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"Songs Based On Stories"

In alphabetic order by song title

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A
"Abigail" -- Motionless In White -- Based on Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

"Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts" -- Manowar -- Based on the battle between Hector and Achilles in "The Iliad"

"Afternoons and Coffeespoons" -- Crash Test Dummies -- Based on T.S Eliot's "Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock"

"Adam's Apple" -- Aerosmith -- Based on "Genesis' Adam & Eve"

"Ahab" -- MC Lars -- Based on "Moby Dick"

"And Then There Was Silence" -- Blind Guardian -- Based on "The Iliad"

"Alone" -- Green Carnation -- Based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem of the same title

"Alone" -- Arcturus -- Based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem of the same title

"Altair-4" -- Blind Guardian -- Based on "The Tommyknockers" by Stephen King.

"All I Wanna Do" -- Sheryl Crow -- Lyrics derived from the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper.

"All is Not Well" -- Hannah Fury -- Based on the romance of Elphaba and Fiyero from "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire.

"Among the Living" -- Anthrax -- Based on Stephen King's "The Stand".

"And Your Little Dog Too" -- Hannah Fury -- Told from the point of view of Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum's The "Wonderful Wizard of Oz".

"A Man for All Seasons" -- Al Stewart -- Based on Robert Bolt's play.

"A Picture of Dorian Gray" -- The Television Personalities -- Based on Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

Animals -- Pink Floyd -- An Album Loosely Based on George Orwell's "Animal Farm".

"Animal in Man" -- dead prez -- A retelling of George Orwell's "Animal Farm".

"Animal Farm" -- Hazel O'Connor -- A retelling of George Orwell's "Animal Farm".

"Animal Farm" -- The Kinks -- NOT another retelling of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" despite shared title and subject matter.

"Arrows" -- Vampire Weekend -- Based on Evelyn Waugh's novel "Brideshead Revisited".

"Audrina, My Sweet" -- Ancient -- Based on V.C. Andrews's novel "My Sweet Audrina".


B

"Babieca" -- Destroyer/Sr. Chinarro -- Based on the old Castilian epic poem, "El Cantar de Mio Cid"

"The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" -- Leonard Nimoy -- Based on J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit".

"The Bard's Song" -- Blind Guardian -- Retells "The Hobbit".

"The Ballad of Skip Wiley" -- Jimmy Buffett -- A song about the character from Carl Hiaasen's novel "Tourist Season".

"Banana Co." -- Radiohead -- Based on the novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez.

"Barefoot Children in the Rain" -- Jimmy Buffett -- Based on Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".

"Beneath These Waves" -- Demons & Wizards -- Based on Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" from Captain Ahab's perspective.

"Bernice Bobs Her Hair" -- The Divine Comedy -- Based on the short story of the same title by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"Big Brother" -- David Bowie -- One of many songs he wrote about Orwell's "1984".

"Billy Liar" -- The Decemberists -- Based on some of the adventures of the title character of Keith Waterhouse's novel of the same name.

"Black Blade" -- Blue Öyster Cult -- Based on the "Elric of Melniboné" stories by Michael Moorcock.

"Bowling in the Hills" -- Eddie from Ohio -- Retells Washington Irving's short story "Rip Van Winkle".

"Brave New World" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on the story of "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley


C

"Cane" -- Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson -- Based on the stories "Karintha" and "Becky" from Cane by Jean Toomer

"The Call of Ktulu" -- Metallica -- an instrumental track closing off Metallica's fantastic Ride The Lightning; the title invokes H.P. Lovercraft's most famous short story "The Call of Cthulhu."

"Calypso" -- Suzanne Vega -- Based on one of the scenes in the "Odyssey" by Homer.

"Carry the Fire" -- Dustin Kensrue -- Based on The Road by Cormac McCarthy

"The Cask Of Amontillado" -- The Alan Parsons Project -- Based on "The Cask of Amontillado", a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

"Cassandra" -- ABBA --Based on the character in the "Iliad" by Homer.

"Catch-22" -- Pink -- Based on the novel "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller.

