A little departure from my normal format here, but I thought it would be interesting to mention a few songs that remind me of the Girls Underground storyline (not including obvious ones from related movies, such as “Underground” by David Bowie from the Labyrinth soundtrack, or the eponymous “Phantom of the Opera” song).

“Crystal Cave” by S.J. Tucker (you can listen, download, and read the full lyrics here)

Girl you must prove bold and brave
Go wandering inside the Crystal Cave
You will know it as your own mind before the sun dies away.
You’ll see your heart’s dreams come into play.
Shining, shimmering, all these days!

Follow Inanna’s footsteps down
We’ll find what you need in the Underground.
Follow the daughter’s footsteps down
We’ll find you a king in the Underground.
Follow the Lady’s footsteps down
Believe what you see in the Underground.
Follow Inanna’s footsteps down.
You’ll find what you need in the Underground.

“In Other Worlds” (sometimes titled “The Cold Black Key”) by Azam Ali

Available as the former title on the album Elysium for the Brave or as the latter title on the compilation Where’s Neil When You Need Him (songs inspired by Neil Gaiman work)

The key to this place
Is a cold you know
The real dispelled
Into the world you know
Doubt, tasted, you fall in
Down you sink
Into her deep devour

She’s still the key holder
And through this portal
She courts you now

“Moth” by Faun Fables

I’ve always heard this as a song between Persephone and Haides, though I doubt that was the original intent. You can buy the album, Mother Twilight here, or listen to a clip of the song on their website. Since the lyrics aren’t available online, I’m going to transcribe the whole song here:

I saw you once
and dreamed you might
become my love and I was right
It wasn’t easy, we cut our ties
Our hearts broke
as we took the prize
I’m drawn to you,
your lights all bright

(the seize of love, my wings wet
this golden cage, this silken net
but my feet are cold,
they do not rest
I stumble around
to find your nest)

I’m drawn to you
your lights all bright
even to death, the moth will fly

(remember when you were alone
your power formed a safety zone)

A shield is gone, we live inside
my edge is ground,
my melting pride
But what is life
when we don’t live
we mustn’t fear our molting skin

I’m drawn to you
and hope to learn
just why to you I must return

“Stay” by Shakespear’s Sister

For me, this song is inseparable from the gorgeous music video, which highlights the conflict between Girl (the one sitting vigil by her dying lover) and Adversary (the witchy woman come to take him).

You’d better hope and pray
That you make it safe
Back to your own world
You’d better hope and pray
That you’ll wake one day
In your own world
Coz when you sleep at night
They don’t hear your cries
In your own world
Only time will tell
If you can break the spell
Back in your own world


“Persephone” by Kula Shaker (listen here)

She saw the dawn with the light in her hair
Twisted and torn she was taken from there
now she’s gone gone gone
Oh my dear Persephone
Your heart sings a melody
We hope your safe and sound…underground