Better story teller than Edmund Fitzgerald?

There was a thread on A'gon about the most perfect song.  We had reasons for picking various, but for me it was Gordong Lightfoot's Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Perhaps it featured an aspect of song writing that no one else much cared for:  A deep and detailed story in the song.

So I ask you, A'goners, what songs are as good or better at telling a story of a historical event? 


Aw geez @viridian, why didn’t "TNTDODD" come to mind! Robbie Robertson says he wrote the song for Levon, using all the stories about the South that Helm had been telling the other members of The Hawks/The Band over the years. They were all Canadian, Levon being born and raised in Arkansas. Gee, I wonder if casting The Confederacy in a positive light would be allowed now? ;-)

Another good songwriter who has written about the South is Randy Newman. In fact his Good Old Boys is a "theme" album (I prefer that term to "concept"), all the songs relating to the South in one way or another. "Kingfish" and "Every Man A King" might qualify for the topic of this thread.

+1 for “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and the Harry Chaplin songs. In addition I’d like to offer a couple more.

Number 1: David Crosby’s “Cowboy Movie”.

Number 2: Dan Fogelberg’s “Tucson, Arizona”.

Number 3:  Sting’s “I hung my head”

Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman".  The song inspired the movie "The Indian Runner" which had music by Jack Nittzche and David Lindley.

Shangra-las "Leader Of the Pack"

Just my opinion, but "Acadian Driftwood" betters "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".

Jim Croce was a good storyteller/songwriter.

Bad Bad Leroy Brown

You Don't Mess Around With Jim