Natalie Merchant- "Ophelia" (a Video-music Tribute to the Women of Cold Case)

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I will provide you with the lyrics to the song after I say a few things.  First of all, the song "Ophel...
I will provide you with the lyrics to the song after I say a few things.  First of all, the song "Ophelia" comes from Natalie Merchant's cd also titled "Ophelia" (if you like this song, you should try some of her others...she's amazing and I'm grateful to her for providing the world with the gift of her voice and her poetry).  Second of all, most (if not all) of the pictures are taken from  While I feel that both the women and men of cold case tend to leave an impression upon me long after their story is told, this video is dedicated to some of the haunting female characters of the series.  For the most part, I tried to sync the lyrics up with appropriate pictures...but it isn't perfect.  You may think that I left some women out that should have been added, and you're probably right, but I had difficulty finding certain pics (also, I haven't seen all of the episodes).  Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy it!  


Ophelia was a bride of God
A novice Carmelite,
In sister cells, the cloister bells,
tolled on her wedding night
Ophelia was the rebel girl,
A blue-stocking suffragette
Who remedied society between her cigarettes
And Ophelia was the sweetheart to a nation overnight
Curvaceous thighs, vivacious eyes
Love was at first sight,
Love was at first sight, love
Ophelia was a demi-goddess
In pre-war Babylon
So statuesque, a silhouette
In black, satin evening gowns
Ophelia was the mistress to a Vegas gambling man
Signora Ophelia Maraschina
Mafia courtesan
Ophelia was the circus queen, the female cannonball
Projected through five flaming hoops
To wild and shocked applause
To wild and shocked applause

Ophelia was a tempest, cyclone, a god-damned hurricane
Your common sense, your best defense lay wasted and in vain
For Ophelia'd know your every woe and every pain you'd ever have
She'd sympathize and dry your eyes
Help you to forget
And help you to forget
And help you to forget
Ophelia's mind went wandering
You'd wonder where she'd gone
To secret doors down corridors
She'd wander them alone
All alone

(lyrics found at
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