The Princess Who Saved Herself – Jonathan Coulton

I listen to kid’s music a lot. Big shocker coming from a Dad of a 4 year old and a 1 year old, right? Well it’s true and I must say there is some really good music out there. Case in point: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton.

I love everything about this song, from the fairytale feel, to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, to the girl saving herself. Just a smile of a song contained in just under three minutes of music. You can hear The Princess Who Saved Herself here. My favorite part is this:

So they got the witch a dress,
Put some makeup on her face,
They started up a band,
And the dragon played the bass.

You can download this song from Amazon for $.99. Here are the full lyrics as transcribed by a member of Jonathan Coulton’s Forums:

[Verse 1]
There was a castle by a waterfall,
With a pink and purple wall,
And a princess living there.

She had no parents and was all alone,
She got by on her own,
And she liked it pretty well.

‘Cause she never wore her socks,
She had a pet snake,
She bought a red (rad?) guitar,
And she ate a whole cake.

And there wasn’t anybody there to tell her what to do,
So she did what she wanted to.
Everybody knew the story of the princess who saved herself.
(Princess who saved herself)
(Princess who saved herself)

[Verse 2]
There was a dragon with a pointy tail,
He was bigger than a whale,
And his breath was terrible.

He scared the princess when he came around,
Tried to burn the castle down,
But she caught him by his tail.

Then she tied him to a tree,
So the dragon couldn’t fly,
She told him he was mean,
And it made the dragon cry.

When he finally apologized she offered him some tea,
He accepted it graciously.
Now he vists every weekend with the princess who saved herself.
(Princess who saved herself)
(Princess who saved herself)

[Bridge phone conversation…]

[Verse 3]
There was a witch who was an evil queen,
She was wrinkled old and green,
And she hated everyone.

She saw the princess in her silver gown,
Put the poison apple down,
Asked her where she bought her clothes.

So they got the witch a dress,
Put some makeup on her face,
They started up a band,
And the dragon played the bass.

Every Saturday they play until their fingertips are sore,
Mostly Math Rock and Cuddle Core.
And they call themselves The Kingdom Of The Princess Who Saved Herself.
(Princess who saved herself)
(Princess who saved herself)

The princess who saved herself.
(Princess who saved herself)
(Princess who saved herself)

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8 thoughts on “The Princess Who Saved Herself – Jonathan Coulton

  1. If you’d asked me, before I looked on Google, I’d have said, “Of course, the archetype of the “princess who saves herself” is well established in modern literature.” Because I talk like a literary critic all the time. No, really, I thought I’d read this story before but can’t find it. Considering the structure of the title mimics “The table that laid itself” I have to give serious compliments to Johnathon Coulton for coining this. “The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales” includes the significantly less catchy, “The Princess Who Stood On Her Own Two Feet” but it isn’t the same. Has anyone read “Don’t Bet on the Prince”?

    Bonus points to Coulton for referencing the not-actually-made-up “Math Rock” and “Cuddlecore”

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