Bareilles, Sara - Fairytale Lyrics

Cinderella's on her bedroom floor
She's got a crush on the guy at the liquor store
'Cause Mr. Charming don't come home anymore
And she forgets why she came here

Sleeping Beauty's in a foul mood for shame
She says none for you dear prince, I'm tired today
I'd rather sleep my whole life away
Than have you keep me from dreaming

I don't care for your fairytales
You're so worried about the maiden
Though you know she's only waiting
On the next best thing
Next best thing

Snow White is doing dishes again
'Cause what else could you do
With seven itty-bitty men?
Sends them to bed and she calls up a friend
Says will you meet me at midnight?

The tall blonde lets out a cry of despair
Says would've cut it myself if I knew men could climb hair
I'll have to find another tower somewhere
Keep away from the windows

I don't care for your fairytales
You're so worried about the maiden
Though you know she's only waiting
On the next best thing
Next best thing

Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom
Man made up a story said that I should believe him
Go and tell your white knight
That he's handsome in hindsight
But I don't want the next best thing
So I sing a-hold my head down
And I break these walls 'round me
Can't take no more of your fairytale love

I don't care for your fairytales
You're so worried about the maiden
Though you know she's only waiting
On the next best thing

Spent the whole life being graded
On the sanctity of patience
And a dumb appreciation
But the story needs some mending
And a better happy ending
'Cause I don't want the next best thing
No no I don't want the next best thing

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Bareilles, Sara Fairytale Comments
  1. FaZzer_Drty

    Salut les 3c


    I remember dancing to this song when I was like 3 and it still warms my heart and makes me so happy to this day also I just realized this song is from 9 years ago

  3. Ellie Bumont


  4. Cynda Lee

    I’m in love with this?? Sara Bareilles, a feminist icon since before time.

  5. astrid

    I love this song so much, it's been stuck in my head all day. Sara is an idle to me 💕.

  6. Lina Lopez

    For some reason I remember this song being more upbeat or is it just mee.?

    Lydia Barnes

    I agree. I think i heard an upbeat version of this song

    that one annoying soprano

    this is her “careful confessions” version of the song- the original. she re-recorded and re-orchestrated the song for her little voice album

  7. rachelaleishoppe

    This song makes me think of the beginning of the selection series.


    Don't lie, you just know that it's the song that the author chose in 1st for the playlist of The selection

  8. Timothy

    I remember hearing this song in Barnes & Noble years ago while coincidentally looking for a fairy tale book. This has stuck with me ever since.

  9. Aury Underground

    I love this music video so much!

  10. Sparrow Blacke

    This is my favorite of all her videos. I love it!

  11. moviechic07

    Damn she's so young in this. She's still as pretty. This is an awesomely written song.

  12. Tiana Mannell

    OMG I am so obssessed with this song my friends are sick of hearing me gush over it's amazingness

  13. Rianna Pineda

    The Selection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    the reason why i'm here (: love the selection and the other books ofcourse <3

    Nothing Nothing

    Lmao absolutely, how I found out about this song lmao

    Camera's Apprentice

    Same! I thought that, too!!!

    Rebekah Rose

    Rianna Pineda I just finished the first book. Super awesome. I can't wait to read the next books.

  14. Manar A.

    This song is perfect from the start to the end

  15. Aidah N

    Explain pls. baes ;) ;) ily smooch

  16. Inkk Vibe

    Aladdin’s Lamp
    Aladdin’s lamp broke into pieces,
    The genie ran away,
    The golden fish won’t grant free wishes,
    She’s begging for some pay,
    The magic wand has lost all power
    ‘Cause the fairy got fired today.

    Cinderella’s dancing with her mop again
    The glass slipper fit another,
    The ugly duckling did not turn into a swan
    The duck’s indeed his mother,
    The frog prince renounced his royal title
    The Princess was a bother.

    Wake up!
    Reality has called
    Adulthood came to play.

  17. Ms. Temporary

    if u like her check out lucy schwartz graveyard they are some the same artistically 

  18. Maire Emily

    This was the first video by Sara I ever saw & the first time I'd ever heard her! I've been enthralled ever since... She is an icon in my eyes!

    Pam Rodriguez

    this was my first video too, but actually not this one, is the first first one, the one that doesnt look fixed.