"Chapter 24" -- Pink Floyd -- About the "I Ching"

"Chapter Four" -- Avenged Sevenfold -- Based on the book of "Genesis: Chapter 4".

"Charlotte Sometimes" -- The Cure -- About Penelope Farmer's novel of the same name.

"China in Your Hand" by T'Pau is based on Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".

"Christabel" by Robert Earl Keen is based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Cristabel".

"Circles" -- Thrice -- Based on Chapter 7 of G.K. Chesterton's *Orthodoxy*

"Crimson King" -- Demons & Wizards --Told from the point of view of Randall Flagg the main antagonist from "The Dark Tower (series)" by "Stephen King".

"Cute Without the E (Cut From the Team)" -- Taking Back Sunday -- Based on William Shakespeare's play "Othello".

"Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)" --The Tragically Hip -- References a passage from MacLennan's "The Watch That Ends The Night".


D

"Daedalus" -- Thrice -- Retelling of the story of "Daedalus and Icarus"

"Dalai Lama" -- Rammstein -- Loosely based on "Der Erlkönig' by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

"Damnation Alley" -- Hawkwind -- Based on the novel by Roger Zelazny.

"Dante's Inferno" -- Iced Earth -- Retells Dante's "Inferno".

"Dante's Prayer" -- by Loreena McKennitt -- Inspired by Dante's "Inferno"

"The Dawn of a New Age" -- Satyricon -- Based on the "Book of Revelation".

"Dead" -- Pixies -- Based on the biblical legend of "David and Bathsheba".

"Don't Stand So Close to Me" -- The Police -- References "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov.

"Doublespeak" -- Thrice -- About George Orwell's "Nineteen-Eighty-Four"

"Dracula" -- Iced Earth -- About "Dracula" by Bram Stoker


E

"The Edge of Darkness" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on the movie "Apocalypse Now", which was in turn inspired by Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness".

"El Dorado" -- Iron Maiden -- References a poem by Edgar Allan Poe of the same name

"Elvenpath" -- Nightwish -- Based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

"The End of The Universe" -- S.P.O.C.K -- Refers to "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" by Douglas Adams.

"Envoi" -- Absynthe Minded -- Based on Hugo Claus's novel of the same name.

"Eveline" -- Nickel Creek -- Based on the James Joyce short story of the same name.

"Exit Music (For a Film)" -- Radiohead -- Based on Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet".


F

"Fable" -- Gatsbys American Dream -- Based on William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies".

"Flight of Icarus" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on the Greek "myth of Icarus".

"Footprints" -- Half Man Half Biscuit -- A parody of "Footprints" by Mary Stevenson, itself adapted from "Psalm 77.19".

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" -- Metallica -- Based on Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same title

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" -- The Bee Gees -- Based on Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same title

"Frankenstein" -- Iced Earth -- Based on "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley.

"From the Underworld" -- The Herd -- Based on the Greek legend of "Orpheus and Eurydice".

"The Future Is Now" -- The Offspring -- Based on George Orwell's novel "1984".

"Flowers in the Attic" -- Budgie -- About V.C. Andrews's novel "Flowers in the Attic".


G

"Giving Up The Gun" -- Vampire Weekend -- Titled after "Giving Up the Gun: Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879" by Noel Perrin.

"The Gladdest Thing" -- Deb Talan -- Incorporates as its chorus the poem "Afternoon on a Hill" by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

"God's Own Drunk" -- Jimmy Buffet makes a most unusual friend.

"Grendel" -- Marillion -- Retelling of John Gardner's novel "Grendel".

"The Ghost of Tom Joad" -- Bruce Springsteen -- About The "Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck.

"Goodbye Sky Harbor" -- Jimmy Eat World -- About the book "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving.

"Guardian of the Blind" -- Blind Guardian -- Based on "It" by Stephen King.

"The Gunslinger" -- Demons & Wizards Based on Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series


H

"Hallelujah" -- Leonard Cohen -- Based on the biblical story of "David and Bathsheba". It also incorporates elements of the story of "Samson and Delilah".

"Haunted" -- Poe -- Based on "House of Leaves" by Mark Danielewski.

"Hedda Gabler" -- John Cale -- Retelling of Henrik Ibsen's play.

