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PERSEPHONE
Its true the earth must die
But then the earth comes back to life
And the sun just goes on rising







EURYDICE
Lover, tell me if you can
Whos gonna buy the wedding bands?
Times being what they are
Hard and getting harder all the time

ORPHEUS
Lover, when I sing my song
All the rivers sing along
And theyre gonna break their banks for me
To lay their gold around my feet
All a-flashing in the pan, all to fashion for your hand
The rivers gonna give us the wedding bands

EURYDICE
Lover, tell me, if youre able
Whos gonna lay the wedding table?
Times being what they are
Dark and getting darker all the time

ORPHEUS
Lover, when I sing my song
All the trees gonna sing along
And bend their branches down to me
To lay their fruit around my feet
The almond and the apple
And the sugar from the maple
The trees gonna lay the wedding table

EURYDICE
Lover, tell me, when were wed
Whos gonna make the wedding bed?
Times being what they are
Hard and getting harder all the time

ORPHEUS
Lover, when I sing my song
All the birds gonna sing along
And theyll come flying round to me
To lay their feathers at my feet
And well lie down in eiderdown,
A pillow neath our heads
The birds gonna make the wedding bed
And the trees gonna lay the wedding table
And the rivers gonna give us the wedding bands


ORPHEUS
King of diamonds, king of spades!
Hades was king of the kingdom of dirt
Miners of mines, diggers of graves
They bowed down to Hades who gave them work
And they bowed down to Hades who made them sweat
Who paid them their wages and set them about
Digging and dredging and dragging the depths
Of the earth to turn its insides out, singing
La la la la la la la

King of mortar, king of bricks
The River Styx was a river of stones
And Hades laid them high and thick
With a million hands that were not his own
And a million feet that fell in line
And stepped in time with Hades step
And a million minds that were just one mind
Like stones in a row
And stone by stone
And row by row
The River rose up
Singing la la la la la la la


HERMES
Follow that dollar for a long way down
Far away from the poorhouse door
You either get to hell or to Hadestown
There aint no difference anymore, anymore
Way down Hadestown
Way down under the ground

Hound dog howl and the whistle blow
Train come a-rollin clickety-clack
Nobody knows where that old train goes
Those who go they dont come back
They go way down Hadestown
Way down under the ground

PERSEPHONE
Winters nigh and summers oer
I hear that high and lonesome sound
Of my husband coming for
To bring me home to Hadestown
Way down, Hadestown
Way down under the ground

EURYDICE
Everybody dresses in clothes so fine
Everybodys pockets are weighted down
Everybody sipping ambrosia wine
In a goldmine in Hadestown
Way down Hadestown
Way down under the ground

ORPHEUS
Everybody hungry, everybody tired
Everybody slaves by the sweat of his brow
The wage is nothing and the work is hard
Its a graveyard in Hadestown
Way down Hadestown
Way down under the ground

FATES
Every little penny in the wishing well
Every little nickel on the drum, on the drum
All them shiny little heads and tails
Where do you think they come from?
They come from Hadestown, way down
Way down under the ground

ORPHEUS & HERMES
Mister Hades is a mean old boss
With a silver whistle and a golden scale
An eye for an eye! And he weighs the cost
A lie for a lie! And your soul for sale
Sold! To the king on the chromium throne
Thrown! To the bottom of a sing-sing cell
Where the little wheel squeal and the big wheel groan
And you better forget about your wishing well
Way down Hadestown
Way down under the ground

EURYDICE
Mr. Hades is a mighty king
Must be making some mighty big deals
Seems like he owns everything
Kind of makes you wonder how it feels

Way down Hadestown
Way down under the ground
Way down Hadestown
Way down under the ground
Way down under the ground
Way down under the ground

Songbird (intro)


HADES
Hey, little songbird, give me a song
Im a busy man and I cant stay long
I got clients to call, I got orders to fill
I got walls to build, I got riots to quell
And theyre giving me hell back in Hades

Hey little songbird, cat got your tongue?
Always a pity for one so pretty and young
When poverty comes to clip your wings
And knock the wind right out of your lungs
Hey, nobody sings on empty

EURYDICE
Strange is the call of this strange man
I want to fly down and feed at his hand
I want a nice soft place to land
I want to lie down forever

HADES
Hey little songbird, you got something fine
Youd shine like a diamond down in the mine
And the choice is yours if youre willing to choose
Seeing as youve got nothing to lose
And I could use a canary

EURYDICE
Suddenly nothing is as it was
Where are you now, Orpheus?
Wasnt it always the two of us
Werent we birds of a feather?

