Music Top 5 songs based on true events

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  1. Petra

    Petra Active Member

    Aug 25, 2014
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    There are many great (rock) songs that mark a historic, tragic or a world changing event. Here is my top five (random order).

    Pride (in the name of love) - U2

    The whole song is about the death of Dr. Martin Luther King on April 4th, 1968. He was shot in a Memphis hotel. The lyrics actually contain a factual error since Dr. King was shot in the early evening not in the morning.

    Early morning, April 4
    Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
    Free at last, they took your life
    They could not take your pride.

    Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen

    This song is about serial killer Charles Starkweather who committed 11 murders, 10 together with his girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate. Springsteen got inspired after seeing the movie Badlands, which was based on Starkweathers killing spree.

    Tears in heaven - Eric Clapton

    One of the most emotional charged songs I know. Clapton is singing to his four year old son Conor, who died by falling from the 53rd floor of an apartment building in 1991.

    Wind of change - Scorpions

    In 1988 the Scorpions became the first hard-rock band to play in Russia. They got inspired by the thousands of people cheering for them even though they were German. In 1990, this became the unofficial anthem for the German Reunification.

    The world is closing in
    And did you ever think
    That we could be so close, like brothers

    2 Minutes to midnight - Iron Maiden

    The title is a reference to the Doomsday Clock, which was created in 1947 by the magazine Bulletin Of Atomic Sciences. It is a symbolic clock, the closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is to nuclear disaster.

    Please feel free to add your songs to this list!
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    Nashville songwriter Connie Harrington was driving when she first heard the story of a father who drove his deceased son’s truck. The son was a soldier who had been killed in Afghanistan, and his father used the truck as a way to process his grief. The song “I Drive Your Truck” quickly took shape; while the songwriters changed the father to a brother in the ballad, the themes of family love and loss still remain.

    This is a song by British rock group Deep Purple that was released in 1972. The song tells the true story of when the band set up camp to record at a mobile recording studio in Montreux, Switzerland which was part of the entertainment complex of the Montreux Casino. At the time that Deep Purple was recording, a Frank Zappa concert was held in the casinos theater. Someone in that crowd let off a flare gun and the theater caught fire. ‘Smoke on the Water’ refers to the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel. The “Funky Claude” running in and out is referring to Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who helped some of the audience escape the fire. The song is honoured in Montreux by a sculpture along the lake shore with the band’s name, the song title, and the riff in musical notes.
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