Standing firm on this stony ground
The wind blows hard
Pulls these clothes around
I harbour all the same worries as most
The temptations to leave or to give up the ghost
I wrestle with an outlook on life
That shifts between darkness and shadowy light
I struggle with words for fear that they'll hear
But Orpheus sleeps on his back still dead to the world

Sunlight falls, my wings open wide
There's a beauty here I cannot deny
And bottles that tumble and crash on the stairs
Are just so many people I knew never cared
Down below on the wreck of the ship
Are a stronghold of pleasures I couldn't regret
But the baggage is swallowed up by the tide
As Orpheus keeps to his promise and stays by my side

Tell me, I've still a lot to learn
Understand, these fires never stop
Believe me, when this joke is tired of laughing
I will hear the promise of my Orpheus sing

Sleepers sleep as we row the boat
Just you the weather and I gave up hope
But all of the hurdles that fell in our laps
Were fuel for the fire and straw for our backs
Still the voices have stories to tell
Of the power struggles in heaven and hell
But we feel secure against such mighty dreams
As Orpheus sings of the promise tomorrow may bring

Tell me, I've still a lot to learn
Understand, these fires never stop
Please believe, when this joke is tired of laughing
I will hear the promise of my Orpheus sing


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    My Interpretationi've only recently come across this song and, like others who have commented, love it. upon hearing, i thought the song was written from the perspective of eurydice. in it, she sings about her and orpheus's ultimately tragic journey back from hades to the living world.

    the exquisite pathos of the song derives at least in part from it being sung during the journey, when eurydice still has hope that, once they reach the living world, she will be able to hear her orpheus sing. however, as the listener knows, orpheus will turn around a moment too soon, and eurydice will be whisked away back into the underworld, leaving orpheus alone again.

    some lines that suggest, or at least are consistent with, this interpretation are:

    - "I wrestle with an outlook on life...That shifts between darkness and shadowy light". eurydice was a shadow as she walked with orpheus to the living world;

    - "But orpheus sleeps on his back still dead to the world" - there is a nice double entendre here: "dead to the world" indicates both "fast asleep" and that orpheus is in the realm of the dead; and

    - "Please believe, when this joke is tired of laughing...I will hear the promise of my orpheus sing" - the joke is the condition placed by the gods on both orpheus and eurydice safely returning to the living world, namely, orpheus must not look at eurydice before both are back in the living world.
    brhon February 06, 2019   Link

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