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Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:48 PM

Does any else remember those gruesome songs from the 1950s-1970s? I don't know why

this song came to mind today, but it brought back all those death songs stored in my memory bank, starting with Pat Boone's Moody River. Anyone else feeling grotesque tonight?

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Reply Does any else remember those gruesome songs from the 1950s-1970s? I don't know why (Original post)
japple Jun 2019 OP
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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:51 PM

1. Sometimes they were refused air play, ala 'Teen Angel'

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Response to empedocles (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:50 PM

31. Full disclosure: I owned that on a 45 when I was in high school.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:51 PM

2. tell laura I love her

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:54 PM

3. In 1960 in Catholic school our nun let us bring records to play on Fridays. One song was about a guy

whose girl friend died in a car wreck. He says "she's gone to heaven so I've got to be good so I can see may baby when I leave this world."


The nun said, "that boy has faith."

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 11:03 PM

32. Pearl Jam did a great cover of Last Kiss...



Not a huge fan of Pearl Jam but always dug this version.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 11:58 PM

37. J.Frank Wilson and Last Kiss. We have a winner. n/t.

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Response to argyl (Reply #37)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 06:53 PM

54. J. Frank Wilson was born in my hometown

a few years before me.

As small a place as it was, I didn't know him.

hashtag: brushes with fame

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 04:04 PM

52. Oh Jeez. That song still makes me tear up. nt

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:54 PM

4. D.O.A. by Bloodrock

Probably the worst one I remember.

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Response to House of Roberts (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:58 PM

8. I just came back to post this

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Response to House of Roberts (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:40 PM

27. That is one song

that made me shudder. "The sheets are red and moist where I'm lying...."

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Response to House of Roberts (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:47 PM

30. He says there's no chance for me.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:54 PM

5. You're Dead -- Norma Tanega -- 1966

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:58 PM

6. Leader Of The Pack

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Response to Ptah (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:01 PM

20. That song..

brings back memories. I was about 10, my sister was 8. My cousin had it at her house. My sister played it so much that my cousin gave it to her on the condition that she not play it there again. At home, I saw my baby brother step on it and break it, but my sister accused me of breaking it because I was sick of hearing it. Also, I was sick of Bye Bye Birdie, but I didn't break that one.

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Response to Ptah (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:16 PM

23. The motorcycle guy is a dead-ringer for Stephen Colbert

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Response to Ptah (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:31 PM

25. And the sequel ...

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:58 PM

7. Some Velvet Morning -- Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood -- 1966?

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:59 PM

9. I think it was because we thought we were going to burn up in a mushroom cloud any day,

after playing duck and cover every week.

Then the Pentagon brought us new fun and games. You're going to die in Vietnam after high school.


What the hell was there to live for? Drug, sex and rock and roll

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:00 PM

10. Slightly different. . . . . .but 1960s.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:39 PM

26. One of my favorite Byrds songs! I thought this 80's Ultravox song about a nuclear

explosion kinda went with it.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #26)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 11:20 PM

33. One of those songs I had to jump up to replay it several times. Like song you posted.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:01 PM

11. Fever Ray -- Keep the Streets Empty for Me

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:01 PM

12. Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Talahatchie Bridge about then right?

Ode to Billy Joe

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Response to JDC (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:15 PM

22. '67

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:03 PM

13. Pull the Plug - Starz

Last edited Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:49 PM - Edit history (1)



They left the room for a minute or two
Now I know exactly what I'm going to do
It's been so long since your vital signs went
And you don't look the same in that oxygen tent

Now if I get I get caught
I don't care if I get hung
I can't let my baby linger on in an iron lung
Good-bye my sweet
Understand what I've done
You can't suffer no more if the motor won't run

I pulled the plug!
I pulled the plug!
Yeah, I pull the plug on my love!

I pulled the plug!
I pulled the plug!
Yeah, I pull the plug on my love!

Yeah, something like this...

You look so pale
You've lost so much weight
Well, six months ago was the last time you ate
If you would just smile
My tears would come like a flood
But your heart ain't even pumping
Your body's all done

Now if I get caught
Oh, they can give me the chair
At least I know I didn't just leave you lying there
Good-bye my sweet
Understand what I've done
You can't suffer no more if the motor won't run

I pulled the plug!
I pulled the plug!
Yeah, I pull the plug on my love!

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:04 PM

14. gooey teenage death songs we used to call them

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Response to rurallib (Reply #14)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 09:52 PM

56. My parents called them Dead Teenager Songs.

I was born in the early sixties.

I just assumed being a teenager was dangerous.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:04 PM

15. I think this is the first one I ever heard.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:29 PM

16. This is from 2000, so it doesn't quite meet the criterion, but here it is anyway.

I'm pretty sure it's meant to be a spoof on the genre of death songs.


