|"For Miles Down"|
| Song by Hungry Lights|
from the album Three Gods & Me
|Three Gods & Me track listing|
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|Aphotic Currents 3||Reflaugh (Song)|
"For Miles Down" is track two on the Hungry Lights studio album "Three Gods & Me." 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!
"For Miles Down" is the first musical chapter of this story. As you may have already figured out, Prill miraculously survived being burned alive in Reflaugh's lair at the end of "Heavy Is The Crown." Justin said that impressed by Prill's strength and willpower, Reflaugh had cut Prill a deal where he would return Prill's daughter, "Abalone" home if Prill joined his crew to work out the debt he still owed for killing Reflaugh's brother. The line "My treasure brought back to its trove" suggests that Prill accepted, and about a year later, "Three Gods & Me" takes place.
Justin has said that Prill now looks like a horrendous burn victim that is totally covered in bandages (though, by the look of the album cover, his hands and head seem okay). Having been a slave on Reflaugh's ship "Wolfpit Drive" for a year, we can assume Prill has had nothing to do but work and think, and that is where this story starts. The lyrics suggest that Prill feels responsible for his own fate, and the line, "No one's home, but the light still shines," could either be a sliver of hope, or him saying that he feels like a zombie (probably the latter knowing Prill). This song is mostly just him explaining that he has given up on life, but is still mechanically going through the motions because for some reason he did not die when he clearly should have. He is wondering if he has been blessed, what it means, who he is becoming, and he is trying to make peace with all of it.
From the tone of the lyrics and the title, this song seems to focus on darkness, vulnerability, and Prill's downward spiral to which he feels he is now trapped in a hole and cannot get out. Where will he go from here?
I’m the eyes on a satellite
I identified the pieces that were left behind,
But how can I see with a blindfold?
-Take it off and suffer
Now I’m acting kinda’ strange
Nobody’s home inside
I did it to myself ‘cause I went left-field
I’d have to take the time to find out
No one’s home, but the light still shines
I’m no star, but I was forged in the night
-The remnants of a universe built on lies
And yet… and yet my story still rides
Creeping at the corners
-Growing up the sides
A figment of the figment that I kept in spite of
Tryna’ figure out all the mess inside
While I’m wrapped up in changing,
All the rest subsides
I’ll ride out ‘til the end
-Just to test my might
I’m not affected!
Someone let me slide
Someone watching above kept me all tied up...
So I did my best to find my way
Through all the dark—struggle less
If this plaque on my soul doesn’t let me fly,
I’ll proceed to a fall
No surprise, I’ll survive
Maybe the will of the gods keeps me alive
‘Cause some vengeful holds don’t let me die
It’s like a slap to the face…
Rolling down all hope, so I can’t fight the waning
Justifying won’t stop this mass-pretending
My low reality has been broken!
Even with all pieces, I’m just too far down
To a man confiding all his secrets at the bottom
I can’t quite remember who I was before,
And who that was is gone
It’s like I rearranged everything
Then crawled away, deep from the center
Spiraled out ‘til the catch hooked back and relapsed
But nothing is ever set in stone
I pulled out from the sap—my surprise attack
And that’s the me that I can’t get back
I’m at a new low where I can’t distract myself
Stuck til’ I learn to accept all my demons
-Tap into this brand new me
Does no one else in the world know how I am feeling?
In the solid pitch-black,
I step through the marsh of the mind,
And its chord is dissonant
I’m another conflicted soul that has nowhere to go
Ripped and stolen from my home
My treasure brought back to its trove
Flames were spent and turned to coals
My wings were clipped and skin exposed
Take a step back and review
All the masks that decorate that hole