The Horror Honeys: Hardcover Thursday Jam - 'Calypso'

Hardcover Thursday Jam - 'Calypso'



My name is Calypso
I have let him go
In the dawn he sails away
To be gone forever more
And the waves will take him in again
But he'll know their ways now
I will stand upon the shore
With a clean heart


Suzanne Vega has always had a way of giving voice to people that are sometimes forgotten by the rest of the world. She is best known for her song "Luka," about a little boy suffering abuse at the hands of his family. But anyone who listens to Vega's music knows that she is an expert as championing the underdog, as she does in her song "Calypso." Some may not view the nymph daughter of Atlas as an underdog, but I always thought (much like Medusa) she got a raw deal. 

Calypso and Odysseus were the subject of a section of Homer's The Odyssey, in which Calypso rescues Odysseus from drowning. Because of her love for him, Calypso keeps Odysseus as her captive lover on an island for seven years until he decides he must leave and return to his wife, Penelope. Despite her undying love for him, Calypso is finally forced to allow him to go. This beautiful song is written from Calypso's perspective on the day she watches Odysseus leave her forever. So, just remember THAT the next time you whine when your girlfriend wants to go to a movie alone. ~RH