Saturday, April 24, 2010

Supernatural - O Death

In looking over my posts on this blog (such few as they are), I've noticed that I haven't really posted anything about music. Given that music has been such a huge part of my life, I'm actually surprised at that. So, here goes my first post dealing with music by way of TV.

One of my favorite shows on air at the moment is called Supernatural. They are currently airing the last few eps of their fifth season, the theme of which is the end of the world. To commemorate this, the producers of the show created a new version of an old song, O Death, where a man dying is pleading with Death to let him live.

This particular song has been around since the 1600s. I believe it was a british dirge (funeral song for those who don't know). More recently, it was brought back to light on the soundtrack of "O Brother Where Art Thou?" where it was performed by Dr. Ralph Stanley. Here's a recent video of Dr. Stanley singing O Death acapella.

The peeps at CW tweaked the lyrics to fit the theme of this season and got some of their own, Jennifer Titus, to perform it. Seriously, here's the story on it. Personally, I think it's awesome and I hope Ms. Titus considers a music career. I'm sure she'd do exceptionally well!! Here's proof, the Jen Titus version of O, Death.

Here's one of the coolest parts, though! One of the many aspects of the end of the world the fifth season of Supernatural deals with is the appearance of the Four Horsemen. For the last few eps, they've kind of danced around who would be Death. Just recently, they released a trailer in which Death makes his first appearance!! With "O, Death" by Jen Titus as the background music. This is SUCH an AWESOME trailer, and portrays Death exceptionally!!!! I like it so much, I'll actually post it up here!!! Look for his appearance in the last 20 seconds of the promo. I've also included the lyrics to both versions of the song after the video!

Supernatural Lyrics:
O, Death... O, Death...O, Death...

Won't you spare me over another year?
Oh what is this that I can't see with ice cold hands taking hold of me
When God is gone and the Devil takes hold,
Who'll have mercy on your soul?

O, Death... O, Death...

No wealth, no ruin, no silver, no gold
Nothing satisfies me but your soul

O, Death...

Well I am Death, None can excel
I'll open the door to Heaven or Hell

O, Death... O, Death...

My name is Death and the end is here

The original lyrics:
O, Death
O, Death
Won't you spare me over til another year
Well what is this that I can't see
With ice cold hands takin' hold of me
Well I am death, none can excel
I'll open the door to heaven or hell

Whoa, death someone would pray
Could you wait to call me another day
The children prayed, the preacher preached
Time and mercy is out of your reach
I'll fix your feet til you cant walk
I'll lock your jaw til you cant talk
I'll close your eyes so you can't see
This very air, come and go with me
I'm death I come to take the soul
Leave the body and leave it cold
To draw up the flesh off of the frame
Dirt and worm both have a claim

O, Death
O, Death

Won't you spare me over til another year
My mother came to my bed
Placed a cold towel upon my head
My head is warm my feet are cold
Death is a-movin upon my soul
Oh, death how you're treatin' me
You've close my eyes so I can't see
Well you're hurtin' my body
You make me cold
You run my life right outta my soul

Oh death please consider my age
Please don't take me at this stage
My wealth is all at your command
If you will move your icy hand
Oh the young, the rich or poor
Hunger like me you know
No wealth, no ruin, no silver no gold
Nothing satisfies me but your soul
O, death
O, death
Wont you spare me over til another year
Wont you spare me over til another year
Wont you spare me over til another year

1 comment:

  1. You have an amazing post. I read it several times. Read a similar post in mine too! Death