Another week, another ‘behind the music’! We’ll take a look at Escape from Darkness this
time, the dark side to the story of ‘Avalon’.
Remember when we said that ‘the darkness’ that the wanderer encountered in the first two
songs was just part of a bad dream? Well, what if it wasn’t? Or what if he has never woken
up in the first place? Something about that new world that the wanderer has discovered
behind that mysterious door in ‘Avalon’ seems off and this song is like a revelation.
Where ‘Avalon’ ended on the words “I don’t want to leave” and the ticking of the clock,
‘Escape from Darkness’ starts with a dark and eerie vibe and the words of the wanderer: “I
look back into the night, as the time is slowly ticking by.” The music has changed from the
hopeful and exciting sound of ‘Avalon’, to something darker: the evil side of the world the
wanderer has discovered.
The beautiful light the wanderer was told to follow now seems very faint and far away and
that same darkness from his earlier encounter is back to lure him in. He was too eager to
discover the magical world he had found and made the mistake to go too far into this realm.
The strong magic he had felt changed into something darker, something that now burns
inside of him. He seems unable to shake it off and he’s aware of it. “I wish that I knew how
to escape, the night is in my heart and it burns in me,” are his words in the chorus.
In the second verse the wanderer seems almost in a state of madness. While he’s running
away from the darkness, a voice in his head keeps telling him the opposite things to do. At
this point he’s no longer sure if the world he has found is real, or if he has never woken up
from his dream.
Unlike when he first discovered the new world behind the door, the wanderer is no longer
enchanted by his surroundings, but sees it for what it truly is. As he desperately tries to
follow his sanity, the menacing voice is back calling out for him and this time he hears it loud
and clear: “Poor thing, were you planning to escape? Were you fooled by hope once more?
You know what is in your heart, you will never leave this place!” The music swells with a
menacing choir and manic laughter follows the voice’s words. Will he be able to find his way
out of this?
Stay tuned for the rest of the story, see you next week!
I look back into the night
As the time is slowly ticking by
Will I find the way through the dark
Lost inside an evil nightmare
I can hear the gleaming from afar
The light is calling me to be my guide
I wish that I knew how to escape
The night is in my heart and it burns in me
I keep running to the sound
I can feel the darkness chasing me (catch me!)
Thoughts of hope keep me from looking back (look back…)
Is it real or will I die here
Oh, the light is calling me to be my guide
Oh, the night is in my heart and it burns in me
Poor thing, were you planning to escape
Were you fooled by hope once more
You know what is in your heart
You will never leave this place
Read all the lyrics on Genius!