Story by Casey Crescenzo (You guys probably already knew that.)
Okay I've been listening to The Dear Hunter for quite awhile, and I've made up what I believe the story's direction is thus far.
My sources: Paying attention to the lyrics and music's mood. Asking The Great Casey himself and reading the Act II booklet that came with the Act III Special Edition.
That being said...Let Us Begin!
I know I have a lot of time on my hands, and leave Comments to tell me what you think. I will respond back.
Act 0: A few notes about the story metaphors and what not.
Note: The Dear Hunter: According to Casey, When The Boy was very little he used to catch little animals and show them to his mum Ms. Terri and she would always refer to The Boy. "My little Dear Hunter."
Note: The Tree: According to Casey, The Tree is a Metaphor for The Boy also his "father figure." When The Boy was Young he would always try to pass the Tree (Border to The Lake) But never did. The Boy was in fear of The Tree but also fascinated by it.)
Note: Casey doesn't like to reveal alot about the story, so what little information I've managed to slip out of Casey is there.
Act I: The Lake South, The River North
1.) Battesimo Del Fuoco: This song since referred "Rock Opera." Is pratically is the Intro or Prologue to the Story. It explains the Birth of a man all the way to his unfortunate and untimely death.
2.) The Lake South: Purely Instrumental. I like to think of it as The small village known as: "The Lake" (Following the River will take you to the City.) And if you want The Dear Hunter to be an Opera. It could be after the Battesimo Del Fuoco finishes. The Curtains open up.
3.) City Escape: What really starts off the story, It is about a girl by the name of Ms. Terri trying to escape a place only referred to as "The City." She is getting chased by unknown people. (latr found out in the songs.) Almost being beaten to near death she escapes The City, takes a train (Could be the The Delphi Express) to a place known as "The Lake and The River."
4.) The Inquiry Of Ms. Terri: In this song, it is discovered Ms. Terri was pregnant. While on the train she questions herself if what she is doing is "the right thing." Giving up her "Career" for a child. (Note: There is no reference to a father.) Also found out latr in the lyrics Ms. Terri was a prostitute. (Note: Hidden in the song, foreshadows Act II: Listen carefully it says "I'll teach you how to treat that Leading Lady that you'll meet. "Ms. Leading.") Also in this song Ms. Terri gives birth to The Boy. The Boy does not have a name. The end of the song she concludes no matter how she treats The Boy. She will always be reminded of her past.
5.) 1878: Ms. Terri raising The Boy, in their new life in the cabin they live in by the lake. (Note: Despite The Lake has a village surrounding it. Ms. Terri and The Boy live secluded from it. Possibly the other side of the Lake.) (Note:1878 is the year The Church was established in The City.)
6.) The Pimp And The Priest: Back in The City; Introduces the antagonist in the first two Acts. He is a priest that runs a church during the day. But at night, The Priest runs a brothel (Whore House.) known as "The Dime." And the priest changes from a Priest to a Pimp. (Hence The Name the Pimp and The Priest.) (Note: He is one person as its commonly mistaken as two people.) In this song, it explains how The Church and The Dime work. Ms. Terri tried escaping this life but The Pimp does not allow anyone to quit The Dime so easily. Thus sending his workers to capture her and bring her back to The Dime.
7.) His Hands Matched His Tongue: Back in The Lake, Ms. Terri is raising The Boy in his young teenage years, telling him to live a good life. Ms. Terri never really told The Boy the reality of the cruel world they live in which is the reason for the boy's naivety.
8.) The River North: Again Instrumental and you can clearly see that it is kind of old. And takes place somewhere. It can be an Intermission (A break.) to The Dear Hunter Opera or if storywise, years Passing by for Ms. Terri and The Boy.
Done With Act I! Hopefully you liked it!
Act II: The Meaning Of, And Everything Regarding Ms. Leading
1.) The Death And The Berth: Back to the story. In this part Ms. Terri has passed away.
2.) The Procession: The Boy buries Ms. Terri under the Tree. The Boy wipes his tears, picks up what little he has in the cabin he lived with his mother and leaves his home he grew up in. For the very first time, The Boy passes the tree he was once afraid of when he little.
3.) The Lake And The River: (Personal Favorite) In this part of the story, The Boy decides that he wants to learn more of his mother's life. He wanders through the forest that is beyond the Tree. He looks at The Tree one last time and gets the courage to pass it. Eventually he reaches a deserted train stop in which he boards the train that appears. (Note: The people singing in the last part is probably the people who work in the Delphi Express. Or possibly The Oracles.)
