“Hadestown” by Anais Mitchell

Легендата за Орфей и Евридика е добре позната в цял свят, но с трагичната си версия за участта на двамата, докато оригиналната тракийска легенда е сравнително по-слабо известна. Тя е представена в „Тракийските хроники“, книгата Нави, и в нея Орфей спасява Евридика и „тя остана в царския дворец и храма, скрита от погледите на враговете и любопитните, вярна на своя съпруг и на завета на своя Бог“ според „Хрониките на Хаброзалмокс“ – Corpus Regum Thracae – liber regum primus et secundus id est Navvi.

 

Трагичната интерпретация на легендата за двамата влюбени вълнува редица изявени творци през вековете, сред които композиторите Claudio Monterverdi, Christoph Glück, Jacques Offenbach, режисьорът Jean  Cocteau и драматургът Tennessee Williams.

 

Темата се оказва не по-малко привлекателна и за съвременните музиканти, ето как през 2006 г. ANAÏS MITCHELL, композитор и изпълнител, започва своето пътешествие към нея за своя четвърти студиен албум, продължило и в наши дни с наградата Grammy през 2020 г. за най-добър албум за мюзикъл:

 

„Хората често ме питат защо исках да преразкажа тази легенда. Истината е, че първите няколко песни просто излязоха от нищото. Това не беше академична идея за митологията на древните гърци или нещо подобно – песните ме доведоха до мита, а не обратното. Но след като започнах, разпознах в героя на Орфей нещо, което мнозина творци изпитват: невероятният му оптимизъм. В подземния свят правилата са железни, не можеш да върнеш на бял свят мъртъв човек – но Орфей вярва, че ако пее, свири и създаде нещо достатъчно красиво, може би ще успее да направи невъзможното, да разтопи сърцето на камъка, да трогне някого. Усетих това чувство... Тогава реших да пренеса действието по време на Великата депресия и да покажа подземния свят като корпоративна бюрокрация, същевременно си мислех и за политическите последици от този свят".

 

През декември 2006 г. в кафенето Langdon Street в Montpelier, щата Върмонт, тя събира съмишленици от театралния проект DIY и представя първата версия на своята опера пред 60 души в малка зала. Това прераства в студиен албум през 2010 г. (него именно ще чуем в „Картини от една изложба“), по-късно виждаме мюзикъл, поставен на сцените в New York, Edmonton и London за да стигне през 2019 г. до Broadway в театъра на Walter Kerr, за да спечели осем награди Tony.

 

Сюжетната линия в албума “HADESTOWN”, или „ГРАДЪТ НА ХАДЕС“, започва с ухажването на Орфей и Евридика, когато тя го пита как може да си позволи да се ожени за нея и да й даде добър живот по време на икономическата депресия. Той отговаря, че с неговата музика ще им донесе всичко, което пожелаят. Въпреки че е влюбена в Орфей, Евридика изглежда предпазлива и не е сигурна в него. Орфей разкрива как Хадес е изградил своята империя в подземния свят, използвайки брутална сила и хитрост, за да принуди жителите да изпълняват неговите безскрупулни намерения. Хадес твърди, че е единственият източник на пари и заетост, но другите смятат, че ги води до жестоко робство и безропотно подчинение. Хадес изкушава Евридика и й предлага да се присъедини към него в подземния свят, където тя ще бъде материално осигурена и подслонена. Орфей е твърдо решен да спаси любовта си и с помощта на Хермес слиза в града на Хадес. Евридика, която е наета от Хадес и е станала негова любовница, осъзнава каква ужасна грешка е направила, изкушена от неговото богатство и власт. Тя съжалява, че е напуснала Орфей и изразява желанието си да се събере отново с него. Когато Орфей най-накрая достига до Хадес, той го моли да пусне Евридика, като пее песен възхвала на любовта. Песента на Орфей е толкова мощна, че Хадес се чувства принуден да изпълни желанието му с условието Орфей да не се обръща по пътя към повърхността, ако иска да запази Евридика. Орфей тръгва към светлината, но е обзет от страх, защото не е в състояние да зърне Евридика и не знае дали тя наистина го следва, затова се обръща.  Така Орфей е принуден да се върне сам на повърхността на града...

