Songs based on true stories

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    Bruce Springsteen, American skin (41 shots) inspired by the police shooting of Amadou Diallo
    Harvey Andrews, Soldier, inspired by an event in Belfast in 1972 involving soldier Michael Willetts
     
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    Devil Woman by Cliff Richard. Inspired by Thatcher.
     
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    Camouflage. Inspired by an awfully big marine.
     
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    Thinking about it, this could be a very long list.
     
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    Manic Street Preachers - South Yorkshire Mass Murders.
    Boom Town Rats - I don't like mondays.
    Madness - Embarrasment.
     
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    Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton.
     
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    What's the Madness song about?
     
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    CANTATA MEMORIA Er Mwyn y Plant (For the Children) by Karl Jenkins (2016) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Aberfan Disaster.

    It's absolutely brilliant - can't listen to it without a tear coming to my eye - probably available on You Tube.
     
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    Inspired by the 1968 Paris riots...


    Inspired by a true story...
     
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    The Way - Fastball.
     
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    Yes, most true stories battles, tragedies, wars etc. will have a song about them -
     
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    Chumbawamba - coal not dole
     
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    U2 Sunday bloody Sunday
     
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    Its about one of the band members sisters who was seeing a black man and got pregnant.
     
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    Never knew that
     
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    Lola the, kinks

    Maggie May, Rod Stewart

    It’s just like watching Brazil, The Ponte End
     
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    Directly from Wikipedia

    The meaning behind the song was particularly dark, considering the band's previous material. Primarily written by Lee Thompson, the plot of the song reflected the unfolding turmoil following the news that his teenage sister, Tracy Thompson, had become pregnant and was carrying a black man's child. The subsequent rejection by her family, and the shame felt, was reflected in the song.[4]

    As Thompson was on the road with the band, he only heard snippets of the story, through phone calls and letters, but this was enough for him to piece the story together. The song is a clear indication of changing attitudes (see miscegenation). The real-life story had a happy ending, however; Thompson later stated that when the child named "Hayley" was born, the antipathy of Tracy's relatives dissolved.[1]
     
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