4.) The Oracles On The Delphi Express: During the train ride, The Boy encounters a group of Oracles. He has a talk with them and The Oracles fortell his life and what will happen to him. They warn him that his unfortunate luck begins with The City. And they warn him to go back to The Lake and The River for The City is a bad place and all. The Boy ignores there warning and then arrives in The City. (Note: They hint Act III with the lyrics "When the Bombs go off, you'll know right where you are.")
5.) The Church And The Dime: The Delphi Express enters the city and further explains more of The Concept of The Dime. (Probably through Ms. Leading's eyes.) It;s clear that everything is not what it seems. The song is also the concept of The City. At the end of the song it foretells what will become of The Dime. (Note: Maybe The Oracles foretell the destruction of The Dime.)
6.) The Bitter Suite I And II: Meeting Ms. Leading And Through The Dime: The Bitter Suite I: Meeting Ms. Leading:The Boy steps out of The Delphi Express and encounters a very beautiful girl by the name of Ms. Leading. (Note: It reminds him of his mother in some way.) The Boy and Ms. Leading converse in the first time in their lives and then decides show him her room. Ms. Leading takes The Boy to The Dime.
The Bitter Suite II: Through The Dime: Here, The Boy sees The Dime for the first time.
7.) The Bitter Suite III: Embrace: Ms. Leading and The Boy make love. (That was a given.)
8.) Smiling Swine: The Boy wakes up alone and decides to look for Ms. Leading. The Boy then encounters The Pimp. (Now The Priest.) They have a conversation. The Priest tells The Boy in order for him to keep seeing Ms. Leading, he must have money. Luckily for The Boy, The Priest hires The Boy as a driver to drive Ms. Leading and possibly other prostitues around to customers. ("I suggest you pack your bags and learn to drive.) The Priest then leaves The Dime to go to The Church and begin the Mass. The Boy then leaves The Dime only to find out he is in love with Ms. Leading.
9.) Evicted: Here Ms. Leading discovers she is in Love with The Boy. At the end of every week when The Boy will accumilate enough money to sleep with Ms. Leading, she will ask The Boy to keep it. Ms. Leading also describes her life as a prostitute and she believes that her love with The Boy will eventually pass.
10.) Blood Of The Rose: In this song, It foretells what will happen between Ms. Leading and The Boy. One day Ms. Leading leaves her scarf in the car The Boy drives. The Boy tries to return the scarf to her only to find Ms. Leading sleeping with another man.
11.) Red Hands: The Boy sees Ms. Leading with another man. (Note: The man is known as The Portly Man.) The Boy gets his heart broken and sobs right then and there. Ms. Leading eventually breaks down as well only to watch The Porrtly Man kick The Boy out of the room. The Boy leaves the scene.
12.) Where The Road Parts: The Boy drinks himself to death as he laments about the one he loved. He realizes that Ms. Terri was a prostitute as well. He then begins to write the faithful letter to Ms. Leading.
13.) Dear Ms. Leading: The Boy and Ms. Leading exhange letters to one another about the situation. Ms. Leading shows that she really cares for The Boy. Angry, The Boy writes his last letter and uses the knife (given by Ms. Terri) to attach the letter to Ms. Leading's door.
14.) Black Sandy Beaches: The beach on the edge of The City polluted by the smoke of the nearby factory and littered with broken bottles, The letters written between The Boy and Ms. Leading end up on the beach. The Narrator of the story just so happens to find these letters and reads them trying to piece together what happened to our broken lovers. Whether it be The Boy's journal, Ms. Leading's Diary or the actual letters from Dear Ms. Leading. Its the story of Act II thru another character's eyes. The Narrator concludes that hopefully their lives are better apart. (Let's she's better off somehow.)
15.) Vital Vessles Vindicate: The Boy seeing that there is no reason for him to stay in The City, he purchases a ticket from a steam boat leaving the city. Ms. Leading watches The Boy from afar on the Black Sandy Beaches. The Boy retaining the memories and the lessons learned from the city, he sings his mother's lullaby to himself. "Sing Softly, Sing me to the Lake, Sing Softly, Bring me to the Lake." Unknowing to himself, his troubles just started. (Note: The steam ship is most likely referred to in The Oracles on The Delphi Express "Big Steam Ships exits illustrate the flaw.")
