I’m a writer and a music fan, so I often think of the lyrics to my favorite songs as short stories. A couple of the best elements are usually there—from isolation, desperation and validation to heartbreak, betrayal and revenge. Some songwriters create easy to follow narratives, while others make you tease the story out. Great songs can make us imagine exactly what the songwriter envisioned, but it’s more fun to create our own version of the story as we listen.
Lately I’ve been digging deeper with daily posts that re-imagine lyrics through the lens of short fiction. I can’t promise that I’ll keep up this pace, but I’m having fun for now. I call the series “Short Story in a Song:”
- “She Doesn’t Exist” by Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
- “Weird Boy Next Door” by The Muffs
- “Mr. Spock” by Nerf Herder
- “Sorry For Freaking Out…” by The Mr. T Experience
- “Here Comes Your Man” by Pixies
- “Waiting Room” by Fugazi