The Horror Honeys: Spooky Kids Saturday Jam ~ 'Ever After Happily'

Spooky Kids Saturday Jam ~ 'Ever After Happily'

Dina Goldstein's 'Fallen Princesses' collection
Goodbye, prince charming
And drown sleeping beauty
Shove Cinderella's slipper where the sun don't shine
Toss the little mermaid back out to sea
Cuz the fairy godmother had to perform another abortion today
And the seven dwarves live in the forest, of course, cuz they were driven away
But this part of the story could spark a cultural rage
So at the sound of the tone we just turn the page

When I first saw John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus, besides being enamored with the vérité style of filming, I fell head-over-heels in love with singer/songwriter Jay Brannan. His sweet voice and often surprisingly twisted lyrics resulted in a borderline obsession, where I listened to (at the time) his one album on repeat so many times, I think my dog could sing along with each track. Now that I have seen him in concert and he has several more albums under his belt, I adore him even more. Without question, one of my favorite songs he's written is today's Honey Jam, "Ever After Happily," in which Brannan turns a critical eye on our cultural obsession with fairy tales. It's the perfect jam for a spooky kid, because what spooky kid hasn't questioned just how happily ever after those fairy tales really were? ~RH