Michelle Johnson, Pam Klinger, Frederick, Vicki At the Ballet cover

At the Ballet
by , & Frederick, Vicki
Lyrics



At the Ballet Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Daddy always thought that he married beneath him
That's what he said, that's what he said.
When he proposed he informed my mother
He was probably her very last chance.
And though she was twenty-two,
Though she was twenty-two,
Though she was twenty-two
She married him.
Verse 2
Life with my dad wasn't ever a picnic
More like a "come as you are."
When I was five I remember my mother
Dug earrings out of the car.
I knew they weren't hers, but it wasn't
Something you'd want to discuss.
He wasn't warm.
Well, not to her.
Well, not to us
Verse 3
But
Everything was beautiful at the ballet.
Graceful men lift lovely girls in white.
Yes,
Everything was beautiful at ballet,
Hey!
I was happy at the ballet.
Verse 4
That's when I started class.
Verse 5
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
Verse 6
To the voice like a metronome
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
Verse 7
It wasn't paradise.
Verse 8
It wasn't paradise.
Verse 9
It wasn't paradise.
Verse 10
But it was home.
Verse 11
Mother always said I'd be very attractive
When I grew up, when I grew up.
"Diff'rent," she said, "With a special something
And a very, very personal flair."
And though I was eight or nine,
Though I was eight or nine,
Though I was eight or nine,
I hated her.
Verse 12
Now,
"Diff'rent" is nice, but it sure isn't pretty.
"Pretty" is what it's about.
I never met anyone who was "diff'rent"
Who couldn't figure that out.
So beautiful I'd never lived to see.
But it was clear,
If not to her,
Well then to me
Verse 13
That everyone is beautiful at the ballet.
Every prince has got to have his swan.
Yes,
Everyone is beautiful at the ballet.
Verse 14
Hey!
Verse 15
I was pretty
Verse 16
At the ballet.
Verse 17
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
To the voice like a metronome.
Up a steep and very narrow stairway,
Verse 18
It wasn't paradise.
Verse 19
It wasn't paradise.
Verse 20
It wasn't paradise.
Verse 21
But it was home.
Verse 22
I don't know what they were for or against, really, except each other.
I mean, I was born to save their marriage
But when my father came to pick my mother up at the hospital he said,
"Well, I thought this was going to help.
But I guess it's not."
Anyway, I did have a fantastic fantasy life.
I used to dance around the living room with my arms up like this.
My fantasy was that it was an Indian Chief
And he'd say to me,
"Maggie, do you wanna dance?"
And I'd say, "Daddy, I would love to dance."
Verse 23
But it was clear.
Verse 24
When he proposed.
Verse 25
That I was born to help their marriage and when
Verse 26
That's what he said.
Verse 27
That's what she said.
Verse 28
I used to dance around the living room.
Verse 29
He wasn't warm.
Verse 30
Not to her.
Verse 31
("Do-do-doo's")
Verse 32
It was an Indian chief and he'd say
"Maggie, do you wanna dance?"
And I said, "Daddy, I would love to"
Everything was beautiful at the ballet.
Raise your arms and someone's always there.
Yes, everything was beautiful at the ballet,
At the ballet,
At the ballet!!
Verse 33
Yes everything was beautiful at the ballet.
Verse 34
Hey!
Verse 35
I was pretty
Verse 36
I was happy
Verse 37
"I would love to."
Verse 38
At the ballet.

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