Songs Based on Real Life

Maile Carballo / KUTX

January 31, 1970 – In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead were busted for substance mischief, an event said to be the inspiration for their song “Truckin’.” Let’s mark the occasion and hear INTERESTING SONGS BASED ON REAL LIFE STORIES.

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“‘Stagger Lee’ dates from 1895 or so, they say.”

Philip White

“Inspired by Peter Fonda freaking John Lennon out whilst tripping by telling him ‘I know what it’s like to be dead'” in reference to, “She Said She Said” by the Beatles”

Bill Jerram

“‘LA Freeway’ by Guy Clark. Best packing up and moving out song ever.'”

Robin Thompson Perry

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