Princess, Incognito

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Co-written by Jenny Katz and Robert Scafe

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Moonlight through the branches I’m standing here alone
Midnight’s just a memory
I can’t find my way home
I forgot the magic words
and the crumbs have been eaten by the birds


My mother knew the danger
She tried to keep me in
Said, Never talk to strangers—
the wolf with a persuasive grin—
But the minute she turned her back
I lit out for the forest black


The quest applies


And it’s the same old story
Same old thing
Everybody thought I oughtta wed the king
Tried to write another song to sing about
Your breath in my brain
The pain was unexpected


Grew up sneaking pages
Flashlight in the quilt
Stories bound in leather
and edged in guilt
Then you fed me gingerbread
and showed me what we could do instead


I wore a peddler’s jacket
I was surprised you couldn’t tell
that you knew me from the palace
I disguised myself too well
And the minute I turned my back
you left me in the forest black


The smart survive


And it’s the same old story
Same old scene
Everybody thinks she’d like to be the queen
Tried to write another song to sing about
Your breath in my ear
It’s unclear you even noticed


The youngest brother
You were supposed to have a heart of gold
The tales told that you were surely the one who would take me away
But then the tale took a twitch
Not surprising to the wicked witch
Who told me from the start
That every human heart
Is only gilded at the rim
She said, You’d better stay away from him


Mistaken implication
‘bout the book and the cover
A green-eyed invitation from another lover
The hope of reconciliation brings me back
to the forest black


The heart contrives


And it’s the same old story
Same old game
You found another princess and you crowned her with your name
Don’t you care that I still feel the same about
Your breath in my life
My life in your hands
Your hands on my heart
My heart in my mouth
on your mouth
Oh

credits

from Galaxies, released August 8, 2012
Co-written by Jenny Katz and Robert Scafe
Guitar and vocals: Jenny Katz
Shaker: Eric Brandoli

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Jenny Katz Northampton, Massachusetts

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