"Hey (rise of the robots)" -- The Stranglers -- Based on "I, robot" by Isaac Asimov

"Hey There Ophelia" -- MC Lars -- Retelling of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet".

"The Highwayman" -- Loreena McKennitt -- Recounts a poem by Alfred Noyes.

"Hold Fast Hope" -- Thrice -- Based on the story of Jonah in the Bible

"Holland 1945" -- Neutral Milk Hotel -- Based on The Diary of Anne Frank

"Home at Last" -- Steely Dan -- Retells Ulysses' encounter with the Sirens from the "Odyssey".

"Home" -- Breaking Benjamin -- Based on "The Wizard of Oz"

"House of Leaves" -- Circa Survive -- Based on "House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski.

"House at Pooh Corner" and "Return to Pooh Corner" -- Kenny Loggins -- About "The House at Pooh Corner" by A.A. Milne.

"How Beautiful You Are" -- The Cure -- Retelling of "Les Yeux du Pauvre" a poem by Charles Baudelaire from "Le Spleen de Paris"

"The Human Hosepipe" -- Harry and the Potters -- Retells a scene from "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire".

"Hug Me" -- Meg & Dia -- Based on "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley.


I

"I Am the Walrus" -- The Beatles -- Includes lines from a recording of a performance of William Shakespeare's "King Lear".

"I Can't Let You In" -- Hannah Fury -- About Fiyero's tragic affair with Elphaba (told from her point of view) from Gregory Maguire's "Wicked."

"I Cheat the Hangman" -- Doobie Brothers -- Inspired by the story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce.

"I Have Seen The Future" -- The Bravery -- Inspired by the story "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley.

"I Robot" -- UK Subs -- Based on "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov.

"If I Die Young" -- The Band Perry -- Based on the poem "Lady of Shallot"

"Indiana" -- Meg & Dia -- Based on the George Sands novel of the same name.

"In Like a Lion (Always Winter)" -- Relient K -- About C. S. Lewis's "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe".

"The Insect God" -- Monks of Doom -- Sets Edward Gorey's poem/book of the same name to music.

"Into the West" -- Annie Lennox -- About "The Lord of the Rings"

"Invisible Monsters" -- Motion City Soundtrack -- About "Invisible Monsters" by Chuck Palahniuk.

"Ion Square" -- Bloc Party -- Uses part of "I carry your heart with me" by E. E. Cummings as its chorus.

"It Was Her House That Killed Nessarose" -- Hannah Fury -- About Elphaba's perception of Dorothy from Gregory Maguire's Wicked.


JJ

"Jamaica Inn" -- Tori Amos -- About "Jamaica Inn" by Daphne du Maurier.

"Jekyll & Hyde" -- Iced Earth -- About "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson .

"Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)" -- Within Temptation -- About "Daggerspell" by Katharine Kerr.

"Jocasta" Noah and the Whale -- Expresses the turmoil of Oedipus' mother, Jocasta, in "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles.

"Juliet" -- Emilie Autumn -- Based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"


K
"Killing an Arab" -- The Cure -- Closely related to Albert Camus's "The Stranger"


L

"Boston (Ladies of Cambridge)" -- Vampire Weekend -- Based on the poem "the cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls" by ee cummings

"Lay Down" -- Strawbs -- Based on "Psalm 23".

"Legend of the USS Titanic" -- Jamie Brockett tells a fractured fairy tale of how the Titanic sank.

"Let it Show" -- Hannah Fury-- Based on Gregory Maguire's "Wicked".

"Lolita" -- Elefant -- About Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita".

"Lolita" -- Sky Ferreira -- About Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" .

"The Longest Day" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on Cornelius Ryan's "The Longest Day."

"Lord of the Flies" -- Iron Maiden -- Retells "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding.

"Lord of the Rings" -- Blind Guardian -- About "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien.

"Love and Death" -- The Waterboys -- Based on the William Butler Yeats poem.

"Love and Destroy" -- Franz Ferdinand -- Based on "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov.

"Love Song for a Vampire" -- Annie Lennox -- About Bram Stoker's "Dracula".

