Myth & Message

Myth & Message

The songs in this section all have a serious message whether they are myth or not.

“Pandora” is based on a Greek myth (mythos — or word for ‘word of mouth’). A myth is a traditional story set in times long, long ago, with heroes and events to explain how the world works and how we treat each other.

Pandora’s curiosity lead to a release from the entrusted box of sickness, pain, envy and hate.Once released they could not be put back.The last glimmer of light which flew out was HOPE!

We still use the phrase “to open Pandora’s box”, meaning to perform an action which may seem small but turns out to have severe and negative consequences.

“Don’t Worry” is about catastrophe, disaster of war, attack, or natural climate/ weather turbulence. I wrote the lyrics after the jet crash over Locherbie caused by a terrorist. 259 people died aboard and 11 on the ground.

The point is, we watch these disasters on the ‘News’, but then, despite the momentary empathy, just carry on with our lives, without paying much more thought. We don’t then ‘worry’, but their lives are wrecked.

Don’t Worry

(Bancroft/Johnson)

DON’T WORRY

I heard and saw it on the news today
A nation’s dreams were plucked like seeds and blown away.
Don’t worry what each one thought
Like flocks into a trap caught
Dragged in and drawn into the fray.

A thousand stains of poppies scattered in the corn
Lost friends and families and faces so forlorn.
An empty book with no text
Here one day, gone away next
Like shoes discarded when they’re worn.

UNITED NATION IN THEIR GRIEF
NEWS FLASH THAT CAUSES DISBELIEF
SYMPATHY SEND

Don’t worry if you’re busy
Distracted, dazed and dizzy
Your life will also one day end.

I HEARD IT ON THE NEWS TODAY
DREAMS PLUCKED LIKE SEEDS AND BLOWN AWAY
SUCH DEEP DISTRESS.

Don’t worry if you’re busy
Distracted, dazed and dizzy
It’s too late now to make amends.

You’re sorry……….you wonder why..
Don’t worry………it’s too late now………….

Pandora (Look what you’ve done!)

(Bancroft/Johnson)

PANDORA (LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE)

You’re the keeper of the ebony box, Pandora
It’s forbidden to look inside
Hidden treasures inside that box,
Wooden casket’s trying to hide.
Look what you’ve done!
Can’t you be a little bit stronger?
Resist a little while longer?
Look what you’ve done.
Be content with what you’ve got
Don’t you know you’ve got a lot?
Look what you’ve done.

There are thoughts turning round in your mind
And you’re trying to resist them in vain
If only you had thought, Pandora
The releasing of all that pain
See what you’ve done
Spells and charms are heard sighing
Guilt and jealousy crying
See what you’ve done.
In your arms the roses are fading
And your face, the sorrow is jading..
Look what you’ve done.
See what you’ve done.
What have you done?

Didn’t mean to make you suffer
Taint your troubles…make it tougher
When the king gave me the casket
Perfidy he put into my heart.

All that anger and bitter disdain, Pandora
See those passions so wracked and wrought
Faces streaked and stained with tears
Given freedom without a thought.
∼ ∼ ∼
But there is a glimmer of hope
A silver chalice with a sip of wine
Look into your constellation
Where your precious star will shine.

Look what you’ve done
See what you’ve done

Perfidy he put into my heart
My mistake I can’t amend now
I’ll repent on every day I vow.

What you’ve done
See what you’ve done

Perfidy he put into my heart

Look what you’ve done
See what you’ve done

I’ll repent on every day I vow.