 

За участие в албума са привлечени в главните роли достатъчно популярни имена: ANAÏS MITCHELL като Евридика, JUSTIN VERNON (BON IVER) като Орфей, ANI DIFRANCO – Персефона, GREG BROWN – Хадес, BEN KNOX MILLER (THE LOW ANTHEM) – Хермес, и трите сестри HADEN – PETRA, RACHEL и TANYA като Мойрите.

 

Албума “HADESTOWN”, или „ГРАДЪТ НА ХАДЕС“, ще чуем в предаването “Картини от една изложба®” по програма “Хоризонт” на БНР в събота, 19 септември,  и този път след новините от 16 ч.

 

ANAÏS MITCHELL

HADESTOWN

Date of Release: March 9th, 2010

 

SONGS/TRACKS:

 

1.Wedding Song - 3:18

Featuring [As Eurydice] – Anaïs Mitchell

Featuring [As Orpheus] – Justin Vernon

2.Epic - Part One - 2:22

Featuring [As Orpheus] – Justin Vernon

3.Way Down Hadestown - 3:33

Featuring [As Eurydice] – Anaïs Mitchell

Featuring [As Hermes] – Ben Knox Miller

Featuring [As Orpheus] – Justin Vernon

Featuring [As Persephone] – Ani DiFranco

4.Songbird – Intro - 0:24

5.Hey, Little Songbird - 3:09

Featuring [As Eurydice] – Anaïs Mitchell

Featuring [As Hades] – Greg Brown

6.Gone, I m Gone - 1:09

Featuring [As Eurydice] – Anaïs Mitchell

Featuring [As The Fades] – Petra Haden, Rachel Haden, Tanya Haden

7.When The Chips Are Down - 2:14

Featuring [As The Fades] – Petra Haden, Rachel Haden, Tanya Haden

8.Wait for Me - 3:06

Featuring [As Hermes] – Ben Knox Miller

Featuring [As Orpheus] – Justin Vernon

9.Why We Build the Wall - 4:18

Featuring [As Hades] – Greg Brown

10.Our Lady of the Underground - 4:40

Featuring [As Persephone] – Ani DiFranco

11.Flowers - Eurydice s Song - 3:33

Featuring [As Eurydice] – Anaïs Mitchell

12.Nothing Changes - 0:52

Featuring [As The Fades] – Petra Haden, Rachel Haden, Tanya Haden

13.If It s True - 3:03

Featuring [As Orpheus] – Justin Vernon

14.Papers - Hades Finds Out - 1:24

Songwriter – Michael Chorney

15.How Long? - 3:35

Featuring [As Hades] – Greg Brown

Featuring [As Persephone] – Ani DiFranco

16.Epic Part Two - 2:55

Featuring [As Orpheus] – Justin Vernon

17.Lover s Desire - 2:05

Songwriter – Traditional Afghani

18.His Kiss, The Riot - 4:03

Featuring [As Hades] – Greg Brown

19.Doubt Comes in - 5:32

Featuring [As Eurydice] – Anaïs Mitchell

Featuring [As Orpheus] – Justin Vernon

20.I Raise My Cup to Him - 2:10

Featuring [As Eurydice] – Anaïs Mitchell

Featuring [As Persephone] – Ani DiFranco

 

 

©2010 Righteous Babe Records, Inc.

 

 

CREDITS:

 

Vocals [Eurydice] – Anaïs Mitchell

Vocals [Hades] – Greg Brown

Vocals [Hermes] – Ben Knox Miller

Vocals [Orpheus] – Justin Vernon

Vocals [Persephone] – Ani DiFranco

Vocals [The Fates] – Petra Haden, Rachel Haden, Tanya Haden

 

