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"Second Best"
Threegods
Song by Hungry Lights
from the album Three Gods & Me
Released
December 31, 2017
Recorded
2017
Length
5:33
Label
Independent
Three Gods & Me track listing
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"Second Best" is track seven 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!

Story Edit

"Second Best" is Prill's fight with The Second God, Arilayah, who is a fast, nimble, skilled, akulite warrior with a two thin scimitars, and is the younger sister of Atah'xia. As learned in "Heavy Is The Crown," Atah'xia is presumably Reflaugh's mistress. Why her little sister is a slave in The Pit, Justin has not made clear, so we will have to wait until the book. Either way, Prill must defeat her if he wants to keep on living.

Like "Speared," there has been some confusion in the lyrics of "Second Best," specifically the bridge of the song. Fans seem to be misunderstanding exactly who Prill is talking about when he says the lines, "I never thought she would be here with me. It was nice to finally hear a friendly voice just like my own. I shouldn’t be ashamed… Her loss is just the price of power. And if my gods fall one by one, maybe I won’t remember the truth." Since the lyrics give little to no info, we decided to ask Justin directly.

"Well, I do not want to spoil the novel. I have a lot of work to do before I even get to Three Gods & Me, but I will say it is not Prite, Abalone, Arilayah, or Rudiff. In The Pit, Prill runs into an old friend, and she basically asks him not to fight anymore because... it is not his fight. She cares about him, unlike all of the people in this city, and she cannot stand to watch him get hurt. Despite this, Prill continues to fight, and she pretty much peaces out." - Justin Bonitz
With that being said, the lyrics of this song start to make a lot more sense. The first verse is Prill continuing to wake up from the numbness he has been wallowing in for the last year. The second verse is obviously him feeling abandoned by his friend, and the chorus is him trying to make her feel bad for not believing in him. The rest of the song seems to be Prill defeating Arilayah, as once the song ends, Krayle says something along the lines of, "He's done it! He's beaten The Second God!" Based on the line in the breakdown, "Don’t try to justify—there is no better lie. And we're all frightened of fighting—of dying," and the fist verse of "Finally Fearless," it is safe to assume that Prill is indeed taking the lives of these champions, not just knocking them out. The Pit is a "Two men enter, one man leaves" type of scenario.

Note: Despite the release dates, Justin claims that "Second Best" was written before "Pulse," which is a song featured on his rap album, "Dear Rudiff." The song's first verse, second verse, and bridge are 80-90% the same lyrics, however, "Second Best" features a totally different chorus, and a breakdown. He says that "Pulse" was supposed to be a remix of "Second Best" because the lyrics already fit the concept of "Dear Rudiff," so he did not see the point in changing them. He thought it would be cool to have a musical crossover in his projects, which is why he decided to sample the piano and cadence of "Umber Tower" in the "Dear Rudiff" track "Response" as well.

Lyrics Edit

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve had enough secrets

I been open-handed, and I got nothing to lose

But what’s left to gain?

-Is it worth all that shame?

My dreams became intangible

-Not tethered to reality

Brushing the mirror that had taken my place before now

It was glinting so clear, every star I saw was full

How churlish of me not to ask permission

Been preoccupied with wishing

Someone would take existence from me


You’d couldn’t let me walk away

You watched from a distance

For you didn’t trust that I could change

Shall I show you again?


More times than I realized, 

I was left unfinished—diminished

I still didn’t get it yet

And I gave my everything, 

But it seems even you didn’t have my back

I was left in the corner, pushing harder—a martyr!

-The promised fracture

No, I couldn’t step forward

I done lost all of my nerve

Before my innocence splintered

And then blew away,

I was dreaming better days

But no, that’s something I cannot relate to

No pain—couldn’t feel anyway

My turn to escape was a rat in a small, dark maze

With an exit braced,

This time... there was nowhere for me to go


You’d couldn’t let me walk away

You watched from a distance

For you didn’t trust that I could change

Shall I show you again?

Well, here I go...

The catastrophe’s set on the front of the stage

Where will you sit?


Now, I planned the way this would shoot 

Flirt with a lie, man—that’s what I do 

If I don’t see it, then I won’t fear it 

And if I owned it, I could just tear it down 

Instead of staring me down, 

Why don’t you help me by clearing this out? 

If I can’t see, then I won’t fear it 


I never thought she would be here with me

It was nice to finally hear a friendly voice just like my own

I shouldn’t be ashamed… 

Her loss is just the price of power

And if my gods fall one by one,

Maybe I won’t remember the truth

I want to forget

I want to forget

I want to forget

I want to forget


It’s ending—pretending that we are not the same

Don’t try to justify—there is no better lie

And we're all frightened of fighting—of dying


You’d couldn’t let me walk away

You watched from a distance

For you didn’t trust that I could change

Shall I show you again?

Well, here I go...

The catastrophe’s set on the front of the stage

Where will you sit?