It is said that cicadas were people before the Muses were born. When they first saw them they were so enthralled watching them sing, dance, and frolic that they simply forgot to eat and drink. But, of course they all died off as a race. The Muses, in appreciation and for their own delight brought them back in their present form without mouths. They now play their love songs throughout their short lives to their hearts content without need of food or water.