Accordion, Piano – Bob Burger

Acoustic Guitar – Anaïs Mitchell

Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Prepared] – Michael Chorney

Banjo [Four-String], Tape [Noise Tapes], Electric Guitar – Brandon Seabrook

Bass, Piano, Organ [Pump Organ] – Todd Sickafoose

Cello – Marika Hughes

Chorus – The Original Hadestown Cast*

Drums, Percussion – Jim Black

Electric Guitar – Jonathan Goldberger

Glass Harmonica [Glass Orchestra] – Miguel Frasconi

Harmonica, Voice – Ben T. Matchstick

Pedal Steel Guitar [Pedal Steel] – Rich Hinman

Trombone – Josh Roseman*

Trumpet – Nate Wooley

Vibraphone – Mike Dillon

Viola – Tanya Kalmanovitch

 

Score – Michael Chorney

Songwriter – Anaïs Mitchell (tracks: 1 to 13, 15, 16, 18 to 20)

 

Producer – Todd Sickafoose

 

Arranged by [Additional Instruments] – Todd Sickafoose

Arranged by, Orchestrated by [For Sextet] – Michael Chorney

Art Direction – Anaïs Mitchell, Brian Grunert, Peter Nevins

Design – Brian Grunert

Engineer [Assistant] – Ben Liscio

Illustration – Peter Nevins

Mastered by – Alan Douches

Mixed by – Todd Sickafoose

Mixed by [Additional Mixing] – Ani DiFranco, Mike Napolitano

Recorded by – Andy Taub

Recorded by [Additional] – Bennett Shapiro, John Svec, Justin Vernon, Mike Napolitano, Rich Breen, Todd Sickafoose

 

 

Recorded at Brooklyn Recording in Brooklyn, NY.

Additional recording by:

Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal in Brooklyn, NY;

Mike Napolitano at the Dugout in New Orleans, LA;

John Svec at Minstrel Recording in Iowa City, IA;

Justin Vernon at his house in Eau Claire, WI;

Rich Breen at Glenwood Place Studios in Los Angeles, CA;

and Bennett Shapiro at Lovetown in Middlesex, VT.

 

Mixed at Earycanal in Brooklyn, NY.

Additional mixing at the Dugout in New Orleans, LA

 

Mastered at West West Side Music in New Windsor, NY.

 

Design for White Bicycle.

 

Greg Brown appears courtesy of Red House Records.

Ani DiFranco appears courtesy of herself & Righteous Babe Records.

Ben Knox Miller appears courtesy of Nonesuch & Bella Union.

Justin Vernon appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar.

 

 

LYRICS:

 

WEDDING SONG

EURYDICE

Lover, tell me if you can / Who’s gonna buy the wedding bands?

Times being what they are / Hard and getting harder all the time

ORPHEUS

Lover, when I sing my song / All the rivers sing along

And they’re gonna break their banks for me / To lay their gold around my feet

All a-flashing in the pan, all to fashion for your hand / The rivers gonna give us the wedding bands

EURYDICE

Lover, tell me, if you’re able / Who’s gonna lay the wedding table?

Times being what they are / Dark and getting darker all the time

ORPHEUS

Lover, when I sing my song / All the trees gonna sing along

And bend their branches down to me / To lay their fruit around my feet

The almond and the apple and the sugar from the maple / The trees gonna lay the wedding table

EURYDICE   

Lover, tell me, when we’re wed / Who’s gonna make the wedding bed?

Times being what they are / Hard and getting harder all the time

ORPHEUS

Lover, when I sing my song / All the birds gonna sing along

And they’ll come flying round to me / To lay their feathers at my feet

And we’ll lie down in eiderdown, a pillow neath our heads / The birds gonna make our wedding bed

And the trees gonna lay the wedding table / And the rivers gonna give us the wedding bands

 

 

EPIC I

 

ORPHEUS

King of diamonds, king of spades! / Hades was king of the kingdom of dirt

Miners of mines, diggers of graves / They bowed down to Hades who gave them work

And they bowed down to Hades who made them sweat / Who paid them their wages and set them about

Digging and dredging and dragging the depths / Of the earth to turn its insides out, singing

La la la la la la la…

King of mortar, king of bricks / The River Styx was a river of stones

And Hades laid them high and thick / With a million hands that were not his own

And a million feet that fell in line / And stepped in time with Hades’ step

And a million minds that were just one mind / Like stones in a row

And stone by stone / And row by row / The River rose up

Singing la la la la la la la

 

