Thumbelina Ballerina

It was early nineteen thirty four
The world was set to change
Europe was on fire
It was time to rearrange

Poland was the first stop
The German Army on the move
So we left for America
I hope you did approve

You came with me to Jersey
On a trip across the sea
You’ve guarded all my secrets
Known by only you and me

You used to spin quite gaily
Now you just stand there en pointe
You’re my clipped wing little angel
That’s the name I shall anoint

Thumbelina, Ballerina
Dance your dance for me
We’ve been together eighty years
You are who I want to be
Thumbelina, Ballerina
Just one more pirouette
We’ve been together all this time
Our dancing’s not done yet

I sit here and remember
All the treasures you once hid
You’ve still some trinkets in there
Some from when I was a kid

Your tu tu is all tattered
The silk lining frayed and torn
But, you’ve held together nicely
But, I guess we’re both quite worn

Your lipstick isn’t red now
I hear your music in my head
It hasn’t played for 50 years
I just remember it instead

The music gave up playing
You were slightly over wound
But, you still twirled and kept dancing
Even though there was no sound

Thumbelina, Ballerina
Dance your dance for me
We’ve been together eighty years
You are who I want to be
Thumbelina, Ballerina
Just one more pirouette
We’ve been together all this time
Our dancing’s not done yet

I’ve told you more than anyone
Than I have ever known
We’ve been together now forever
You’re the most precious thing I own

You’ve been with me for two husbands
And you’ve seen my kids pass on
There’s just me and you,  my dancing girl
All the rest of them are gone

Your paint is chipped and cracked
Your pony tail is broken too
If I still can recollect now
In the fall of fifty two

Your spring is rusted tightly
You need a hand to stand up right
But, then again, I do as well
And most days it’s quite the fight

Thumbelina, Ballerina
Dance your dance for me
We’ve been together eighty years
You are who I want to be
Thumbelina, Ballerina
Just one more pirouette
We’ve been together all this time
Our dancing’s not done yet

Charms and little trinkets
Plastic jewellery, real as well
Secrets of a child
Secrets you would never tell

I am now moving to December
Of my calendar of years
Soon my life will end and
There’s no one left to shed  me tears

I sit here and I wonder
What shall become of you
My Thumbelina Ballerina
In your dancing dress of blue

You started as a music box
You are not used as that no more
But, Thumbelina Ballerina
Will you dance for me once more?

Thumbelina, Ballerina
Dance your dance for me
We’ve been together eighty years
You are who I want to be
Thumbelina, Ballerina
Just one more pirouette
We’ve been together all this time
Our dancing’s not done yet

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