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Achilles Come Down
Gang of Youths Lyrics


Achilles
Achilles
Achilles come down, won't you
Get up off
Get up off the roof?

You're scaring us
And all of us
Some of us love you
Achilles, it's not much but there's proof

You crazy assed cosmonaut
Remember your virtue
Redemption lies plainly in truth

Just humour us
Achilles
Achilles come down
Won't you get up off
Get up off the roof

Achilles
Achilles
Achilles come down, won't you
Get up off
Get up off the roof?

The self is not so weightless
Nor whole and unbroken
Remember the pact of our youth

Where you go
I'm going
So jump and I'm jumping
Since there is no me without you

Soldier on
Achilles
Achilles come down
Won't you get up off
Get up off the roof?

Loathe the way they light candles in Rome
But love the sweet air of the votives
Hurt and grieve but don't suffer alone
Engage with the pain as a motive

Today of all days
See

How the most dangerous thing is to love
How you will heal and you'll rise above

Achilles
Achilles
Achilles
Jump now
You are absent of cause
Or excuse

So self-indulgent
And self-referential
No audience could ever want you

You crave the applause
Yet hate the attention
Then miss it, your act is a ruse

It is empty, Achilles
So end it all now
It's a pointless resistance
For you

Achilles
Achilles
Just put down the bottle
Don't listen to what you've consumed

It's chaos, confusion
And wholly unworthy
Of feeding and it's wholly untrue

You may feel no purpose
Nor a point for existing
It's all just conjecture and gloom

And there may not be meaning
So find one and seize it
Do not waste your self on this roof

Hear those bells ring deep in the soul
Chiming away for a moment
Feel your breath course frankly below
See life as a worthy opponent

Today of all days
See

How the most dangerous thing is to love
How you will heal and you'll rise above
Crowned by an overture bold and beyond
Ah, it's more courageous to overcome

You want the acclaim
The mother of mothers (it's not worth it Achilles)
More poignant than fame
Or the taste of another (don't listen Achilles)
But be real and just jump
You dense motherfucker (you're worth more, Achilles)
You will not be more
Than a rat in the gutter (so much more than a rat)
You want my opinion (no one asked your opinion)
My opinion you've got
You asked for my counsel (no one asked for your thoughts)
I gave you my thoughts
Be done with this now
And jump off the roof
Can you hear me Achilles?
I'm talking to you

I'm talking to you
I'm talking to you
I'm talking to you
Achilles come down
Achilles come down

Throw yourself into the unknown
With pace and a fury defiant
Clothe yourself in beauty untold
And see life as a means to a triumph
Today of all days
See

How the most dangerous thing is to love
How you will heal and you'll rise above
Crowned by an overture bold and beyond
Ah, it's more courageous to overcome

Writer(s): David Immanuel Menachem Sasagi Leaupepe

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

cove !!

“Name one hero who was happy."
I considered. Heracles went mad and killed his family; Theseus lost his bride and father; Jason's children and new wife were murdered by his old; Bellerophon killed the Chimera but was crippled by the fall from Pegasus' back.
"You can't." He was sitting up now, leaning forward.
"I can't."
"I know. They never let you be famous AND happy." He lifted an eyebrow. "I'll tell you a secret."
"Tell me." I loved it when he was like this.
"I'm going to be the first." He took my palm and held it to his. "Swear it."
"Why me?"
"Because you're the reason. Swear it."



Rian

Hi! Here are the parts where the guy is talking (if you want to understand it) :
0:40
(French) Je vois que beaucoup de gens meurent, parce qu'ils estiment que la vie ne vaut pas la peine d'être vécue. J'en vois d'autres, qui se font paradoxalement tuer pour des idées, pour des illusions, qui leurs donnent une raison de vivre (ce, qu'on appelle une raison de vivre est en même temps une excellente raison de mourir)

(English) I see that many people die because they believe that life is not worth living. I see others, who paradoxically are killed for ideas, for illusions, which give them a reason to live (what is called a reason to live is at the same time an excellent reason to die)


