Song of Rapunzel

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This song, as may be obvious from the title, is from the point of view of the long-haired fairytale heroine Rapunzel. It comes from a place of feeling stuck in life (as if imprisoned in a tower, one might say). However, in the end, Rapunzel must admit to herself that her victim mentality (iron-barred glasses) will get her nowhere, and that she is the only one who can get herself out of her situation.

lyrics

Song of Rapunzel

heavy breath
down my neck
words that cling
questioning
I cannot answer you when you’re so close to me
I cannot answer you when you’re so close to me

ah, let me out of here
ah, where the air is clear
ah, where I feel the sun
ah, where I can run

chains and boulders
on my shoulders
make my bones
feel like a crone’s
I am too young for this, time will not wait for me
I am too young for this, time will not wait for me

I have a prince
who comes and visits me
tells me about
all of the things I could be
if I could just disregard
what is eating my heart, oh

knots and snares
in my hair
grown so long
years, years gone
I refuse to sever my locks, oh
they are everything that I’ve got, oh

somewhere I know
only I hold the power
to escape
from this ivory tower
somewhere, somewhere I know
there is a way to go

but ain’t it so easy, honey
ain’t it so easy, molasses
to view the world through
a pair of iron-barred glasses

credits

from The Long Way Out, released June 7, 2013
Petaluma Vale: harp, vocals
Valerie Thompson: cello

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