Songs By Plot: Death Edition

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Can you name the songs when given their death-related plot?

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Plot (Year of Release/Chart Peak)Song TitleArtist
A gruff, quiet loner uses his unusual size and strength to save his coworkers’ lives (at the expense of his own) when a mine collapses. (1961, #1)
A young boy’s policeman father survives a shoot-out with Al Capone’s gang, in which “’bout a hundred cops” are killed. (1974, #1)
Three decades after her bartender boyfriend Tony was shot dead in the club by Rico (a patron who “went a bit too far”), an aging, alcoholic showgirl has gone insane. (1978, #8)
Robert, an isolated kid, finds a gun in a box in his dad’s closet and fantasizes about shooting all the cool kids … or at least the ones slower than his bullets. (2011, #3)
A man mourns the loss of his wife, whose angelic deeds included planting a tree, crying over the late show, and crashing the car. (1968, #1)
Disobeying his fiancé’s advice, a patriotic young man joins the army, volunteers for dangerous duty, and is killed in action. (1974, #1)
A man is hanged for gunning down his best friend Andy, when in fact his younger sister murdered both Andy and the man’s philandering wife. (1973, #1)
When Joey impregnates Julie, her dad beats her and shoots at Joey. Julie leaps in front of the bullet and dies in Joey’s arms. (1975, #4)
Plot (Year of Release/Chart Peak)Song TitleArtist
Mourning the girlfriend who died in a car accident while on a date with him, a teenager vows to live a good life so they might be reunited in heaven. (1964, #2)
A boy is born in Chicago, is raised in poverty, gets caught up in a life of crime, and dies on the street after buying a gun and stealing a car. And his mama cries. (1969, #3)
While attempting to leave town, the protagonist guns down John Brown, a lawman who “always hated me.” (1974, #1)
On November 10, 1975, a ship carrying 26,000 tons of iron ore sinks in Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members. (1976, #2)
A dying man, the black sheep of his family, says his final goodbyes – to his trusted friend, to his father, and to Michelle, his “little one.” (1974, #1)
Alabama country bumpkin Willie “Slim” McCoy cuts up and shoots dead Jim “Boss” Walker in a 42nd Street pool hall after Walker hustled him a week earlier. (1972, #8)
June 3: Over a dinner that includes black eyed peas and biscuits, a family reacts to the suicide of a young man, who jumped to his death in a Mississippi river that day. (1967, #1)
In a small Nebraska town, a local misfit is accused of killing Mary, the one woman who loved and understood him. (1992, #9)

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