"Prince Of Darkness" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray and Emily Ann Saliers....
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark

I don't know when I noticed life was life at my expense
The words of my heart lined up like prisoners on a fence
The dreams came in like needy children tugging at my sleeve
I said I have no way of feeding you, so leave
But there was a time I asked my father for a dollar
And he gave it a ten dollar raise
And when I needed my mother and I called her
She stayed with me for days
Now someones on the telephone, desperate in his pain
Someones on the bathroom floor doing her cocaine
Someones got his finger on the button in some room
No one can convince me we aren't gluttons for our doom
But I tried to make this place my place
I asked for providence to smile upon me with his sweet face
Yeah but Ill tell you
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
(by grace, my sight grows stronger)
And I do not feel the romance I will not be
(and I will not be a pawn for the prince of darkness any longer)

Maybe there's no haven in this world for tender age
My heart beat like the wings of wild birds in a cage
My greatest hope my greatest cause to grieve
And my heart flew from its cage and it bled upon my sleeve
Oh the cries of passion were like wounds that needed healing
I couldn't hear them for the thunder
I was half the naked distance between hell and heavens ceiling
And he almost pulled me under
Now someones on the telephone, desperate in his pain
Someones on the bathroom floor doing her cocaine
Someones got his finger on the button in some room
No one can convince me we aren't gluttons for our doom
But I tried to make this place my place
I asked for providence to smile upon me with his sweet face
But Ill tell you
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
(by grace, my sight grows stronger)
And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
(grows stronger)
By grace
(my place is of the sun)
My sight
(and this place is of the dark)
Is growing stronger
(I do not feel the romance)
I will not be a pawn
(I will not be)
For the prince of darkness any longer


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"Prince Of Darkness" as written by Emily Ann Saliers Amy Elizabeth Ray

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    My Opinion"There is so much Christian allegory in this album it is shocking, and how not a single person has mentioned it is bewildering."
    --3minuterul


    Yes.

    You don't have to like Christianity to acknowledge this. And the Indigo Girls aren't trying to convert anyone. They are, honestly and artistically, making personal statements, which in some songs, such as this, includes their faith.

    "Prince of Darkness" is a straight-up Christian statement in which the writer professes her commitment not to Earth, the realm of the Prince of Darkness, but to Heaven, the realm of God.

    As "romantic" as the temptations of Earth can be, the writer "does not catch the spark." She recognizes that her ultimate "place is of the sun," i.e. with God in heaven. Earth is a place of suffering, of pain, drugs, and even nuclear devastation. She will not be deceived by the Prince of Darkness any longer.

    It's a passionate, well-wrought song. You don't have to agree with its Christian framework to appreciate it.
    LuckyTownon August 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song.
    its pretty self explanitory i think.
    "i will not be a pawn
    (i will not be)
    for the prince of darkness any longer "
    claudia_212on August 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI feel this whole album is about pain and hope. This song starts by sharing her inability to enjoy sex. (Likely due to past rape)and like many that have experienced rape tend to attract more abusers. I believe this song is about her realization that she will no longer enable abusers and therefore “will not be a pawn for the prince of darkness any longer”.
    kourakison September 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentkourakis, Where exactly do you get that this is about not enjoying sex? I'm not being obnoxious, I really want to know, as I just can't see it, anywhere.
    lunaburningon December 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentno one can convince me we aren't gluttons for our doom


    I though it was
    "no one can convince me we are gluttons for our doom"

    I guess I'm a hopeless romantic
    Matt Holckon August 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think it's about living in a self destructive environment that glamorizes itself, particularly in regard to drug abuse. For example, a lot of addicts romanticize the addiction and the life style that it entails. There's a common misconception that it will make you edgy, or soulful, or poetic. She alludes to that and compares it to war mongering governments.

    In the meantime, in all reality, it's just toxic. I think she's recognizing that, and making a statement against it.
    mle888on February 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI kind of feel like mle888 is pretty right. For me, anyway, going through the whole world of self injury (something I believe Amy did too, her songs seem indicative of it) this song was for me, the moment when I said, Ok I'm done being dark and depressed. It's the gift of choice to be happy or miserable, and Emily chose to be happy. Well, she inspired me to do the same.
    Love you, A&E!
    LondonSkylineon October 05, 2011   Link
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    My Opinion"By grace, my sight grows stronger
    And I do not feel the romance I will not be
    and I will not be a pawn for the prince of darkness any longer"

    Come one people, this is clearly a profession of Christian faith. She has decided to walk in the light of the Lord , which only happens through grace, and not be a pawn for Satin.

    Metiforically she uses a relationship with a man, to discribe her earthly struggles, and the larger battle of virtue/faith VS sin/non belief.
    "Now someones on the telephone, desperate in his pain
    Someones on the bathroom floor doing her cocaine"

    There is so much Christian allegory in this album it is shocking, and how not a single person has mentioned it is bewildering.
    3minuterulon March 31, 2013   Link

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