I have had this song going in my head for some time now. Sometimes you just get a line in your head and it goes around and around, but you can't think of anything to add to it and it doesn't move the story of the song in any direction, it just kind of loops in your brain. And then, there comes a moment, in the supermarket or in the car (usually when you're not expecting it) when you get the next line and the whole song opens up in your mind. Not the specific lyrics, but the whole shape of the song. Suddenly you know what the story will be about. You know how it's going to begin and how it's going to end. Filling in the details in between becomes the tricky part. So, here is the first draft of the opening of the song:
See the bridge arch over the canal.
Thousand-year-old stories of lovers and martyrs.
Our chapter begins here and now,
As the shuttle trundles up to the edge of the water.
Hand in hand I’m helping you down.
Your foot slips slightly but you quickly recover.
We go rubber necking around:
Arches, alleys, doorways and domes to discover
It's just the first chunk of the first draft, so don't panic. It'll all come out okay. I need something more specific in the last line. I want this song to be vividly descriptive. Filled with little insignificant moments, but with a mind toward the many moments that make up the history of places like this. Our characters pull up in a bus, they get off the bus, they adjust their backpacks or something, and venture forth. I want it to be similar in tone to Paul Simon's America. More later!