Blood of the Rose

 
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Introduction

Blood of the Rose takes it’s turn in the story by giving us some fancy foreshadowing during the montage scene. All of the participants have been dealt their hand and now they play over the course of a year, some with a stern elegance and some with absolutely no concept of a poker face.

Ms. Leading decides to silently enjoy a sort of relationship with Hunter, aware of the broken glass she’s tiptoeing through. Hunter works for the Pimp/Priest, using his earnings to spend time with Ms. Leading. And the Pimp/Priest stands by and watches the seeds he planted grow into weeds and dandelions.


Into The Lyrics

Lyrics

Dance, dance your decay
All the while, unknowing that you’re led astray
Sleep, sleep through your woe
While your voice slowly withers and melts away

Sing, sing unto me
The pleasure and the pain
Reveal to me
The reasons my love’s not in vain

Sangre, sangre de la rosa
Sigue en paz sin el pasado
Recé, recé por su alma
Ella morirá en el bautismo del fuego

Sing, sing unto me
The pleasure and the pain
Reveal to me
The reasons my love’s not in vain

The world burns but still we breathe
The iron chambered heart, a sieve
That sifts through honest elegance
And suffers from the wrong defense

The world burns but still we breathe
The iron chambered heart, a sieve
That sifts through honest elegance
And suffers from the wrong defense

Analysis

Dance your decay / All the while, unknowing that you’re led astray’; walk straight into your undoing. The Pimp/Priest knows what Hunter wants, and gives him a means to achieve it. Hunter walks straight into the path provided.

Hunter immediately learns to drive, and is paid to take Ms. Leading to her ‘house calls’. He would wait outside and guard the door, and await her return. After she finished and came outside, she would hand him her scarlet scarf, and enter the carriage. Hunter would then tie the scarf around the side bar of the carriage, and escort Ms. Leading back to her room at the Dime. At the end of each week, Hunter would take his earnings to Ms. Leading and they would share a night together.

‘The pleasure and the pain’ refers to their love, in a bittersweet way. Ms. Leading is worried that her decision to continue seeing Hunter will backfire, since she has to keep her profession a secret from his naive heart.

The next verse is in Spanish, and I don’t know Spanish, so here’s the best I could get from google translate:

Blood, blood of the rose
Remain in peace without the past
Pray, pray for her soul
She will die in the baptism of fire

Wow, spoiler alert. The baptism of fire, or you might know it as the Italian Battesimo del Fuoco, has already happened once though. When Ms. Terri fled during City Escape she (attempted?) to light the Dime on fire. Although we’ve gotten hints that it may happen again, in both Inquiry of Ms. Terri and The Bitter Suite II. Casey has said that this song is largely just foreshadowing Act V, so I’m going to hold of on analyzing most of this stanza until we get to that Act.

How are they breathing so clearly if the world is burning? That sounds like a lot of smoke. But if they’re breathing, then they must not be folding. Because according to The Pimp and the Priest, if you can’t breathe then I guess you fold. I guess the players all have decent hands.


Into The Music

The song starts of with a pizzicato cello panned hard right playing the notes B, F#, and G, arpeggiating a Bm chord. The second bar is similar to the first, although the F# gets traded out for a G#, changing the chord to a G#dim. It then follows the same arpeggio pattern through G and F#. This progression looks like it’s in the key of Bm, borrowing the G#dim from melodic minor. The movement from Bm to G#dim to G only changes one note each chord change. This one note goes from F#, to G#, to G. This idea of playing a note chromatically below, then above, then arriving at the target note is called enclosure in jazz circles for soloing, but I’m not sure if the term is the same or if there’s a different one for chord progressions. As the vocals come in, another cello comes in panned to the left, as well as an acoustic guitar really low in the mix. Halfway through the verse the left cello starts bowing, but the right continues to play pizzicato.

The chorus brings in extra vocals to accentuate the chords as well as a violin to play a higher melody. The progression stays in Bm, until the very end where we get an interesting C# chord. Normally I’d say this chord is borrowed from B lydian, but Casey sings a D in the melody over this chord. This minor 2nd in the melody makes me think this is borrowed from B dorian #4, an interesting mode of the harmonic minor scale. Spicy chords, Casey.

The second verse has a trumpet to accompany Casey’s vocal melody, which gets swapped out for a violin in the second half. The chorus repeats same as the first time, and then the cello descends to a Bb note, noting a change of key. It goes further down onto a G, and we move into the bridge. The bridge alternate between Gm and C, landing us in a G dorian progression. The backing vocals mirror the violin in melody, and the cello moves into playing quick low notes in the second half. The song ends with the cellos playing the verse, and the trumpets playing the same accompanying melody from earlier.


closing Thoughts

Blood of the Rose is yet another song that plays in a new genre, and highlights Casey’s ability to interweave melodies on various instruments. Act II is reaching the climax as the story continues to build, and the characters will soon reach a new chapter in the story.

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