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CHAPTER SIX

A Manhattan Fairy Tale

Song Stories

Album Liner Notes

In this series of Song Stories we’re taking you behind the scenes of each song.
Chapter VI– A Manhattan Fairy Tale is the fifth EP from our album Old Bones Odyssey
Coming soon: we’re creating a podcast that dives deeper into the stories and history behind our songs.

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A Manhattan Fairy Tale

“A long, long time ago 
When squirrels in Central Park could still talk”- Lyrics/Ellen Kaye

Ellen C Kaye – Lead Vocal
Ethan Fein – Guitar
Andrew Drelles – Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Koa Ho – Upright Bass
Zach Mullings – Drums, Congas
© 2022 Ellen C Kaye and Ethan Fein. All rights reserved. 

A long, long time ago
When squirrels in Central Park could still talk
A little girl lived
high above the treetops
On a rooftop, nestled between the clouds on foggy days

A long, long time ago
When water towers watched o’er the realm
One lived alone
on her rooftop
Bellowing warnings
when danger
was near

Tomatoes, petunias, and wild roses grew
Windows caught the moonlight
Dreams shimmered in the air
Back when squirrels could talk
I lived in a golden time
We had golden things
Old, unhappy, far-off things

A long long time ago
When stilt walkers still danced upon the moon
Her family lived
Deep inside their own world
A shining circus, made of flames and fireflies

A long long time ago
When all who loved were still loved in return
A knight named Cruz
Saved her from the bad dreams
Holding her close
When danger
Was near

Tomatoes, petunias, and wild roses grew
Windows caught the moonlight
Dreams shimmered in the air
Back when squirrels could talk
I lived in a golden time
We had golden things
Old, unhappy, far-off things

A long long time ago
When all good things began to disappear
Her father died
Struck down by bad luck
Swept from this earth like sand before the wind

A long long time ago
When spirits still sang songs that shook your bones
Her mother drank
Sweet sips, from golden lilies
Locking her sorrows
Deep beneath
The sea

Tomatoes, petunias, and wild roses grew
Windows caught the moonlight
Dreams shimmered in the air
Back when squirrels could talk
I lived in a golden time
We had golden things
Old, unhappy, far-off things

A long long time ago
When bears still dined on shish kebab and wine
A stranger came
Silver tongue and moonshine
Wolfsbane whispers
Fateful kisses
Veiled his prey

A long long time ago
When mandrakes still told tales that woke the night
Her mother wed
The stranger on their rooftop
The watchtower bellowed warnings through the night

A long, long time ago
When fairy tales could still set people free
I ran away
Flying off our rooftop
Leaving my very heart and soul behind

Dancing street lights far below
Cruz’s pounding heart
Over the watchtowers
Over the circus, shining below
Flames spinning, people laughing
Over all the streets I knew and loved
All of it vanishing beneath me
Stars
a new fragile moon

Dancing street lights far below
Cruz’s loving heart
Wind blowing through me
Changing every cell
With a flick of its tongue
Here I go
Up, up, up and… gone

Tomatoes, petunias, and wild roses grew
Windows caught the moonlight
Dreams shimmered in the air
Back when squirrels could talk
I lived in a golden time
We had golden things
Old, unhappy, far-off things

A long, long time ago
When squirrels in Central Park could still talk

Ellen C Kaye – Lyrics
Ethan Fein – Music 
Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Bill Moss
Ellen C Kaye, Ethan Fein, Bill Moss, Alan Joseph–Producers
Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Queens, New York
A Repair With Gold Production LLC SM
© 2023 Ellen C Kaye and Ethan Fein. All rights reserved.

The Story

A Manhattan Fairy Tale

“I started telling this story a long time ago. For now I’ll let the song say it all.”-Ellen Kaye

A Manhattan fairy tale Slideshow

Central Park
When squirrels in Central Park could still talk" Taken from Osborne rooftop. Photo by Sidney Kaye.
Ellen
Sidney & Ellen
Ellen & Faith
Cruz Alejandrina Defanti
"A knight named Cruz"
Ellen
"Tomatoes, petunias, and wild roses grew". Osborne rooftop. Photo by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1961.
"A long, long time ago When water towers watched o’er the realm " View from Osborne rooftop. Photo by Sidney Kaye. Disintegrating. Circa 1960s.
Ellen
Osborne roof. Photo taken by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1962.
Susan Peerce
Ellen's cousin Susan. Ellen's first birthday. Circa 1960.
Ellen & Sidney
At the RTR. Circa 1964.
Faith Kaye
Atlantic City, New Jersey. Circa1961.
Burwell & Kaye Family
North Carolina. Circa 1960.
Sidney Kaye
Fighting cancer. Atlantic City, New Jersey. Circa 1961.
Faith Kaye
Atlantic City, New Jersey. Circa 1961.
Ellen
Fire Island. Circa 1962.
Alice Peerce
My Aunt Alice
Jan Peerce
My Uncle Jan. Married to my Aunt Alice. Osborne rootop. Photo by Sidney Kaye. Cica 1960s.
Cruz & Ellen
Sidney Kaye
"When all good things began to disappear." Osborne rooftop. Photo possibly taken by Faith Kaye. Disintegrating slide. Circa 1960s.
Maye Kaye Oldin
Ellen's Auntie Maye, her father's sister. Circa 1960s.
The RTR
"Over the circus, shining below"
Sidney, Alice & Jan
At The RTR. Circa late 1950s.
Outside Carnegie Hall
Jan & Alice Peerce
Ellen & Lloyd
Family
Goldberg, Kaye, Peerce, Oldin, Williams and Halpern family photo. NYC. Circa 1970s.
Lloyd Williams
My family.
Annie Kalmanowitz
Ellen's paternal grandmother. Circa 1960s.
Faith Kaye
Photo taken by Sidney Kaye. Circa late 1950s.
Sidney Kaye
Photo taken by Faith Kaye. Circa late 1950s.
Lyro Defanti
Lyro was married to Cruz. Circa 1970s.
Hudson River
View from Osborne rooftop. Photo by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1960s.
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Manhattan niight skyline. View from Osborne rooftop. Photo 1. Taken by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1960s.
Manhattan niight skyline. View from Osborne rooftop. Photo 2. Taken by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1960s.
Manhattan niight skyline. View from Osborne rooftop. Photo 3. Taken by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1960s.
Manhattan niight skyline. View from Osborne rooftop. Photo 4. Taken by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1960s.
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Manhattan niight skyline. View from Osborne rooftop. Photo 5. Taken by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1960s.
Sidney & Faith
Mom & Dad. The Osborne rooftop. Circa ate 1950s.
57th Street
"Dancing street lights far below"
58th Street
"Over all the streets I knew and loved". Photo by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1950s.
City Street.
"Over all the streets I know and love" Photo taken by Sidney Kaye. Disintegrating slide. Manhattan, NYC. .
Rooftop Views
Taken from Osborne rooftop. Photo by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1960s.
View Of New Jersey
Concrete canyon. Taken from Osborne rooftop. Photo by Sidney Kaye. Circa 1960s.
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Singer/songwriter, producer, podcast maker, mom, born and bred in NYC. Night Club singer at heart.