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Response to cos dem (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 09:54 PM

57. Another spoof, this one obvious.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:32 PM

17. Jan & Dean's Deadman's Curve




Oh, by the way, did anyone notice the caption on The Buoy's album cover: "Give Up Your Guns"

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Response to japple (Reply #17)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 09:56 PM

18. Good eye!



When I woke up this morning
I found myself alone
I turned to touch her hair, but she was gone
She was gone
And there beside my pillow
Were her tears from the night before
She said, give up your guns and face the law
I robbed a bank in Tampa
And I thought I had it made
But the hounds picked up my trail within the glades
So I ran
And I stumbled on this cabin
And she came to me once more
She said, give up your guns and face the law
I don't wanna leave her
I don't wanna die
Deep within a cold, cold grave
With no one 'round to cry
But I have got my pistol
Now it's time to choose
Shooting here or hanging there
And either way I lose
And now, I'm in this cabin
Where my own true love should be
Instead, there lies a note she wrote to me
And it says
No, you can't live by the bullet
But you sure as death can die
My love, give up your guns or say goodbye, goodbye
And the sheriff now is calling
With his shotgun at my door
Son, give up your guns and face the law

Songwriters: R. Holmes / D. Jordan
Give Up Your Guns lyrics S.I.A.E. Direzione Generale, Music Sales Corporation

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:01 PM

19. Run Joey Run



"Timothy" is one of my favorites.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:13 PM

21. Patches

A tear-jerking promotion for a double teenage suicide.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:21 PM

24. Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers (1964)

A group called Wednesday also had a hit with a cover of this song in 1974.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:41 PM

28. Seasons in the Sun

This actually came on my playlist this this morning.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 10:45 PM

29. Laurie (aka Strange Things Happen in This World)

I believe this is based on an old ghost story


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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 11:29 PM

34. The long black veil!

Lefty Frizzell, who wrote some other sad classics like "Detroit City" penned this one. Looking for a GA Satellites Bootleg of this - found it!

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 11:31 PM

35. oh yeah

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 11:57 PM

36. here's a cheesy death ballad for ya

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:21 AM

38. "Billy and Sue" by BJ Thomas and the Dakotas, and "The Wreck on the Highway" by The Louvin Bros.



"The Wreck on the Highway" is particularly gruesome:

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:02 AM

39. "Tom Dooley" by Kingston Trio

He killed a girl and now going to hang. My Norwegian mom used to sing it while putting curlers in my hair, it was on the radio all the time.

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Response to riverwalker (Reply #39)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:05 AM

40. Link

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:16 AM

41. The Severed Garden...

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:18 AM

42. What's that song where she keeps wailing "Let it please be him, oh dear lord it must be him..."

"...or I shall die"

Something about waiting for a telephone to ring.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #42)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 06:15 AM

46. "It Must Be Him" by Viki Carr; another in that vein is "Wives and Lovers" by Jack Jones, a Burt

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #42)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 04:34 PM

53. Vicki Carr '67

 

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:44 AM

43. "Town Without Pity" Gene Pitney

I remember it from the drive-in....



"Town Without Pity"

When you're young and so and love as we
And bewildered by the world we see
Why do people hurt us so
Only those in love would know
What a Town Without Pity can do..

If we stop to gaze upon a star
People talk about how bad we are...
Ours is not an easy age
We're like tigers in a cage
What a Town Without Pity can do..

The young have problems Many problems
We need an understanding heart..
Why don't they help us, try to help us
Before this clay and granite planet falls apart...

Take these eager lips and hold me fast..
I'm afraid this kind of joy can't last
How can we keep love alive
How can anything survive
When these little minds tear you in two..
What a town Without Pity can do..

How can we keep love alive
How can anything survive
When these little minds tear you in two..
What a town Without Pity can do..

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #43)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:36 AM

44. That 'so felt' Pitney voice!

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Response to empedocles (Reply #44)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:53 AM

45. Yes, and that song "Only Love Can Break A Heart"......

still comes back to me occasionally after well over 50-years.

Amazing how that first teenage heartbreak never leaves us....

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 09:04 AM

47. Excitable Boy and Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon


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Response to DFW (Reply #47)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 08:05 AM

62. Thanks, those are favorites

Try these:



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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #62)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 10:51 AM

63. Classics

Like just about every song on the Excitable Boy album!

(Send Lawyers, Guns and Money!)

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Response to japple (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 04:16 PM

48. Bobby Goldsboro and "Honey".

Sappy.

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Response to llmart (Reply #48)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 12:39 PM

66. Oops, I posted this one, too; didn't see your post.

"Honey" was the first sappy song I remember. As a little girl, it really got to me, LOL.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 01:10 PM

49. This one

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Response to japple (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:39 PM

50. Rupert Holmes wrote Timothy

He also wrote Escape (The Pina Colada Song). Yeah, ear worm, too bad.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:53 PM

51. Nervous Norvus - Transfusion (1956)

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Response to japple (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 07:06 PM

55. I thought I posted this before,

But here is a song about a dead girl and a horse.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 10:20 PM

58. Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Down By The River

Hey Joe


Mechanical World-Spirit
some lyrics:


Death falls so heavy on my soul

Death falls so heavy, makes me moan

Somebody tell my father that I died

Somebody tell my mother that I cried



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Response to japple (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 10:23 PM

59. Song for Adam -- Jackson Browne

Not gruesome, but very poignant.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 10:41 PM

60. Everly Brothers-"Down in the River Garden"




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Response to japple (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 11:04 PM

61. Billy Don't Be a Hero...


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Response to japple (Original post)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 11:13 AM

64. Leadfoot

But he was clockin' 97 when he passed the Pearly Gates. Leadfoot, leadfoot, speed was always great, right foot on the floorboard and his left foot on the brake.

We knew them all by heart. The neighborhood girls my sister's age would sing Tommy and Laura on the bus riding to school.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 12:37 PM

65. "Honey" Bobby Goldsboro.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 12:45 PM

67. Wildfire

Not so gruesome as it is sad.

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Response to japple (Original post)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 03:40 PM

68. Here's a gloom and room song from the 60s

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Response to japple (Original post)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 10:46 PM

69. The End - The Doors Dire Wolf - The Dead. nt

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