"Lucy" -- The Divine Comedy -- Based on three poems by William Wordsworth.

"Lullaby" -- Lagwagon -- Based on Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk.

"The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" -- Iron Maiden, based on the short story of the same name by Alan Sillitoe.

"Lord of Light" -- Hawkwind -- Based on the novel by Roger Zelazny.


M

"Memory" -- Barbara Streisand -- Based on lines from a poem by T. S. Eliot.

"Me Gustas Cuando Callas" -- the Brazilian Girls -- A song version of Pablo Neruda's poem of the same name

"The Messenger" -- Thrice -- Based on Isaiah 6 in the Bible

"Midsummer Night's Dream" -- Noe Venable -- Speculates about the children's return from Narnia in "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe".

"Misery Loves Company" -- Anthrax -- About "Misery" by Stephen King.

"Moon over Bourbon Street" -- Sting -- Describing a character from Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire"

"Monster" -- Meg & Dia -- Based on Cathy Ames' character in John Steinbeck's "East of Eden".

"Mr. Raven" -- MC Lars -- Retells "The Raven", a poem by Edgar Allan Poe.

"My Name Is Macbeth" -- Mitch Benn -- Shakespeare's "Macbeth" reworked in the style of Eminem

"The Melting Point of Wax" -- Thrice -- Retells the story of "The Fall of Icarus".

"Murders in the Rue Morgue" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on the short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe.

"My Antonia" -- Emmylou Harris with Dave Matthews -- About "My Antonia" by Willa Cather.


N

"Narnia" -- Steve Hackett -- Based on "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C. S. Lewis.

"Narcissist" -- The Libertines -- Loosely based on the character of Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

"Never Come Down Again" -- Hannah Fury -- Based on Gregory Maguire's "Wicked"

"Nice, Nice, Very Nice" -- Ambrosia -- Has lyrics taken almost verbatim from the poem in chapter 2 (and the bridge from the one on chapter 58) of Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Cat's Cradle".

"No Love Lost" -- Joy Division -- Based on and includes quotes from "The House of Dolls" by Ka-tzetnik 135633.

"November Rain" -- Guns N' Roses -- Loosely based on Del James's short story "Without You".

"Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" -- Rob Zombie --Based on "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess.

"Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...)" -- Panic! at the Disco is based on "Perfume" by Patrick Süskind.

"Nosferatu" -- Blue Oyster Cult -- Based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula"


O

"Of Unsound Mind" -- Metal Church -- Based on the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe.

"One" -- Metallica -- Based on the novel "Johnny Got His Gun" by Dalton Trumbo.

"Out of the Silent Planet" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on the movie Forbidden Planet and the science-fiction novel by C. S. Lewis.

"Oedipus" -- Regina Spektor -- Refers to the tragedy of "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles.

"Oedipus Rex" -- Tom Lehrer -- Refers to the Sophocles play.

"The Odyssey" -- Symphony X -- Based on Homer's epic of the same name.

"Ol' Evil Eye" -- Insane Clown Posse -- Based on Poe's The "Tell-Tale Heart".

"Omega Man" -- Iron Savior -- Based on the novel "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson.

"Owen Meaney"" -- Lagwagon -- Based on the novel "A Prayer For Owen Meany" by John Irving.

"Oh! You Pretty Things" -- David Bowie -- Contains lyrics that reference "Anthem" by Ayn Rand.

"Off to the Races" -- Lana Del Rey -- References to "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov.


P

"Paperback Writer" -- The Beatles -- "Based on a novel by a man named Lear. "

"Patrick Bateman" -- Manic Street Preachers -- About the lead character in "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis.

"Pattern Recognition" -- by Sonic Youth -- Based on William Gibson's novel of the same name.

"Penelope" -- Robi Rosa -- Based on the character from Homer's "Odyssey".

"Pennywise" -- Pennywise -- About the character Pennywise from the novel "It" by Stephen King.

"Pet Sematary" -- Ramones -- About "Pet Sematary" by Stephen King.

"The Phantom of the Opera" -- Iron Maiden -- About The "Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux.

"The Phantom of the Opera Ghost" -- Iced Earth -- About The "Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux.

