Tragic Characters in Music

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Brenda in "Brenda's Got a Baby" by Tupac

Whether based on a true story, a mash-up of many stories, or pulled from the depths of the imagination, musicians have created some of the most tragic characters in modern art to help us sort through the sadness that we face in reality. Brenda, in Tupac's "Brenda's Got a Baby" for example, was the poster girl for such tough topics as molestation, unwanted pregnancies, lack of education, poverty, drugs and prostitution. It was a song he wrote after reading a newspaper article with a similar story. Check out these other tragic characters from music folklore.

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