I've been tracing your steps
Along with your dainty exquisite guest
Across mountain land and serpentining seas
These two have been on quite an odyssey

But you're a fool to think this princess
Could ever really love a couple of poor boys like us
She requires riches recherc
Riding with rodomontading rou's

Casanovas have charmed with chiffons
So Chichi chased her with their conceited coteries
Maharajahs have magniloquently mouthed
Their love for me through their menageries

She's been propositioned
Propounded by every pompous prince
Given panniers of peerless pears
And plums, polished

I've been seduced with shimmering, sparkling stones
Squired by suitors to sizable chateaus
And oh, I'm the one she chose

I understand how you can love a man of truth
So why don't you just ask him where he spent his youth?
Oh, look at her face, she really doesn't see
That you are from the dark and you've been lying through your teeth

Anhura, please listen, I really can explain
I meant to tell you sooner, it's been gnawing at my brain
Now you know the truth but that knowledge shouldn't change
The nature of our love, we've broken through the chains

I'm sure that she would care to hear your acumen
As to how your presence is the reason she is sick
But I suppose it's in vain, since her life is ending
When I thrust this blade into her heart-a-thumping

Brother, no

Brother, what have I done?
My blade has pierced your side
This was never my intent
O, God, please stay alive

Dear Pallis, you're my brother
You've tried to protect me
But your dagger's edge finding my flesh
It truly was my destiny

Brother, I was shortsighted
I ignored your cries
You really are the chosen one
The calculated sacrifice

Please listen to my last words
Before I fade away
This is my gift to you
Live for your love every day

Please don't let your tired heart stop beating
You're bleeding, just keep breathing
You will take care of this spinning sphere
I'll disappear and see you in the mirror

Place your hand on mine one last time and kiss me goodbye
Take the love inside my mind before I die
Place your hand on mine one last time and kiss me goodbye
Take the love inside my mind before I die
Before I die, please don't cry

The mountains seceded
The Light and Dark depleted
We lost Adakias but regained our science
Our world was finally reunited
So this is my cue of where to leave you

Now it's your story to retell and pass on
Because an idea is only relevant if it's being thought upon
So remember, never surrender
'Cause the unrelenting constancy of love and hope
Will rescue and restore you from any scope

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"The End and the Beginning" as written by Thomas Dutton Paul Dutton

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The End and the Beginning (feat. Greta Salpeter & Brendon Urie) song meanings
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    My InterpretationThis may be a little farfetched, but here's my interpretation:

    Prophecies, as they always are, tend to be very vague. Gargul's prophecy states that two chosen will meet and that their love will be strong enough to erase the wrongs of Ahrima.

    It's easy to think that Adakias and Anhura are the "two chosen" (The Oracle) as they fall deeply in love with each other.

    But! What if the "two chosen, bound to meet" (The Oracle) were Pallis and Anhura who are brought together by Adakias, the catalyst? They are the respective heirs to their worlds, and would best pursue change and unity if they had the drive to do so. "Their true love" (The Oracle) would then have to be their love for Adakias. Maybe Adakias is "her lock" (The Oracle) and Pallis has "the key" (The Oracle) or, rather, the dagger which stabs Adakias.

    I'd like to think that Pallis is trying to protect Adakias from Anhura, just as King Malka was trying to protect Anhura from Adakias. Adakias proves to us that his older brother sought his protection: "You've loved and watched over me" (The Exit). Pallis thinks that Anhura is simply deceitful, not truly able to love "a couple poor boys," just as the king thought that Adakias was after the "throne and jewels" (Meet the King). This would attempt to justify Pallis' attack on Anhura which ironically caused Adakias' demise. To kill Adakias really was "never [his] intent".

    Adakias' last request, "Live for you love every day...take care of this spinning sphere..." is thus fulfilled by Pallis and Anhura reuniting the Light and the Dark, seeing beyond their differences towards the sacrifice of their mutual beloved, Adakias.

    All three sing the penultimate line as well, "Take the love inside my mind before I die." With this line, they extend and profess their love to each other. The true love spoken by Gargul doesn't necessarily have to be romantic love, but also familial love.

    DownTheRoadFromon September 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think they could've picked a more perfect person to play Adakais's brother, Brendan Urie's voice seems to just fit it like none other could. Great ending to a great cd.
    fueledbytomothyon October 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree that his voice is fitting for the role, but I felt his performance in this piece was a bit unemphatic. It would've helped to put more emotion into it, although I felt he did well in The Exit.
    yuuon October 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'll agree that the song was amazing, particularly Urie's performance, but it fails horribly as an ending.

    What happened to the pact between Damuya and Anhura? Why did Adakias have to die to fulfill the prophecy?

    I have a theory as to the last question, but it's a bit sketchy. I think that Adakias' death was foretold in the prophecy, unbeknownst to the audience. Not only does this make Adakias' dedication to the prophecy all the more prominent, it also offers Pallis an alternative motive for his actions, besides just wanting Adakias to stay at home. It makes him seem a bit nobler, I think; he was just trying to save his brother.

    But, as this is a musical, someone shouldn't have to look that deep for such a prominent plot-point. There definitely should've been a song after this. Besides, it still does nothing to answer what happened to Damuya and Anhura.
    Girdoton October 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAdakias didn't have to die to fulfill the prophecy, as the prophecy as given by Gargul, Ahrima, and Nidria merely states that Light and Dark will be reunited by the love of Adakias and Anhura.

    This could've been accomplished several ways, but what better way to prove your love, as demanded by Pallis, than to die for it a martyr? I believe Pallis and Anhura handled the rest, a direct result of the love, and if the people will listen to anyone, it's the royalty. Not that it rules out the possibility of foretold death or anything.

    I do agree that Damuya's role is an unsettled flaw in the ending. Personally, I think that Pallis was probably in no mood for him and saw to it that Anhura had safe passage back to the Light.
    yuuon October 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is such a beautiful song/story.

    I think the narration explains why there was not another song. The narrator wants you to make your own ending of the story.
    peewee333on October 29, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@yuu
    That actually makes sense. I'm not sure why I didn't think of that earlier.
    Girdoton October 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that maybe Pallis and Anhura stay together because Adakias wanted them to

    "Please listen to my last words before I fade away. This is my gift to you 'Live for your love every day.'"

    If he wanted them to live for their love then that would lead them to each other. Pallis loved his brother, Anhura loved him too so now that he's gone they have that love in common.

    I would make sense for Pallis to want to take care of the thing Adakias died to protect.
    ourreinon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso Dr. Dumaya just leads a thread hanging in the plot. What happened there?

    Did they kill him and go?
    Did he just let Anhura go?
    Or did Pallis just leave her with him.

    So many questions. :I
    ourreinon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat happened to Dr. Dumaya:

    tjwellson November 10, 2008   Link

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