A Princess Can Be Smart (Available on the Rufus the Unicorn CD)
Words and Music © 2012 Kayte Deioma, ASCAP
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A long time ago, in a land faraway, a princess had to wait for a prince to save the day
But now in modern times, a princess can't just snooze, there are so many decisions, a princess gets to choose…

A princess can be a doctor, and a princess can be a mom.
A princess can travel the world, and a princess can stay home.
A princess can be an inventor, a teacher or a nurse
She can speak a foreign language or write a rhyming verse

Yes, a princess can be brave, and a princess can be smart.
'Cause a princess has a brain and a princess has a heart.
She doesn't have to stay behind a castle wall,
Cause a princess can be anything at all.

A princess can be a musician. She can be an engineer
A princess can drive a race car, or be a volunteer.
A princess can be fast, and a princess can be strong
A princess knows the difference between what's right and wrong.

Yes, a princess can be brave, and a princess can be smart.
'Cause a princess has a brain and a princess has a heart.
She doesn't have to stay behind a castle wall,
Cause a princess can be anything at all.

Bridge:
Just cause a princess likes a little bling, doesn't mean she doesn't know a thing.
That's how it is for a princess nowadays, she can wear a crown and she can get good grades,
but even if she doesn't…

A princess can do a cartwheel; a princess can do a cheer.
A princess can be in a play, or student of the year.
She can ride on a convertible and do the princess wave.
She likes to have an adventure, but she knows how to behave.

Yes, a princess can be brave, and a princess can be smart.
'Cause a princess has a brain and a princess has a heart.
She doesn't have to stay behind a castle wall,
'Cause a princess can be anything at all.
Yes, a princess can be anything at all.

© 2012 Kayte Deioma

Notes on A Princess Can Be Smart

There has been a lot of a backlash lately against raising little princesses, rather than female engineers. There seems to be a feeling that they are mutually exclusive, and by letting a little girl embody the fairytale princess, you are excluding the possibility of her future Nobel Prize in Science.

This song embraces the idea that femininity and brains can go hand in hand, and that a woman doesn't have to deny her femininity to excell at anything she wants in the world.

As a litany of potential careers, this song also inspires boys to see girls in non-traditional roles and to think about possible occupations for themselves. It invariably leads to brainstorming with kids what other jobs there are in the universe that a princess might aspire to. When I perform this song live, an hour later kids are still coming up with ideas. It really sticks with them.