Happily Ever After

from Strangers at the Gate by Stranger Ways

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"Happily Ever After" was 13 years in the making. In ninth grade, Nat wrote a song called "Alone Together," which he later recorded on his home PC.

While the lyrics to the song sounded very much as if they were written by a ninth-grader, the song stayed with him. Years later, he and Susan reworked the song into "Happily Ever After," completely rewriting the lyrics in the process.

Thanks are due as well to Marnen Laibow-Koser, who provided inspiration for the arrangement.


I knew my prince would come someday
The one who would carry me far away
Away from the dreary everyday
Happily ever after

My prince found me at the junior dance
Tuxedo jacket and denim pants
I saw the future in his glance
Happily ever after

Love is fairy tale
Shining armor, dragon scale
Leave behind a breadcrumb trail
to happily ever after

He drove me home in his charger white
The perfect end to the perfect night
Rest in his arms till morning light
Happily ever after

He said “Won’t you come away with me
I know a place where we’ll be free
Away from your broken family
to Happily ever after

Love is a fairy tale
Searching for a golden grail
A sacred quest that’s doomed to fail
Happily ever after

So away to find a priest
And once the revelry has ceased
Every beauty must find her beast
Happily ever after

We sat down to eat one dreadful night
I dropped the wine, we had a fight
A beast has claws and teeth that bite
A dungeon in every castle

My chains are made of one gold ring
Still for him I’d do anything
He may be a beast but he’s my king
Happily ever after

Love is a fairy tale
Living in the sweetest jail
Trapped behind thorns, growing pale
Happily ever after


from Strangers at the Gate, released January 15, 2011
Composed by Nat Budin and Susan Weiner.


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