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The Ladder
Recorded on October 31, 1984 (w/ The Revolution) and released as the 8th track on album Around The World In A Day (April 22, 1985). Written by Prince & John L. Nelson. Strings composed by Lisa Coleman & Wendy Melvoin.

 
Once upon a time n the land of Sinaplenty
There lived a king who didn't deserve 2 b
He knew not where he came from nor where he was going
He never once said thank U, never please
Now this king, he had a subject named Electra
Who loved him with a passion uncontested
4 him each day she had a smile but it didn't matter
The king was lookin' 4 the ladder

Everybody's lookin' 4 the ladder
Everybody wants salvation of the soul
The steps U take r no easy road
But the reward is great 4 those who wanna go

(Everybody's lookin' 4 the answers)
A feeling of self-worth will caress U
(How the story started and how it will end)
The size of the whole wide world will decrease
The love of God's creation will undress U (Ahh...)
And time spent alone my friend will cease (Ooh ahh)

Everybody's lookin' 4 the answers
Of how the story started and how it will end
What's the use n half a story, half a dream?
U have 2 climb all of the steps n between, yeah well well

I say everybody, everybody's lookin' 4 the ladder
Everybody wants salvation of the soul
The steps U take r no easy road (It's not that easy)
The reward is great 4 those who wanna 2 go
I do!

Oh everybody, yeah, everybody's lookin' 4 the answers
Everybody wanna know how the story started and how it will end
What's the use n half a story, half of a dream?
U... gotta climb, U gotta climb all of the steps n between

Everybody, everybody's lookin' 4 that ladder
Everybody wants salvation of the soul (Oh salvation)
The steps U take r no easy road and ah... that's 4 sure
The reward is great, is great 4 those who wanna go, those who wanna go

Everybody (Everybody's lookin' 4 the answers)
Everybody wants an answer (Oh yeah)
They wanna know how the story started
How it will end, what it would b like every day?
What's the use n half a story, half of a dream?
U have 2 climb all of the steps n between


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