Things are Backwards but Beautiful in Hadestown

You know when you come across an album that shakes things up in the best possible way?
Anaïs Mitchell’s haunting and heartfelt Hadestown was just this kind of discovery.

This 2010 “folk opera” is Mitchell’s thoughtful retelling of the Eurydice and Orpheus myth, told through the lens of a post-apocalyptic distopia. Sad and beautiful like the lovers’ tale itself, the album is a highly-recommended gem.

Eurydice’s Ascent

Orpheus:

If love was enough,
it might crack through our ever tightening chests locked up

one              two            three times
with separate keys.

Perhaps the light, faintly glowing beneath the skin,
would be enough to illuminate
the caverns that
await
us.

The
path out
of hell is dark
yes
but its shadows only make for temporary blindness.

Lead on, you of gentle song.
I will follow
though                             the
way
is                            winding.

Let faith alone
(Don’t look back dear one.)
guide weary feet
(Your gaze would ruin us.)
up the steep trail toward the dawn.