End of Act II!
Act III: Life And Death
1.) Writing On The Wall: Act II ends with the Boy boarding a boat headed somewhere, which is where Act III picks up. The Oracles introduce this Act by describing the events that will follow The Boy. The Oracles plead for The Boy to take their advice only for them to realize they cannot change what will happen.
2.) In Cauda Venenum: Fast Foward, the Boy is fighting in The Great War. The Boy tries to overcome his fear of fighting this brutal war but fails. During the song, there is flash backs of when The Boy joins the army. In the end of the song, The Boy is remembered of his time spent with Ms. Leading and remembers the reason why he is here.
3.) What It Means To Be Alone: During the war, The Boy sees many bodies of his fellow soldiers as he's passing by battlefields that have taken place there. The Boy understands the concept of War as he stares horrifide by the dozens of dead bodies across the land. He feels alone and for the first time he prays to God but it seems he doesn't answer his prayers. Suddenly the Boy and his platoon dodge bombs from the battlefields and hide only to see a machine roaming in the distance.
4.) The Tank: The Boy encounters an enemy tank, which his squadron tries hopelessly, to halt. The Boy seeing there really isn't any hope he fleds leaving his group to die. (Note: The Tank is one of the four incarnations of war in the story; Represents Destruction.)
5.) The Poison Woman: The Boy flees into the woods and finds a shack on the outskirts of a destroyed city and encounters "The Poison Woman". She takes no side in both armies only leading soldiers to their deaths. The Poison Woman takes pity on The Boy knowing he wouldn't harm her as many of the other soldiers did. (They tried to use her.) The Poison Woman gives The Boy a bottle of Poison before she leaves The Boy. (latr to be used near the end of my Act III interpretation.) (Note: The Poison Woman is one of the four incarnations of war in the story; Represents: Death.)
6.) The Thief: The Boy trying to head back to camp, he encounters a thief who is robbing dead soldiers valuables. They have a conversation about how stealing from the dead is wrong. However, the Thief then counters his argument saying war is wrong. The Thief points The Boy toward the direction of his camp and leaves him. (Note: The Thief is one of the four incarnations of war in the story; Represents: Greed)
7.) Mustard Gas: In order to get to the camp, The Boy must cross a battlefield. While crossing the field, the enemy army sends out mustard gas which unfortunatly hits The Boy but not enough for him to die. The Boy looks on to the hill where a group of enemy soldiers look onwards to the battle. The Boy then collapses in a hole. (Note: Mustard gas is one of the four incarnations of war; Represents: Pain.)
8.) Saved: The Boy after acknowledging all the pain he's been through decides to give up and wants to die. However, before The Boy is about to get his wish, he is saved by an ally. Coincidentally, his half brother. The Boy and The Half-Brother (a.k.a. The Son) become friends unaware of their family ties. The Boy then believes that maybe its not his time just yet.
9.) He Said He Had A Story: The Boy, The Son and a group of soldiers are telling stories of their past. One specific soldier (The Father) tells a story of his expierence at The Dime and how he had sex with a prostitute by the name of Ms. Terri. Ms Terri reveals to the father how her life has been nothing but pain and misery to go easy on her this one time. However, The Father insisting he's paid her well decides to take full advantage of her. The name catches the boy's attention.
10.) This Beautiful Life: The War continues on as The Boy reflects upon the memories he's made in The Great War and his encounters with The Tank, The Poison Woman, The Thief, Mustard Gas, when he was saved by The Son, finding his father, and strangely the prophecy Oracle's foretold him. He curses the prophecy made by the Oracle admitting them to be right all along, regrets going to war and wishes he could just go back to his house by the Lake and forget that all of this never happened.
11.) Go Get Your Gun: The soldiers are at a bar relaxing after the battles they've had. One soldier (Possibly The Son) is singing a song about the war they fought and they should be lucky that they cheated death. He also sings about the soldiers that died telling his fellow soldiers they knew what they signed up for.
12.) Son: Another battle occurs. The Boy and The Son fight along side one another. During the battle, The Father almost gets killed. The Son however sacrifices his life to save his father. The Father didn't really care his son died despite him saving his life and shows no sadness whatsoever. The Son sharing his final moments with The Boy comes to realization that The Boy is his Half-Brother. With his last breath, The Son tells The Boy to take care of his mother muttering that The Boy looks like him.
