Top 10 Songs with Unusually Long Lyrics

Metal_Treasure
There many lists about lengthy songs in terms of duration but not about long lyrics.
Longer songs usually also have longer lyrics but not always the longest songs have the longest lyrics because some shorter songs are very fast and/or the singer sings very fast. Or because some songs have long instrumental sections.

I used the number of characters (with no spaces) as the most reliable measurement because for example the number of lines can be misleading - there are long lines and short lines. The number of words can also be be misleading - there are long words and short words.

In my original remix the song order is objective because the songs with the biggest number of characters (with no spaces) are on top. But you can vote and make remixes without any restrictions.

Some of my most favorite songs of all time are on this list. These songs have great music and lyrics. And yes, their lyrics are long.

The Top Ten

1 Rap God - Eminem

Especially since its around 6 min when some of these others around 10-20 - EliHbk

Total characters with spaces: 7966
...no comment - naFrovivuS

This one even got a place in the guinness world records for 'most words in a hit song'.
Enough said. - Kiyomi

Characters (no spaces) - 6,305
characters (with spaces) - 7,696
words - 1,540 - Metal_Treasure

2 Mirror of Souls - Theocracy

Great additions, everyone! Keep 'em coming! - Metal_Treasure

Characters (no spaces) - 6,274
characters (with spaces) - 7,900
pages - 5
words - 1,602
lines - 253
Genre: Progressive Power Metal (duration - 22:26) - Metal_Treasure

3 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

Characters (no spaces) - 4,585
characters (with spaces) - 5,718
pages - 4
words - 1,088
lines - 255
Genre: Progressive Power Metal (duration - 14:06)
Hansi Kursch is one of the fastest metal singers - he sings more words per minute than most of the metal singers. He doesn't sing fast all the time but when he does it's really fast. - Metal_Treasure

4 Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull

Characters (no spaces):7515

Yep, a total of 7515 characters for Part I and Part II.
Duration:
Thick as a Brick, Part I - 22:40
Thick as a Brick, Part II - 21:06 - Metal_Treasure

5 Apocalyptic Infinity - Spongebozz

Wow, thanks Martin! - Metal_Treasure

I mean, the contributions so far are nice and all but...

Characters (spaces): 20.220
Characters (no spaces): 17.495
Pages: 8
Words: 3.076
Genre: hardcore hip hop, battle rap, diss track
Duration: 18:29

No chorus, and each line contains perfect multisyllabic rhyming and other complex rhetoric figures. Who says hip hop is dead by 2017? - Martin_Canine

6 American Pie - Don McLean

Characters (no spaces) - 3,420 - vr46

Thanks for this one, vr46. And for the correct number of
characters (no spaces) - 3,420.
characters (with spaces) - 4165
words: 870 - Metal_Treasure

7 There Was Only One Choice - Harry Chapin

Thanks RaRaRasputin, great addition. Very impressive. - Metal_Treasure

Characters (no spaces) - 5,799
Characters (with spaces) - 7,286
Words - 1,340
Total Lines - 154
Genre - Folk Rock (Duration - 14:36) - RaRaRasputin

8 Supper's Ready - Genesis

Characters (no spaces) - 4,156
Characters (with spaces) -5,199
Pages - 3
Words - 955
Lines - 143
Genre: Progressive Rock - PlanetDeadwing

9 I Am - Theocracy

Damn, for a title only three letters long, this song has ridiculously long lyrics - TwilightKitsune

Characters (no spaces) - 3,126
characters (with spaces) - 3,960
pages - 2
words - 819
lines - 102
Genre: Progressive Power Metal (duration - 11:00) - Metal_Treasure

10 Empire of the Clouds - Iron Maiden

Characters (no spaces) - 2,367
characters (with spaces) - 2,932
pages - 2
words - 548
lines - 84
Genre: Heavy Metal (duration - 18:01) - Metal_Treasure

This is my all time favorite song. The lyrics are long, but that’s a good thing. The last three minutes make me cry.
“‘We’re down lads! ’ Came a cry
Bow plunging from the sky
Three thousand horses silent as the ship began to die.
The flares to guide her path ignited at the last
The Empire Of The Clouds, just ashes in our past
Just ashes at the last.
Here lie their dreams as I stand in the sun
On the ground where they built, and the engines did run.
To the moon and the stars, now what have we done?
All of the dreamers may die, but their dreams live ooon...
Dreams live on...
Dreams live on...

Now a shadow on a hill, the angel of the east...
The Empire Of The Clouds may rest in peace...
And in a country churchyard, laid head to the mast,
eight and forty souls that came to die in France...”

The part about the dreamers may die is what makes me cry. - CostcoHotDogs

The Contenders

11 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

I like the guitar breakdown and lyrics on this song but this song is overlong. - BeaM456

Characters (no spaces) - 2,282
Characters (with spaces) - 2,744
Pages - 3
Words - 569
Lines - 106
Durtation - 9:09
Genre - Alternative / Punk Rock - Kokopawley

12 Octavarium - Dream Theater

It's Dream Theater duh - SoldierOfFortune

It's not usual prog songs have lots of lyrics, but gotta pay my respects to DT for doing this. - naFrovivuS

Characters (no spaces) - 2,667
characters (with spaces) - 3,290
pages - 3
words - 597
lines - 158
Genre: Progressive Metal (duration - 24:00) - Metal_Treasure

13 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel

Characters (no spaces) - 3,087
characters (with spaces) - 3,747
pages - 3
words - 652
lines - 111
Genre: Thrash Metal (duration - 8:29).
One of my favorite thrash songs. - Metal_Treasure

14 B.O.B. - Outkast

Characters (no spaces) - 3,689
Characters (no spaces) - 4,377
Pages - 3
Words - 820
Lines - 132
Genre: Alternative hip hop - Sop

15 As the World Bleeds - Theocracy

Characters (no spaces) - 2,405
characters (with spaces) - 3,010
pages - 2
words - 590
lines - 83
Genre: Progressive Power Metal (duration - 7:56) - Metal_Treasure

16 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

Characters (no spaces) - 2,336
characters (with spaces) - 2,845
pages - 2
words - 498
lines - 89
Genre: Heavy Metal (duration - 16:26) - Metal_Treasure

17 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This song wasn't added by me because it's long but not extremely long compared to the other songs on this list:
characters (no spaces) - 1,328
characters (with spaces) - 1,670
words - 343 - Metal_Treasure

18 Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween

Characters (no spaces) - 2,101
characters (with spaces) - 2,613
pages - 2
words - 502
lines - 90
Genre: Power Metal (duration - 13:37) - Metal_Treasure

19 The Odyssey - Symphony X

Characters (no spaces)- 12896

I don't know why the person who added it wrote there were 12896 characters (no spaces), which I think isn't correct.
But I would like to thank this visitor for adding the song because it's very good and is pretty long.
Characters (no spaces) - 2,944
characters (with spaces) - 3,554
words - 718
duration - 24:09. - Metal_Treasure

20 Albuquerque - Weird Al Yankovic

I used to live in albuquerque lyrics are long and surprisingly and scarily accurate

This isn't just a song this my upbringing he is my father he is my home

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