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What are some songs that relate to The Odyssey?

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There are a lot of songs that relate directly to the epic, either by retelling parts of it, or using similar themes to describe other events. Here are a few:

"Tales of Brave Ulysses" (Cream) -recounts Odysseus's encounter with the Sirens

"Home at Last" (Steely Dan) -also inspired by the Sirens story

"Ulysses" (Franz Ferdinand) -loosely based on the Odyssey (Ulysses is Odysseus' Latin name)

"Wrapped Around Your Finger" (The Police) -opening lines mention 2 monsters from the poem

"Home by the Sea" (Genesis) -also based on the Odyssey

Many more songs have a general theme of returning home after a long journey, which is a theme that pretty much started with Homer. These are everywhere.

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#1

Calypso by Suzanne Vega is sung from Calypsos point of view just after Ulysses (Odyseus) leaves her island after several years

#2

i think that the best ways to search for songs would be to look at the themes of odyssey.

themes such as:

...The Power of Cunning over Strength

...the Pitfalls of Temptation

...Storytelling

...Disguises

...Seductresses

these are some symbols:

Food

The Wedding Bed

i hope this helps!

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