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Great songs about crime

Alright, hopefully this will be a good thread. I wanted to get your opinions on songs which are about crime and also tell a story. Could be about gansters, or outlaws, or people down on their luck, any combination thereof.

So, for example Springsteen's "Johnny 99" from Nebraska or Biggie's "Niggas Bleed" from Life After Death.

Marty Robbin's "El Paso" is more story than crime. It's really a love story. Ween's "Buenas Tardes Amigo" from Chocolate & Cheese is a bit more crime-y.
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Also: "Children's Story" (the Slick Rick, Tricky, or Black Star versions all work).
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"Mack the Knife" - Bobby Darin

"Scooby Snacks" - Fun Loving Criminals (maybe not *great*, but fun)
"Criminal" - Eminem (at least part of the song; hell, a lot of his songs are about illegal doings)

I need to get some Marty Robbins. Whenever I hear "El Paso" I think of Steve Martin's early 80s "Comedy Is Not Pretty" special, with all of the chimps. Hilarious. (That NEEDS to be on DVD.)
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More of a descent into insanity, but I guess what's depicted is illegal. Somewhat.

The Jam- Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
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Husker Du- Diane
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Big Black- Jordan, Minnesota
Child Molestation. Hell, probably half their songs were about a crime of some sort.

I'll probably think of more later when I get a chance to think about it.
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I'm not sure if I consider it a great song but I enjoy it: "Possum Kingdom" by the Toadies.
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Date Rape - Sublime instantly sprang to mind.

"Great"? Nah... But it's what came up first.
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I'm not sure if I consider it a great song but I enjoy it: "Possum Kingdom" by the Toadies.
It's an okay song. "Tyler" by the Toadies is a much better song about crime. If you listen to the lyrics the main character is stalking a girl before breaking into her house and abducting her to take her to Mexico.

Robert Earl Keen has some in the Marty Robbins vein as well. Definitely check out "Sonora's Death Row" and "The Road Goes On Forever".
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"Six O'Clock News" by Kathleen Edwards



"The Long Black Veil" by Johnny Cash or The Band


"Banks of the Hudson" by Black 47


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