What Gods Prevent Lyric Video & Reflection
“Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy. Many cities did he visit, and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was acquainted; moreover he suffered much by sea while trying to save his own life and bring his men safely home; but do what he might he could not save his men, for they perished through their own sheer folly in eating the cattle of the Sun-god Hyperion; so the god prevented them from ever reaching home.”
-The Odyssey, Homer
A song’s meaning is fluid; every listener brings a new perspective that will ultimately define my lyrics for them. In writing this, I hope I do not take away the magic of creating your own stories with my music — in all honesty, I simply want to reflect.
It is 2016 and it has been nearly two years since I read the opening lines to Book 1 of The Odyssey. I remember it was raining. My room smelled of cinnamon. And the last nine words struck me as ingenious. The idea that a god could prevent men from ever returning home — to meddle so deeply with their minds or environment that they are forever lost to the sea, completely overtook my thoughts.
What Gods Prevent was slowly crafted before, during, and after a month long tour in New Zealand. For me, the farthest and longest trip away from “home” I had ever experienced. I was surrounded by mountains and lakes that had only existed in storybooks. It is no mystery why I dreamed up a world where men were heroes, cities were lost, and gods oversaw the earth and sea.
I found that this world was simpler. In it the only laws were put in place by divine forces. People worked, ate, slept, fought, made love, and died. Maybe some taxes were involved. To be frank, this world was sloppily created so pay no mind to the logistics. The main takeaway is that the enemies were not as dark as the ones we face today. Perhaps they are identified by the cloak on their shoulders, a ring on their shortest finger, or their dagger in your back. But they are not as terrifying as the invisible, suited nightmares we hear of in today’s headlines. Or the men we cling to, even as they sink and our heads are slowly immersed.
I wrote this song to be the way out of ill fated relationships.
There is no point in saying no, yes, maybe, or anything really. Not when a god is preventing the love in the first place.