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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Calypso/Suzanne Vega

In the context of Suzanne Vega's song, from her 1987 album Solitude Standing, Calypso refers to the sea nymph of Greek myth. In Homer's The Odyssey, Calypso falls in love with the hero, Odysseus, and imprisons him on her island for seven years, until the gods convince her to let him go. Vega depicts Calypso awaiting their final dawn together, when Odysseus will depart forever: Now today/Come morning light/He sails away/After one last night/I let him go.

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