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Stay With Me is a song performed by Meryl Streep as the Witch in the film Into the Woods. The song is also found in the musical by the same name.


The Witch:

What did I clearly say?

Children must listen.


No, no, please!

The Witch:

What were you not to do?

Children must see--



The Witch:

And learn.

Why could you not obey?

Children should listen.

What have I been to you?

What would you have me be, hansom like a prince?

Ah, but I'm old.

I am ugly.

I embarrass you.




You are ashamed of me.



The Witch:

You are ashamed.

You don't understand.


I’m no longer a child.

I wish to see the world.

The Witch:

Don't you know what's out there in the world?

Someone has to shield you from the world.

Stay with me.

Princes wait there in the world, it's true.

Princes, yes, but wolves and humans, too.

Stay at home.

I am home.

Who out there could love you more than I?

What out there that I cannot supply?

Stay with me.

Stay with me, the world is dark and wild.

Stay a child while you can be a child.

With me.

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Into the Woods


The Baker | The Witch | The Baker's Wife | The Wolf | Cinderella | Prince Charming | Jack | Jack's Mother | Rapunzel | Rapunzel's Prince | Wicked Stepmother | Florinda | Lucinda | Little Red Riding Hood | The Giant | Granny | The Baker's Father


The Woods | The Baker's House | Cinderella's House | Rapunzel's Tower | King's Castle | Jack's House | Grandmother's House


Prologue | Cinderella at the Grave | Hello, Little Girl | I Know Things Now | A Very Nice Prince | Giants in the Sky | Agony | It Takes Two | Stay with Me | On the Steps of the Palace | Witch's Lament | Moments in the Woods | Your Fault | Last Midnight | No One is Alone | Children Will Listen


The Witch's Curse | Red Riding Hood | Cinderella Golden Slippers | Magic Beans | Milky White | Rapunzel's Hair | The Giant's Harp | The Beanstalk

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