  19. Jack Sheeder

    the best thing to do would be for all of the really big untalented people to give half of what they make and split it among all of the people that have actual talent like sara and ed and eliza and erin and tegan and sara and all those people

  20. José Roberto Zorato

    She was so young back then!

  21. sandy haqqy

    fine idea but pretty boring you can do something thats both ironic and fun

  22. Kirsty Hulme

    I find the lyrics in this so clever :)

  23. JohnNathanShopper

    I would argue that it isn't pounded into their heads anymore. Modern TV is cynical, even the cartoons.

    But everyone's experience is different.

  24. Anna Barutta-Buckley

    I disagree, I'm a girl and growing up fairytales didn't tell me that I had to wait for a guy to come and sweep me off my feet - they taught me morals and values. There's a lot to be learned from them.

  25. Carol Forrester

    Because I actually know the person who did write it. The problem was that she and the girl who did the chords, they did not copy-write it. They sold it to a producer and then it was passed onto Sara.

  26. blahify234

    She's such a great singer and actress in her videos. If they were changing the scenes and clothes on me, I would have been so distracted! She just keeps looking at the camera and singing.

  27. GSNPriceFan3

    The booklets for "Careful Confessions" and "Little Voice" state that Bareilles wrote all of the songs by herself with the exception of "Love on the Rocks," which she and Javier Dunn had co-written. Why are you saying she didn't write it?

  28. Niki Geraci

    Hey check out my Sara Bareilles cover on my page! ;)

  29. Sahara

    If you think about it 99% of the villains in fairytales are women, that alone is a clou to how they where used in earlier times do mark women as the "devils". Starts with the story of Andam and Eve, women have to bear the agony of birth as a way of "penance" for being seduced by the snake to eat the apple.
    That still plays into socialy standarts now: Women who sleep with a lot of men are sluts but for men who sleep with a bunch of women there isn't even a word.

    Lydia Barnes

    I think we jsut call them random cuss words

  30. My acoustic progressions

    Shorter: 'cause not all appreciate talent ... or even notice

  31. CleantheKitchen1

    She looks so different in this

  32. Greg the Louisvillain

    I'm just gonna go ahead and say it. 35 people are dicks.

  33. dgil88

    0:31 The beginning

  34. sara flack

    i totally agree

  35. Emma Nagler

    One of the best music videos I have honestly ever seen :)

  36. Luja6

    Imagine that - someone who can sing without autotune!

  37. Jill Rogers

    I am sorry if I offended you with simply, as you said, MY OPINION. Good for you that you like justin bieber. I however, have only found one song by him that I liked and I used him in my example because he is, or used to be, the most popular of all the, again in my opinion, over popular with no raw talent pop artists...

  38. metalmusic50

    100 times better than all of those surgically modified overrated female artists combined.

  39. A Fangirls Sobs

    besides One Direction but IKR!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. themirrorsofmymind

    Why do people have to go on EVERY video on YouTube to complain about Justin Bieber!? Just because he's popular with some doesn't mean YOU have to like him! So, DON'T listen to his music, DON'T watch him on TV or YouTube, DON'T buy his CD'S, don't go to his concerts or films, and STFU about him!


  41. bacxification


  42. kjspitfire

    On the 8th day........ "God" created Sara B. x

  43. pebs016

    mostly the new stuff is on her vevo page but its better this way not distracted by a bunch of ads ^_^

  44. pebs016

    i just posted a coment on that hurray for coment surching

  45. pebs016

    i like this version better than all the other versons with more than just the piano

  46. Valentina Casulli

    7 itty bitty men :'D

  47. Visumitra Namwhan

    i dont want the next best thing ;)))

  48. Shadi Yousefian

    Great video, Great music.

  49. HITigo

    For the same reason that there are more rocks then pearls in the world! They worth more, then should be aprreciated by less people...

  50. Carbarrawr

    0:30 skip the beginning

  51. antUkinn™

    @r3dlegendz i TOTALLY agree with U!..SARA ROCKS!...i love her sooo, soooo...much!...& this video's so cute...

  52. Caroline Rodgers

    why the hell isn't she as famous as any other artist?!

    Mark Travis

    Caroline Rodgers she is now lol

  53. Gabrielle Lopez

    @anaaaaa151 what does that have to do with anything???

  54. Scherezade Mendez

    People need to stop comparing and just enjoy the music <3

  55. ana cuellar

    i love justin bieber <3

  56. skkygirl

    I wrote a 20 page paper on this very subject hehe....I got an A on it!

