Ice Maiden

from by Not for Pussies



Partly inspired by Jenny Diski's terrific book "Skating to Antartica", which brought back some childhood memories for Jan.


Ice Maiden

Mmm, can I wallow in boundless expanses of white upon white
in a nothing but whiteness
You wanted me for your little Ice Princess, so perfect and poised
in my hours of practice

Fingers picking out the notes – on the page in front of me
Fingers following the dots – floating on the frozen sea
Fingers falling on the beat – of a stark metronome
Waiting for the blade to fall – under your gaze…

And all the while my mind raced into whiteness
white upon white in great boundless expanses
I’d have a sleigh to escape from the Ice Queen
mushing my dogs deeper into my daydream

Playing parabolic scales – Practice makes perfect
Fingers with their bitten nails – I would never be perfect
Thought you had the golden child – Look and see, a prodigy
but I was growing into something wild – I was me, becoming free

Pulling the notes off, like taking the wings off
I’m perched on the piano stool, MY wings taking off
while you pin me down like a butterfly collector
I flap and I search for my own source of nectar

I was once lost, in boundless expanses of white upon white
in a nothing but whiteness
Oh you wanted me for your little Ice Princess
But the spell broke and I tumbled down, useless

Racing over empty ice – into light, into flight
Watching as my Nemesis – disappears into night
Waking up from frozen Winter into Spring – colour filling up my senses
Suddenly alive to everything - Everything


from Under the Sun, released October 29, 2016
Music: Not for Pussies
Lyrics: Janette Kidd
Brian Kidd: Guitars, Guitar Synth, E-bow, Drumbox, Percussion
Janette Kidd: Vocals, Bass Guitar, Autoharp, Keyboards




Not for Pussies Perth, UK

Not for Pussies came into being in 2008, although Brian and Janette Kidd have been together - and playing music together (and with others) for much, much longer.
We felt we're into an era in our lives where Bette Davis' quote about getting older (it's "not for pussies") felt very apt - and our music reflects this - and the experience of having lived a little! Our music is pretty eclectic ...
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