The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events
Studio album by The Gothic Archies
Released October 9, 2006 (UK)
October 10, 2006 (US)
October 21, 2006 (Australia)
Recorded 2000–2006 at Mother West and Polar West, New York City
Genre Indie pop
Length 41:18
Label Nonesuch
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The Gothic Archies chronology
The New Despair
The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events is the second studio album by indie pop duo The Gothic Archies. It is a concept album whose songs are loosely based on the thirteen books of Daniel Handler's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The music, like the writing in the books themselves, is morose for comic effect. Some of the songs' lyrics have something to do with the story itself and are often implicitly written in the voice of one of the corresponding book's characters; for example, "When You Play the Violin" is apparently in the voice of one of the book's five orphans, while "Dreary, Dreary" appears to be an ode to Beatrice, Lemony Snicket's ill-fated love interest. Others' connections seem to be in name only; for example, "Shipwrecked", The End's song, is about a man who decapitates his ship's crew in an attempt to be shipwrecked on an island with his true love, only to discover that there is no island anywhere nearby. At the end of the final track ("We Are the Gothic Archies") is a section of pig latin. Reading the lyrics reveals the message "Oh, the archiesAy othicGay heTay, areAy eWay, Illiantbray yricistlay an'tcay ouyay eesay?" Interpreted, "Oh, the Archies Gothic The, Are We,Brilliant lyricist can't you see?" A promo version of the CD was briefly available to support the book The End. It includes the tracks "Scream and Run Away", "Walking My Gargoyle", and "Crows".


Track listing

All songs written and composed by Stephin Merritt

No. Title Length
1. "Scream and Run Away"   2:25
2. "In the Reptile Room"   2:14
3. "The World Is a Very Scary Place"   2:25
4. "Dreary, Dreary"   2:41
5. "When You Play the Violin"   3:53
6. "This Abyss"   3:06
7. "Crows"   2:41
8. "Smile! No One Cares How You Feel"   1:51
9. "Freakshow"   2:56
10. "How Do You Slow This Thing Down?"   3:11
11. "A Million Mushrooms"   1:58
12. "Things Are Not What They Appear"   3:46
13. "Shipwrecked"   2:37
14. "Walking My Gargoyle"   2:38
15. "We Are the Gothic Archies"   2:56
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