"Erzähl mir (et)was."
This question is asked more or less out of the blue by an adult to a friend or aquaintence. It sounds vague and "innocent", but it's a disguised cry for help: Tell me something, anything, to take me away from my sorrows, away from my own inner hell.
The adressed person may be (or is often) bewildered: "What should I tell you?" or "I don't know what you mean." and this baffled reply causes a vague pain for the person who asked.
How could I express the inconclusive or plurivalent term "(et)was." in English? "something"?