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Story Songs September 3, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Music, Personal, Pop Culture.

Time for another cross blog post. This time the idea comes from Gedeon who wanted us to come up with songs that tell a story that stand head and shoulders above the rest.

The rules for the group blog post are easy. Choose up to 5 of your favorite songs that weave a story and simply tell us why they made your list. You can be as detailed or generic as you would like, but be sure to keep your picks secret until the group post. Then, on Wednesday, September 3rd, publish your blog post along with with links to the other bloggers who are participating. We’ll get a peek inside your musical tastes and just might discover some new songs to fall in love with in the process.

My song picks involve a pilgrimage to a tourist trap, a retelling of Noah’s Ark, a duel with Lucifer, a pair of shoes, and a poker lesson. Can you guess what they are?


“The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota” by “Weird Al” Yankovic. This tells the story of one family’s journey to a lesser-known tourist attraction located in Minnesota. If you had two weeks of vacation, where’d you rather go ta? It would be the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota, of course. From the ’53 DeSoto to the diet chocolate soda, “Weird Al” tests the limits of what rhymes with Minnesota. My favorite line comes when he first sees the twineball and he says, “I was just so overwhelmed by its sheer immensity that I had to pop myself a beer.”


“Rock Steady” by Sting. Imagine a classified ad in the newspaper written by Noah that said, “Volunteers wanted for a very special trip to commune with Mother Nature on a very special trip.” Would you get on board with a crazy old guy with a beard and a boat load of animals for almost a month and a half? Sting weaves his magic in an updated version of Noah’s Ark that’s not so much in your face religiously.


“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band. Johnny totally kicks the Devil’s butt in a fiddle playing contest. How did that happen? It must have been the Devil’s hubris because I think he would have beaten Johnny in a stand-up fight, but Lucifer was way behind with his soul stealing. So, it sounds like he just got sloppy. Also, is it son of a gun or son of a bitch?


“The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong. The first time I heard this song, I think I cried my eyes out like I did this morning when I listened to it again. “Sir, I wanna buy these shoes for my Momma please.” Okay, but I’m in line ahead of you. “Daddy says there’s not much time.” Not much time for what? “You see, she’s been sick for quite a while.” That doesn’t sound good. “Want her to look beautiful if Momma meets Jesus tonight.” Oh no…time to open the flood gates.


“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. I remember singing this song back in elementary school chorus along with the theme from The Duke of Hazzard. Here’s what it sounds like now:


Here are the other “Story Song” bloggers:

Gedeon Maheux (@gedeon)

David Schultz (@dvsjr)
The (mis)adventures of a macintosh administrator

Mike Schramm (@mikeschramm)

Dave Caolo (@panache)
Hardcore Geek

Von Glitschka (@vonster)
Glitschka Studios

Andy Rudkin (@mizaru)

Christina Warren (@film_girl)

Austin Heller (@austinheller)

Mason Sklar (@zargap)

Allen Emory
A. Emory

Alain Edouard (@alainedouard)

Mark Goody (@marramgrass)

Jamie Parkins
The Sound of Silence


1. Ged Maheux - September 3, 2008

Oh. My. God! That is SO FUNNY! I love your music videos Dave, I need more of these!

I almost put The Devil Went Down to Georgia on my list too, but Hotel California was my “Devil” song as it were so I guess we’re even. Good ones all around. The Christmas Shoes song is damned depressing, but a good story.

Thanks for joining in, hope you had fun!

2. Mark - September 10, 2008

Good call on “The Gambler”. I love that song.

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