Flowers (Eurydice's Song)

by Anaïs Mitchell

Mar 09, 2010

Lyrics for Flowers (Eurydice's Song) by Anaïs Mitchell:

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 won’t feel a thing, he said, when you go down
Nothing gonna wake you now

Dreams are sweet until they’re not
Men are kind until they aren’t
Flowers bloom until they rot and fall apart

Is anybody listening?
I open my mouth and nothing comes out
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

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Song Facts

Terrified of poverty and tempted by Hades' vast wealth, Eurydice has abandoned the man she truly loved, and who loved her back, to instead become the cruel king’s mistress. In this song, Eurydice realizes and regrets her mistake.

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