  57. Sheghostly

    I sure am looking forward to this Disney film! Maby it'll have quality, for once!
    -wait, this isn't a trailer???

  58. LadiiLiike207


  59. coldoats

    wait... i don't get the alice in wonderland bit. it's not a fairytale, it's a cautionary tale on the dangers of imaginary numbers. other than that this is a pretty good video

  60. BriWhoSaysNi

    @dbl44 most people don't really realize how sexist fairytales are because it's desguised by "happily ever after"s and we're just used to them. But when you really pay attemsion, a lot of them are saying that girls have to wait around for a big strong man to come and save them or they'll be unhappy their whole lives. Kindy sucky that this is pounded into the brains of 6 year olds isn't it?

  61. BriWhoSaysNi

    @jillrwargers That is the question I've been asking myself for years. That's one of the reasons I don't listen to top 50 songs and super mainstream pop, it's all the same stupid themes in crappy, auto-tuned voices.

  62. BriWhoSaysNi

    I love Sarah and I looooooove this song so much. This video rocks. :)

  63. Sarah Canoy

    Does anyone know the date of this video?

  64. Yasmina Berkemeijer

    A very talented woman! You don't see them very often anymore. Sara is awesome

  65. Alexis Caradine

    Dang Sara, you make a pretty princess, even if you don't want to be one. (:

  66. Karen Le

    You speak the truth Sara!

  67. Odd Monkey

    I like this version sooooo much better than the album version.

  68. Faizal Roslan

    I comment, there u go

  69. rrbooklove

    I LOVE Sara Barielles! She's amazing!

  70. Jill Rogers

    Why are all the singers with real talent not as big as the crap ones like Justin bieber!?

  71. Jill Rogers

    LOVE this song XD and she's sooo beautiful lol

  72. Dale Schwarz

    I love this song!

  73. Chris Flowers


  74. Matthew Rush

    I love this song. Very happy that this is on youtube because it’s such amazing piece of art.

  75. angelcake318

    @Road2DestinyVolg lol yeah Taylor this is your nightmare

  76. Lynnette Too

    It's soooo catchy :)

  77. Taryn Ingersoll

    luv this vid, who needs selena gomez, we have sara bareilles!!

  78. gynts

    lovin the little-red-riding-hood-sara. cute! :D

  79. Taylor Thompson

    I -3 this vidd!!

  80. MattFoleyMotivation

    This song reminds of the kind of music Jewel did back in the '90's. And as such, I love it.

  81. yarynlikekaren

    @CallsmeQTxP, me too! i'm proud to say that i've supported sara from the start and that i'm a total fanatic. (:

  82. yarynlikekaren

    i just noticed that on the boat, it says "tread water."
    that's of my favorite songs that she's ever written. (:

  83. Lady Of Spades

    amazing song and i actually like the message that it sends

  84. Allison Lysiak

    i love this song so MUCH!!!!!

  85. Ariel Harmer

    This has much better quality than the other video posted. Same music video, but.. in this you can hear her awesome voice much better an see everything clearer.

  86. Moony Whiskers

    Life is not a fairytale. I love the way Sara Bareilles gets this across. Happily Ever After never happens in the real world.

  87. Amethystasheryn

    Funny thing: I don't quite agree with the message the song is sending ... but I love the song. :) Her voice and the piano rock the lyrics and make it all worthwhile. :)

  88. Dinmhor

    Love this song! Why isn't it uploaded on Sara's vevo page?

  89. GentleChristian

    Her voice is everything. Love it.

  90. 123ilovemanga

    i love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. littletana99

    love this song :)

  92. Symon Coy

    LOVE IT!

  93. YokozoBitches

    It's 2011 and I just realized such an amazing song exists!!! AWESOME!!! You're AWESOME Sara!!!!

  94. Lyssnerskan

    i love this version the most! tried forever to learn it on the piano but i fail.

  95. Kari Edge

    i love that eyeshadow

  96. ladyluck85kc

    I love how this sounds more live than her recorded album!!!

  97. Kierra Duvall

    i love this song

  98. whoaitsmarisa

    this is a great songgg. very cute and creative while still keeping a bit of a magical reality

  99. Melanie G.

    This is an awesome song & the mermaid part was funny:)