13.) Father: During the night in the camp, The Boy enraged by his father leaving his own son to die without him, The Boy then uses the poison that The Poison Woman gave him and poisons his father during his sleep. The Boy shows no remorse on what he did.
14.) Life And Death: In the morning, The soldiers learn about the death of the father. The Boy is never caught by the crime. The Great War finally comes to an end. The Boy with the final words of The Son in his head, he assumes the identity of his half-brother and goes back to the home where The Son's mother awaits.
End of Act III!
Well from reading the lyrics and listening a thousand times. Here is my idea of what happened. I'm sure there are errors and different interpretations, and I'll correct them. That being said...let us begin.
"Act IV: Rebirth and Reprise"
1.) Rebirth: The opening of Act IV. The Boy returns from the war and assumes his half-brother's identity. "The Son." He is certain that he can relive the memory he had with his mother. Ms. Terri.
2.) The Old Haunt: It seems that The Boy and The Mother are living together everything is going well for the boy. He is constantly reminded of Ms. Terri and the early memories he had as a child and how Ms. Terri tried to hid him from the world. Suddenly, The Mother dies. The Boy realizes for that no matter what he will never be able to return to the past. He has to wake up.
3.) Waves: The Boy takes The Mother's boat with The Mother's ashes on board, he recalls the memories he had living with The Mother. The Mother may have mentioned The Boy of The Son's fiancee living in The City that he should go back to her. However, The Boy remembering the time shared with Ms. Leading he was discouraged over it. The Mother maybe knew of The Boy isn't her son, but decided to go with it because she was in denial. It didn't matter to The Boy either way.
4.) The End Of The Earth: Near the lighthouse, carrying The Mother's ashes he says a few words to The Mother and says that he will remember her and promises he will try to keep himself safe. He promises that he will see her again some day when he dies.
5.) Remembered: The Boy spreads The Mother's ashes near the lighthouse and towards the ocean he then takes the Boat and anything of value. Knowing he will be bound to the path of his own self destruction, The Boy takes The Mother's boat and heads towards the nearby town. Once again...to The City.
6.) Night On The Town: The Boy once again arrives at The City and gets drunk, and contemplates whether that actions he has taken was justified. Killing his Father and taking The Son's identity. The Boy contemplates if The Mother saw through his identity and affirms that even if she did, he would still not tell her the truth. The Boy contemplates how long will it be until his identity will be exposed. Suddenly he sees a girl who recognizes him. The Boy being drunk thinks it's Ms. Leading. Thinking how cruel she was to him on their first encounter. The girl takes him to her home.
7.) Is There Anybody Here?: The Boy makes love with the girl only to wake up and realize that this girl wasn't Ms. Leading but she knows him. The girl was The Son's fiancee. The Lover.
8.) The Squeaky Wheel: The Lover starts to realize that this isn't The Son. (The Boy and The Son had different outlooks in life.) She at first thought that the war changed him. But The Boy treats The Lover differently. However, she decides that they can atleast give the relationship a try. That The Boy needs her somehow and that she can help him. They decide to try to live the lie anyway. The Lover wakes up The Boy to go to church.
9.) The Bitter Suite IV And V: The Congregation: At Mass, The Boy sees him once again. The Pimp and The Priest. Only he is The Priest at this time. The Boy's distrust in the priest is ignored by everyone and The Pimp and The Priest starts his sermon. The Sermon In The Silt: The Priest gives his mass and tells the crowd that the only way to salvation is through his church and he can save them all from the sins they've created. He knows where they've all been. The masses give their money to The Pimp and The Priest and tells some of the better contributors of The Church that they can always get their fill at The Dime.
10.) The Bitter Suite VI: Abandon: After the Sermon, The Boy realizes that The City will continue to be corrupt by The Pimp and The Priest, he decides he can change The City with it The Boy decides to run for Mayor. With the help of The Lover's father, The Senator and The Senator wanting someone in the family to hold another political office as well, agrees to helping The Boy. Unbeknownst to everyone, The Pimp and The Priest overhears The Boy's plans, and plans his next step accordingly.
