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The inspiration for The Wendy Trilogy was supplied, mostly unwittingly, by several ladies: Mary Jo Tucker, Sue Tinney, Kimberley Haley, and Sharon Knight, most notably. The main drive to get the Wendies written, however, was the fact that I refuse to accept that Wendy is the domestic little nanny she's made out to be. For every moment in the original stories that she's in mom mode, in my opinion, she shows plenty of backbone at other times. I think there's more to her, and so I pursued the thought that she just might've said yes to Hook when he asked her if she wouldn't rather be a pirate. Thus, Pan's worst nightmare is born. He already doesn't understand girls, but a girl pirate just flips his world around.
And yes, Green-eye Sue is mostly me. Yes, Suzy Rotten was my nickname when I was five and in a temper. Yes, hopefully all of the great suggestions I've had from my fans about how to use this epic will come to fruition: the Wendies will be a children's book with lavish illustrations, an animated film, a remixed EP with guest players like Celia, Betsy Tinney, and new friend Heather Alexander, a self-standing graphic novel, a slam poem (which it already has been), a well-known sleepover drama, and a household favorite the world over. This is for the Lost Girls, all of you, everywhere: this is for all of us who ever forsook our ribbons and easter dresses for swords disguised as empty paper towel rolls and ran around the yard with bandannas on our heads and borrowed dress-up finery shouting "walk the plank you lubbers!'
So Wendy'd got herself a crew of ruthless men and brave
and they'd terrorize the Lost Boys each and every Saturday.
One day Wendy says to Peter, "I'd like more girls on my crew."
So Peter goes a-hunting Lost Girls and brings back Green-eyed Sue.
Green Eyed Sue was feisty, quite surly and quite sad
called Suzy Rotten by her mum and tomboy by her dad.
At the chance to be a pirate and call Peter Pan a friend,
Her face lit up, her sadness fled, and she ne'er looked home again.
She proudly followed Wendy, and she ne'er went home again.
Sue becomes first mate, as she's the first Lost Girl to live upon
the ship and give to Wendy all the spirit she can give.
Smee at last retires with captain Jill's reprieve
It's graciously he goes, too wise to show that he's relieved!
Peter keeps a-hunting up Lost Girls for Wendy's crew.
The sailors take vacation time, with nothing else to do!
Sweet Wendy turns each girl into a pirate before long,
by teaching them survival, how to sail, and to be strong.
Wendy's ship, it prospers, and the girls are eating well,
A roving band of sisters, singing songs and raising hell.
The ship is full of pirates, but each one can keep her head.
Due to this small miracle and thanks to Wendy's pirate school,
Brand new tales of derring-do and Wendy start to spread.
Wide-eyed children visit Neverland most every night, but now,
New sorts of fans arrive to see the boys and pirates fight
Kings and queens show up in Neverland from all across the world
To see the only pirate ship that's captained by a girl.
Disarmed by this is Wendy, but she takes it in her stride.
She bows to the queen of Sheba and shows off her crew with pride.
A pirate dropping curtseys is rare, we realize.
But she's sure to come up with a bawdy joke and a twinkle in her eyes.
Lost Girls mind their Ps and Qs with twinkles in their eyes.
Recall now what I've said about how fairies love to gab.
This goes for every one from Tinkerbell to old Queen Mab.
One night on the horizon a new set of stars was born
And Neverland played host to folk who sail in fleets of silver boats
No stars were these, but the royal fleet of Titania and Oberon!
The king and queen of Faerie come to Neverland this night
In shining silver ships that run on mischief and starlight
To meet this human girl-child of whom the tales are sweet
And respectfully ask Wendy if she'll lead their royal fleet.
Well, how can Wendy turn down such an offer when it's made:
To sail the sky with fairies and to lead their gay brigade!
She tells the ruling monarchs that she'll gladly come and play
If her crew may keep their tourney with the boys each Saturday.
Wendy's made an admiral and rules the fairy band,
Diplomat between the worlds of Fae and Neverland.
The crew are full delighted and make magic where they roam
But soon our admiral has thoughts of setting sail for home.
Second star to the right does call, and Wendy hears its song.
She lets her brothers know she's headed home before too long.
They meet with her in secret to tell Peter Pan goodbye.
Peter squares his jaw, and the Lost Boys try not to cry.
Next night the ship sets sail out to the edges of the sky.
Wendy calls her crew on deck and tells them her surprise.
Above old London Town she bids them follow through the air
And invites them home to meet her mum and be her sisters there.
Nearly all the crew let Wendy know they cannot wait
But stoic stand a handful, including the first mate.
Green-eyed Sue before her captain asks to plainly speak her mind:
"It's sooner I'd lay down my life than leave this ship behind!"
"A simple life of growing up is surely not for me.
Working as a sailor's been the first time I am free.
So by your leave dear Captain, I will be a pirate still
And carry on the legacy of our Red-handed Jill!"
Wendy smiles a smile and says "I'll miss you, dearest one.
But as this journey ends I see a new one has begun!
So carry on as admiral and Captain in my stead.
Guide your crew with a steady hand, and always keep your head."
Thus Sue becomes the Captain and begins another tale.
Her bonny crew decide to teach the Lost Boys how to sail.
She rules the fleets of Faerie and she reigns in Neverland,
A pirate queen e'er hatching schemes with Tink and Peter Pan.
Tales are told of Sue and Wendy to keep all girls' brothers kind
Unto their darling sisters. For, if they are a mind
To torment and to torture and to hair-pull and to tease,
One night she might turn pirate and run off to sail the seas!
Not just for bonny brothers are the tales of Green-eyed Sue.
Such warning fables show each mom and dad a thing or two.
If e'er your sweetling makes a cutlass from a cardboard tube,
You'll ne'er berate nor tell her it's a boy's game she pursues.
The freer that you raise a mind, the brighter it will bloom,
And ye'd rather have her home than off to join some scurvy crew
Or sail with the likes of Green-eyed Sue!
released October 31, 2006
Vocals, guitars: SJ Tucker
Tracked by Da'nelle Martin, Tekneek's Hidden Studios, Denver.