"A Million Mushrooms" is the eleventh track on The Tragic Treasury, performed by The Gothic Archies. It coincides with the book The Grim Grotto.
- A million mushrooms fill the field
- Where marchers' bodies lately fell
- More marchers marching heavy-heeled
- Release more spores that march as well
- Across the twilit shadow ground
- And over long-bewildered farms
- Through palaces, where not a sound
- Is heard, though there should be alarms
- But winter comes and only ice
- Is crushed beneath the marching feet
- In all the land where once was rice
- There now is nothing fit to eat
- Except mushrooms which nourish not
- The body, nourish not the mind
- And often poison, eating rot
- The marchers march insane and blind
References to A Series of Unfortunate Events
- The song most aptly describes the Medusoid Mycelium, a lethal species of fungi that spreads through the air and can kill within the hour.
- The song also seems to be telling a story, of "marchers" (of an army, likely) being driven insane by the mushrooms they march through. As "more marchers marching heavy-heeled" continue on, they continue the spread of the spores, continuing the death ahead of them.
- Likely, this makes a metaphor for the horrors of war- "over long-bewildered farms[...] where once was rice" paints the picture of a devastated countryside, with life destroyed. As the story details death brought by marchers, it is not a far leap to assume it is describing the devastation brought by war.
- This interpretation could also imply a metaphor for VFD during the events of the series; both sides send their agents, including young children, on possibly fatal missions in an effort to obtain the Sugar Bowl, which does not matter in the long run- their war destroys the lives of the children, much as Count Olaf implied upon reciting This Be The Verse.
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