11.) King of Swords (Reversed): With the help of The Senator's approval of The Boy, he generates a lot of popularity in the Polls and The Boy only grows in power because of it. He made sure to tell the masses that he came from humble beginnings.The Boy realizes due to every catastrophe he faced only he can change The City. He was a War Veteran and made sure his past was buried. He owes it all to The Lover who was nothing but support for The Boy along with her father.
12.) If All Goes Well: As the election continues, The Boy starts becoming crooked in the way he defeats his rival opponents. The Lover tells The Boy to not push himself and don't get carried away. The Boy ignores her warnings and through his cheap tactics he eventually wins the election. The Boy accepts his inauguration promising he will lead The City to Eden he will clean the city up.
13.) The Line: The Lover sees how quickly The Boy changed because the election and realizes just how bitter The Boy was due to his hardships. She pleads to decline being Mayor and promised him that his life would be better if he went back to her and stayed with her. Despite the lie, everything will work for The Boy. The Boy knowing that love will never help him. He chooses to become Mayor. The Lover leaves The Boy.
14.) Wait: The Boy recalls his belief in God and heaven. And remembers how he got to the position he was in. He slept with a prostitute, he killed his father, stole his half-brother's identity and used crooked politics to get to the position he was in. He hopes that there is no Heaven above him, that no force is judging him.
15.) Ouroboros: Now The Boy being mayor, in his office he gets down to business. The first thing he is coming after is The Pimp and The Priest, and plans on destroying his business and expose him for the snake he really is. However, someone approaches his office coincidentally, The Pimp and The Priest. The Pimp and The Priest tells The Boy that he knows exactly who he is. He's the bastard son of Ms. Terri and the lover of Ms. Leading. The Pimp and The Priest knows that The Boy wants to get back at him for everything he has called. But The Pimp and The Priest knows that if The Boy is exposed of his history, the scandal would be bad that The Boy would have no support and will step down as Mayor before The Boy can even clean up The City. The Pimp and The Priest makes a deal with The Boy. Turn a blind eye with his activities and he assures him that The Boy's identity will be safe and will be kept a secret between both of them. Act IV ends with The Boy remembering what The Oracles told him, to never leave The Lake and realizes he's wandered to far from The Lake. He's followed The River, to The City. And there is nothing The Boy can do.
End of Act IV!
As I said I could be wrong. But that's what I think is going on. Let me know what you think! I also updated the first page of the thread with my interpretation of Act IV.
Act III: Originally, Act III was supposed to be called; Act III: There will be blood.
Act III: The Great War in Act III is World War I
Act III: In Cauda Venenum means in Latin: "The poison is in the tail", which means: "The worst is yet to come. / To save the worst for last."
Act II: In The Lake and The River there are secret lyrics starting at 3:20. The lyrics are "And a Caveat of excuses."
The Dear Hunter: According to Casey, The Boy could be French or Latin (Possibly)
Act IV: Was originally going to be an EP.
Act V and VI: Is most likely to be Full Length.
Act II: Originally Act II was supposed to have more songs on the album, however the songs have been scrapped because they would have needed a second CD.
Act III: According to the music video "What It Means To Be Alone", The Thief's name is Pierre.
The Dear Hunter: There will be Acts I-VI (1-6)
The Dear Hunter: According to Casey: The Oracles aren't ghosts they are Constants as in they have always been and never was.
The Dear Hunter: Back in Myspace, The Dear Hunter posted a backround depicting the village of The Lake. Following the River takes you to the City. The Delphi Express follows the River via tracks to the City.
Act IV: King of Swords (Reversed) Was originally going to be called "Running for Mayor.
Act IV: King of Swords (Reversed) is a Minor Arcana that means a powerful force (Normally Male) who will not be convinced and will not take advice from people who try.
Act IV: In The Bitter Suite IV and V: There are reprises from The Oracles on The Delphi Express, Bitter Suite II.
Act IV: The Old Haunt has a reprise with the opening of The Lake and The River.
Act IV: At the end of A Night on the Town, The melody for The Bitter Suite II is reversed.
Act IV: At The End of The Earth there is a reprise with What It Means to be Alone (Everything you had is lost.)
Act IV: The Plague Doctor in the album cover is The Pimp and The Priest, According to the Wayfarer Volume I, it depicts The Pimp and The Priest dressed as one.
I hope I cleared many things up on The Storyline. If you are reading this I'm glad I took your precious time to read the story!
The Name Is Brian and thankyou!
Edited by WeAreDormin777, 09 September 2015 - 09:15 AM.