A song which Explores the problems or lifestyles of different characters.
- In these type of songs, usually (but not always):
- There is at least one character per verse
- These characters have not been dealt a good hand in life
- Each Character has one verse describing them, their position in life, or both.
- 'Bleed Like Me' by Garbage. The song has 5 characters (Avalanche, Chris, Doodle, Speedie, JT.), each of which have addictions or problems in their lives. They all are just trying to reach out for understanding, but are all looking for it in the wrong places.
- 'The Kids aren't Alright' by The Offspring. The song is about lead singer Dexter Holland returning to his neighborhood and seeing what became of it and the kids who lived there. There are 4 characters (Jamie, Mark, Jay, Brandon), none of which had a particularly lovely fate.
- 'Pepper' by The Butthole Surfers has a whopping 10 characters (Marky, Sharon, Cherise, Mikey, Bobby, Tommy, "Another Mikey," Flipper, an unnamed "football player-rapist," and Paulie), all of whom meet some grisly fate, most likely death.
- 'Innocent' by Our Lady Peace is about 2 kids (Tina and Johnny, but while also making references to John Lennon and [[Nirvana Kurt Cobain]]) who suffer with what life has given them.
- 'Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm' by Crash Test Dummies is about three unnamed school kids who are isolated, two of which because of physical abnormalities, and one because of his crazy religious parents.
- 'What It's Like' by Everlast is about how people are quick to judge others before actually getting to know them. There are three focus characters (An unnamed homeless man, Mary and Max.) and how society judges them.
- 'Runaway Love by Ludacris is about three girls (Lisa, Nicole, and Erica.) who have abusive or neglecting parents.
- 'Cherchez La Femme' by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band has at least a different character for each verse.
- 'Third Rock from the sun' by Joe Diffie is about a night in a town through the perspective of seven main characters (A man, his wife, her sister, the sister's husband, one of the kids the husband drives to a bar, a waitress, and the Mayor of the Town.) and how chaos comes full circle.
- 'Dirty Jobs' by The Who is about three men (A pig farmer, a bus driver, and a young man) who have tough, unappreciated jobs.
- 'Engine Driver' by The Decemberists is an interesting take on this, where the narrator claims to have three occupations (An Engine Driver, a County Lineman, and a Money Lender.)
- Another variant is in the song 'Sixteen Military Wives', where the song tells about the Sixteen Military Wives, Seventeen Company Men, Fifteen Celebrity Minds, Eighteen Academy Chairs, and Fourteen Cannibal Kings.
- 'Waterfalls' by TLC is about four people (A mother and son, and a man and a woman) who all have dreams they continue perusing despite the consequences.
- 'Someday I'll Be saturday Night' by Bon Jovi: Each verse comes from the point of view of a different character: a man who's lost his job and home ("Hey my name is Jim, where did I go wrong?"), A teen prostitute ("My name is Billy Jean, my love is bought and sold"), and an unamed man who is considering suicide ("Now I can't say my name, or tell you where I am").
- 'The Highwayman' sung by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson who each sing a verse; one as a highwayman, one as a sailor, one as a dam builder, and one as a starship captain, each describing how they lived and died.
- 'Turn around' by They Might Be Giants offers an... interesting take on this idea. The narrator sings about a man he had recently killed, the ghost of his dance instructor, and the conductor of the train he and his friends are on (whose face is a pale white mask of evil.)
- "They Don't Understand" by Sawyer Brown is about people who are having problems, and those around them just don't realize. The first verse is about a mother on a bus with her noisy, fussy children (whose father has just died the night before), the second verse is about a man slowing down traffic (it's getting hard to drive but he doesn't have anyone to help him), and the third is about Jesus on the cross.
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