I believe our man Jools also sprinkled his tinkle tonk magic all over this charming ditty too...
Vova Blue and Brothers In Mind? (Although I think that 'borrowed' from another The The tune)
I guess cos they are stories. Not sure about story songs on the whole but I do feel that if you sing along to the first line then quite often that's it, you're there for the duration.The sort of songs you really concentrate on, on long car journeys with your parents to some tedious family gathering.