 

WAY DOWN HADESTOWN

 

HERMES

Follow that dollar for a long way down / Far away from the poorhouse door

You either get to hell or to Hadestown / There ain’t no difference anymore, anymore

Way down Hadestown / Way down under the ground

Hound dog howl and the whistle blow / Train come a-rollin’ clickety-clack

Nobody knows where that old train goes / Those who go they don’t come back

They go way down Hadestown / Way down under the ground

PERSEPHONE

Winter’s nigh and summer’s o’er / I hear that high and lonesome sound

Of my husband coming for / To bring me home to Hadestown

Way down, Hadestown / Way down under the ground

EURYDICE

Everybody dresses in clothes so fine / Everybody’s pockets are weighted down

Everybody sipping ambrosia wine / In a goldmine in Hadestown

Way down Hadestown / Way down under the ground

ORPHEUS

Everybody hungry, everybody tired / Everybody slaves by the sweat of his brow

The wage is nothing and the work is hard / It’s a graveyard in Hadestown

Way down Hadestown / Way down under the ground

FATES

Every little penny in the wishing well / Every little nickel on the drum, on the drum

All them shiny little heads and tails / Where do you think they come from?

They come from Hadestown, way down / Way down under the ground

ORPHEUS & HERMES

Mister Hades is a mean old boss / With a silver whistle and a golden scale

An eye for an eye! And he weighs the cost / A lie for a lie! And your soul for sale

Sold! To the king on the chromium throne / Thrown! To the bottom of a sing-sing cell

Where the little wheel squeal and the big wheel groan / And you better forget about your wishing well

Way down Hadestown / Way down under the ground

EURYDICE

Mr. Hades is a mighty king / Must be making some mighty big deals

Seems like he owns everything / Kind of makes you wonder how it feels

Way down Hadestown / Way down under the ground x 2

Way down under the ground x 2

 

 

HEY, LITTLE SONGBIRD

HADES

Hey, little songbird, give me a song / I’m a busy man and I can’t stay long

I got clients to call, I got orders to fill / I got walls to build, I got riots to quell

And they’re giving me hell back in Hades

Hey little songbird, cat got your tongue? / Always a pity for one so pretty and young

When poverty comes to clip your wings / And knock the wind right out of your lungs

Hey, nobody sings on empty

EURYDICE

Strange is the call of this strange man / I want to fly down and feed at his hand

I want a nice soft place to land / I want to lie down forever

HADES

Hey little songbird, you got something fine / You’d shine like a diamond down in the mine

And the choice is yours if you’re willing to choose / Seeing as you’ve got nothing to lose

And I could use a canary

EURYDICE

Suddenly nothing is as it was / Where are you now, Orpheus?

Wasn’t it always the two of us / Weren’t we birds of a feather?

HADES

Hey little songbird, let me guess / He’s some kind of poet- and he’s penniless

Give him your hand, he’ll give you his hand-to-mouth / He’ll write you a poem when the power’s out

Hey, why not fly south for the winter?

Hey little songbird, look all around you / See how the vipers and vultures surround you

They’ll take you down, they’ll pick you clean / If you stick around such a desperate scene

See people get mean when the chips are down

 

 

GONE, I’M GONE

EURYDICE

Orpheus, my heart is yours / Always was and will be

It’s my gut I can’t ignore / Orpheus, I’m hungry

Oh, my heart, it aches to stay / But the flesh will have its way

Oh, the way is dark and long / I’m already gone-- I’m gone

FATES

Go ahead and lay the blame / Talk of virtue, talk of sin

Wouldn’t you have done the same? / In her shoes, in her skin

You can have your principles / When you’ve got a bellyful

But hunger has a way with you / There’s no telling what you’re gonna do

When the chips are down / Now that the chips are down

What you gonna do when the chips are down? / Now that the chips are down

 

 

WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN

FATES

Life ain’t easy, life ain’t fair / A girl’s gotta fight for a rightful share

What you gonna do when the chips are down / Now that the chips are down

What you gonna do when the chips are down / Now that the chips are down

Help yourself, to hell with the rest / Even the one who loves you best

What you gonna do when the chips are down / Now that the chips are down

What you gonna do when the chips are down / Now that the chips are down

EURYDICE

Oh my aching heart…

FATES

What you gonna do when the chips are down? / Now that the chips are down

Take if you can, give if you must / Ain’t nobody but yourself to trust

What you gonna do when the chips are down? / Now that the chips are down

What you gonna do when the chips are down? / Now that the chips are down

Aim for the heart, shoot to kill / If you don’t do it then the other one will

What you gonna do when the chips are down? / Now that the chips are down

What you gonna do when the chips are down? / Now that the chips are down

And the first shall be first / And the last shall be last

Cast your eyes to heaven / You get a knife in the back

Nobody’s righteous / Nobody’s proud, Nobody’s innocent, Now that the chips are down

Now that the chips are down

 

 

WAIT FOR ME

HERMES

How to get to Hadestown / You’ll have to take the long way down

Through the underground, under cover of night / Laying low, staying out of sight

Ain’t no compass, brother, ain’t no map / Just a telephone wire and a railroad track

But you keep on walking and you don’t look back / Till you get to the bottomland

ORPHEUS

Wait for me, I’m coming / Wait, I’m coming with you

Wait for me, I’m coming too / I’m coming to

HERMES

River Styx is high and wide / Cinderbricks and razorwire

Walls of iron and concrete / Hound dogs howling round the gate

Them dogs’ll lie down and play dead / If you got the bones, if you got the bread

But if all you got is your own to legs / You best be glad you got em

ORPHEUS

Wait for me, I’m coming / Wait, I’m coming with you

Wait for me, I’m coming too / I’m coming to

HERMES

You’re on the lam, you’re on the run / Don’t give your name, you don’t have one

And don’t look no one in the eye / That town will try to suck you dry

They’ll suck your brain, They’ll suck your breath / They’ll pluck the heart right out your chest

They’ll truss you up in your sunday best / And stuff your mouth with cotton

ORPHEUS

Wait for me, I’m coming / Wait, I’m coming with you

Wait for me, I’m coming too / I’m coming

Wait, wait, wait, wait

 

 

WHY WE BUILD THE WALL

HADES

Why do we build the wall? / My children, my children

Why do we build the wall?

ALL

Why do we build the wall? / We build the wall to keep us free

That’s why we build the wall / We build the wall to keep us free

HADES

How does the wall keep us free? / My children, my children

How does the wall keep us free?

ALL

How does the wall keep us free? / The wall keeps out the enemy

And we build the wall to keep us free / That’s why we build the wall

We build the wall to keep us free

HADES

Who do we call the enemy? / My children, my children

Who do we call the enemy?

ALL

Who do we call the enemy? / The enemy is poverty

And the wall keeps out the enemy / And we build the wall to keep us free

That’s why we build the wall / We build the wall to keep us free

HADES

Because we have and they have not! / My children, my children

Because they want what we have got!

ALL

Because we have and they have not! / Because they want what we have got!

The enemy is poverty / And the wall keeps out the enemy

And we build the wall to keep us free / That’s why we build the wall

We build the wall to keep us free

HADES

What do we have that they should want? / My children, my children

What do we have that they should want?

ALL

What do we have that they should want? / We have a wall to work upon!

We have work and they have none / And our work is never done

My children, my children / And our war is never won

The enemy is poverty / And the wall keeps out the enemy

And we build the wall to keep us free / That’s why we build the wall

We build the wall to keep us free / We build the wall to keep us free

 

 

OUR LADY OF THE UNDERGROUND

PERSEPHONE

I don’t know about you, boys

But if you’re like me then hanging around / This old manhole is bringing you down

Six-feet-under getting under your skin / Cabin fever is a-setting in

You’re stir crazy! Stuck in a rut! / You could use a little pick-me-up

I can give you what it is you crave / A little something from the good old days, hey

I got the wind right here in a jar / I got the rain on tap at the bar

I got the sunshine up on the shelf / Allow me to introduce myself

Brother, what’s my name? My name is

CROWD

Our Lady of the Underground!

