"A Father's End"
Song by Hungry Lights
from the album Heavy Is The Crown
November 15, 2016
Heavy Is The Crown track listing
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"A Father's End" is track eleven on the Hungry Lights studio album "Heavy Is The Crown." Remember that this is a summary, not the entire story! It is like 10% of what is actually going on—just the skeleton. It is a rough translation of what is literally going on in the lyrics. There is also a figurative story that is taking place at the same time which goes much deeper and does not involve the fictional character Prill, but that is up to you to find :) It is much easier to discover the hidden meaning when you grasp a decent understanding of the literal meaning first. These are your puzzle pieces, and I highly suggest you study them before pursuing the next albums in the sequence, otherwise emotion and information will be lost, therefore connections will be missed!


"A Father's End" is the tragic climax of the second book. While traveling through the dark caverns of Reflaugh's lair, Prill suddenly sees a light at the end of the tunnel. He is hesitant about it, so he is cautious. He is confused and uncertain, but he is not afraid. Because he has been empowered, he thinks himself a worthy adversary, and for once in this tale, it is true! Prill hit rock bottom, and now he has nothing to lose. And a man with nothing to lose is the most dangerous of all men.

Prill believes he has one shot at saving his daughter, and as of right now, he has the element of surprise! Despite his urgency and nervousness and uncertainty, he intends to be patient and smart about his plan of rescue, however it all gets the best of him because when he sees his daughter sitting in the middle of the chamber, he runs to her. As he does so, torches are lit all around. Something is presumably not as it seems, and Prill has fallen into a trap!

The fight or flight reaction kicks in, and Prill again decides to fight because he has already come so far, he is already in too deep. What does he have to lose? Some dialogue is probably exchanged between Prill and Reflaugh, and then from beneath the grating on the floor, a fire arises, the door shuts, and Prill is engulfed in flames. Despite the immediate, pressing danger, Prill is not afraid—just angry, angry at himself for failing again. Just like his battle with Fothcrah, he was unprepared and rushed everything. The flames close in, and Prill is burned alive.

The album then ends on a cliffhanger of Prill being incinerated. He obviously does not die, because Justin has stated that Prill is the main character of all five parts of "From Windfall To Hell," and that the story is being told chronologically. Whatever impossibly miraculous fate awaits Prill is continued in "Three Gods & Me."


In the darkness, there's a glow

And I suppose that's the idea

So to the ground, stealth and swiftly I proposed

-On the chance no one could hear me

Warry footsteps in the gray

But I’m not frightened

I would fear me!

And all this time, I'd never sank so low

That’s why I feel so far away

I'd one shot and all to lose

(My eyes were shut, my ears were set)

-No such thing as wasting time

(Not a patient man, so a penitent man)

My hands were coarse

And my heart beat with a sound

Like a stampede of horses

I’d no idea what was waiting there for me

That’s why I feel so far away

I'd one shot and all to lose

(My eyes were shut, my ears were set)

-No such thing as wasting time

(Not a patient man, so a penitent man)

Patience—my only move

(My eyes were shut, my ears were set)

And that slipped when I fell away

(Not a patient man, so a penitent man)

My god, I’m not okay!

Looking out in confusion, I had made a mistake!

I had jumped to conclusion

And there was no escape

-Not my best

I had sacrificed everything

I would not leave this place empty-handed again!

There was no retreat

I’d not be defeated by virtue

Believe, I’d push it

What a heathen to make an impression on me!

Introducing: the star of the show!

Dirty fingers and laughing

Your eyes could not lie

I held my back to a fiery stove

I was in ire—I was engulfed

All I desired?

-A slit of the throat

I was outnumbered—all of me burned

I would rip off this crown if I could,

But it branded itself to my skull

Felt cemented, my spirit was choked

The flames rushed in

I smiled—I smiled for you!

I'm impressed that I could not see it through this maze

Different stage, but the mask was the same

I felt numb

That fel-crown slipped off

My soul went quiet for the first and only time

What have you done for me?

This trust’s been lost

I am tired, and I am done

I don’t care anymore!

-Dreams of fire seared my cheeks

But I couldn’t feel anymore...

Has my heart turned into dust?

-No more tears anymore

Here’s to a father’s end!