May I do the un-troduction, Cinderella
Shoe, shoe was Cinderella
In this little cellar
We grow like weeds
Cause it’s damp and dark
And we chose to park right here
Oh dear oh dear oh dea-ea-ea-ear

Someone is bound
To notice that we don’t
Blend in no matter how hard
The bartender tries
With our parking skills
And our lullabies
So he lays and lies and lies

Sayin’ oh man
I’ve got me a cunt back home
And she’s got herself a
Bun in the oven
If you know what I mean
I mean I tried
I tried to keep the whole thing clean
And it never happened on a screen
And it was seen
Never happening by
Millions of people
Oh sometimes you just gotta
Sell your sou-ou-oul
Sometimes you just gotta
Sell your soul

Shoe, shoe
Cinderella, Cinderella
Shoe, shoe

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    My InterpretationI think this song is sort of a cautionary tale describing the fallacies displayed in the media. Cinderella, the movie, is about this innocent girl who effortlessly falls in love and finds her happy ever after with her prince charming. I think that in this song, Regina tries to be realistic by pointing out that this is rarely a scenario that would occur.

    In real life, you don't marry a prince. Even if you do, you're prince charming might not turn out to be all that charming (as evidenced by the man in this song referring to her as a 'cunt' - beautiful selection of a word to really make a statement). Unwanted pregnancies, poverty - this is real life.

    I also think 'lullabies' also suggests the relevance to children - how these stories infiltrate the minds of children and warp their sense of what is realistic.

    "It never happened on the screen" - the story, Cinderella, never showed the realistic version of the fairy tale. Children see these movies and read these stories and believe that it is how life should turn out to be, and like this man, are surprised when real life slaps them in the face ("It was seen never happening by millions of people").

    Realistically, if you were raised as Cinderella was, abused and locked in a cellar, chances are your life will not turn out the way hers does. This is just a dream, a wish, whereas in reality a person in this situation will "grow like weeds, cause it's damp and dark". The cards are just not in your favor, and sometimes there is nothing you can do to change that.

    "Sometimes you just gotta sell your soul" - I think this is how I classified this as a cautionary tale. This man is now spreading the lesson he has learned, that if you fall into the trap that is believing that life is like a fairy tale, you will pay the price with a rude awakening.

    I also think, at least at the end, she uses a play on words, and really means to say 'shoo' instead of 'shoe'. Like telling the story that is Cinderella to get lost.

    Kind of reminds me of the Grimm brothers stories, how Disney fluffed them up for children.

    At least this is how I always interpreted it!
    zeldaaaxxxon January 31, 2017   Link
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    General CommentBitchin'
    GraveyardGirlon March 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBitchin'
    GraveyardGirlon March 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGod, WHERE can I find this song?!
    eyelinerislifeon August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI would love to know where to find this song at.
    itfloatzon December 29, 2008   Link
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    freakin awesome song!
    some_personon June 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentheh, regina came up with the ella, ella thing before rihanna :P
    fruitionon June 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAfter running a search for this song (in order to comment on it), it occurs to me that Regina Spektor - Cinderella is the only result. Regina's the only artist to ever make a song called Cinderella? Interresting.

    Anyway, are we sure these lyrics are right? it seems like at the beginning Reg sings "she was" in some places, and "shoe" the rest. But i'm no expert.

    i love this song. awesome piano, and i'd bet my bottom dollar that the lyrics are deep.... no idea what they mean, though. Is Cinderella the pregnant *ahem* girlfriend "back home" the bartender is talking about? apparently they were seen making love on tv. (where else has a screen, shown to millions of people?) i get a kind of Braille vibe from the whole unappreciated pregnancy thing.

    arrite. that's all i got.
    jazzy06792on August 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHere's what I think this song means: I think it's supposed to be a sort of reverse Cinderella story, or a story about how someone realizes those sorts of things don't happen in real life. For example, it says "In this little cellar, we grow like weeds" growing like weeds indicates thriving, and since Cinderella was miserable in the cellar, this indicates that the people mentioned in the song aren't like Cinderella in the sense that they're happy with poverty/simplicity. Next, there's the whole not blending in part. Wherever these people are going, they obviously feel out of place. Then there's the part about the bartender. When she says "lies and lies and lies" her tone changes each time. At first it sounds optimistic and confident, as though she's sure the bartender is lying. But then, it sounds like she starts to doubt herself. Then the bartender starts talking about his girlfriend, about how they humiliated themselves (probably for money) I was led to believe that this is a sort of eye-opening experience for the speaker (whatever persona she's adopting in the song). I really like this song. I wish it were on a CD :)
    runningincircles72on July 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think (as the person above me said) is that this is the story of a couple ok with living in poverty. I also think that the Cinderella in the story is ethier a prostitute or a actor in Pronography. Becuase of the 3rd stansa. like, "And it never happened on a screen and it was see never happening by millions of people.", Like how Pornagraphy is depicting sex but it's not real sex, real sex is about love, So millons of people saw love not happening.
    Squideston October 02, 2010   Link

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