How to Survive a Poison Apple

Prince Charming Inverture

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You are a beautiful princess

Instruction number 1…make yourself perfect

Instruction number 2…lay down and wait for a prince to come kiss you

Prince Charming

DADF#AD

Prince Charming isn’t coming is he?
Prince Charming isn’t coming is he?
I woke up on this cold slab of stone
I’ve got ribboned hair and ruby lips
But I’m alone

I’m through waiting for someone else
I am taking care of myself

I should be able to handle it right
I should be able to handle it
I will go running through wet meadows in my revelry
My dirty gown swishing like a symphony
As I search to find my own way out

I’m through waiting for someone else
I am taking care of myself

But there is so much for me to do
I drag myself through mud and food
And try to make sure the smallest dress still fits
But I get something wrong and take too many bites
I get really mad but girls shouldn’t fight
I suck it all in cause no one wants to know

The forest gets dark in the night
I am searching for a place to hide
The trees start to laugh
And I start to flee
Then an ugly little dwarf appears
With a little red hat and a curly beard
And I start to run away
To take up with those dwarves
Will be a mistake
One at this point I’m not eager to make
I fear another prince will find me there
“No more princes I’m through with the lot of you”
I shout so loud it shakes all the trees

Stop says the dwarf you’re doing just fine
With a wink and a twinkle and a wrinkle in his eye
I am just a part of you
Come to tell what you forgot is true
You aren’t what you look like
You’re what you do
Say that again
You aren’t what you look like
You’re what you do

I’m through waiting for someone else
I am taking care of myself

I should be able to handle it right
I should be able to handle it
I should go running through wet meadows in my revelry
My dirty gown swishing like a symphony
As I search and find my own way out

Prince Charming isn’t coming is he?

Snow White and Submarines

DADF#AE

Snow White ate that Poison Apple
I swallowed a magazine
It’s pages linger in my body
Traveling me like a submarine

I was hijacked long ago
Now this submarine won’t let me go

I still have ongoing battles with full length mirrors
And struggle to get my plate to be clear

There’s Snow White sitting over there
Her image it is everywhere
And there’s a lot of mirrors in here

I’m trapped inside these bunch of mirrors
They magnify all my flaws and fears
Snow White says You should be different
I should be different
We should all be different
No.

Somehow I got to the spyhole on the submarine
Snow White tried to pull me down but I looked out
And I saw an island
It was full of best buys and strips malls and fast food joints
And smiley clerks everyone was going “Have a nice day!”
And I was starving, I was starving
I said to Snow White, I said “Hey let’s make a break for it!”
She said, “Ok!”
So we swam to the island
And after much deliberation we decided to go to one those
Salad buffet places you know
I had a full plate, a baked potato with the works and a bowl
Of ham hock soup
And seconds
And seconds I ate seconds
Snow White ate three pieces of lettuce three pieces of lettuce

It was one two three
She snickered at me

I gobbled down my whole plate and I had seconds
I hadn’t eaten enough in a week
I am different
I am stronger
I am bigger than she is

And one day if I have a child
One day if I have a little baby

I will tell her of that poison apple
And I’ll warn her about magazines
And I’ll do my best to keep her free from
Giant screens and submarines

I can make this different
You can make this different
We must make this different

Wilderness

DADGAD

I am ready for the wilderness
I am not ashamed
I cannot be tamed
I’m not done

I’ve found kindness in the wilderness
Wild mothers pour their gifts
I want to give you some of this
When you come

I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards

Come and find me in the wilderness
I am drinking from this spring
I am taking everything
As it comes

There’s forgiveness in the wilderness
My arms around this oak
The trees become my cloak
Then I run

I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards

And I don’t know where I’m going but that’s ok
And I don’t know where I’m going but that’s ok
Step by step I’m finding my way

I’m not hiding in the wilderness
I am gathering some food
I’m search out the clues to
Where I’m from

There is darkness in the wilderness
But I can hear my voice
Better without the noise
And the sun
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards
I am runnin’ away and runnin’ towards

