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#MM Music Challenge — “I Need You, Babe”

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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.


16 thoughts on “#MM Music Challenge — “I Need You, Babe”

  1. You never have to apologize to me for going with your gut as usually you are spot on. I am watching a Dead concert on Youtube you should check it out.

    They are doing the last song in the first set now, so it is only half over.


      1. My issue with watching anything streaming is my slow connection. It freezes every couple of seconds which really messes up the music flow. I can only take so much choppiness. It was fun to watch what I did of the concert with you.

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        1. Thanks and I enjoyed you being there with me. It was not the Grateful Dead that I was used to seeing and that was the first concert that I ever watched with Brent Mydland playing piano. The accordion was weird and it seemed like it did not fit their style, as I have only seen it played on the Lawrence Welk show.

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          1. Bruce seemed to be standing there a lot and looking confused. I’ve see/heard accordion with The Band and also with 10,000 Maniacs. It’s a cool instrument when used right. Believe it or not, my now-deceased stepdad’s sister plays the accordion.

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  2. I’ll never listen to that Moody Blues song the same again lol. Roger sounds really good…I wish though they could have worked it out and stayed all together.

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    1. lol. About Pink Floyd, it seems like now that Roger would like access to the Pink Floyd website, which seems only reasonable as he was an important part of the band, but the other guys have shut him out. That said, I can see where Roger might have said and done some things that pissed the others off. Children! Petty ego-driven children. It’s tough to see that our musical gods are human after all 😦

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      1. I know…and they have been going at it for a while. I’m surprised they did regroup in the mid 2000s for a show.
        I agree he should have access. Just an approval process.

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  3. Hey Li, my mind went where yours did with the stalking thing and I thought of the song “Every Breath You Take” (I’ll be watching you). That’s what I would have posted in response to this prompt but I just didn’t have the time today to get around to it.

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