from Once Upon a Mattress
music by Mary Rogers
lyrics Marshall Barer


They all live happily, happily, happily ever after.
The couple is happily leaving the chapel eternally tied.
As the curtain descends, there is nothing but loving and laughter.
When the fairy tale ends the heroine's always a bride.
Ella, the girl of the cinders did the wash and the walls and the winders.
But she landed a prince who was brawny and blue-eyed and blond.
Still, I honestly doubt that she could ever have done it
without that crazy lady with the wand.
Cinderella had outside help!
I have no one but me… Fairy godmother, godmother, godmother!
Where can you be? I haven't got a fairy godmother.
I haven't got a godmother. I have a mother…
a plain, ordinary woman!
Snow white was so pretty they tell us
that the queen was insulted and jealous
when the mirror declared that snow white was the fairest of all.
She was dumped on the border but was saved by some men who adored 'er;
Oh, I grant you, they were small.
But there were seven of them! Practically a regiment!
I'm alone in the night.
By myself, not a dwarf, not an elf, not a goblin in sight!
That girl had seven determined little men working day and night just for her!
Oh sure! The queen gave her a poisoned apple.
Even so she lived happily, happily, happily ever after!
A magical kiss counteracted the apple eventually…
Though I know I'm not clever I'll do what they tell me I hafta!
I want some happily ever after to happen to me!
Rapunzel had platinum tresses that were double the length of her dresses.
She was kept in a tower for years by a wicked old witch.
Then one night in despair down, she scrambled by letting her hair down.
That’s what I call quite a switch. I wonder? It’ll never do!
I’ll be finished before I begin and besides,
I don't wanna get out! I wanna get in!
I want to get into some happily, happily ever after.
I want to walk happily out of the chapel eternally tied.
For I know that I'll never live happily ever after 'til after I'm a bride!
And then I'll be happily happy. Yes, Happily happy!
And thoroughly satisfied!


from A Little Knight Music, released July 5, 2017




Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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