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Cinderella (Larry Burnett)

Last December I met a girl, she took a likin' to me
Said she loved me, but she didn't know the meanin' of the word

She imagined love to be grand, me holdin' her hand and
Wisperin' sweet things and, cooin' softly like a songbird

Then one mornin' she came to me, with a tear in her eye and a
Sigh on her breath Lord she said, "Hon, I'm heavy with child"

I said "God damn girl can't you see, that I'm breakin' my back
Just tryin' to keep my head above water, and it's turnin' me wild

Cinderella can't you see, don't want your company
You better leave this mornin' leave today
take your love and your child away

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no; No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no; No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no; No, no, no, no, no
Woh, woh, woh...etc. Woh, woh, woh, no

Rockin' chair on the front porch, and I'm thinkin' about all the
things that I did as a young man, now that I'm old

I remember her and the boy, did he have all the toys and the joys
That a young man should have, before he gets too old

Cinderella couldn't you see, I didn't want your company
Shoulda left that mornin, left that day
Took your love and your child away

Copyright 1976, Firefall.

Rick Roberts tells:
Cinderella is another Larry Burnett song,
not only one of his best, but also one of the most popular
with audiences even now. Whenever I go to hear the band
and they play this tune, the crowd is singing along from
word one. The song was released as a single and looked
like it was going to be a huge hit, but after steadily climbing
the charts for several weeks, it just suddenly disappeared.
Evidently, some people were offended by what they saw
as sexist lyrics. And it's true that at the beginning of the
song, the man was treating the woman very badly.
But if you listen all the way through, he comes to truly
regrets his action and realizes what a jerk he was and how
badly he blew it. So what it really is, is a lesson in morals
and facing up to your mistakes.