Ingrid Michaelson & Sara Bareilles – Winter Song

Persephone was the daughter of the Greek gods Demeter and Zeus. One day she had the bad luck to be picking flowers in a meadow with her girlfriends the sea nymphs when Hades, the god of the underworld, burst through the ground and abducted her back to Hell.

There, Persephone became the goddess of the underworld, the Queen of the Dead.

Her mother, Demeter, was seriously unimpressed with her friends for doing nothing about it and turned them into the Sirens. She neglected her duties as goddess of the earth which meant that nothing would ever grow again, and set about searching for her lost daughter. Helios, the sun god, let her in on the fact that Hades had done the deed. Zeus had a word and Hades was forced to let Persephone go.

But before she left the underworld, he tricked her into eating some pomegranate seeds. Now you may not know this, but if you eat or drink stuff in Hell you can never leave it. This was an outrage. Eventually there was a compromise and Persephone could spend most of her time on Earth but had to return to the underworld for part of the year.

Which is why nothing grows in Winter.