Beauty Lost Forever

Orpheus braved Hell to save his beloved Eurydice from the Land of the Dead, but he failed to follow the explicit instruction of “Don’t look back”, and he ended up losing her forever.  Orpheus was the son of Apollo and the muse Calliope and he became such a great musician that when he played the lyre everybody and everything became enchanted.  Orpheus fell in love with Eurydice a woman of unique beauty, and they decided to get married.  Hymen the god of marriage ceremonies who was also a son of Apollo blessed their marriage, but he predicted that their union was not meant to last.  On their wedding day, she was bitten by a viper and died of its venom.  When Eurydice dies, Apollo advised his son to go visit her by descending into the dark Underworld.  Orpheus managed to charm Cerberus, the three headed dog that guarded the gate of the underworld with his music and he was allowed entrance.  Orpheus then met Hades god of the Underworld and his wife Persephone.

His music moved Hades so much, that Orpheus was allowed to take Eurydice back with him to the world of the living where there was light.  Hades set the condition that both Orpheus and Eurydice were forbidden to look back.  Orpheus led and Eurydice who was now a mere shadow of a woman followed closely behind him.  They headed out of the cave to leave the Underworld where she would become whole again.  Only a few feet away from the exit, Orpheus lost his faith and turned to see if his wife was still following him, looking back a moment too soon, he watched Eurydice fall back to the Underworld, and her beauty was now lost forever.

Today is the Orpheus & Eurydice love theme on Love Is In Da Blog and we are asked to find a singer/songwriter song about love and/or write an Ovillejo poem about love.  ‘Orpheus In The Underworld’ is honky-tonk, blues tune on Rick Springfield’s The Snake King album, which was released on January 26, 2018.  This song is just over 10 minutes long, and it contains a Bob Dylan vibe to it, and maybe there is a little bit of Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp also thrown into it and some people are saying that this may well be Springfield’s most serious artistic statement.  This song is difficult to process for many and you may need to be a member of Mensa to fully understand it, because of everything that is happening in this tune.  It leans to the political left with its nihilistic lyrics, and Springfield does not hold anything back as he tells the truth about Wall Street controlling all the loans and finances running the world as they see fit, while turning our planet into dust, and your children’s lives to shit.  This song comes off as a brilliant stream of consciousness piece.

The Snake King is the character that tells most of these stories on this album, and he is a devil, sometimes it’s God, sometimes it’s Rick, he is a hedonist, a sex addict and generally a good-time dude and sometimes it’s just the news.  Rick said that this is an experiment, taking a different approach to both the music and the lyrics reflecting on what is happening in the world and in his head.  He added that, “It is also a departure from the way things are usually done in the music business — heading out on tour to spread the word about a new album.”  ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ brings out the mandolin, the banjo, and the organ to join the guitar, the harmonica, and the rest of the ensemble to sing the final Blues tune on this album.

Before Rick Springfield became a heartthrob playing Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital, and prior to when he was pining for ‘Jessie’s Girl’, he was an Australian teen performing in blues and rock bands and over his career he wrote 17 Top 40 hits and sold more than 25 million albums.  On The Snake King, his 19th studio album, Springfield is finally paying tribute to the music of his youth by doing a blues record.  The lyrics are a bit dark on ‘Orpheus In The Underworld’, but Rick feels like we’re screwing up the planet, and he is worried about this, because he wants the planet to win.  He is able to see evil everywhere, and he wonders where God is, so this song has a lot more to do with God, the Devil and sex, than it does the Greek legend Orpheus.

Down on New York’s Wall Street
They still sell the American dream
Where morals flow like oxygen
From an iron lung machine
Business men hold meetings
Pretend that they’re part of the great scheme
They laugh at fate
Courting death like they
Were all James Dean
Me, I’m hanging out here
With my freak flag unfurled
Drinkin’ wine with
Orpheus in the Underworld

The modern robber barons
Still reign from their snake pit
While you elect another president
Just a different hypocrite
Colt Brothers, Goldman Sachs all runo
The world as they see fit
As they turn the planet into dust
And your children’s lives to shit
But the kings desiring peace
Rid themselves of jewels and pearls
Into the fires of
Orpheus in the Underworld

There was a primetime magazine
Ran the cover “Is God Dead?”
No one knew the answer
At least nobody said
I waited for the virgin queen
To say “Come on back to bed”
But God in all his wisdom
Busted through a maiden head
The apostles visit now and then
But I can’t get their hands uncurled
By the spikes hammered in by
Orpheus in the Underworld

We all admire the killers
The depraved and the profane
They all have something you don’t have
They’re all good for the gain
But I see the frightened priest is in
A fetal state again
He wants absolution
From all that’s done and been
Jesse James was here last night
His guns both brightly pearled
As he knelt in prayer to
Orpheus in the Underworld

God gave the ten commandments
Though he knew you’d break them all
What kind of father sets his children
Up to take a fall?
I take it to a higher court
But you can’t fight city hall
I spent some lost years wailing
Against the wailing wall
Now I sail a boat on the river sticks
The sails are tightly furled
And deliver souls to
Orpheus in the Underworld

Naked girls and eunuchs
Have tagged Divinci’s wall
The one that said “Stand Up for Love,
Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll”
I wish I knew just what they drew
But I switched on cruise control
And I’m in bed with Mr. Ed
We’re high on Demoral
As the dancers dance and spin
Their dresses raised and twirled
Showing off for
Orpheus in the Underworld

The last Jewish man in Pakistan
He wants the world at peace
A christian in Jerusalem
Prays for bombs to cease
Abraham in Birmingham
Is still scared of the police
And I’m here with Sid Arthur
Burning my last masterpiece
Looking for my lover
Her hair is softly curled
The wife of my friend
Orpheus in the Underworld

Yeah, I did love Jesus
But the good times didn’t last
He didn’t recognize me
As I nailed him to the mast
Then my hand slipped down Mary’s gown
And rested on her ass
I’d give my soul for one field goal
And one good hail mary pass
But God’s a twisted, iron fisted anger
They’re all hurled
At both me and
Orpheus in the Underworld

You think so highly of yourself
And your friends are all peacocks
If you saw yourself the way I do
You’d see the paradox
These games of chess
You play to press
The ship’s upon the rocks
When the game is done
The king and pawn
Go in the same wood box
And I’ll be there with your electric chair
The wood all deeply burled
It’s your turn with
Orpheus in the Underworld

My right hand has one good hard hold
On the cock God gave to me
The future ain’t exactly
What I thought it used to be
And distant drums say
No life comes with a lifetime guarantee
Vacation trips to the underworld
Sold live on QVC
I see this place is like the face
Of a lonely pretty girl
As time runs out for
Orpheus in the Underworld

Written for Love Is In Da Blog 2021 Great Love Stories where today you can find a singer/songwriter song about love and/or write an Ovillejo poem about love.

4 thoughts on “Beauty Lost Forever

  1. Sorry, that I haven’t seen many of your posts but link backs do not work now that my blog is private. Thanks for this one. Haven’t heard Rick Springfield in ages. And it definitely has a Dylan vibe 🙂

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