Story in the song

Many songs contain a narrative, like a piece of flash fiction set to music. Lola was a showgirl at the Copacabana. She and the bartender, Tony, were in love. But one day, a new dude came into the club, and when he went a little too far, Tony came across the bar at him. Shots rang out. Years later, she's still hanging out at the club, but drinking herself blind, washed up and still mourning Tony. Copacabana is a much-mocked bit of disco frippery, but it's actually a frightfully depressing story when you pay attention.

That's how most stories unfold: a thing happens, and that leads to another thing happening, and just when you think this final thing will happen, another - more elegant - thing happens, and it completes a pathway that in retrospect feels perfect for the characters you've discovered through the passage of actions. [Note: this is a terribly way to describe the basic characteristics of a story, but I'm not going back.] 

At Clarion West, it became sort of a joke to describe something as "not a story," because some of the best stories in speculative fiction are not, by any classical description, stories. For just one example, read the devastating If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky. 

OK, all of this is to ask you to listen to this song in its entirety. It constructs a narrative out of the addition of more harmonic voices, which also function as a metaphor for people finding common ground. It's not a classic narrative, but it develops an idea in a logical fashion, and the last verse pays off the earlier ones so beautifully that it "reads" as well as any literary piece. I don't say this often, but I think this song is a legit work of genius. I wish I could write a story in which the ending so perfectly resolves the ideas sown in the beginning.