2:07
(French) D'un gérant d'immeuble qui s'était tué on disait un jour qu'il avait perdu sa fille depuis cinq ans, qu'il avait beaucoup changé depuis et que cette histoire l'avait-

(English) A property manager who committed suicide said he lost his daughter five years ago, that he had changed a lot since then and that this story made him-


2:46
(French) Ce qui déclenche la crise est presque toujours incontrôlable. Les journaux parlent souvent de « chagrins intimes » ou de « maladie incurable ». Ces explications sont valables. Mais il faudrait savoir si le jour même un ami du désespéré ne lui a pas parlé sur un ton indifférent. Celui‑là est le -

(English) What triggers the crisis is almost always out of control. The newspapers often speak of “intimate sorrows” or “incurable disease”. These explanations are valid. But we should know if that very day a friend of the desperate man spoke to him in an indifferent tone. This one is the -


4:24
(French) Les souvenirs d'une patrie perdue, l'espoir d'une terre promise. Ce divorce entre l'homme de sa vie-

(English) Memories of a lost homeland, the hope for a promised land. This divorce between the man of his life-


5:48
(French) (Celle du oui et) celle du non. Ce serait trop beau. Mais il faut faire la part de ceux qui, sans conclure, interrogent toujours. Ici, j'ironise à peine : il s'agit de la majorité. Je vois également que ceux qui répondent non agissent comme s'ils pensaient oui. De fait-

(English) (The one of the yes and) the one of the no. That would be too good. But we must take into account those who, without concluding, always question. Here I am hardly ironic: it is the majority. I also see that those who answer no act as if they think yes. In fact-

:)



Stella Ashryver Crochan

„I would know him blind“

„Name one hero who was happy“

„He is half of my soul as the poets say“

„I am made of memories“

„We were like gods at the dawning of the world , and our joy was so bright we could see nothing but the other.“

„I could recognize him by touch alone , by smell ; i would know him blind , by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in dead, at the and of the world.“

„In the darkness ,two shadows , reaching through the hopeless , heavy dusk. Their hands meet , and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out if the sun.“
„What has Hector ever done to me?“

PA-TRO-CLUS

-The song of achilles



i.triangle_

SONG OF ACHILLES SPOILERS !!
For the eyes of those who have read the full book or already know the tale only !

‘Briseis is kneeling over my body. She has brought water, and cloth, and washes the blood and dirt from my skin. Her hands are gentle, as though she washes a baby, not a dead thing. Achilles opens the tent, and their eyes meet over my body.
“Get away from him,” he says.
“I am almost finished. He does not deserve to lie in filth.”
“I would not have your hands on him.”
Her eyes are sharp with tears. “Do you think you were the only one who loved him?”
“Get out. Get out!”
“You care more for him in death than in life,” her voice is bitter with grief. “How could you have let him go? You knew he could not fight!”
Achilles screams, and shatters a serving bowl. “Get out!”
Briseis does not flinch. “Kill me. It will not bring him back. He was worth ten of you. Ten! And you sent him to his death!”
The sound that comes from him is hardly human. “I tried to stop him! I told him not to leave the beach!”
“You are the one who made him go.” Briseis steps towards him. “He fought to save you, and your darling reputation. Because he could not bear to to see you suffer!”
Achilles buries his face in his hands. But she does not relent. “You have never deserved him. I do not know why he ever loved you. You only care for yourself!”
Achilles’ gaze lifts to meet hers. She is afraid, but does not draw back. “I hope that Hector kills you.”
The breath rasps in his throat. “Do you think I do not hope the same?” he asks.’



Shiro Oni

I can't express how much I love the violin in this song.
It's a sorm, a whirl that won't stop. It's thoughts rushing in his head at the speed of light, a torment without end. And it won't stop. By gods, it won't stop.

Soon after, there's a different tone : like a tear down his cheek, curling up warm around Patroclus' voice. To release all of this painful love into life, to keep breathing, for if he dies, so does his love.

And yet another one : as sharp as a knife, it's burning, it's incomprehension. It's cold and on the verge of madness, because how could he ever live with this ? What point is there when the life of his has been taken already, and all that is left is hatred ?

