Ah, the good ol' hard luck song. You know, I can't help but love a good hard luck song. "What's a hard luck song?" you ask. Well, I got the term from Mike Ness, the lead singer of Social Distortion. If you listen to the Social D album "Live at the Roxy", this is the term he uses to describe the song "Ball and Chain," which happens to be Social Distortion's earliest "mainstream" radio hit. If you aren't familar with that song, I would also describe the following well-known songs as hard luck story songs:
"Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash
"Renegade" by Styx
"Carry On, Wayward Son" by Kansas
"Friend of the Devil" by the Grateful Dead
I think you get the picture. But then you ask, "Why are you so big on the hard luck story songs?" Well, I guess I'll just have to tell you.
I grew up in probably the worst neighborhood in Flagstaff, Arizona. …