Tangled up Puppet
by Harry Chapin

Tangled Up Puppet

I’m a tangled up puppet
Spinning ‘round in knots
And the more I see
what used to be
The less of you I’ve got

There was a time that you curled up
In my lap like a child
you clinged to me smiling
your eyes wide and wild.
Now you slip through my arms
wave a passing ‘hello’
slip away and pass a kiss
laughing as you go.

You used to say, ‘Read me a story’
and sing me songs of love
for you, a princess paradise
on the wings of a dove
Now I’ve chased you and teased you
trying to remake you my own
you just turn away from me
‘Please leave me alone’.

And I’m a tangled up puppet
All hanging in your strings
I’m a butterfly in a spider’s web
Fluttering my wings
And the more that I keep dancing
And spinning ‘round in knots
The more I see what used to be
And the less of you I’ve got.

You are a drawer full of make-up
and rinses and things.
You keep changing your moods
like your earrings and rings.
But tonight while we played tag
for 5 minutes in the yard
just for a moment
I caught you off guard.


Now you write your secret poems
in a room just for your dreams.
You don’t find time to talk to me
about the things you mean.
What I mean is….
I have watched you take shape
from a jumble of parts
to find the grace and form
of a fine work of art.
Hey you, my brand new woman
newly come into your own
don’t cha know
that you don’t need
to grow up all alone.
Lyrics submitted by Jim Martin.