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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Riddle Song

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT (Yesterday)

  4. In bed, PETER is listening to the song "The Twelfth of Never".

  5. PETER (V.O.):I've never got tired of hearing it.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Its title means the date of a future occurrence that has never come to pass.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): So effectively, the expression means forever.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Except the song, I've never heard people saying until the 12th of never.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Perhaps, I haven't met any romantic people.

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter is listening to stereo music. We hear a captive guitar riff Intro.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Ah, it's "A Summer's Song".

  18. Using his smartphone. Peter increases the volume.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's a 1964 song. That was the time I began listening to hit songs.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Then, I sang Julie Rogers' "The Wedding" a lot, although I was a young boy.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I liked the tune. I didn't care about the lyrics.

  24. Listening.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But I didn't hear this romantic song in the 1960s. Why?

  26. Peter surfs the web.

  27. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): A Summer's Song was released by a small label. Its distribution was limited.

  28. Reading.

  29. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The song was originally written by Clive Metclife and Keith Noble. Then, Chad Stuart rewrote the middle part; and then they reworked the lyrics.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's a jointly-modified work.

  32. Peter clicks a video clip on "A Summer Song" and watches the MV.


  34. Peter is attending a Zoom meeting. LADIES and GENTLEMEN are on screen.

  35. PETER (V.O.): Oh, two members of a small team have quit.

  36. Recalling.

  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The last time I met them was in a late Nov function last year.

  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Then, they were very engaging. And now, they're gone.

  40. Listening.

  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, the Chair will also step down after this meeting.

  42. The meeting ends. Peter then surfs the web.

  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd):I want to research on the origin of the expression "The Twelfth of Never'.

  44. We see result pages about the song.

  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Its tune, except for the bridge, was adapted from an old English folk song "The Riddle Song".

  46. Surfing the web again, Peter finds "The Riddle Song" and listens to it.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The guitar riff Intro isn't as good as "A Summer's Song".

  48. Then we hear someone singing: I gave my love a cherry that had no stone. I gave my love a chicken that had no bone. I gave my love a baby with no crying. I told my love a story that had no end...And when I say I love you, it has no end."

  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Without a chorus, the Riddle Song is just a folk song on "I Gave My Love a Cherry"

  50. Thinking.

  51. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Like Cherry-tree varieties, one focuses on fruit while the other on blossoms.

  52. Act 3


  54. Background easy-listening music.

  55. PETER (V.O.): There's a resonating line in "A Summer Song": They say all good things must end someday, Autumn leaves must fall."

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd):That's the reality. There's actually no 12th of never, except for the adapted song.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Have people fallen in love with a lie for a long, long time?

  60. Pondering.

  61. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's romantic though.

  62. FADE OUT

  63. THE END

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