"Read this story, my friend,A song that tells a story and An Aesop; often this is a cautionary tale. These ballads can be preachy parables, snarky yarns, tragic tear-jerkers, or anything in between. Contrast with Murder Ballad, compare with Protest Song and Let Me Tell You a Story. Teenage Death Songs are frequently examples.
And you'll find at the end
That a suitable moral lies there."
—Pierre: A Cautionary Tale