"A Pict Song" -- Billy Bragg -- Based on a poem of the same name by Rudyard Kipling.

"Please Don't Bury Me" -- John Prine gives an account of his death and trip to heaven.

"Poet" -- Bastille -- Inspired by "Sonnet 18" by William Shakespeare.

"Poor Little Rich Boy" -- Regina Spektor -- Refers to a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"Popular" -- Nada Surf -- Based upon the book "Penny's Guide to Teen-Age Charm and Popularity" by Gloria Winters (1964).

"Prick! Goes the Scorpion's Tale" -- Emilie Autumn -- Based on the fable "The Toad and the Scorpion"

"Prince Caspian" -- Phish -- About C. S. Lewis' "Prince Caspian".

"The Prophecy" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on the book "Seventh Son" by Orson Scott Card

"Pull Me Under" -- Dream Theater -- Based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet", from Prince Hamlet's point of view.


Q


R

"Raistlin and the Rose" -- Lake of Tears -- Based on "Dragonlance Legends trilogy" by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

"Ramble On" -- Led Zeppelin -- Mentions characters and places from Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", including "Mordor" and "Gollum".

"Rebecca" -- Meg & Dia -- Based on the Daphne du Maurier book.

"Red Barchetta" -- Rush -- Based on the Short Story "A Nice Morning Drive" by Richard S. Foster

"ReJoyce" -- Jefferson Airplane -- Is Grace Slick's psychedelic version of James Joyce's "Ulysses".

"The Resistance" -- Muse -- Based on "1984" by George Orwell.

"Richard Cory" -- Paul Simon -- About the Edwin Arlington Robinson poem "Richard Cory".

"Ride a White Swan" -- T.Rex -- Refers to the plot of Tolkien's "The Hobbit".

"Riki Tiki Tavi" -- Donovan -- A spoof on the mongoose character from "The Jungle Book".

"Rime of the Ancient Mariner" -- Iron Maiden -- A retelling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

"The River" -- PJ Harvey -- Based upon the Flannery O'Connor story of the same name.

"Robot" -- Hawkwind -- Refers to the "Three Laws of Robotics" conceived by Asimov.

"Rocky Racoon" -- The Beatles tell a western tale of vengeance.

"Roderigo" -- Seven Mary Three -- based on the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude".

"Rivendell" -- Rush -- About the fictional place of the same name from "The Lord of the Rings".


S

"Sahara" -- Eddie From Ohio -- Retells Jon Krakauer's nonfiction book "Into the Wild".

"Sailing to Philadelphia" -- Mark Knopfler -- Based upon Thomas Pynchon's nonfiction book "Mason & Dixon".

"Saint Veronika" -- Billy Talent -- Based on the novel "Veronika Decides to Die" by Paulo Coelho.

"The Salesman, Denver Max" -- The Blood Brothers -- Based on the Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

"Samson" -- Regina Spektor -- References the biblical story of "Samson and Delilah".

"Sam Stone" -- John Prine tells the story of a broken warrior's return home and eventual death.

"Scentless Apprentice" -- Nirvana -- Retells "Perfume" by Patrick Süskind.

"The Sensual World" -- Kate Bush -- Based on the closing paragraphs of James Joyce's "Ulysses".

Separation Sunday (album) -- The Hold Steady-- Modern telling of the parable of the prodigal son.

"Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" -- Pink Floyd -- Based on the "I Ching".

"Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on Orson Scott Card's book "Seventh Son".

"Sex Crime (1984)" -- The Eurythmics -- Based on George Orwell's novel "1984".

"Shangri-La" -- The Kinks -- Play on Englishmen's fantasies of escape from class in works like "Lost Horizon" by James Hilton and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan."

"Shalott" -- Emilie Autumn -- Based upon the poem of the same name by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

"Sigh No More" -- Mumford and Sons -- Based on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"

"The Sign of the Cross" -- Iron Maiden -- Appears to be partly based on Umberto Eco's novel "The Name of the Rose"

"Sirens of Titan" -- Al Stewart -- Based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel The Sirens of Titan.

"Skeletons in the Closet" -- Anthrax -- About "Apt Pupil" by Stephen King.

