He must marry for the kingdom, caged by commitment
By order of the king, the fairest maidens were summoned,
A royal ball was called,
Tonight he must choose.
But one beauty has arrived, one so gorgeous the prince was impressed
HE stood behind a girl in a dazzling dress
But caged by commitment, the prince felt he could not reveal
The heart stirring pang, he fought desperately to feel
A fatherly glance pushed him,
to take a step for his kingdom
to walk to the girl in the dress
to look longingly over her shoulder
at the man sweeping ashes
in front of a pumpkin carriage
How could he be true?
How could he resist?
Caged by commitment, his kingdom lay in the balance
the prince asked for a moment
and took his leave on balcony high
conflicted and broken, the prince wept
for lost love, for lost hope
but who should come to comfort
but the man sweeping ashes
his hands were black, but his eyes were soft
in low voice he comforted the prince
in soft touch he provided
in parting kiss, shared what they could never have.
MAY I ANNOUNCE
OF PRINCE CHARMING
AND THE LOVELY LADY CINDERELLA