New York Times prints ode to Chuck Berry's 'Memphis, Tennessee'

Sunday's editorial page in The New York Times carried an essay by author and editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg about Chuck Berry's classic song "Memphis, Tennessee," which Klinkenborg says is his pick for "the best short story in the form of a song lyric." The article includes a handy link to the lyrics, which unfold with an unexpected revelation of the object of the narrator's affections: his 6-year-old daughter. Klinkenborg, who favors Johnny Rivers' version of the song, wonders what happens next:

I'm no longer surprised by Marie being 6 years old. But her "hurry home drops" do still surprise me, every time. I wonder even now about the operator on the other end of that connection, and the sequel. I like to think that, in the end, the call was placed and a happy ending found, if only in joint custody.

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