Micro Stories from Songs
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
I read those six words and I think, “Just a printed ad for baby shoes.” Then I learned that those six words were written by Ernest Hemingway as a complete story. Suddenly, the words began to take shape. They told a story of two people who bought the shoes, a would-be mother and a solicitous would-be father. But in a few weeks, they had no use for the shoes, they were never worn by the intended owner. They had to sell the pair because it became painful just to look at those little shoes.
Or perhaps the would-be mom got so many baby shoes at her ‘baby shower’ and she found it impossible for her newborn to use them all. She chose her least favorite pair or the pair from her least favorite guest and put in an ad for unused baby shoes.
Or maybe, the father refused to let his baby boy wear pink shoes.
Hemingway wrote those six words in 1920. Today, there is a new genre for what he started, it’s called microfiction, stories told in less than 300 words, or in as few as 6 words.
Microfiction is a subset of flash fiction, those stories which are typically told in 1,000 words or less. Sometimes, microfiction is also called micro stories, short-short stories, immediate fiction, or sudden fiction, but there are those who refer to all these subsets as flash fiction in general.
I can never write a story in six words like Hemingway but I have collected lines from my favorite songs which can be stories by themselves.
Micro Stories from Song Lines
1. My Boy
by Richard Harris
“For your mother and me, love has finally died. This is no happy home but God knows how I tried.”
2. The Music Played
by Matt Monro
“Across the darkened room the fatal signs I saw. You’d been something more than friends before. While I was hurting you by clinging to my pride, he had been waiting and I drove him to your side.”
3. Broken Vow
by Lara Fabian
“Tell me her name I want to know, the way she looks and where you go. I need to see her face, I need to understand, why you and I came to an end.”
4. How Can I Tell Her
“How can I tell her I don't miss her whenever I'm away? How can I say it's you I think of every single night and day?”
5. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
by Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
“It used to be so natural to talk about forever. But used-to-be’s don’t count anymore, they just lay on the floor, till we sweep them away.”
6. It Takes Too Long to Learn to Live Alone
by Eydie Gorme
“I thought that I was free of you but I was wrong, I never knew it takes too long to learn to live alone.”
7. Love Story
by Andy Williams
“With her first hello, she gave a meaning to this empty world of mine.”
by Tom Jones
“I could see that girl was no good for me but I was lost like a slave that no man could free.”
9. Wing Beneath My Wings
By Bette Midler
“It might have appeared to go unnoticed, but I’ve got it all here in my heart. I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it. I would be nothing without you.”
10. If I Never Sing Another Song
by Matt Monro
“If I never sing another song, it shouldn't bother me. I've had my share of fame, you know my name. If I never sing another song or take another bow, I would get by, but I'm not sure how.”
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