"I had a really great and unique experience with Sondheim because he was changing the lyrics slightly to 'Steps of the Palace,' so I got to work closely with him on that," Kendrick told Playbill magazine. "And, by closely, I mean, he was around giving me new lyrics, and I stood there and tried not to mess them up! That was obviously really exciting to realize that the material was still living and breathing and that I got to be a part of a song that was changing for the film adaptation."
Kendrick said that Sondheim was handing her lyric changes in the recording studio for "On the Steps of the Palace," and she assured that each change to the material was handled with care.
Listen to "On the Steps of the Palace":