PERSEPHONE

Brother, what’s my name?

CROWD

Our Lady of Ways!

Our Lady of Means!

PERSEPHONE

Brother, what’s my name? My name is

CROWD

Our Lady of the Upside Down

PERSEPHONE

Brother what’s my name? I’ll tell you my name: Persephone!

Come here, brother, let me guess / It’s the little things you miss

Spring flowers, autumn leaves / Ask me, brother, and you shall receive

Or maybe these just ain’t enough / Maybe you’re looking for some stronger stuff

I got a sight for the sorest eye / When’s the last time you saw the sky?

Wipe away your tears, brother, brother, I know how you feel

I can see you’re blinded by the sadness of it all

Look a little closer and everything will be revealed

Look a little closer, there’s a crack in the wall

You want stars? I got a skyful / Put a quarter in the slot, you’ll get an eyeful

You want the moon? I got her too / She’s right here waiting in my pay-per-view

Ooh, how long’s it been? / A little moonshine ain’t no sin

One at a time, boys, straight line / What the boss don’t know, the boss won’t mind

 

FLOWERS (Eurydice’s Song)

EURYDICE

What I wanted was to fall asleep / Close my eyes and disappear

Like a petal on a stream, a feather on the air

Lily white and poppy red / I trembled when he laid me out

You won’t feel a thing, he said, when you go down

Nothing gonna wake you now

Dreams are sweet until they’re not / Men are kind until they aren’t

Flowers bloom until they rot and fall apart

Is anybody listening? / I open my mouth and nothing comes out

Nothing / Nothing gonna wake me now

Flowers, I remember fields / Of flowers, soft beneath my heels

Walking in the sun / I remember someone

Someone by my side / Turned his face to mine

And then I turned away / Into the shade

You, the one I left behind / If you ever walk this way

Come and find me lying in the bed I made

 

 

NOTHING CHANGES

FATES

Why the struggle, why the strain? / Why make trouble? Why make scenes?

Why go against the grain? / Why swim upstream?

It ain’t no use (x3)

You’re bound to lose (x3)

What’s done is done (x3)

That’s the way the river runs

So why get wet? Why break a sweat? / Why waste your precious breath?

Why beat your handsome brow? Nothing changes

Nothing changes / Nothing changes anyhow

 

 

IF IT’S TRUE

ORPHEUS

If it’s true what they say / If my love is gone for good

They can take this heart away / They can take this flesh and blood

Take my mouth that kissed her mouth / Take my tongue that sung her praise

Take my arms that used to reach out / In the dark to where she lay

If it’s true what they say / I’ll be on my way

If it’s true what they say / If there’s nothing to be done

If there’s no part to be played / If there’s no song to be sung

Take this voice, take these hands / I can’t use them anyway

Take this music and the memory / Of the muse from which it came

If it’s true what they say / I’ll be on my way

We can all be on our way / If it’s true what they say

But the ones who tell the lies / Are the solemnest to swear

And the ones who load the dice / Always say the toss is fair

And the ones who deal the cards / Are the ones who take the tricks

With their hands over their hearts / While we play the game they fix

And the ones who speak the word / Always say it was the last

And no answer will be heard / To the question no one asks

So I ask you as a brother / And I ask you as a friend

And I ask you as a lover / And I ask you once again

Is it true what they say?

 

 

HOW LONG?

PERSEPHONE

Hades, my husband, Hades, my light / Hades, my darkness

If you had heard how he sang tonight / You’d pity poor Orpheus!

All of his sorrow won’t fit in his chest / It just burns like a fire in the pit of his chest

And his heart is a bird on a spit in his chest / How long, how long, how long?

HADES

How long? Just as long as Hades is King / Nothing comes of wishing on stars

And nothing comes of the songs people sing / However sorry they are

Give them a piece and they’ll take it all / Show them the crack and they’ll tear down the wall

Lend them an ear and the Kingdom will fall / The Kingdom will fall for a song

PERSEPHONE

What does he care for the logic of kings? / The laws of your underworld?

