'From one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away, and the humanists first of all, because they have taken no precautions.'
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POOR • UNFORUNATE • SOULS (an orpheus and eurydice fanmix)

i. Sorrow – The National; sorrow found me when I was young / sorrow waited, sorrow won / don’t leave my hyper heart alone on the water / cover me in rag and bone sympathy / ‘cause I don’t want to get over you / I don’t want to get over you (x)
‘Hymen indeed was present, but he brought neither ceremonial words, nor happy faces, nor a lucky omen; also his torch, which he had held was continuously sputtering with tears, causing smoke and it found no fires [even] with movements.’
ii. Flowers for a Ghost – Thriving Ivory; who will bring me flowers when it’s over / and who will give me comfort when it’s cold / who will I belong to when the day just won’t give in / and who will tell me how it ends and how it all begins (x)
'The outcome (of the wedding) was more serious than the omen. For while [his] new wife was wandering through the grass, accompanied by a crowd of river nymphs, she died with the fang of a serpent having been received into her ankle.’
iii. If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly; if I ever leave this world alive / I’ll come back and sit beside your feet tonight / wherever I am you’ll always be / more than jut a memory / if I ever leave this world alive / I’ll take on all the sadness that I left behind (x)
'I did not descend here in order that I might see shady Tartarus nor to bind the three throats of the monster of Medusa shaggy with snakes; the cause of my way is my wife, into whom a stepped on serpent poured venom in, taking away her budding years.’
iv. Memories – Within Temptation; made me a promise I’d try / to find my way back in this life / I hope there is a way / to give me a sign you’re okay / reminds me again it’s worth it all / so I can go on / together in these memories / I see your smile (x)
‘I beg by these places full of despair by this huge Chaos and the silence of this desolate kingdom, unweave the premature death of Eurydice! All things are owed to you and having delayed a little bit or later or swiftly, we hasten to one seat (death).’
 v. Poor Unfortunate Souls – Disney; and fortunately I know a little magic / it’s a talent that I always have possessed / and here lately, please don’t laugh / I use it on behalf of the miserable lonely and depressed / poor unfortunate souls / now it’s happened once or twice / someone could pay the price / and I’m afraid I’ve had to rake ‘em ‘cross the coals (x)
‘…nor was the royal spouse able to deny him begging, nor he who rules below and they called Eurydice. […] The Rhodopeian hero welcomed her and at the same time the restriction, lest he turns behind with his eyes until he will exit the valley of the underworld, or his gift would be nullified.’
 vi. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Evelyn Evelyn; you cry out in your sleep / all my failings exposed / and there’s a taste in my mouth / as desperation takes hold / just that something so good just can’t function no more / but love, love will tear us apart again (x)
‘The inclined footpath is pressed upon through the soundless silence, tall, dark and dense with mist. They were not far off from the border of the top of the land; here, fearing that she may lose strength and eager of seeing her, her lover turned his eyes.’
 vii. Bitter Boy – Kate Rusby; then the boy, the bitter boy / he came to take the gleaming treasure / he reached in my chest, deep in my breast / and took the gleaming heart forever / but I will rise, and I will sing / until the day I can’t conceal it / and then I’ll sing the saddest song / and wish to god you cannot hear it (x)
‘And immediately she fell back, holding her arms and struggling both to be grasped and to grasp, and the unlucky one grasped nothing except the retreating air; and now dying again, she did not complain about her husband at all (for what could she complain of except that she was loved?)’
 viii. Things – Frightened Rabbit; pointless artifact from a mediocre past / so I shed my clothes, I shed my flesh / down to the bone and burn the rest / I didn’t need these things / I didn’t need them, oh / tore them all to bits, turned ‘em outside in / and left them on the floor and ran for dear life for the door (x)
‘Still, for seven days, he sat there by the shore, neglecting himself and not taking nourishment. Sorrow, troubled thought, and tears were his food. He took himself to lofty Mount Rhodope, and Haemus, swept by the winds, complaining that the gods of Erebus were cruel.’
 ix. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri; heart beats fast / colors and promises / how to brave / how can I love when I’m afraid to fall /watching you stand alone / all of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow / I have died every day waiting for you / darling, don’t be afraid / I have loved you for a thousand years / I’ll love you for a thousand more (x)
‘Three times the sun had ended the year, in watery Pisces, and Orpheus had abstained from the love of women, either because things ended badly for him, or because he had sworn to do so. Yet, many felt a desire to be joined with the poet, and many grieved at rejection.’