"The Small Print" -- Muse -- Tells the story of "Faust" from the point of view of the Devil.

"So Said Kay" -- The Field Mice -- Based on "Desert of the Heart" by Jane Rule.

"Soma" -- The Strokes -- Loosely based on "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

"Someone Speaks Softly" -- Hannah Fury -- Based on "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire.

"Somewhere Far Beyond" -- Blind Guardian -- Based on "The Dark Tower" by Stephen King.

"Song For Clay" -- Bloc Party -- Inspired by "Less Than Zero" by Bret Easton Ellis.


T

"Tales of Brave Ulysses" -- Cream -- Retells Homer's "The Odyssey".

"Talk Shows on Mute" -- Incubus -- Based on George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" as well as Philip K Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" .

"Tea in the Sahara" -- The Police -- About "The Sheltering Sky" by Paul Bowles.

"Tell Mary" -- Meg & Dia -- Based on "Mary" by Vladimir Nabokov.

"Tell Your Story Walking" -- Deb Talan -- Based on "Motherless Brooklyn" by Jonathan Lethem.

"Terror Train" -- Demons & Wizards -- Sung from the perspective of Blaine the Mono, a character in Stephen King's "The Dark Tower".

"The Thing That Should Not Be" -- Metallica -- Based on H. P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu"

"Thumbelina" -- Nightmare of You -- Based on "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" by Tom Robbins.

"The Drowning Man" -- The Cure -- Based on Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast".

"The Earth Will Shake" -- Thrice -- Based on C.S. Lewis' poem "The Prudent Jailer"

"The List" -- Hank Green -- Based on John Green's "Paper Towns"

"The Tomahawk Kid" -- Alex Harvey -- Based on characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island"

"Time to Dance" -- Panic! at the Disco -- Based on "Invisible Monsters" by Chuck Palahniuk

"Timeless Skies" -- Al Stewart -- About The Silmarillion.

"To Tame a Land" -- Iron Maiden -- Tells the story of "Dune" by Frank Herbert

"To The End" -- My Chemical Romance -- Retells the gothic horror story "A Rose for Emily".

"Toilet Tisha" -- Outkast -- Retells the 18th-century Russian short story "Poor Liza" by Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin.

"Tommyknockers" -- Blind Guardian -- About "The Tommyknockers" by Stephen King.

"Traveler in Time" -- Blind Guardian -- About "Dune" by Frank Herbert.

"A Trick of the Tail" -- Genesis -- Based upon "The Inheritors" by William Golding

"The Trooper" -- Iron Maiden -- Inspired by "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Tennyson.

"Turn, Turn, Turn" -- Pete Seeger -- Takes its lyrics from chapter three of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Holy Bible.


U


V

"Venus in Furs" -- The Velvet Underground -- About the two main characters from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's novel of the same name.


W

"The War I Survived" -- Hawkwind -- Refers to "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut.

"We Are the Dead" -- David Bowie-- One of many songs he wrote about Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four".

"Weight of Living, Pt. I" -- Bastille -- Based on "The Rime of The Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

"When the War Came" -- The Decemberists -- Retells "Hunger" by Elise Blackwell.

"When Two Worlds Collide" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on "When Worlds Collide" by Philip Gordon Wylie and Edwin Balmer.

"Where Eagles Dare" -- Iron Maiden -- Based on Alistair MacLean's "Where Eagles Dare".

"Who Wrote Holden Caulfield" -- Green Day is about J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher In The Rye".

"White Rabbit" -- Jefferson Airplane -- Based on "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll.

"William, It Was Really Nothing" --The Smiths -- Based on "Billy Liar".

"The Window" -- Thrice -- Based on Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" in The Republic

"Wuthering Heights" -- Kate Bush -- About Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights.


XYZ
"Xanadu" -- Rush -- Based on Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan".


Numbers
1984 -- David Bowie -- Based on George Orwell's "1984"

"2+2=5" -- Radiohead -- Reflects George Orwell's "1984"

"2112" -- Rush -- loosely based on the novel "Anthem" by Ayn Rand

"40" -- U2 -- Based on the "40th Psalm".


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