“Eurydice Vibes” (Song) by Ian Givens

by Ian A. Givens

Lyrics and meaning

Eurydice Vibes”

*Raining sound
 
*Beat begins 

The transition to the underworld is marked by stones, 

Sarah Ruhl does this to create a relaxed tone, 

Instead of a scary three-headed dog,

The stones are lighthearted, 

They have humorous dialogue,

Eurydice enters the underworld in an elevator which is raining, 

Water is the symbol for forgetfulness, 
 
It explains why Eurydice acts like this: 

For a time she forgets how to communicate,

And doesn’t even recognize her father’s face, 

Eurydice expecting hotels and entertainment, 

But come on can’t she realize this is hell shes arrived in, 

Each part of her memory is falling just like rain, 

Drip x 6

Overwhelmed Eurydice begins to cry,

Which also shows how water represents sadness, 

Eurydice is going into a state of madness, 

To comfort her the father makes a brand new string room, 

I imagined this scene with bright lights and a 
colorful string house,

With Eurydice looking at it still in a pout, 

Still in a pout, 

Still in a pout, 

Orpheus the husband from up above,

Is trying to get to his one true love, 

He gets a bucket to catch the water drip, 

Hoping to match his guitar to the same pitch, 

He thinks the pitch can lead him to the underworld, 

So he can get to his lovely girl, 

This shows how water is a metaphor for communication, 

Providing Orpheus with efficient transportation, 

Instead Orpheus comes up with a new plan, 

Orpheus puts a straw in his mouth,

His breath will push him into the straw ‘long the route,

Sarah Ruhl does this all because,  

In the same way a straw connects a drink to your mouth, 

Orpheus uses the straw to get to his spouse, 

Orpheus uses his breath at night,

Cause breath is connected to life, 

By giving up one of his breaths, 

He can go to the underworld of death. 

*Blowing sound

*Three knocks 

Raining Sound: The raining sound at the beginning of the song is used to demonstrate Eurydice’s entrance into the underworld in an elevator which is raining inside. 

The transition to the underworld is marked by stones. Sarah Ruhl does this to create a relaxed tone. Instead of a scary three-headed dog. The stones are lighthearted. They have humorous dialogue: In Greek Mythology, Cerberus is a multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving. In the play Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, she uses stones as guards for the gates. Her intent here was to create a more relaxed and lighter tone than the terror that the notorious Underworld is known for. The stones are very funny and the way they interact with each other allows the reader to be engaged with the text. 

Eurydice enters the underworld in an elevator which is raining. Water is the symbol for forgetfulness. It explains why Eurydice acts like this: For a time she forgets how to communicate. And doesn’t even recognize her father’s face. Eurydice expecting hotels and entertainment. But come on cant she realize this is hell shes arrived in. Each part of her memory is falling just like rain. Drip x 6: As stated, Eurydice enters the underworld in an elevator which is raining inside. Within the play, water takes on multiple meanings including a symbol for forgetfulness. Ruhl creates water as this symbol in order to connect her play to the actual myth, which uses the river Lethe in the underworld as the cause for forgetfulness. Here, Rhul is mixing mythological concepts with modern ones. By creating the raining elevator, Rhul is able to guide the reader to understand why Eurydice is forgetful when she enters the underworld. 

Overwhelmed Eurkidice begins to cry. Which also shows how water represents sadness. Eurydice is going into a state of madness. To comfort her the father makes a brand new string room. I imagined this scene with bright lights and a colorful string house. With Eurydice looking at it still in a pout. Still in a pout. Still in a pout: Here, I envisioned the scene where the father makes a string room for Eurydice showed to the audience in an extravagant way. I envisioned the string to be colorful with bright lights focused on it. My thought process went this way because I felt that the father would be doing everything in his capability to make Eurydice, who is sad and overwhelmed, happy. The dramatic contrast between how beautiful the house is and Eurydice still being sad amplifies Eurydice’s true feelings. 

Orpheus the husband from up above. Is trying to get to his one true love. He gets a bucket to catch the water drip. Hoping to match his guitar to the same pitch. He thinks the pitch might lead him to the underworld. So he can get to his lovely girl. This shows how water is a metaphor for communication. Providing Orpheus with efficient transportation: Orpheus in the normal world is trying to find a way to get to Eurydice in the underworld. His attempt to do so demonstrates how water also is a metaphor for communication. In real-world situations, water can be used as a way to travel from one location to another. In the same way, by trying to use water to get to the Underworld, Orpheus reveals how water is a possibility for allowing him to communicate with Eurydice. 

Instead, Orpheus comes up with a new plan. Orpheus puts a straw in his mouth. His breath will push him in the straw, ‘long the route. Sarah Ruhl does this because. In the same way that a straw connects a drink to your mouth. Orpheus uses the straw to get to his spouse. Orpheus uses his breath because. Breath is associated with life. By giving up one of his breaths. He can go to the underworld of death. The plan that Orpheus does use to get the underworld involves a straw. The plan that he carries out is putting a straw in his mouth and blowing through it, allowing him to travel through the straw and to the underworld. Sara Rhul has Orpheus blowing through a straw because breath is associated with life. When someone is breathing, it means they are alive. When Orpheus blows out, he is losing that breath which allows him to go to the underworld. In addition, he does this when he is sleeping. Sara Rhul does this because sleeping is also associated with death. When people die, they are said to be eternally resting. 

Blowing sound: The blowing sound is used to demonstrate Orpheus blowing himself through the straw in order to get to the underworld. 

Three knocks sound: The knocking sound is used to demonstrate Orpheus knocking three times when he arrives in the underworld, which is how the second movement of the play concludes.