17 Songs With A Story That Will Tear At Your Heartstrings, Creep You Out Or Lift Your Spirits

17 Songs With A Story That Will Tear At Your Heartstrings, Creep You Out Or Lift Your Spirits

Whether they have set beginnings, middles, and ends or they allude to something bigger going down, here are 17 songs that tell a story.

Have you ever had that moment when you listen, really listen, to the lyrics of a song that you thought you've loved for a long time, only to discover it had some deeper meaning or story behind its lyrics? Those moments are the best. Now, with the some of these songs you can't help but understand the exact thing that the singer was trying to convey. Nevertheless, they are worthy. Whether they have set beginnings, middles and ends or they allude to something bigger going down, here are 17 songs that tell a story.

1. "Dirty Paws" by Of Monsters and Men

"They had a pet dragonfly

The dragonfly, it ran away
But it came back with a story to say."

This mellow tune by Of Monsters and Men is actually a whimsical ballad about a war between forest creatures.

2. "Keep On Keeping On" by Travie McCoy ft. Brendon Urie

"He spent most of his youth with his head down,
Chuby, fugly, awkward walk,
And not much of a talker."

A young boy with a rough life grows up to be successful in, with his wings serving as a powerful metaphor for moving past difficulties.

3. "Hotel California" by The Eagles

"Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night


This classic favorite is actually a creepy tale about the experience of a man that checks into a haunted hotel.

4. "The Zombie Song" by Stephany Mabey

"Our love story,
Could be kinda gory
ar from boring
We'd meet at a post-apocalypse"

This cutesy tune is a zombie girl's promise to her crush who, spoiler alert, isn't exactly dead... yet.

5. "Hero of War" by Rise Against

"He said son, have you seen the world?
Well, what would you say if I said that you could
Just carry this gun, you'll even get paid

I said that sounds pretty good"Here is the emotional plight of a soldier who didn't know what he was getting into.

6. "Forever and Always" by Parachute

"She's sitting at the table
The hour's getting later
He was supposed to be here
She's sure he would've called.


A girl expecting her love instead gets the worst news of her life. To be honest, I cried the first time I heard this song.

7. "Stan" Eminem

"Dear Slim, I wrote you but still ain't callin'
I left my cell, my pager, and my home phone at the bottom
I sent two letters back in autumn, you must not-a got 'em
There probably was a problem at the post office or somethin'


A dedicated fan writes letters to his idol, growing increasingly agitated until one day... he snaps.

8. "Partners in Crime" by Set It Off ft. Ash Costello

"This, the tale of reckless love
Living a life of crime on the run
A brush to a gun
We paint these states green... and red."

A modern-day Bonnie and Clyde make their final stand.

9. "Sk8ter Boi" by Avril Lavigne

"He was a boy,
She was a girl,
Can I make it any more obvious?"

This is a punky passive-aggressive tune aimed at a girl that turns up her nose at a boy who didn't quite meet her standards.

10. "Terrible Things" by Mayday Parade

"By the time I was your age, I'd give anything,
To fall in love truly was all I could think
That's when I met your mother, the girl of my dreams

In this sad tune, the narrator is a father telling his young son why falling in love isn't worth the heartbreak.

11. "Bruises" by Train ft. Ashley Monroe

"Haven't seen you since high school,

Good to see you're still beautiful,
Gravity hasn't started to pull
Quite yet, I bet you're rich as hell."

Two old friends meet up again, catching up and possible rekindling something...

12. "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur

"I met you in the dark, you lit me up
You made me feel as though I was enough
We danced the night away, we drank too much
I held your hair back when, you were throwing up


This soulful ballad features a lovestruck narrator recounting the story of meeting the love of his life.

13. "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé

"To the left, to the left,
Everything you own in a box to the left,
In the closet, that's my stuff,
If I bought it, please don't touch."

This is a sassy farewell from a woman to her new ex.

14. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson

"It's close to midnight,
And something evil's lurking in the dark.
Under the moonlight,
You see a sight that almost stops your heart."

This classic chronicles the frightening plight of a protagonist being pursued by horrifying monsters.

15. "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega

"I am sitting
In the morning
At the diner
On the corner"

This song is about a woman's uneventful day at the diner. Fans of Fall Out Boy's "Centuries" will recognize the line they sampled from this song.

16. "Crying Game" by Cady Groves

"Woke up to snow, it's Christmas again,
But you're still not home, got thrown in the pen
And I'm six years old, sitting there thinking,
'Why am I always alone?'"

Cady Groves recounts her childhood and various family experiences in her pseudo-cheerful song.

17. "Kim" by Eminem

"Aw look at daddy's baby girl
That's daddy baby
Little sleepy head
Yesterday I changed your diaper"

This violent ballad is based on the relationship between Eminem and his ex-wife Kim, and, well... don't listen to it with kids around.

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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