Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Tales Songs

Two Fisted TalesTales From the Crypt. Two-Fisted Tales. For a short period during my early twenties, “Tales” was the keyword in my working life.

It’s also the keyword in a lot of music. I’m a sucker for a story song; well, most story songs. “Cats in the Cradle” gets me every time, but I have no use for “The Pina Colada Song.” Spoiler alert: Nobody likes getting caught in the rain, nobody. That’s nothing more than a tall tale told on dating sites.

So yeah, there are a lot of songs that tell tales, but what songs do I have in my playlist that define themselves as tales? Here are a few of my favorites.

“Tales of Brave Ulysses,” Cream. This isn’t a deep cut in my world, but if you’ve never heard it then it is in yours.

“Twisted Tales,” Jane’s Addiction. I recently featured this cut in a piece about my very own Jane’s Addiction sadobaby. Check it out.

“Senor (Tales of Yankee Power),” Bob Dylan. My copy comes from the Biograph box set, but true Dylan fans know this one from 1978’s Street Legal.

“Strange Tales, Strange Tails,” XTC. Pretty much every XTC song was a strange tale, which is what has kept them in my power rotation for 30 years.

“Short Tales of the Black Forest,” Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin. And speaking of power rotation, Friday Night In San Francisco is one of my desert island discs. If you love guitar and you don’t have this one, you have a huge gap in your collection.

“A Soldier’s Tale,” The Good, The Bad, and The Queen. Cool band, cool album.

“Fairytale in the Supermarket,” The Raincoats. One of Kurt Cobain’s favorite bands.


“The Tale of Mr. Morton,” Skee-Lo. The Schoolhouse Rock tribute album is great, and this cut might be the best of the bunch.

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  1. “The Saga Of Jesse Jane” by Alice Cooper
    “Arkansas Dave” by George Strait
    “Take The Money And Run” by Steve Miller Band
    “El Paso” by Marty Robbins
    “God’s Own Drunk” by Jimmy Buffett
    “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce
    “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles
    “The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde” by Merle Haggard
    “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash
    “Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner” by Warren Zevon
    “The Night That The Lights Went Out In Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence
    “Roll On 18 Wheeler” by David Allan Coe
    “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band
    “Big Bad John” by Jimmy Dean
    “The Night Chicago Died” by Paper Lace


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