POOR • UNFORUNATE • SOULS (an orpheus and eurydice fanmix)

i. Sorrow – The National; sorrow found me when I was young / sorrow waited, sorrow won / don’t leave my hyper heart alone on the water / cover me in rag and bone sympathy / ‘cause I don’t want to get over you / I don’t want to get over you (x)

‘Hymen indeed was present, but he brought neither ceremonial words, nor happy faces, nor a lucky omen; also his torch, which he had held was continuously sputtering with tears, causing smoke and it found no fires [even] with movements.’


ii. Flowers for a Ghost – Thriving Ivory; who will bring me flowers when it’s over / and who will give me comfort when it’s cold / who will I belong to when the day just won’t give in / and who will tell me how it ends and how it all begins (x)

'The outcome (of the wedding) was more serious than the omen. For while [his] new wife was wandering through the grass, accompanied by a crowd of river nymphs, she died with the fang of a serpent having been received into her ankle.’


iii. If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly; if I ever leave this world alive / I’ll come back and sit beside your feet tonight / wherever I am you’ll always be / more than jut a memory / if I ever leave this world alive / I’ll take on all the sadness that I left behind (x)

'I did not descend here in order that I might see shady Tartarus nor to bind the three throats of the monster of Medusa shaggy with snakes; the cause of my way is my wife, into whom a stepped on serpent poured venom in, taking away her budding years.’


iv. Memories – Within Temptation; made me a promise I’d try / to find my way back in this life / I hope there is a way / to give me a sign you’re okay / reminds me again it’s worth it all / so I can go on / together in these memories / I see your smile (x)

‘I beg by these places full of despair by this huge Chaos and the silence of this desolate kingdom, unweave the premature death of Eurydice! All things are owed to you and having delayed a little bit or later or swiftly, we hasten to one seat (death).’


v. Poor Unfortunate Souls – Disney; and fortunately I know a little magic / it’s a talent that I always have possessed / and here lately, please don’t laugh / I use it on behalf of the miserable lonely and depressed / poor unfortunate souls / now it’s happened once or twice / someone could pay the price / and I’m afraid I’ve had to rake ‘em ‘cross the coals (x)

‘…nor was the royal spouse able to deny him begging, nor he who rules below and they called Eurydice. […] The Rhodopeian hero welcomed her and at the same time the restriction, lest he turns behind with his eyes until he will exit the valley of the underworld, or his gift would be nullified.’


vi. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Evelyn Evelyn; you cry out in your sleep / all my failings exposed / and there’s a taste in my mouth / as desperation takes hold / just that something so good just can’t function no more / but love, love will tear us apart again (x)

‘The inclined footpath is pressed upon through the soundless silence, tall, dark and dense with mist. They were not far off from the border of the top of the land; here, fearing that she may lose strength and eager of seeing her, her lover turned his eyes.’


vii. Bitter Boy – Kate Rusby; then the boy, the bitter boy / he came to take the gleaming treasure / he reached in my chest, deep in my breast / and took the gleaming heart forever / but I will rise, and I will sing / until the day I can’t conceal it / and then I’ll sing the saddest song / and wish to god you cannot hear it (x)

‘And immediately she fell back, holding her arms and struggling both to be grasped and to grasp, and the unlucky one grasped nothing except the retreating air; and now dying again, she did not complain about her husband at all (for what could she complain of except that she was loved?)’


viii. Things – Frightened Rabbit; pointless artifact from a mediocre past / so I shed my clothes, I shed my flesh / down to the bone and burn the rest / I didn’t need these things / I didn’t need them, oh / tore them all to bits, turned ‘em outside in / and left them on the floor and ran for dear life for the door (x)

‘Still, for seven days, he sat there by the shore, neglecting himself and not taking nourishment. Sorrow, troubled thought, and tears were his food. He took himself to lofty Mount Rhodope, and Haemus, swept by the winds, complaining that the gods of Erebus were cruel.’


ix. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri; heart beats fast / colors and promises / how to brave / how can I love when I’m afraid to fall /watching you stand alone / all of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow / I have died every day waiting for you / darling, don’t be afraid / I have loved you for a thousand years / I’ll love you for a thousand more (x)

‘Three times the sun had ended the year, in watery Pisces, and Orpheus had abstained from the love of women, either because things ended badly for him, or because he had sworn to do so. Yet, many felt a desire to be joined with the poet, and many grieved at rejection.’
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