Who Sang The Ladder? Prince & The Revolution

The Revolution Around the World in a Day cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1985-4-16
length: 5:30
vocal: Prince
performer: The Revolution and Prince
mixer: Prince
recording engineer: David Tickle
background vocals: Taj Bell, Susannah Melvoin and Wendy & Lisa
saxophone: Eddie M.
Some other versions of "The Ladder"

Lyrics
Once upon a time in the land of Sin-aplenty
There lived a king who didn't deserve to be
He knew not where he came from
Nor where he was going
He never once said thank you, never please

Now this king he had a subject named Electra
Who loved him with a passion, uncontested
For him each day she had a smile
But it didn't matter
The king was looking for the ladder

Everybody's looking for the ladder
Everybody wants salvation of the soul
The steps you take are no easy road
But the reward is great
For those who want for go

A feeling of self-worth (everybody's looking)
Will caress you (for the answers)
The size of the whole wide world will decrease (how the story started)
(and how it will end)
The love of God's creation will undress you
And time spent alone my friend, will cease

Everybody's looking for the answers
How the story started and how it will end
What's the use in half a story, half a dream
You have to climb all of the steps in between (yeah, we ride)

Everybody's looking for the ladder
Everybody wants salvation of the soul
The steps you take are no easy road (the steps you take are no easy road)
(it's not that easy)
But the reward is great
For those who want to go (I do)

Everybody, everybody's looking (Everybody's looking for the answers)
For the answers
Everybody wants to know how the story (How the story started)
Started and how it will end (started and how it will end)
What's the use in half a story, (What's the use in half a story)
Half a dream (half of a dream)
You, you gotta climb, you gotta climb (you have to climb all)
All of the steps in between (the steps in between)

Everybody,
Everybody's looking for that ladder (Everybody's looking for the ladder)
Everybody wants salvation of the soul (Everybody wants salvation of the soul)
(salvation)
The steps you take are no easy road (the steps you take are no easy road)
(that's for sure)
But the reward is great (the reward is great)
For those who want to go, (for those who want to go)
Those who want to go

Everybody, everybody wants (Everybody's looking for the answers)
An answer
Anyone who know how the story (How the story started)
Started, how it will end (started and how it will end)
Will it be lonely in the world (What's the use in half a story)
What's the use? (half of a dream)
(have to climb all)
(the steps in between)

Tracklist
Digital Media 1
  • 1 Around the World in a Day
  • 2 Paisley Park
  • 3 Condition of the Heart
  • 4 Raspberry Beret
  • 5 Tamborine
  • 6 America
  • 7 Pop Life
  • 8 The Ladder
  • 9 Temptation

  • Release information
    label: Warner Bros. Records
    country(area): United States
    format: Digital Media
    barcode: 603497999620
    script: Latin