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"My Finest Hour"
Heavy
Song by Hungry Lights
from the album Heavy Is The Crown
Released
November 15, 2016
Recorded
2016
Length
5:48
Label
Independent
Heavy Is The Crown track listing
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"My Finest Hour" is track five 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!

StoryEdit

In "My Finest Hour," Prill has taken to the sea for the first time in eight years! He is faced with much adversity in the sense of morality, has a lot of big decisions to make on how he is going to rescue his daughter, but he insists that this will not be a repeat of his previous endeavor involving Fothcrah. He is not worried. "Throw your pigeons a pie" is an expression Justin has coined which essentially means, "Do not worry about it. No problem is worth worrying over, just drop it and move on."

The "dial" that Prill is talking about is presumably connected to the ticking that is audibly heard at the beginning of "The Thorn That Split My Wheel," and the end of "My Finest Hour." It is probably safe to assume it is symbolic of Prill's repressed anger and is on the verge of explosion, and he knows this—knows there is not much he can do about it right now (or not much he is willing to do about it right now because he is distracted by external forces). As the chorus reveals, Prill is not worried about it either way. In fact, Prill is so at ease that he again slips into his usual arrogance and delusion and believes himself cured of all the baggage from his past. The worst part is that he knows he is being ignorant and in denial because, "...the world looks so much more perfect through less sensitive eyes."

The bridge can be a bit confusing. "I read this on a paper that could represent my life" is referring to something that occurs between Prill and Flinter in the actual novel for "The Awry Ascent," but because it has not been released yet, the information is clouded. Whatever happened between them, Prill was openly against because of his delusional rationale. This section of the lyrics is in hindsight of that event, for Prill is saying that now he gets it, now he can see what Flinter was talking about. And because of this understanding, he feels a tremendous weight lifted from his being—feels vulnerable and naked. He feels at one with his old self again from the beginning of "An Outset In The Sea," and Prill is just expressing that he gets it now.

The song ends with a ticking sound which might undermine everything Prill thinks he knows.

LyricsEdit

With much plight, I rose to full height

Matching a hero!

-The atramentous sky beating down

And I was too proud to admit

That all I had gained was a mess of dilemmas

And I would not call this an encore

T'was a brand new stage!


Throw your pigeons a pie!

This is my finest hour!

Though you saw my return,

You didn't see I'm no coward


On my side, I noticed a dial

No numbers or indication for sleight of my hand

The way had been sealed from the inside

The outside was weathered—much like myself

So I poked and prodded its nature for the story it'd tell


Throw your pigeons a pie!

This is my finest hour!

Though you saw my return,

You didn't see I'm no coward

With a heart opened wide,

And a soul turning outward

There was nothing to change

Not in my finest hour


And I reckon I'm cured

So I sound out a hearty hallelujah!

For the world looks much more perfect

Through less sensitive eyes


I read this on a paper that could represent my life

At first I deemed it hostile,

For I only saw in one dimension

It's overwhelming just to think I was so blind

The answers I've been searching for are already here!

If I'd just look around!

Open the coffins I pretend are eyelids and stare!

They're already here,

And I saw past it all in disbelief


Then my soul felt light as a feather

And your waves had ushered my return

That saline air I breathed brought memories of your shore

So I poked and prodded your nature

For the story you'd been trying to tell me

It was written in stardust, but I was too prideful to see!


Throw your pigeons a pie!

This is my finest hour!

Though you saw my return,

You didn't see I'm no coward

With a heart opened wide,

And a soul turning outward

There was nothing to change

Not in my finest hour

Not in my finest hour  

This is my finest hour!

 Trivia Edit

  • This song is loosely based on the tune of the amnaeon song, "The Door & The Mountain," but the final song only contains a few seconds of a riff from that track. 

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