It is only for love that he sings! / He sings for the love of a girl

HADES

You and your pity don’t fit in my bed / You just burn like a fire in the pit of my bed

And I turn like a bird on a spit in my bed / How long, how long, how long?

PERSEPHONE

How long? Just as long as I am your wife / It’s true the earth must die

But then the earth comes back to life / And the sun just goes on rising

HADES & PERSEPHONE

And how does the sun even fit in the sky? / It just burns like a fire in the pit of the sky

And the earth is a bird on a spit in the sky / How long, how long, how long?

 

 

EPIC II

ORPHEUS

Heavy and hard is the heart of the king / King of iron, king of steel

The heart of the king loves everything / Like the hammer loves the nail

But the heart of a man is a simple one / Small and soft, flesh and blood

And all that he loves is a woman / A woman is all that he loves

And Hades is king of the scythe and the sword / He covers the world in the color of rust

He scrapes the sky and scars the earth / And he comes down heavy and hard on us

But even that hardest of hearts unhardened / Suddenly when he saw her there

Persephone in her mother’s garden / Sun on her shoulders, wind in her hair

The smell of the flowers she held in her hand / And the pollen that fell from her fingertips

And suddenly Hades was only a man / With a taste of nectar upon his lips

Singing la la la la la la la

 

 

HIS KISS THE RIOT

HADES

The devil take this Orpheus / And his belladonna kiss

Beautiful and poisonous / Lovely! Deadly!

Now it thickens on my tongue / Now it quickens in my lung

Now I’m stricken! Now I’m stung! / It’s done already!

Dangerous this jack of hearts / With his kiss the riot starts

All my children came here poor / Clamoring for bed and board

Now what do they clamor for? / Freedom! Freedom!

Have I made myself their Lord / Just to fall upon the sword

Of some pauper’s minor chord? / Who will lead them?

Who lays all the best laid plans? / Who makes work for idle hands?

Only one thing to be done / Let them think that they have won

Let them leave together under / One condition

Orpheus, the undersigned / Shall not turn to look behind

She’s out of sight! / And he’s out of his mind!

Every coward seems courageous / In the safety of the crowd

Bravery can be contagious / When the band is playing loud

Nothing makes a man so bold / As a woman’s smile and a hand to hold

But all alone his blood runs thin / And doubt comes, doubt comes in

 

 

DOUBT COMES IN

ORPHEUS & FATES

Doubt comes in / And strips the paint

Doubt comes in / And turns the wine

ORPHEUS

Doubt comes in and leaves a trace / Of vinegar and turpentine

Where are you? Where are you now?

ORPHEUS & FATES

Doubt comes in / And kills the lights

Doubt comes in / And chills the air

ORPHEUS

Doubt comes in and all falls silent / It’s as though you aren’t there

Where are you? Where are you now?

EURYDICE

Orpheus / You’re shivering

Is it cold or fear? / Just keep singing

The coldest night / Of the coldest year

Comes right before the spring

ORPHEUS & FATES

Doubt comes in / With tricky fingers

Doubt comes in / With fickle tongues

ORPHEUS

Doubt comes in and my heart falters / And forgets the songs it sung

Where are you? Where are you now?

EURYDICE

Orpheus / Hold on

Hold on tight / It won’t be long

Cause the darkest hour / Of the darkest night

Comes right before the dawn

 

 

I RAISE MY CUP TO HIM

PERSEPHONE

Pour the wine and raise a cup / Drink up, brothers, you know how

And spill a drop for Orpheus / Wherever he is now

Some birds sing when the sun shines bright / My praise is not for them

But the one who sings in the dead of night / I raise my cup to him

EURYDICE

Wherever he is wandering / Alone upon the earth

Let all our singing follow him / And bring him comfort

Some flowers bloom when the green grass grows / My praise is not for them

But the one who blooms in the bitter snow / I raise my cup to him

PERSEPHONE

I raise my cup and drink it up

EURYDICE

I raise it high and drink it dry

PERSEPHONE & EURYDICE

To Orpheus and all of us / Goodnight, brothers, goodnigh

 

 

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