Act I: The Lake South, The River North
1.) Battesimo Del Fuoco: This song since I refer to it as a "Rock Opera." Is pratically is the Intro or Prologue to the Story. It pratically explains the Birth of a man all the way to his unfortunate death.
2.) The Lake South: Purely Instrumental. I like to think of it as The Lake in the city The Lake and The River. 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 bad city only referred to as "The City." And is getting chased by unknown people. (Later found out in the storyline I'm typing.) Almost being beaten to near death she escapes The City, takes a train called The Delphi Express to a place known as "The Lake and The River."
4.) The Inquiry of Ms. Terri: In this song, you discover Ms. Terri was pregnant. And while on the train she questions herself. If what she is doing is "the right thing." Giving up her "Career" for a child. (Note: The Father is unknown.) Also you find out Ms. Terri was a prostitute. (Note: Foreshadows Act II: Look carefully it says "I'll teach you how to treat that Leading Lady that you'll meet. (Ms. Leading.)) Also in this song Ms. Terii gives Birth to The Boy. The Boy does not have a name.
5.) 1878: I like to think that the story takes place in the year "1878" Anyway, Ms. Terri raising The Boy.
6.) The Pimp and The Priest: Back in The City; You discover who is the antagonist is in the first two Acts. You see, 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.) (Side Note: He is one person.) Here you discover that Ms. Terri was a Prostitute and got pregnant, she decided that The City was a bad place to raise a kid and wanted to have a simple life. She tried escaping but The Pimp does not allow anyone to quit The Dime. And also the concept of The Dime. (Thus sended his minions in City Escape.)
7.) His Hands Matched His Tongue: Here is in The Lake and The River, Ms. Terri is raising The Boy. In his young teenage years. And telling him to do good in his life and all that. Ms. Terri did not teach him of the bad things in life. (The City.)
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 you want storywise, Years Passing by for Ms. Terri and The Boy.
Done With Act I!!! Hopefully you liked it! ()
Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
[/left]1.) The Death and the Berth: Back to the story. In this part...Ms. Terri has passed away.
2.) The Procession: The Boy sees Ms. Terri's funeral after learning about her death. The Boy wept tears and then starts walking back home. But no, he does not go home. He passes it...
3.) The Lake and the River: (Favorite Song!!!) In this part of the story. The Boy decides that he wants to learn more of his mother's life. He then gets (Steals) a train ticket to The Delphi Express. Before he leaves. He looks at The Tree one last time and gets the courage to pass it. He then boards the trian. (Hence the last part of the song.) (Note: The people singing in the last part is probably the people who work in the Delphi Express. Maybe The Oracles???)
4.) The Oracles on the Delphi Express: Here in this song. 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.
5.) The Church and The Dime: This song is a tricky one. Anyway. The Delphi Express enters the city. And this is more of The Concept of The Dime. (Probably through Ms. Leading's eyes.) As you can tell not everything is not what it seems. (Church can be a Whore House.) The song is also the concept of The City. At the end of the song it foretells what will become of The Dime. Who knows 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. The Boy then talks to her and so does Ms. Leading. (They Flirt.) Ms. Leading then decides show him her room. And takes him 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. (Sex) (God The Boy is fast!)
8.) Smiling Swine: The Boy wakes up alone. And decides to look for Ms. Leading. And encounters The Pimp. (Now The Priest.) Has a conversation with The Boy. (Here The Boy possibly finds out what a prostitute is and that his mother was one. (Ms. Terri.) And Ms. Leading. The Priest then leaves The Dime to go to The Church and begin his Mass. (Church Ceremony.) The Boy then leaves The Dime and finds out he is in love with Ms. Leading.
9.) Evicted: Here Ms. Leading discovers she is in Love with The Boy. And finds is the concept of The Boy thru Ms. Leading's eyes.
10.) Blood of the Rose: This song is also tricky. But here I go! In this song, It foretells what will happen between Ms. Leading and The Boy. So in love, The Boy tries to meet Ms. Leading again. He sneaks back into The Dime and enters Ms. Leadings room...
11.) Red Hands: The Boy sees Ms. Leading having sex with a man. (Note: The man's name is Portly or The Portly Man.) The Boy gets his heart broken and walks away.
