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Thread #157062   Message #3704423
Posted By: The Sandman
27-Apr-15 - 04:13 AM
Thread Name: memorable modern songs
Subject: Lyr Add: THE SHORTEST STORY (Harry Chapin)
in my opinion shortest story, is a memorable modern song with excellent lyrics. I heard it performed by Richard Grainger and thought it was acceptable material for a folk club, of course whether it is a folk song is debatable and possibly unimportant, any other people have modern songs that they like.

Written by Harry Chapin
As sung by Harry Chapin on "Greatest Stories Live" (1976)

I am born today; the sun burns a promise in my eye.
Mama strikes me and I draw a breath and cry.
Above me a cloud softly tumbles through the sky.
I am glad to be alive.

It is my seventh day; I taste the hunger and I cry.
My brother and sister cling to Mama's side.
She squeezes her breast, but it has nothing to provide.
Someone weeps; I fall asleep.

It is twenty days today; Mama does not hold me anymore.
I open my mouth but I am too weak to cry.
Above me a bird slowly crawls across the sky.
Why is there nothing now to do but die?