How about I share a “song” I wrote for Porch Music? The prologue sets the stage for the rural setting, the early 1950s, and the music that was popular at the time. We learn quite a bit from the narrator, Janie, about her family and the way she sees the world. While writing the opening scene, I wanted to use lyrics from a song that was copyrighted, so I had to write my own. While the square dancers glide across the floor, the band sings “Broken Carted Mule.”

What does the cart represent? And what does the song say about romance?