On the Steps of the Palace is a song sung by Cinderella in the film, Into the Woods. The song is also found in the musical by the same name.


He's a very smart Prince
He's a Prince who prepares
Knowing this time I'd run from him
He spread pitch on the stairs
And I'm caught unawares
Well it means that...he cares
This is more than just malice
Better stop and take stock
While you're standing here stuck
On the steps of the palace

Alright, what do you want?
Have to make a decision
Why not stay and be caught?
Should I give that a thought?
What would be his response?
But then what if he knew
Who I am when I know
That I'm not that he thinks
That he wants?
Or then what if I am
What a prince would envision?

But then how can you know
What you want till you know
What you want, which I don't
So then which do you pick?
While you're safe, out of sight
And yourself, but where everything's wrong
Or where everything's right
But you know that you'll never belong
And whichever you pick
Do it quick
'Cause you're starting to stick
To the steps of the palace

It's my first big decision
The choice isn't easy to make
To arrive at a ball
Is exciting and all
Once you're there, though, it's scary
And it's fun to deceive
When you know you can leave
But you have to be wary
There's a lot that's at stake
But I've stalled long enough
'Cause I'm still standing stuck
In the stuff on these steps

Better run along home
And avoid the collision
Though at home, they don't care
I'll be better off there
Where there's nothing to choose
So there's nothing to lose
So I'll pry up my shoes

Wait, though thinking it through
Things don't have to collide
I know what my decision is
Which is not to decide

I'll just leave him a clue
For example, a shoe
And then see what he'll do
Now it's he and not you
Who'll be stuck with a shoe
In a stew, in the goo
And I've learned something too
Something I never knew
On the steps of the palace!


  • Many lines from the original version of the song were changed for the film.

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