HADES
Hey little songbird, let me guess
Hes some kind of poet- and hes penniless
Give him your hand, hell give you his hand-to-mouth
Hell write you a poem when the powers out
Hey, why not fly south for the winter?

Hey little songbird, look all around you
See how the vipers and vultures surround you
Theyll take you down, theyll pick you clean
If you stick around such a desperate scene
See people get mean when the chips are down


EURYDICE
Orpheus, my heart is yours
Always was and will be
Its my gut I cant ignore
Orpheus, Im hungry
Oh, my heart, it aches to stay
But the flesh will have its way
Oh, the way is dark and long
Im already gone-- Im gone

FATES
Go ahead and lay the blame
Talk of virtue, talk of sin
Wouldnt you have done the same?
In her shoes, in her skin
You can have your principles
When youve got a bellyful
But hunger has a way with you
Theres no telling what youre gonna do
When the chips are down
Now that the chips are down
What you gonna do when the chips are down?
Now that the chips are down


FATES
Life aint easy, life aint fair
A girls gotta fight for a rightful share

What you gonna do when the chips are down
Now that the chips are down
What you gonna do when the chips are down
Now that the chips are down

Help yourself, to hell with the rest
Even the one who loves you best

What you gonna do when the chips are down
Now that the chips are down
What you gonna do when the chips are down
Now that the chips are down

EURYDICE
Oh my aching heart

FATES
What you gonna do when the chips are down?
Now that the chips are down

Take if you can, give if you must
Aint nobody but yourself to trust

What you gonna do when the chips are down?
Now that the chips are down
What you gonna do when the chips are down?
Now that the chips are down

Aim for the heart, shoot to kill
If you dont do it then the other one will

What you gonna do when the chips are down?
Now that the chips are down
What you gonna do when the chips are down?
Now that the chips are down

And the first shall be first
And the last shall be last
Cast your eyes to heaven
You get a knife in the back

Nobodys righteous
Nobodys proud
Nobodys innocent
Now that the chips are down
Now that the chips are down


HERMES
How to get to Hadestown
Youll have to take the long way down
Through the underground, under cover of night
Laying low, staying out of sight
Aint no compass, brother, aint no map
Just a telephone wire and a railroad track
But you keep on walking and you dont look back
Till you get to the bottomland

ORPHEUS
Wait for me, Im coming
Wait, Im coming with you
Wait for me, Im coming too
Im coming to

HERMES
River Styx is high and wide
Cinderbricks and razorwire
Walls of iron and concrete
Hound dogs howling round the gate
Them dogsll lie down and play dead
If you got the bones, if you got the bread
But if all you got is your own two legs
You best be glad you got em

ORPHEUS
Wait for me, Im coming
Wait, Im coming with you
Wait for me, Im coming too
Im coming to

HERMES
Youre on the lam, youre on the run
Dont give your name, you dont have one
And dont look no one in the eye
That town will try to suck you dry
Theyll suck your brain, theyll suck your breath
Theyll pluck the heart right out your chest
Theyll truss you up in your Sunday best
And stuff your mouth with cotton

ORPHEUS
Wait for me, Im coming
Wait, Im coming with you
Wait for me, Im coming too
Im coming
Wait, wait, wait, wait


HADES
Why we build the wall, my children, my children?
Why do we build the wall?

CROWD
Why do we build the wall?
We build the wall to keep us free
That's why we build the wall
We build the wall to keep us free

HADES
How does the wall keep us free, my children, my children?
How does the wall keep us free?

CROWD
How does the wall keep us free?
The wall keeps out the enemy
And we build the wall to keep us free
That's why we build the wall
We build the wall to keep us free

HADES
Who do we call the enemy, my children, my children?
Who do we call the enemy?

CROWD
Who do we call the enemy?
The enemy is poverty
And the wall keeps out the enemy
And we build the wall to keep us free
That's why we build the wall
We build the wall to keep us free

HADES
Because we have and they have not, my children, my children
Because they want what we have got

CROWD
Because we have and they have not
Because they want what we have got
The enemy is poverty
And the wall keeps out the enemy
And we build the wall to keep us free
That's why we build the wall
We build the wall to keep us free

HADES
What do we have that they should want, my children, my children?
What do we have that they should want?

