First Midnight
‘Into The Woods’ 2022 Broadway Cast Lyrics


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One midnight gone

No knot unties itself

Sometimes the things you most wish for are not to be touched

The harder to get, the better to have
Agreed?
Agreed

Never wear mauve at a ball
Or pink
Or open your mouth

The difference between a cow and a bean
Is a bean can begin an adventure

Slotted spoons don't hold much soup

The prettier the flower, the farther from the path

The closer to the family, the closer to the wine

Ah

One midnight gone

The mouth of a wolf's not the end of the world

A servant is not just a dog, to a Prince

Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor

You may know what you need
But to get what you want
Better see that you keep what you have

One midnight gone

Sometimes the things you most wish for are not to be touched
The harder to get, the better to have
One midnight gone, one midnight gone
Never wear mauve at a ball
Or pink
Agreed
One midnight gone, one midnight gone

Into the woods
Into the woods




Into the woods, then out of the woods
And home before

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "First Midnight" from the 2022 Broadway cast of "Into The Woods" convey a series of cryptic and profound insights about life's complexities and the choices we make. The repetition of "One midnight gone" suggests the passage of time and missed opportunities, as well as potential regrets. The notion that "No knot unties itself" emphasizes the idea that some problems or situations require active effort to resolve.


The lyrics caution that sometimes the things we desire most are elusive or should not be pursued. The line "The harder to get, the better to have" could be interpreted as a reminder that the most rewarding achievements often require perseverance and struggle. The exchange of "Agreed? Agreed," between characters reinforces a sense of shared wisdom or agreement among those navigating the complexities of life.


There are whimsical and metaphorical warnings woven throughout the lyrics, such as the advice to avoid wearing certain colors at a ball or the comparison between a cow and a bean sparking an adventure. These playful yet insightful lines serve as cautionary tales or reminders to pay attention to details and potential pitfalls.


The final stanza of the song delves into themes of transformation and the cyclical nature of life's challenges and triumphs. The references to wolves, servants, and opportunities allude to the varied roles and opportunities we encounter on our journey. Ultimately, the repetition of "One midnight gone" underscores the transient nature of time and the need to appreciate what we have while striving for our goals. The song's evocative imagery and thought-provoking allegories invite listeners to contemplate the complexities of life's journey, the choices we make, and the paths we navigate.


Line by Line Meaning

One midnight gone
The passing of time, implying that opportunities come and go


No knot unties itself
Challenges do not resolve on their own and require effort to overcome


Sometimes the things you most wish for are not to be touched
Desires may be elusive or not meant to be fulfilled


The harder to get, the better to have
Achieving something difficult makes it more valuable


Agreed?
Do you agree with the previous statement?


Never wear mauve at a ball
Avoid making fashion mistakes at important events


Or pink
Or any other similarly incorrect choice


Or open your mouth
Be cautious with your words and actions


The difference between a cow and a bean
A humorous analogy highlighting the distinction between two seemingly unrelated things


Is a bean can begin an adventure
Even small, unexpected things can lead to great experiences


Slotted spoons don't hold much soup
Certain tools are not well-suited for specific tasks


The prettier the flower, the farther from the path
Attractive distractions may lead you away from your intended course


The closer to the family, the closer to the wine
The closer you are to loved ones, the more likely you are to enjoy good times together


Ah
An interjection expressing a realization or understanding


The mouth of a wolf's not the end of the world
Facing danger does not necessarily mean failure or defeat


A servant is not just a dog, to a Prince
Roles and relationships are not always as simple as they appear


Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor
Chances must be seized when they arise, as they may not last long


You may know what you need
Understanding your necessities


But to get what you want
Achieving your desires


Better see that you keep what you have
Maintaining your current blessings is crucial


Into the woods
Venturing into unfamiliar or challenging situations


And home before
Returning safely or successfully from the journey




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Stephen Sondheim

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