Jim Adams is the dauntless host of Mindlovemisery Menagerie’s Music Challenge. Jim says:
The challenge today is to focus on [“I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” by the Moody Blues] and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.
Don’t ask me why, but when I read the lyrics to the Moody Blues song my mind took a more sinister turn. I thought, what if this was a stalker, looking for one of his stalking victims that somehow gotten away from him. What if he’d been after her for years, always finding her, no matter how hard she tried to get away from him – but this time she disappeared and he couldn’t.
That made me think of the heartrending song Roger Waters sings in, “The Wall: Live in Berlin.” He sounds so pitiful as he sings, which makes you feel empathy for the poor guy because his partner is thinking of leaving him (or may have already left.) As the lyrics unfold, you begin to realize that maybe his partner had good reasons for considering leaving (or left.)
What’s insidious about stalking and battering is that the stalker and/or batterer often is charismatic on the surface. Only time can reveal the truth of a person’s intentions. Talk is one of the easiest things to do, and the zillions of plays and movies that have been made shows how easily one may pretend to be someone else.
Sorry, Jim, for putting a dark spin on what appears to be a tear-jerking sad song for a lost love, but my mistrusting, often jaded self saw it another way.