There are so many songs that have been inspired by true events. But there are some songs that are inspired by tragic events. Let’s go back in retrospect and see what have we missed!
1. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
“I saw her standin’ on her front lawn just a twirlin’ her baton / Me and her went for a ride, sir . . . and 10 innocent people died”. Ring any bells? The song is about the spree-killer Charles Starkweather, who killed 11 people in Nebraska and Wyoming in the late ‘50s.
2. Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
“Would you know my name / If I saw you in heaven?” and “I must be strong / And carry on / ‘Cause I know I don’t belong / Here in heaven”. You could have guessed that Sir Eric is talking to someone in this song. But did you know who that was? To his 4 years old son. His son fell down from 53rd storey of a building in New York in 1991.
3. Nirvana – Polly
This song was inspired by a newspaper article Cobain read about a 14-year-old girl who was abducted, raped, and tortured with a blowtorch by convicted serial rapist and kidnapper Gerald Arthur Friend in 1987.
4. U2- Sunday Bloody Sunday
January 30, 1972, an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland that spanned four decades, members of the British Army opened fire on a group of innocent, unarmed civil rights protesters, killing 14 of them, including seven teenagers. The event became known as Bloody Sunday and hence, the song!
5. The Beatles – A Day in the life
“I read the news today, oh boy / about a lucky man who made the grade,” the song is about Tara Brown, a London Socialite and friend of the Beatles, who died in an accident by crashing into a parked truck. The death deeply affected The Beatles and thus, Lennon was inspired to pen it down.
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