12.) Where the Road Parts: Ms. Leading writes a letter to The Boy to meet them were they first met. To explain everything. And The Boy decides what difference does it make if he shows up or not. So he decides to not attend.
13.) Dear Ms. Leading: Here Ms. Leading writes a letter to The Boy to try to convince him that she is in love with The Boy. The Boy angry at her refuses to think that Ms. Leading loves him. So they go on and on with letters to one another.
14.) Black Sandy Beaches: Back at The Lake and The River; Somehow the letters reaches its beaches. The Narrater of the story reads the letters. (Whether it be The Boy's diary, Ms. Leading's Diary or the actual letters from Dear Ms. Leading.) Its the story of Act II thru another character's eyes.
15.) Vital Vessle Vindicates: The Boy seeing that there is no reason for him to stay in The City (He already found out Ms. Terri's past.) and knowing what it did to him, he takes a ship. (Possible the steam ship out of The City Mentioned in: The Oracles on The Delphi Express) to The Lake and The River. Leaving Ms. Leading in The City. The Boy not knowing his troubles have just started.
End of Act II!
Act III: Life and Death
1.) Writing on a Wall: Act II ends with the Boy boarding a boat headed somewhere, which is where Act III picks up. The Oracles once again warn him about what's ahead; he shouldn't have gone on the boat because it sparks the chain of events that happen in Act III.
2.) In Cauda Venenum: Flash Foward, the Boy is in the war. He is scared of his life but still he tries to overcome it. During this song it flashes back when he first joins the war.
3.) What It Means To Be Alone: During the war The Boy sees many bodies of his fellow soildiers he finally comes to the realization thats what pratically war is all about. And he is in reality alone. He prays to God but it seems he doesn't answer his prayers.
4.) The Tank: The Boy encounters an enemy tank, which the solider try, hopelessly, to halt. The Boy seeing there really isn't any hope he fleds to a nearby city. (Note: The Tank is one of the 4 incarnations of war and represents Destruction.)
5.) The Poison Woman: The Boy flees into the nearby city and meets up with The Poison Woman. She joins both armies and is a spy, leading a couple of soldiers to their deaths.. She gives The Boy a bit of poison. Because The Boy looked innocent to her and she knew he wouldn't harm her. (Later to be used near the end of my Act III interpretation.) (Note: She is one of the 4 incarnations of war being decieving.)
6.) The Thief: The Boy heads back to camp to meet a thief who is robbing soldiers valuables. They have a conversation about how its wrong. But the Thief then counters his argument saying war is wrong. (Note: He is one of the 4 incarnations of war being greed)
7.) Mustard Gas: The Boy leaves the destroyed city and reaches a baron field. The enemy army sends out mustard gas He sees a group of enemy soldiers before collapsing in a hole. (Note: Mustard gas is one of the four incarnations of war; it represents pain.)
8.) Saved: The Boy wants to die, but he is saved by an ally. His half brother, they become friends (unaware) and he thinks he shouldn't die just yet.
9.) He Said He Had A Story: The Boy and his squad are telling stories of their past. One specific person tells a story of his expierence at the Dime and how he had sex with a prostitute by the name of Ms. Terri. The name catches the boy's attention.
10.) This Beautiful Life: The war goes on. During a battle he thinks about his encounters with the tank, the poison woman, the thief, the mustard gas, when he was saved, his father, and the Oracle's prophecy. He then regrets going to war and wishes he could just go back to the house by the lake and forget everything.
11.) Go Get Your Gun: The soldiers are at a local bar and relaxing. One soldier is singing a song about if they lost, they should be thankful that they cheated death. He also sings and mourns the deaths of his fellow soldiers.
12.) Son: Another battle occurs. The Boy and his friend (his half-brother) fight along side one another. The father almost gets shot, but his half-brother gets in front of him and sacrifices his life to save his father. The Boy learns that his friend was really his half-brother. His father didn't care his son died and shows no sorrow whatsoever.
13.) Father: The soldiers are sleeping. The Boy is enraged at what his father did that day, and he couldn't stand loving him as a father. As such, he poisons him.
14.) Life and Death: The soldiers learn about the death of one of their comrades. The Boy gets away with it and steals the half-brothers identity. The Boy goes home with his half-brothers mother. (Hopefully she isn't a prostitute too.
End of Act III!
The Lake South, The River North.