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  1. Eurydice

From the recording Eurydice

<p><span style="color: #000000;"><em style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">&ldquo;He stretched out to her his despairing arms, eager to rescue her, or feel her form, but could hold nothing save the yielding air. Dying the second time, she could not say a word of censure of her husband`s fault; what had she to complain of -- his great love?&rdquo;</em><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">&nbsp;~Taken from Metamorphosis by Ovid Trans. By Brookes More</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">I am fascinated by mythology, particularly Greek mythology. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice can bring tears to my eyes, every single time. The futility of his quest to retrieve his dead wife and the overwhelming love that just would not let him accept that she must die has always touched me. Beyond, I think the story of Orpheus and Eurydice is a poignant reminder of the frailty of our humanness and what is beautiful within that. My favorite line from the story is this&nbsp;</span><em style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">`While he sang all his heart said to the sound of his sweet lyre, the bloodless ghosts themselves were weeping&hellip;`.</em><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">&nbsp;That love, that grieve, could evoke such empathy is what calls to me when I read this myth.</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">When writing about myths, I do not like to simply retell the story, for there are far better storytellers than I. What is more interesting to me, is to find what about that particular myth has allowed it to stand the test of time. What is still meaningful about the story, what does it teach about the human condition, that transcends the time of it`s conception? The story of Orpheus and Eurydice has lasted over 2000 years, and it can still touch us. Societies rise and fall, cultures change, stories pass through the sieves of religion, but for a story to remain for so long, through the crumbling towers of power and thought, means it strikes to the very core of what it means to be human. And after all, love and grief is something I think we can all understand, regardless of it`s lyrical and poetic vestaments.</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">The original lyrics were longer and were pared down by Doug and I as we first started preproduction on the song. The following are the lyrics that didn`t make it into the song.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><em style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">This stanza originally appeared after `How can they know pain?`</em><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Strands seep the music weeps</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Searching for your ears</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">It&rsquo;s always been you love, my muse, you&rsquo;re my sanity</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Crazy</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><em style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">This stanza originally appeared after `I can`t resist looking`.</em><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Wake now in silence</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">To pain so exquisite</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Her voice fades, her perfume is all that remains to me</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Now</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Truly it is that he looked back, that made Orpheus such a real figure in my mind. Of course, he couldn&rsquo;t resist looking.</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Written in February of 2007 <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/eurydice/id315490253?i=315490461&uo=4" target="itunes_store"><img src="http://r.mzstatic.com/images/web/linkmaker/badge_itunes-sm.gif" alt="Eurydice - Heartwood" style="border: 0;"/></a></span></span></p>

Lyrics

<p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">I died a thousand deaths</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Tears flood the banks of my eyes</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">One moment and everything changes</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Forever</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Chasms of darkness</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Where shadows and fear grip my soul</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">A vast realm of silence, so lost, so cold</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Inside</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Love has led to this place</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">In love I will die</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Or live once again</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Don`t look back now</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">She`s one breath away</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">I won`t let go</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Can`t accept the fate that`s told</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">I scream my pain to&nbsp;</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">The gods, Queens and weavers</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Who carelessly give, take and cut, how can they know</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Pain?</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Love has led to this place</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">In love I will die</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Or live once again</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Don`t look back now</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">She`s one breath away</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Where is my strength?</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Where`s the faith to carry on?</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Warm breath upon my neck</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Sweetly her lips sing my name</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">A heartbeat, at last love I can`t resist</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Looking</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Love, I thought I would die</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">But live on without</span><br style="color: #997066; font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">I`m broken inside</span></span></p>