Who Sang Ophelia? Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant Ophelia cover art

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release date: 1998-5-19
genres: Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
length: 5:11
membranophone: Peter Yanowitz
vocal: Natalie Merchant
mixer: Jim Scott
engineer: Todd Vos
electric guitar: Graham Maby and Todd Vos
organ & piano: George Laks
other vocals: Carmen Consoli, Susanna Schmitz, Rocio Paez, Camille Labro and Bella Urina
cello: Michelle Kinney
assistant mixer: Mike Scotella
barrel organ: Ken Appollo
Ophelia was a bride of God
A novice Carmelite,
In sister cells, the cloister bells,
tolled on her wedding night
Ophelia was the rebel girl,
A blue-stockinged suffragette
Who remedied society between her cigarettes
And Ophelia was the sweetheart to a nation overnight
Curvaceous thighs, vivacious eyes
Love was at first sight,
Love was at first sight, love
Ophelia was a demi-goddess
In pre-war Babylon
So statuesque, a silhouette
In black, satin evening gowns
Ophelia was the mistress to a Vegas gambling man
Signora Ophelia Maraschina
Mafia courtesan
Ophelia was the circus queen, the female cannonball
Projected through five flaming hoops
To wild and shocked applause
To wild and shocked applause
Hey, he-he-he-he-hey,
Ophelia was a tempest, cyclone, a god-damned hurricane
Your common sense, your best defense lay wasted and in vain
For Ophelia'd know your every woe and every pain you'd ever have
She'd sympathize and dry your eyes
Help you to forget
And help you to forget
And help you to forget
Ophelia's mind went wandering
You'd wonder where she'd gone
To secret doors down corridors
She'd wander them alone
All alone

  • 1 Ophelia
  • 2 Life Is Sweet
  • 3 Kind & Generous
  • 4 Frozen Charlotte
  • 5 My Skin
  • 6 Break Your Heart
  • 7 King of May
  • 8 Thick as Thieves
  • 9 Effigy
  • 10 The Living
  • 11 When They Ring the Golden Bells

  • Album Information
    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: HDCD
    barcode: 075596219624
    script: Latin