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"The Awry Ascent"
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Song by Hungry Lights
from the album The Awry Ascent
Released
October 11, 2015
Recorded
2015
Length
6:49
Label
Independent
The Awry Ascent track listing
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"The Awry Ascent" is track eight 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!

StoryEdit

"The Awry Ascent" can be a bit confusing at first. Right off the bat, we learn that Prill is facing an enormous, great staircase called, "The Awry Ascent." Prill believes that his progress is essential for his well-being, and immediately we see that the clarity he gained during "The Nimloks" has quickly faded as he talks about corrupting anybody who tries to follow in his failing footsteps.

Prill asserts that he is content with failure and trickery, and that he fears the sound of the chimes. At the beginning of the song, audible chimes are heard, so it is safe to assume that these chimes are something he is hearing at the top of the great staircase. With that being said, Prill states that his choice to make the climb was out of fear. It is unclear if he is literally talking about the staircase or if "The Awry Ascent" is referring to Prill's downward spiral into madness (which is the core theme of the entire five part series). Knowing Justin, the reference is probably to both.

During both the literal and metaphorical climb, Prill's frustration is made known. He is fully aware that he is chasing an illusion, but at this point his determination is so grand that it blinds him from seeing the true nature of his quest. After some time, he makes it to the top and meets the Umber Seer, Flinter. Upon giving Prill what he came for (the coordinates to Fothcrah's lair), Flinter must make some type of remark or warning about Prill's lack of faith in himself or the universe around him, and that his quest will be in vain. Prill dismisses it. Whether or not it is in hindsight, Prill expresses the he is embodied with pride and ego, which he then calls, "The worst of evils," which may be important, as the name is dropped again during "Heavy Is The Crown."

The song ends with Prill being envious of how freely his albatross companion (Artorn) can fly—even when weighed down by its reputation of being a bad omen, somehow it still soars light and free of internal baggage. Prill claims his baggage and past weigh him down, but presumably expresses a belief that it is fate and destiny that he walks the path he does. He finishes the song by saying that Artorn's actions have shown him that if he could be brave and continue forward, that he too would one day be free. This is very important because again, it shows Prill believes himself to be locked into the path he walks—destined. He does not think he has a choice anymore. He fully believes that this is what he has to do. Now we can see his irrationality and delusion begin to seep into his character.

NOTE: Justin has also revealed that the album cover for "The Awry Ascent," is a dream that Prill has during the novelization. The cover does not actually take place in Prill's world—just a dream. It is almost like a metaphorical vision of what is to come. Dissecting the symbolism, the temple probably represents Prill, the crashing waves and storm probably represent his wild, unsettled mind, the downed ship probably represents his lack of escape, the three albatrosses could possibly be foreshadowing of the three gods, and the mask hovering above the temple (which Justin has said is Bakarum's mask), could represent the ego (considering how many times it is referenced in the album).

LyricsEdit

Every step shall resonate as the culling of privation 

And in the echo of my forward betterment,

I'd blaze a path for more to draggle 


Burned by the false wonder 

Yet still I felt content 

Afraid of the sound of the chimes 

In their very nature was how I made my choice 

For the awry ascent 


O' how I roared for a cease! 

A staircase not of sense, but made of dreams that evade 

And grow until the ivy sprouts into the sky 

And shadows true existence 

-A false mirage 

What a foul immersion! 


Burned by the false wonder 

Yet still I felt content 

Afraid of the sound of the chimes 

In their very nature was how I made my choice 

For the awry ascent 


No seer would tell me of my discarded faith 

I dismissed such heed 

I was embodied with pride—o' ego! 

-The worst of evils 


Burned by the false wonder 

Yet still I felt content 

Afraid of the sound of the chimes 

In their very nature was how I made my choice 

For the awry ascent 


How the albatross can soar with those heavy, iron wings 

They would weigh me like a stone with a chiseled, cosmic story 

I admired such vim 

I admired such courage 

For it showed me I could fly 

If I only would endure

 Trivia Edit

  • An earlier conceptualized name for this song was "Great Stairs."

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