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Words and music by Eric Wrobbel
“Hey Cinderella, I'm sorry for the lie
I'm just a common guy—
They lied to me too.”
So opens Hey Cinderella, the newest song to take on the Cinderella myth. This one focuses on the misleading nature of that myth as we know it in pop culture. If one looks deep enough, it can be seen that there is merit in that story and what it has to say about self-worth. But the cartoonish version of it that so many have been raised on—and, sadly, continue to be raised on—relies on magical thinking to solve problems and promotes passivity until one’s “prince” comes along. This serves well the interests of misogynists and of all those in the business of offering to improve Cinderella’s chances of attracting her prince with this or that cosmetic product, but it does nothing whatever for Cinderella herself but hold her back.
This song is one guy’s response to his reformed Cinderella and the story she told. In it, he apologizes for the lie (the myth) and reveals that “they lied to me too.” And that they did— pigeonholing one half of the human race into passivity while telling the other half they were “in charge.” The Cinderella myth—at least the pop culture version of passivity and salvation—was and is just as stupid for good men as it was and is for good women.
The song suggests these thoughts but doesn’t dwell on them. Instead it is an expression of love in a good-time spirit and with a sense of humor. “Maybe they’re right in style, but glass slippers wouldn’t last a mile. And happily ever after’s a long way to go.”
About Eric Wrobbel
This songwriter, artist, musician and humorist has written and produced hundreds of interesting tracks for himself and others in his long, eclectic career. Rarely performing live, he has almost exclusively focused his musical efforts as a studio artist, working in a wide range of styles that have variously been described as rock, folk, country, psych, humor, and pop.
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