Song by Hungry Lights
from the album Heavy Is The Crown
November 15, 2016
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"Demetrius" is track seven 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!


During "Demetrius," Prill has miraculously survived his fall, and he is groping around in the dark for a path. He is realizing his mistakes, and how deep the trouble is that he has gotten himself into. He is again admitting to his faults and expressing hopelessness. As he slips through crevices and scales lightless cliffs, he is understanding the cost of not being able to swallow his pride and just let go.

In his time alone, Prill thinks of his tragic feat against Fothcrah, how she got away, how she was too strong, how he was not good enough, and then the next part of events is not explained in the lyrics, but is explained in the novels. Out of the shadows, Prill is suddenly gassed and dragged away. When he wakes up, he is chained to the wall in an alchemy lab. Here he reunites with Demetrius (an akulite whom he was once acquainted with). Prill is confused, as he believed them to be friends, and Demetrius explains how he joined Reflaugh's crew so that he could make quick money to fund his research.

Prill becomes fed up with all the betrayal. First Atah'xia pushes him off a cliff, then Demetrius holds him captive. Prill is getting stabbed in the back over and over again, and now he has had enough. He does not know how he can ever trust anybody ever again. He does not even know if he can trust himself. His rage gives him the strength to break free, but he shows Demetrius mercy because they were once friends.


O' it was fool's gold!

As I approached, distilled—swimming in dither

Had I gone astray?

Was it from longing for the crest I’d obtained?

I wouldn’t feel the chains

I was lost again

The bridge from here to you was burned,

And I was stuck in between two cliffs

-One behind and one in front

I sank down until a hold from up above

I felt a pressing weight from my new crown,

But I could never ever take it off

I was trapped under all the nonsense upon my height

How there was no fortune after all!

Just a boa constricting and pressing in

I've tried my hardest to fight against her revolt,

But she had stonewalled

O’ she’s the prospect I’d never hold!

And a reflection from the out

Distracting from the realm within me

I knew not friend nor foe,

For everything I saw was filmed in wrong

I was dreaming


I was dreaming


When I awoke, the world I knew had been retired

It dropped down

I dropped again!

And I regret pursuing the foul beast,

For I had let arrogance contort my perspective

I’m in ire!

And what a waste to think I had it perfect!

No, what did I have?

What did I have?


I am sincere when I say

That I wish that I never went back to the sea

-Deeper, the pit of my failures

In my eyes, you’re a clockwork soot-bat

Rearranged by perception

Do you feel it, or do you just want to leave me?

Well, aren’t I just the black-sheep jackal

Kicked from salvation's den!

How do I know you don’t trust me?

Because you tricked me...

Is to trust not to put all faith into someone you don’t know?

Well, I don’t know you

At least I don’t anymore