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My Name is Not Cinderella

by Michelle Cross

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"My Name is Not Cinderella" is Michelle's first 5 song album originally released in 1999. Physical copies of the CD sold out many years ago but through the magic of digital music, we are able to offer the album for download!

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released March 3, 1999

Piano and vocals: Michelle Cross
Cello: Michael "Bebe" Duggan
Drums: Matt Walker
Bass: Rafe Bradford
Percussion: Newt Cole
Electric Guitars: Scott Talarida
Acoustic Guitars: Mathew Prock

All music and lyrics by Michelle Cross
Except "Last Ode to Rain" lyrics by Ted Hazelgrove
Produced by Mathew Prock

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Michelle Cross Chicago, Illinois

Michelle is a musician and artist based in Chicago. Sprinkled with classical influences and firmly supported by strong vocals, Cross’s songs tend to have a darker, moodier feel to them. At times, there is a lot of aggression and rhythm in her piano playing, yet even at its most gentle moments her powerfully emotional and melodic piano-based songs have caused listeners to sit-up and pay attention. ... more

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Track Name: Sushi Queen
I don't believe what he said to me
He's in love with a Sushi Queen
And you can pretend it doesn't bother me
But I can never sleep, peacefully

How did it come to be that my jealousy
Has tainted all my reality
Have you ever seen such a sad sad girl like me
Jealousy, Sushi Queen brings to me

She's your savior, she's so beautiful
She's an angle with an alligator six inch heel on me
She swims so sweet, she knows I'm weak, she straddles me, And you know....

How did it come to be that my jealousy
Has tainted all my reality
Have you ever seen such a sad sad girl like me
Jealousy, Sushi Queen brings to me

And I don't know how I'll ever make her bleed
Sushi Queen has got a hold on me
Every little thing she says is sure to bring me down
Can anybody save me from her regal crown

How did it come to be that my jealousy
Has tainted all my reality
Have you ever seen such a sad sad girl like me
Jealousy, Sushi Queen brings to me
Track Name: Cinderella
My name is not Cinderella
And the sun don't reflect off my hands
I'm pretty, but I'm plain, and I prefer it that way
But still, I feel unforgiven

You always thought I was joking
When I said that you drained all my tears
Well, you know it's me who's been calling
Though the sound is never too clear

The last time I saw California,
I was wearing my red leather boots
With a smoke in my hand, and according to plan,
I ran bravely into the blue ocean

You never knew how to confuse me
You were always direct with your words
And you know it's me who's been calling
Though the sound is never too clear

And I found a way to the attic in your heart
In your heart, there's nothing but boxes and dust
And you always said I reminded you fondly
Of mothers and lovers you knew in the past
And how could you stand there and tell me so calmly
Your theory on Venus and alien beings
Well, don't turn me into your mother, your brother,
Your daughter, your puppy, your face in the glass.

Well, you vanished like some Cassanova
You, with a rose in your teeth
Well, I love you the best, baby, out of the rest
But I guess I could still be mistaken

My name is not Cinderella
And the sun don't reflect off my hands
I'm pretty, but I'm plain, and I prefer it that way
You smiled and said I'm forgiven...
Track Name: Primitive
Picture yourself in my fire
Picture yourself in my kiss
Picture me laying beside you
Picture me taking your breath

And the flames are licking at your body
You bring to me
Honey, we're primitive
Let me come to you

Hey, yeah yeah

You say the world has gone crazy
You say you're up all night
And there's a demon who's raging
And we have brought him to light

And the flames are tugging at your disguise
You can't deny
Honey we're primitive
Let the siren through

And hides a monster in everybody's
Civilized human heart
And the beating drum will tear the two apart

Primitive, like an ancient tribe
-You say the world has gone crazy
-And that you're up all night
And it's fire that's burning in our eyes
Primitive, like a mystic rhyme
-You say the demon is raging
-And we have brought it to light
And the drum beat will guide us through the night
Primitive

Come listen, listen if you want to
Come listen, listen if you want
Come listen, listen if you want to
Come listen, listen if you want
Track Name: Men in Blue
She can hear them now at the doorstep
The men in blue have come for you
And she hides your note in the closet
The men in blue won't think to look

She says you've been gone since December
And she can't remember where you are.
In the midst of the snowy weather
You took the child and the car

Joey where's your son and the dead man?
Did you ever think of the ones you love?

As she closes the door, she is weary
It's now Feburary and still no sign
Of her child, but she is still hopeful
That you'll bring him back to her in time

Did you ever think of the one you love?
Did you ever think of the one you love?
Track Name: Cold Light
In the cold light of day
You decided to show your face
And the mime dressed in black
Said you're useless to him now

So I turned to run away
But there you stood in my way
And a voice called out to me
"Girl, you never really learned to love."

I'm still hanging on....

Now I stand in the past
My eyes focus on the cracks
By this time you've figured out
I'm useless to you now

And the clock on the wall
Says it's time for me to go
And a voice calls out to me,
"Girl, you're better off alone."

And you tried to strip me of everything that's left
In me, I still can't believe...
I let you succeed.

In the cool city scene
Where I wander like a dream
There's a mime, dressed in black
And he like to talk a lot.

And I pass him on the street
And his voice calls out to me,
"Girl, you're the only one you've ever got...."
Track Name: Last Ode to Rain
The last ode to rain will be written by a nun
On a warm summer's day with her habit hung
On a hook above a bed and a longing in her eyes
Put on her makeup tonight for her Jesus Christ

The last ode to rain will be sung by sailors high
On a ship half drunk by ocean gypsy tides
And they slumber tonight like children in the arms
Of mothers who sing in return, a lullaby

Hear my voice falling in the rain
See my face shimmer in the green
Don't seek me. Don't seek me.
Just let the rain wash me clean

The last act of love will be found under a bridge
Where the trains above will silence every kiss
And she takes his hand and brings it down to where
The last ode to rain, began.