Hey Cinderella!

(narration music, sung by an unseen chorus)

(dreamy, fairy tale style)
Once upon a time, once upon a time
Very far away

Once upon a time, once upon a time
Very long ago
Could it be last Thursday?

(marching tune)
Here in the heart of the lo-cal-cal rent di-di-district*
Here stands the castle of the king
The king is in charge of ev-ry-hy-one and -thing

(dreamy waltz)
Here ???* is Prince Arthur Charming
We quote from his pedigree
Named so because though he is now Prince Charming
King Arthur one day he’ll be

(dreamy, fairy tale style)
Once upon a time, once upon a time
Waiting to be told was a lovely story
One you won’t forget

 

“If I Could Go Dancing” (music-box style waltz, sung by Belinda Montgomery as Cinderella)

If I could go dancing, my dress would be white
And nearly as light as the breeze, if I could go dancing
I’d walk in the palace, as free as you please
The king and the courtiers would freeze as I started dancing

Whispers everywhere: “Who, who can she be?”
And the prince is there gazing at me

If I could go dancing, go dancing tonight
The ending would turn out so right, if I could go dancing
If I could go dancing
If I could go dancing

 

Music by Joe Raposo, “If I Could Go Dancing” by Joe Raposo and Tom Whedon

*Underlined words are my best guess at deciphering the lyrics, but I need your help to finish them. Comment with your own best guess, and we’ll complete the puzzle together like we did with The Tale of the Bunny Picnic.


Music from Hey Cinderella!

This special is notable for two reasons: It was Kermit’s first appearance as an official frog with a fringe collar and flippers.

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Kermit the Frog sits on the edge of a well talking with Robin Ward as Prince Arthur Charming, who is dressed as a gardener in rust-orange overalls and leaning on a shovel.

And the first version of the special, an unaired pilot of a TV series, was Joe Raposo’s first first collaboration with Jim Henson.

Against my better judgement, there’s something about the combination of 60s campiness, a classic fairy tale, and old-timey Muppet humor that rekindles my belief in the possibility of wishes coming true and happily ever after. (It may be a whole five or six hours until that belief is squashed by my retail job.)

So thank you to Kermit, who gives us the moral of the story: not “believe in your dreams” or “kindness is its own reward,” but rather, “I could’ve solved this whole thing months ago, but who listens to a frog?” So remember to not overcomplicate things and listen to common sense, even when it comes from an unlikely source, like a frog.

P.S. My new head cannon is that radish-loving Splurge is a long-lost member of the Fraggle Rock universe, where radishes are a staple of life that connect Fraggles, Doozers, and Gorgs.

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Left: Splurge, a large, furry, purple, full-body Muppet with thin yellow eyes and one pointy upper tooth. Joyce Gordon as the Fairy Godmother (center) talks to Kermit (right) who sits on the edge of a well.

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