Second Midnight
‘Into The Woods’ 2022 Broadway Cast Lyrics


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Two midnights gone

Wanting a ball is not wanting a Prince

Near may be better than far
But it still isn't there

Near may be better than far
But it still isn't there

The ball

So near

So far

You can never love somebody else's child

Two midnights gone

The way you love

So near

Your own

The prince

So far

The greatest prize can often lie
At the end of the thorniest path

Two midnights gone
Two midnights, two midnights gone





Two midnights gone
And the exhausted Baker and his wife buried the dead Milky-White

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Second Midnight" from the 2022 Broadway cast recording of "Into The Woods" can be interpreted as reflecting the theme of disappointment and longing. The opening line, "Two midnights gone," suggests the passing of time, perhaps indicating the characters' journey or search for fulfillment. The next line, "Wanting a ball is not wanting a Prince," implies that superficial desires won't necessarily lead to true happiness or love. It suggests that there is more to life than simply pursuing materialistic or external goals.


The repetition of the phrase "Near may be better than far, but it still isn't there" emphasizes the idea that proximity to something desired may be an improvement, but it's not enough to truly satisfy one's desires or needs. It conveys a sense of yearning and a realization that there is still something missing.


The following lines, "You can never love somebody else's child," suggest that true love and connection cannot be forced or manufactured. It implies that love is inherent and genuine when shared with those who are truly our own.


The mention of the prince being "so far" and the prize being at the end of the thorniest path reinforces the idea that true fulfillment requires overcoming obstacles and challenges. The repetition of the phrase "Two midnights gone" further emphasizes the passing of time and perhaps the characters' exhaustion or disappointment.


The ending of the song, where the Baker and his wife bury the dead Milky-White, connects back to the main storyline of the musical, where characters face loss and sacrifice on their journeys. It serves as a reminder that even in moments of darkness and despair, there is still hope to be found.


Overall, "Second Midnight" explores the theme of longing, disappointment, and the realization that true happiness and fulfillment can't be found through superficial desires alone. It suggests that genuine love and fulfillment require overcoming challenges and embracing one's own path.


Line by Line Meaning

Two midnights gone
Time has passed, and it feels like a significant amount has gone by


Wanting a ball is not wanting a Prince
Desiring superficial things like attending a ball does not equate to desiring a genuine and meaningful connection with someone


Near may be better than far
Being physically close to something or someone can feel more desirable than being distant


But it still isn't there
However, even with the proximity, the desired outcome or goal has not been achieved


The ball
The grand event or opportunity that is sought after


So near
So close in proximity


So far
Yet, still distant in terms of actually attaining it


You can never love somebody else's child
One can never truly love and care for another person's child as deeply and authentically as their own


The way you love
The manner in which you express affection and care


So near
So close in emotional connection


Your own
Referring to one's own child, which holds a unique and unconditional love


The prince
Symbolizing the ideal partner or the embodiment of a perfect match


So far
Distant in terms of finding and establishing a genuine and lasting romantic relationship


The greatest prize can often lie
The most valuable and coveted reward or fulfillment can frequently be found


At the end of the thorniest path
After navigating through the most difficult and challenging obstacles and circumstances


Two midnights gone
Signifying the passage of more time


Two midnights, two midnights gone
Reiterating that a significant amount of time has elapsed


And the exhausted Baker and his wife buried the dead Milky-White
The tired Baker and his wife had to lay to rest their deceased cow, Milky-White




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

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