epic part i lyrics – anais mitchell

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…

/ anais mitchell lyrics