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Every Cinderella has her midnight
But its god damn four AM
The rats all left in a scurry
Now you’re sitting on an old pumpkin

O little girl you could hide out
In the cinders praying Christmas comes
But if Saint Nick were to see you
He'd throw a lump of coal and run

Prince charming arrives at dawn
In a blaze of trumpets and of guns
He swaggers like a western star
And heads off for the topless bar

O little girl you could hide out
In the royal stable buried in the straw
But if the town fathers ever heard of it
They'd all give you a midnight call

Dolled up in heels and Gucci
Your sisters make their way downtown
Certain they’ll out shine your beauty
With the power of the purse to astound

O little girl you could hide out
In rags and ashes scrubbing while you cry
Before your tears fill up your wash pail
Give your fairy godmother another try

Your stepmom she takes her lovers
The way horny young girls do
She wrestles them down so loudly
You swear you're in that bed wrestling too

O little girl you could hide out
In the bathroom pretending to read and not know
Or you could jump out of the window
And go wherever that long dark alley goes


released January 6, 2020
music: Lloyd Brodnax King
lyrics: John Dishwater Gray

recording & performances: Lloyd Brodnax King

cover art: Lloyd Brodnax King


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Lloyd Brodnax King Chicago, Illinois

Studied flute with Marcel Moyse and James Moody. Recorded Lloyd Brodnax King Trio live at DePaul with Fareed Haque and Larry Gray. Won an NEA fellowship in composition. Won a Jeff. Recorded with Poi Dog Pondering. Created The Obscure News podcast and the Dishwater Gray Playlist. Currently a prof at Lake Forest College and performing with Funkadesi, Sun Ensemble, and Michael J. Miles. ... more

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