CROWD
What do we have that they should want?
We have a wall to work upon
We have work and they have none
And our work is never done
My children, my children
And the war is never won
The enemy is poverty

HADES & CROWD
The wall keeps out the enemy
And we build the wall to keep us free
That's why we build the wall
We build the wall to keep us free
We build the wall to keep us free


PERSEPHONE
I dont know about you, boys
But if youre like me then hanging around
This old manhole is bringing you down
Six-feet-under getting under your skin
Cabin fever is a-setting in
Youre stir crazy! Stuck in a rut!
You could use a little pick-me-up
I can give you what it is you crave
A little something from the good old days, hey
I got the wind right here in a jar
I got the rain on tap at the bar
I got the sunshine up on the shelf
Allow me to introduce myself
Brother, whats my name? My name is

CROWD
Our Lady of the Underground!

PERSEPHONE
Brother, whats my name?

CROWD
Our Lady of Ways!
Our Lady of Means!

PERSEPHONE
Brother, whats my name? My name is

CROWD
Our Lady of the Upside Down

PERSEPHONE
Brother whats my name? Ill tell you my name:
Persephone!

Come here, brother, let me guess
Its the little things you miss
Spring flowers, autumn leaves
Ask me, brother, and you shall receive
Or maybe these just aint enough
Maybe youre looking for some stronger stuff
I got a sight for the sorest eye
Whens the last time you saw the sky?

Wipe away your tears, brother, brother, I know how you feel
I can see youre blinded by the sadness of it all
Look a little closer and everything will be revealed
Look a little closer, theres a crack in the wall

You want stars? I got a skyful
Put a quarter in the slot, youll get an eyeful
You want the moon? I got her too
Shes right here waiting in my pay-per-view
Ooh, how longs it been?
A little moonshine aint no sin
One at a time, boys, straight line
What the boss dont know, the boss wont mind


EURYDICE
What I wanted was to fall asleep
Close my eyes and disappear
Like a petal on a stream, a feather on the air
Lily white and poppy red
I trembled when he laid me out
You wont feel a thing, he said, when you go down
Nothing gonna wake you now

Dreams are sweet until theyre not
Men are kind until they arent
Flowers bloom until they rot and fall apart
Is anybody listening?
I open my mouth and nothing comes out
Nothing
Nothing gonna wake me now

Flowers, I remember fields
Of flowers, soft beneath my heels
Walking in the sun
I remember someone
Someone by my side
Turned his face to mine
And then I turned away
Into the shade

You, the one I left behind
If you ever walk this way
Come and find me lying in the bed I made


FATES
Why the struggle, why the strain?
Why make trouble? Why make scenes?
Why go against the grain?
Why swim upstream?

It aint, it aint, it aint no use
Youre bound, youre bound, youre bound to lose
Whats done, whats done, whats done is done
Thats the way the river runs

So why get wet? Why break a sweat?
Why waste your precious breath?
Why beat your handsome brow?
Nothing changes
Nothing changes
Nothing changes anyhow


ORPHEUS
If its true what they say
If my love is gone for good
They can take this heart away
They can take this flesh and blood
Take my mouth that kissed her mouth
Take my tongue that sung her praise
Take my arms that used to reach out
In the dark to where she lay
If its true what they say
Ill be on my way

If its true what they say
If theres nothing to be done
If theres no part to be played
If theres no song to be sung
Take this voice, take these hands
I cant use them anyway
Take this music and the memory
Of the muse from which it came
If its true what they say
Ill be on my way
We can all be on our way
If its true what they say

But the ones who tell the lies
Are the solemnest to swear
And the ones who load the dice
Always say the toss is fair
And the ones who deal the cards
Are the ones who take the tricks
With their hands over their hearts
While we play the game they fix

And the ones who speak the word
Always say it is the last
And no answer will be heard
To the question no one asks
So I ask you as a brother
And I ask you as a friend
And I ask you as a lover
And I ask you once again
Is it true what they say?

Papers (Hades Finds Out)


PERSEPHONE
Hades, my husband, Hades, my light
Hades, my darkness
If you had heard how he sang tonight
Youd pity poor Orpheus!
All of his sorrow wont fit in his chest
It just burns like a fire in the pit of his chest
And his heart is a bird on a spit in his chest
How long, how long, how long?

