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Lyrics to The Lyre of Orpheus
by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

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[edit]Song titleThe Lyre of Orpheus
[edit]Artist nameNick Cave & the Bad Seeds
[edit]Lyrics languageEnglish
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Orpheus sat gloomy in his garden shed
Wondering what to do
With a lump of wood and a piece of wire
And a little pot of glue
Oh mama, oh mama

He sawed at the wood with half a heart
And glued it top to bottom
He strung a wire in between
He was feeling something rotten
Oh mama, oh mama

Orpheus looked at his instrument
And he gave the wire a pluck
He heard a sound so beautiful
He gasped and said, "Oh my God"
Oh mama, oh mama

He rushed inside to tell his wife
He went racing down the halls
Eurydice was still asleep in bed
Like a sack of cannonballs
Oh mama, oh mama

"Look what I've made", cried Orpheus
And he plucked a gentle note
Eurydices eyes popped from their sockets
And her tongue burst through her throat
Oh mama, oh mama, oh mama, oh mama

"Oh God, what have I done" he said
As her blood pooled in the sheets
But in his heart he felt a bliss
Which nothing could compete
Oh mama, oh mama

Orpheus went leaping through the fields
Strumming as hard as he did please
Birdies detonated in the sky
Bunnies dashed their brains out on the trees
Oh mama, oh mama, oh mama, oh mama

Orpheus strummed till his fingers bled
He hit a G minor seven
Find more similar lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.com/gHWHe woke up God from a deep, deep sleep
God was a major player in Heaven
Oh mama, oh mama

God picked up a giant hammer
And he threw it with an thunderous yell
It smashed down hard on Orpheus' head
And it knocked him down a well
Oh mama, oh mama

Well, the well went down very deep
Very deep went down the well
Well, the well went down so very deep
Well, the well went down to Hell
Oh mama, oh mama

Poor Orpheus woke up with a start
All amongst the rotting dead
His lyre tucked safe under his arm
His brains all down his head
Oh mama, oh mama

Eurydice appeared brindled in blood
She said to Orpheus
"If you play that fucking thing down here
I'll stick it up your orifice"
Oh, mama, oh mama

"This lyre lark is for the birds", said Orpheus
"It's enough to send you bats
Let's stay down here, Eurydice, dear
And we'll have a bunch of screaming brats"
Oh, mama, oh mama

Orpheus picked up his lyre for the last time
He was on a real low down bummer
He stared deep into the abyss and said
"This one is for mama"
Oh, mama, oh mama

Oh mama, oh mama
Oh mama, oh mama
Oh mama, oh mama
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