"Prite & Promise"
Song by Hungry Lights
from the album The Awry Ascent
October 11, 2015
The Awry Ascent track listing
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"Prite & Promise" is track three 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!


"Prite & Promise" is Prill's tiresome swim to the shore. He conveys how drained he is but has no motive to stop. Prill pictures his wife waiting for him on the beach, remembers the day they first met, and reveals that he made her a promise he has no intention of breaking. He then speaks on how she is all that he needs... but then makes a statement about removing her from his life. Based on what was said in "An Outset In The Sea," at this point it is unclear if the chorus is about Prite or if it is about the sea and Prill's desire to leave it behind and pursue something else. It is more than likely that the sea is symbolic of some hidden meaning involving Prill's state of being.

Because of his exhaustion and the rush he is in, Prill's swimming becomes sloppy, and he starts to inhale water and choke. He believes that he can hear his wife calling to him (this is impossible because he is out in the open water, and the Grand Wall is still between him and the actual shore), and then he is attacked by something. It pulls him underwater, but Prill is determined to get home, so he manages to untangle himself and swim free.

It is unclear how long Prill has actually been out in the water, but the exhaustion and lack of sustenance more than likely has him going through bouts of delirium. Whether it is a combination of all that, or just him wanting to move along with his life, Prill continues to assert how much he wants to let go of the past. He wants to erase it, and that could mean that there is some shame and regret attached to it.


I had taken long to your shore

From within the febrile sea, I'd finally emerged

On the surface, I kept aspire to never stop

My muscles ached, and I was torn

I deny that I am exhausted

-Soon to end 

My paramour stood open-armed on the sand where first took our glance

I'd keep the promise that I made along that bank

All my life, you're all I need

The one to draw prosperity

Erasing you would be my fault, and I'd not cry

Stroke by stroke, my arms felt like concrete

I kept my head above surface, but I choked the brackish water

O' I seethed!

It pushed waves of death deep inside my head

-Vibrations of psalm

Amidst the swell, I heard you!

All my life, you're all I need

The one to draw prosperity

Erasing you would be my fault, and I'd not cry

But as I inched the forward, how kelp bristled my feet!

Entangled in those fingers

And I'd no strength for a counter

It wrenched and pulled me under

I kept my hands aloft

I would not break my promise

Not here, so close to you!

O' I grabbed the strings, and I dug into that knot!

Pushed to your shore, I stumbled out

All my life, I tried to be the one to draw prosperity

I'm wishing everything I drew was gone, and I'd not cry

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