HADES
How long? Just as long as Hades is King
Nothing comes of wishing on stars
And nothing comes of the songs people sing
However sorry they are
Give them a piece and theyll take it all
Show them the crack and theyll tear down the wall
Lend them an ear and the Kingdom will fall
The Kingdom will fall for a song

PERSEPHONE
What does he care for the logic of kings?
The laws of your underworld?
It is only for love that he sings!
He sings for the love of a girl

HADES
You and your pity dont fit in my bed
You just burn like a fire in the pit of my bed
And I turn like a bird on a spit in my bed
How long, how long, how long?

PERSEPHONE
How long? Just as long as I am your wife
Its true the earth must die
But then the earth comes back to life
And the sun just goes on rising

HADES & PERSEPHONE
And how does the sun even fit in the sky?
It just burns like a fire in the pit of the sky
And the earth is a bird on a spit in the sky
How long, how long, how long?


ORPHEUS
Heavy and hard is the heart of the king
King of iron, king of steel
The heart of the king loves everything
Like the hammer loves the nail

But the heart of a man is a simple one
Small and soft, flesh and blood
And all that he loves is a woman
A woman is all that he loves

And Hades is king of the scythe and the sword
He covers the world in the color of rust
He scrapes the sky and scars the earth
And he comes down heavy and hard on us

But even that hardest of hearts unhardened
Suddenly when he saw her there
Persephone in her mothers garden
Sun on her shoulders, wind in her hair

The smell of the flowers she held in her hand
And the pollen that fell from her fingertips
And suddenly Hades was only a man
With a taste of nectar upon his lips

Singing la la la la la la la

Lover's Desire


HADES
The devil take this Orpheus
And his belladonna kiss
Beautiful and poisonous
Lovely! Deadly!

Now it thickens on my tongue
Now it quickens in my lung
Now Im stricken! Now Im stung!
Its done already!

Dangerous this jack of hearts
With his kiss the riot starts

All my children came here poor
Clamoring for bed and board
Now what do they clamor for?
Freedom! Freedom!
Have I made myself their Lord
Just to fall upon the sword
Of some paupers minor chord?
Who will lead them?

Who lays all the best laid plans?
Who makes work for idle hands?

Only one thing to be done
Let them think that they have won
Let them leave together
Under one condition
Orpheus, the undersigned
Shall not turn to look behind
Shes out of sight!
And hes out of his mind!

Every coward seems courageous
In the safety of the crowd
Bravery can be contagious
When the band is playing loud
Nothing makes a man so bold
As a womans smile and a hand to hold
But all alone his blood runs thin
And doubt comes, doubt comes in


ORPHEUS & FATES
Doubt comes in and strips the paint
Doubt comes in and turns the wine

ORPHEUS
Doubt comes in and leaves a trace
Of vinegar and turpentine
Where are you? Where are you now?

ORPHEUS & FATES
Doubt comes in and kills the lights
Doubt comes in and chills the air

ORPHEUS
Doubt comes in and all falls silent
Its as though you arent there
Where are you? Where are you now?

EURYDICE
Orpheus, youre shivering
Is it cold or fear? Just keep singing
The coldest night of the coldest year
Comes right before the spring

ORPHEUS & FATES
Doubt comes in with tricky fingers
Doubt comes in with fickle tongues

ORPHEUS
Doubt comes in and my heart falters
And forgets the songs it sung
Where are you? Where are you now?

EURYDICE
Orpheus, hold on
Hold on tight, it wont be long
Cause the darkest hour of the darkest night
Comes right before the dawn


EURYDICE
Pour the wine and raise a cup
Drink up, brothers, you know how
And spill a drop for Orpheus
Wherever he is now

PERSEPHONE
Some birds sing when the sun shines bright
My praise is not for them
But the one who sings in the dead of night
I raise my cup to him

EURYDICE
Wherever he is wandering
Alone upon the earth
Let all our singing follow him
And bring him comfort

Some flowers bloom when the green grass grows
My praise is not for them
But the one who blooms in the bitter snow
I raise my cup to him

PERSEPHONE
I raise my cup and drink it up

EURYDICE
I raise it high and drink it dry

PERSEPHONE
To Orpheus and all of us

PERSEPHONE & EURYDICE
Goodnight, brothers, goodnight


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