He's at war with his head, one almost as violent as that which took his heart away. And the storm keeps getting stronger. He thinks he's drowning in the wind. He thinks he's jumped already

and that's when everything stops. The wind drops. A simple realisation :


He is alive...

He is breathing.


...And he will survive. This, he promises.

If his love was worth fighting to the death, then he will live. He will live, and honour the singular beauty of the light still rushing in the shape that left Patroclus in his heart.



Eilidh Harris

For anyone wondering on what the French was, here's the translation. It's quotes from 'The Myth of Sisyphus' a book by French philosopher Albert Camus.

“I see that many people die because they deem that life is not worth living and I see others that, paradoxically, get themselves killed for the ideas, the illusions that gives them a reason to live. What can be a reason to live is at the same time an excellent reason to die.”

“About a building manager that killed himself, people said that he had lost his daughter five years ago, that he had changed a lot and that this event “undermined” him.”

“Memories of a lost homeland, hope of a promised land, this divorced between a man and his life…”


I would recommend the book 'The Myth of Sisyphus'. Camus wrote it on suicide. If your life is meaningless, why continue? Camus takes the Greek myth of sisyphus as an example.

Sisyphus is tasked with rolling a boulder up a hill. As soon as he pushes it over the other side, he is free to leave and return to life. However, everytime Sisyphus reaches the top of the hill, the boulder rolls backwards, crushing Sisyphus and he is forced to start once again.

Camus compares Sisyphus' struggles our human predicament. Striving to accomplish something that is ultimately meaningless, and for eternity. Camus concludes:

One must imagine Sisyphus happy.



Qwffy

This song i feel like is the story of Apollo and Patroclus fighting over Achilles.

E.g, at 2:03 it switches to Apollos perspective - heartless and lacking empathy since hes a yk god. While patroclus is telling achilles not to jump and even though he may be dead himself, to carry on living for both of them.

5:18 Patroclus wins Achilles attention however instead of living for both of them, Achilles just decides to go the completely other direction and accept his death from apollo and paris therefore he can reunite with patroclus in the underworld (spoilers, haha no lol)

From 5:32 - 5:47 is where Achilles dies as the music is getting quieter and symbolizing Achilles death. Also it makes you think the song is over just like Achilles thought the separation with him and Patroclus was over but HA NOPE! Patroclus' name was never written on Achilles tomb and while Achilles is searching for him in the underworld the music then shifts into patroclus' pov.

5:48 - 6:03 is Achilles searching for patroclus in the underworld and as the music gets quicker it symbolizes Achilles becoming more frantic searching for him.

"*throw yourself into the unknown, with pace and a fury defiant"*
Representation of Achilles throwing himself into the unknown aka the underworld.

6:41 The music ends happy but bittersweet in a way as Patroclus and Achilles finally were reunited in the underworld but not after they spent weeks/months alone and separated, not knowing if they would ever reunite.

Theres my in depth analysis of this song no one asked for, have a great day you bi, burnt out, gifted lot, you guys are doing great ily <33



Marvelous Eggplant

"Name one hero who was happy."
"You can't." He was sitting up now, leaning forward.
"I can't."
"I know. They never let you be famous AND happy." He lifted an eyebrow. "I'll tell you a secret."
"Tell me." I loved it when he was like this.
"I'm going to be the first." He took my palm and held it to his."


Okay who's gonna tell them 😭



All comments from YouTube:

Pauline GAROT

Patroclus : Achilles come down
Agamemnon : DO A FLIP

Aanya Vashist

this made me laugh hysterically through tears-

Hypnotic Angel

PFFT-

not even me

JAIL 💀

Simran Lahiri

You didn't have to make me laugh so hard

Arwa Farrag

it's a good joke a great joke even but you have to stop

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ch3rryc0la

"So jump and I'm jumping, since there is no me without you." I CANT.

Quolack 9

Oh yeah? Well I can take that

Pauwer ー

🤧🤧🤧🤧

ch3rryc0la

@Greek Fountain 😭✋

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