And I don’t know where I’m going but that’s ok
And I don’t know where I’m going but that’s ok
Step by step I’m finding my way

Lunchroom Royalty

DADGAD

So I’m sitting there in the lunchroom reading my fairytale book
I’m 13, and I think this all needs another look
What they’ve shown us on the screen’s gotta be different
Than what the stuff in these old pages means…RIGHT?
No more Disney princess scenes with their size zero waists
Is that written in the books? Is that really the case?
Perfect skin…their so so thin…and then…

The doors swing open all the princesses
Storm in in a swarm of taffeta
Untie their sashes rip off eyelashes
As they sit right down beside us
Cinderella puts on her glasses
I can’t stand contacts makes me nauseous
Sleeping beauty throws her sleeping pills away
I’ll just deal with the problem stead a sleepin through
I’ll break the spell I don’t need a prince to do it

They are no longer royalty
They’re just like us they’re you and me
And they are full and so are we

Then the princes stride in shakin off their armor
And they all collapse at a table in the corner
We’re afraid of dragons and not made of bags of steel
And then Prince Charming is really goin crazy
He’s standing on the table shouting it’s amazing
You’re made to eat so please don’t worry so much
Then he turns to Cinderella he’s sensitive that fella
He says “Look I’m sorry that I never said, I really like your mind”

They are no longer royalty
They’re just like us they’re you and me
And they are full and so are we

Then they took us in the bathroom with some sticky notes
Said, “Let’s cover the mirror with your thoughts and quotes”
We proclaimed it’s ok to be full

They gently placed their crowns on our heads
They looked deep in our eyes and said

We are no longer royalty
We’re just like you We’re you you see
And you are full and so are we

And then we all sat down to eat
With the fairytale royalty
We piled their crowns in the heap
Right there on the floor

I Need You to Hear

DADF#AD

When I was first starting to perform as a singer-songwriter
There was this guy who always used to call me “kid”
I really didn’t like it so one day I asked him to stop
And he did but them he stopped acknowledging me
It was like I didn’t even exist
He called my music quirky and emotional in front of everyone
He called me crazy and weird

I need you to hear that when he shamed me
Called me crazy and mad
I need you to hear that there was maybe
A little grain of truth in that

I dumped food all over the floor of his house one night
At a potluck
Fruit salad all over the carpet
He threatened to call the police on me
It felt really good
I don’t know if he really heard me but
He doesn’t call me kid anymore

I need you to hear that when they took me
I didn’t know how to speak
In the court of the king I couldn’t think
I just wanted them to hear me sing

I need you to hear that I was grateful
To live in the castle and all
But I had needs that were not able
To be satisfied behind a stone wall

The walls were too tall around the castle
I was trapped I had to scale the tower
And jump across the moat
I fell in the water couldn’t swim but found
I could float

I need you to hear I learned things
From nearly drowning in the night
I don’t need saving I am worth seeing
Full strong and bright in the light

I want you to shout and get angry
Go ahead be bold and speak out
And when they call you crazy
Hold your head up and be proud

Let’s write the next page of this story
With our lipstick and eyeliner pens
We’re starting our own revolution
We know this not the end

You are Full

You are full, full you are you are full
You are full,full you are you are full
You are full, full you are you are full
You are full, full..

(Continues under spoken definitions)
Full: Containing all that is normal or possible
Full: Complete in every particular
Full: Of maximum or highest degree; at full speed
Full: Being at the peak of development or maturity
Full: Totally qualified, accepted, or empowered: a full member of the club
Full: Rounded in shape; plump: a full figure
Full: Having an appetite completely satisfied, especially for food or drink
Full: Providing an abundance, especially of food
Full: Completely absorbed or preoccupied
Full: Having depth and body, a rich aroma; full tones

When you are down (you are full, full…)
When you have doubts (you are full, full…)
When you make a mistake (you are full, full…)
When you make the same mistake over and over again (you are full, full..)
Even when you don’t feel like it (you are full, full…)

You are full full you are you are full
We are full full we are we are full
I am full full I am I am full