L is for Lyrics

The Letter LSong lyrics are often a great story idea generator for me.

The first song I remember that sparked an idea for me was Children of the Sun by Billy Thorpe. I was just a kid and heard it in passing on the radio. I was entranced by the idea of spaceships, space travel and a people who called themselves Children of the Sun.

I didn’t hear that song again until I was an adult and I was amazed that it was much as I remembered it. I thought that perhaps I had made it up or imagined something that wasn’t there in the lyrics.

One of the most recent songs that has sparked a story idea for me is Mary J. Blige’s Family Affair.

There’s a lyric in the chorus that says “So just dance for me.”

When I first heard the song, I misheard it as “Soldiers dance for me” and a story idea was born.

My Idea:


I would like to tell a story about a queen with a special cadre of warriors that dance for her, a primal, tribal kind of dance with stomping feet and heavy rhythm. Perhaps they dance before they go out to battle. Perhaps that dance in tribute to her. Perhaps it is part of a seasonal celebration. I don’t know all the details yet, but I’m intrigued by this warrior culture that considers it an honor to dance before their queen.

What song lyrics have inspired you?

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6 thoughts on “L is for Lyrics

    1. Cheryl Post author

      Thanks for stopping in, Laura. The idea of soldiers dancing has intrigued me for a long time. I think I will have to add it to my list of ideas to write.

    1. Cheryl Post author

      Hi Crystal. The best lyrics for story ideas seem to be the ones I hear incorrectly. I can get some wacky ideas from them. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Cheryl Post author

      Definitely, Sandy! I love songs with heavy rhythms and would include some kind of rhythmic accompaniment in the dance – swords on shields, stamping the ground, ritualized firing of the guns, etc.

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