The song was sung by Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, as well as the two reprises. However, the first reprise is not in the movie and is only found on the Tangled soundtrack. The first reprise was eventually used in Tangled: The Musical, as well as two new reprises.
The song is about Rapunzel who's bored staying in the tower because every day she's just doing the same thing and is unable to leave the Tower. The song is played while Rapunzel does her chores, which can be called "a Working Song". The second reprise in the movie focusses on Rapunzel's liberation at being able to escape into the outside world.
7 AM, the usual morning lineup
Start on the chores and sweep 'til the floor's all clean
Polish and wax, do laundry, and mop and shine up
Sweep again, and by then it's like 7:15!
And so I'll read a book
Or maybe two or three
I'll add a few new paintings to my gallery
I'll play guitar and knit
And cook and basically
Just wonder when will my life begin?
Then after lunch it's puzzles and darts and baking
Papier-mâché, a bit of ballet and chess
Pottery and ventriloquy, candle making
Then I'll stretch, maybe sketch, Take a climb, sew a dress!
And I'll reread the books
If I have time to spare
I'll paint the walls some more
I'm sure there's room somewhere
And then I'll brush and brush
and brush and brush my hair
Stuck in the same place I've always been
And I'll keep wonderin' and wondering
And wondering and wondering
When will my life begin?
And tomorrow night
The lights will appear
Just like they do on my birthday each year
What is it like
Out there where they glow?
Now that I'm older
Mother might just
Let me go...
I've got my mother's love
I shouldn't ask for more
I've got so many things
I should be thankful for
Yes, I have everything
Except, I guess, a door
Perhaps it's better that I stay in
But tell me, when will my life begin?
Look at the world
So close, and I'm halfway to it!
Look at it all
So big, do I even dare?
Look at me
There at last!
I just have to do it
Here I go
Just smell the grass! The dirt!
Just like I dreamed they'd be!
Just feel that summer breeze
The way it's calling me
For like the first time ever, I'm completely free!
I could go running
And finally feeling
That's when my life begins!
Well, back to home sweet home
It seems so small and dim
But I've got mother here
Guess it won't be so grim
Plus all my books, my paintings
Everything but him
I've got a life I love
One built on honesty
I've got a home, a family
Not to mention me!
Now for the first time ever
We're completely free
And with the whole world to wander in
Thugs and Citizens (alternating):
We can go running
And finally knowing
Now's when our lives begin!
Just 24 hours 'til my birthday.
One day, to the day I'm 18.
The day, which I guess,
Will be spent, more or less,
Like the last, oh, 6000 I've seen…
- The second reprise song is remarkably similar the second half of "Out There" (The Hunchback of Notre Dame).
- One of the lyrics in the second reprise is similar to the title of a song, "For the First Time in Forever", from Frozen. Both songs also carry a very similar message. Rapunzel makes a cameo appearance with Flynn in Frozen, as well.
- Interestingly both songs are played often during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Whilst the song is not sung in Kingdom Hearts III, Rapunzel still does the same movements from the scene where she is scared to touch the grass for the first time. Instead of singing, she says the grass is "so soft".