"In The Eyes Of A Sword"
Song by Hungry Lights
from the album The Awry Ascent
October 11, 2015
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"In The Eyes Of A Sword" is track nine on the Hungry Lights studio album "The Awry Ascent." 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!


"In The Eyes Of A Sword" is probably one of the saddest chapters in this story. Prill has thrown all reason out the window and has given into his delusion and desire. He is fired up and ready to go, but there is no wind to push his boat forward. He is stuck in the doldrums, is growing impatient, and is blaming the inconvenience on the universe around him—on fate and destiny. He starts to wonder if outside forces are working against him to prevent the achieving of his goal.

In his downtime, he thinks a lot about himself and what he is doing. He is torn on whether he should continue forward or let it go and return home. The nature of his dilemma gives him courage and strength as he thinks he remembers why he set out on this quest in the first place, and eventually the wind picks up, and Prill is further motivated. He then has a brief moment of clarity where he speaks of everybody being the same when they die. It matters not if you were a rich king or a dirty peasant, once you die, you die. External, material things do not matter... but still, he demonstrates hypocrisy as he pushes forward on his prideful voyage.

Prill then presumably loses his compass overboard, but he claims he does not need it. "Tiger's Eye" is a name of a natural, navigational beacon (similar to the North Star), and he plans to use that to continue onward. As he sails further north, the scene turns grim. The water is colder, a storm has picked up, and an obvious danger has blanketed the swell. No sailor or fisherman has ever made it out this far and lived to tell about it, but Prill displays no fear! Despite the storm, despite the chill, he trudges forward with the weight of the world on his shoulders—dreaming of his grand catch and going down in history!

Then at sudden, Prill snaps out of the delusion and understands his lack of fear is just the presence of ignorance. He becomes afraid, feels stupid, and in another moment of clarity he claims to have forgotten who he is and the true reason he even started this endeavor.


My fantasy was soon to uncurl 

The fern I plucked had drank the nectar 

From the pernicious soil 

All trepidation had been contained 

And if the wind would catch in my sail,

I'd find the beast that fouled up the water 

Impel the lure that would change the course of fate! 

With no wind in the doldrums, 

You had pigeonholed my dream 

And pressing quandaries on the layline 

Kept me anchored in that spot 

Was this an omen or fluke? 

I should have thought things through 

There'd be no misconceptions to step on my shoes 

Again I'm pulled in the wrong direction 

-Burdened by the knowledge in my crown 

And in the standstill, I felt my mane grow 

I was a lion in the swell! 

And at that moment of true allegiance,

At sudden, a squall had bit my tail 

That precious virtue had been forgotten 

No lies would sit upon my throne 

There was a fire in my eyes! 

And I soon made my way to luff 

Would I feel guilty for doubting the ways of your will? 

Have no pride in the ocean 

The waves of constancy hiding my unkempt tears 

Where the life of a no one—the same as a nobleman 

Heroes and scoundrels alike in the eyes of a sword 

I need no compass! 

For a tiger's eye spearheads my journey 

Through the open water's maw 

Into the mistral of a wrathful, nettled god 

No ship would sail here, 

For the whirl had etched a drowning 

And the rain pouring down made it difficult to see 

I was carrying on my back, all the weight of the world 

How I suffered in the maze of the giants 

O' the mess! 

I had created such impressive walls 

And in my mind,

No, I could never ever fault! 

I dreamed!

I visioned that I caught a treasure with my spiral 

And sheer ferocity had pulled its carcass to my palm 

And in such moment, I would make that wish a solid maxim! 

O' I'd accomplish such a feat that no one ever had! 

Still, there is fear in my eyes... 

I never think things through 

And on this voyage of arrogance, 

I had forgotten just who I am 

Have no pride in the ocean 

The waves of constancy hiding my unkempt tears 

Where the life of a no one—the same as a nobleman

Heroes and scoundrels alike in the eyes of a sword

 Trivia Edit

  • This song had two earlier conceptualized titles: "Dead Downwind" and "A Lion In The Swell."

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