23 October 2009
The Whole World Calls Me Hank
First up on the Take This Tune ghost express is "The Ride" and "Midnight In Montgomery". Both involve a ghostly encounter where a phantom haunts a road or piece of real estate well known for their presence. In this case, Hank Williams. Both are great songs and the first time I heard each, they gave me chills. It helps that the songs have great lyrics and wonderful singers to bring the stories to life.
This type of story has a long history and is among the scariest because seemingly "real" people interact with those still living and when disclosed as ghosts are particularly chilling.
The format is pretty simple. A driver traveling at night picks up a strange hitchhiker, drops him or her off at some destination, then somehow discovers that the hitchhiker had passed away months or years earlier – often on that very same date. These stories usually evolve into local urban legends. A selection of some of the best can be found here with "The Dancing Ghost", The Girl on the Side of the Road, and The Vanishing Hitchhiker among others.
In the mean time ... drive safely