Eric Church, "Lightning"
A guilty convict reflects on his life — including the robbery of a liquor store and the murder of its young attendant — during his final moments in jail. At first, you think he's about to be set free, only to realize he's actually being taken to the electric chair. "I'd take it all back, but there's nothing I can do/They've covered my face and the order's coming through," he admits in one of the final verses, repenting just a little too late. In five quick minutes, the song packs a sad-eyed punch. Imagine what it could do as a 90-minute movie.
Suggested actors: Bryan Cranston as the death row inmate