(A Bolanic revision of Orpheus Descending)
Marc Bolan- guitar and vocal
Herbie Flowers- bass
Tony Newman- drums
Dino Dines-keyboards and synthesizer
Steve Harley- vocals
Prince of Players, Pawn of none
Born with steel reins on the heart of the Sun
Gypsy explorer of the New Jersey Heights
Exalted companion of cocaine nights **
óCos heôs a Dandy in the Underworld
Dandy in the Underworld
When will he come up for air,
Will anybody ever care *
At an old eighteen exiled he was
To the deserted kingdoms of a mythical Oz
Distraction he wanted, to destruction he fell
Now he forever stalks the ancient
Mansions of hell
* Repeat
Now his lovers have left him
And his youthôs ill spent
He cries in the dungeons and tries to repent
But change is a monster and changing is hard
But heôll freeze away his summers in his
Underground yard
* Repeat
** Repeat
Repeat twice

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    General CommentI am very surprised no one has commented on this. This song is about Marc's addiction to drugs and how it messed up his life and how he was trying to repair his life. Beautiful in it's own sad way. Marc did get out of drugs and was climbing back up the ladder of success and sadly died incredibly young.
    TrebleStarduston October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah I'm surprised too..

    I think this song has two different meanings: It's quite obvious that it's about the Greek myth of Orpheus (who went to the underground to get his dead girlfriend back).

    But you can also see it as the story of Marc Bolan. He's the dandy in the underworld and this was his comeback song after a rough period.
    (E.g, "Exalted companion of cocaine nights" is about his cocaine addiction).
    Lady Starduston December 29, 2006   Link

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