“The Awakening” (Monday Writing Essential)

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“The Awakening*”

a cross-over country song 

 

[V1]

Little girl listens to fairy tales

And wonders when it all begins

Pretty dresses, perfect prince

Happily ever after—the end

 

[V2]

The same girl waits for true love

Imagines the kisses she’ll get

The first time only takes minutes

With lots of years to regret

 

[Pre-C]

Oh, then she wakes up

And it’s all a dream

Not what love is at all

She has to fall

For what’s inside

After all–

 

[Chorus]

After all the bedtime stories,

Romance novels and absent glories

After all the lifetime lessons,

Broken hearts, and soul confessions

After all the sheltered dreams

Pain, sadness, and tragedy

That’s when true love begins

From within her awakening

 

[V3]

The dutiful wife gives up on love

And finds somethin’ in another’s arms

What begins as excitement turns to

Indictment, causing everyone harm

 

[Pre-C]

Oh, then she wakes up

And it’s all a dream

Not what love is at all

She has to fall

For what’s inside

After all–

 

Wake up, girls, and wake up, wives

And listen to me now

The awakening all begins

The moment we realize—

We have to fall deep in love

With what’s inside—

After all…

 

[Chorus]

After all the bedtime stories,

Romance novels and absent glories

After all the lifetime lessons,

Broken hearts, and soul confessions

After all the sheltered dreams

Pain, sadness, and tragedy

That’s when true love begins

From within her awakening

 

[Outro]

Fall deep in love with what’s inside

With what’s inside

With what’s inside

After all…

 

*The title, an allusion to Kate Chopin’s famed novel, yet the content was inspired by a freewrite on my friend’s blog.

 

Today’s Challenge:

For poets: write lyrics to a country ballad.
For fiction writers:
write a story based on a country music theme.

 

  • Post your article to Gather Writing Essentials.
  • Tag your submission with MWE.
  • Tag your submission with “Country”.
  • Include “Monday Writing Essential” in your title.

 

 

Kimberly Blackadar, former teacher and now author of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight, writes teen fiction and speaks to schools across the nation about reading and the writing process. Connect with Kimberly on her Facebook fan page and her blog.

 

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