
Wanderers found the waiting treasure, full of gifts beyond their measure
Milk and honey for our pleasure...
Across the sea there came a multitude, sailing ships upon the wave
Filled with visions of Utopia, and the freedom that they crave
Ravage, plunder, see no wonder, rape and kill and tear asunder
Chop the forest, plow it under...
Highways scar the mountainsides, buildings to the sky, people all around
Houses stand in endless rows, sea to shining sea, people all around
So we rule this land, and here we stand upon our paradise,
Dreaming of a place, our weary race is ready to arise

Songwriter: Kerry Livgren. For non-commercial use only.
 
Since most of the songs that came to my mind have already been mentioned, I’ll toss in two more popular story songs.

Copacabana - Barry Manilow
Rosalita - Bruce Springsteen
 
You’re so Vain and That’s the Way I Always Heard it Should Be - Carly Simon

Fire and Rain and Copperline - James Taylor

That Girl Could Sing - Jackson Browne
 
Some classic "story" songs listed on this thread.

A few of these favorites come to mind :

Copperhead Road - Steve Earle

Choctaw Bingo - James McMurtry

The Road Goes On Forever - (The Joe Ely version)

Mother Blues - Ray Wylie Hubbard

Boom Boom Mancini - Warren Zevon
Lawyers, Guns and Money - Warren Zevon


JB
Excellent list though I like Canola Fields more than Choctaw Bingo.
 
 

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