Residence: Los angeles
Date of Performance/Collection: 24APR2015
Primary Language: English
Megan is a sophomore in my french class. I’ve known her for a year. She’s a sweet, very soft spoken intelligent girl. She loves horseback riding. She’s majoring in creative writing and wants to be a screenwriter for Pixar one day.
When I first introduced the topic folklore and then mentioned childhood rhymes, riddles, and songs, one of the first things that popped into her head was this song:
“Cinder-ella, dressed in yell-ah
Went upstairs, to kiss, a fell-ah
Made a mis-take, and kissed a snake
Came downstairs, with ah belly-ache
How Many doooctors did-it-take
It’s a song girls sing when they’re jumping rope. I remember all the different variations of this form of folklore:
Cinderella, dressed in green,
Went upstairs to eat ice cream.
How many spoonfuls did she eat?
One, two, three
Cinderella, dressed in brown
Went upstairs to make a gown
How many stitches did she use?
One, two, three
Analysis: One of the more fun parts about being a girl is being able to sing silly things about the toys and characters you love without seeming too odd. Boys aspire to be astronauts, cowboys, police officers, doctors, chefs and more. But all little girls will tell you at least once in their lifetime that they want to be a princess. Whether they were 8 years old and playing on the playground or a 43 year old mother who only wishes to be spoiled and pampered by her prince. Songs like this play into our culture as a reminder that we can still have our imagination while understanding the truth; reality. Yes, we may not be princesses, so let’s make a little fun of Cinderella or whomever. It also keeps the character alive. While slightly teasing the character, little girls bring the princess to the playground and engulf themselves in an environment where they can run around their own princesses.