Finale: Children Will Listen
Brian D'Arcy James Lyrics

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The slotted spoon can catch the potato
Every knot was once straight rope
The harder to wake, the better to have
The greater the good, the harder the blow
When going to hide, know how to get there
And how to get back
And eat first
The knife that is sharp today may be dull by tomorrow

Now we can all return home and let us hope there will be no more killing
Where am I to go? I have no one to take care of me
You'll have to take care of yourself now, Jack
It's time
No, it's not
I'll take care of him
You will?
Yes, I'll be your mother now
I don't want another mother, I want a friend, and a pet
Well, of course, we have nowhere to go, so we'll move in with you
Oh, no
It'll be fun
My house is in shambles and there is hardly room for
Of course you can come home with us

And you shall join us, too
You'll not return to the castle?
I'll gladly help you with your house
There are times I actually enjoy cleaning
How proud your wife would have been of you
And how sad it is that my son will never know her

Maybe I just wasn't meant to have children
Don't say that
Of course you were meant to have children
But how can I go about being a father
With no one to mother my child?
Just calm the child
Yes, calm the child

Look, tell him the story
Of how it all happened
Be father and mother
You'll know what to do

Sometimes people leave you
Halfway through the wood
Do not let it grieve you
No one leaves for good
You are not alone
No one is alone

Hold him to the light now
Let him see the glow
Things will be alright now
Tell him what you know

Once upon a time
In a far off kingdom
There lived a sad young lad, a childless baker with his wife

Careful the things you say (a young maiden)
Children will listen (a sad young lad)
Careful the things you do
Children will see (and a childless baker)
And learn (with his wife)

Children may not obey
But children will listen
Children will look to you
For which way to turn
To learn what to be

Careful before you say
"Listen to me"
Children will listen

Careful the wish you make
Wishes are children
Careful the path they take
Wishes come true
Not free

Careful the spell you cast
Not just on children
Sometimes the spell may last
Past what you can see
And turn against you

Careful the tale you tell
That is the spell
Children will listen

Though it's fearful
Though it's deep, though it's dark
And though you may lose the path
Though you may encounter wolves
You can't just act
You have to listen
You can't just act
You have to think

There are always wolves
There are always spells
There are always beans
Or a giant dwells there, so

Into the woods
You go again
You have to
Every now and then
Into the woods
No telling when
Be ready for the journey

Into the woods
But not too fast
Or what you wish
You lose at last

Into the woods, but mind the past
Into the woods, but mind the future
Into the woods, but not to stray

Or tempt the wolf
Or steal from the giant

The way is dark
The light is dim
But now there's you
Me, her and him

The chances look small
The choices look grim
But everything you learn there
Will help when you return there

The light is getting dimmer
I think I see a glimmer

Into the woods
You have to grope
But that's the way
You learn to cope
Into the woods
To find there's hope
Of getting through the journey

Into the woods
Each time you go
There's more to learn
Of what you know

Into the woods, but not too slow
Into the woods, it's nearing midnight
Into the woods to mind the wolf
To heed the witch
To honor the giant
To mind
To heed
To find
To think
To teach
To join
To go to the festival

Into the woods
Into the woods
Into the woods
Then out of the woods
And happy ever after

I wish

Overall Meaning

"Finale: Children Will Listen" from the musical "Into the Woods" is a poignant song that serves as a reflection on the consequences of our actions and the impact we have on future generations. The song highlights the themes of parenting, responsibility, and the power of storytelling.

The first verse of the song speaks to the idea that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact. It demonstrates the importance of being aware of our choices and their potential consequences. The lyrics also suggest that life is filled with both joy and hardship, and we must appreciate the good and brace ourselves for the challenges.

The following verses involve various characters expressing their desires for companionship, family, and a sense of belonging. They find solace in coming together, supporting one another, and sharing the responsibilities of caring for each other. The song emphasizes that despite the difficulties we face, we can find strength in unity and the bonds we form with others.

As the song progresses, it turns to the idea of storytelling and how it shapes the lives of children. It underscores the significance of the tales we tell and the lessons they carry. It cautions against the careless use of words and the harm they can cause. It reminds us that children are always watching and learning from our actions, and that we have a responsibility to guide them.

The final verses encapsulate the journey of the characters into the woods and the lessons they have learned along the way. It acknowledges the dangers they have faced, both external (wolves and giants) and internal (fear and doubt). However, it also leaves us with a message of hope and resilience, as they emerge from the woods transformed and ready to embrace a happy ending.

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

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