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Balance Slays the Demon

Balance Slays the Demon is a song performed by the fictional band, Old Gods of Asgard, and produced by Barry Wheeler. In the real world, it is written and performed by Poets of the Fall.

Lyrics[]

(Deep within the ocean of darkness
In the mirror of light
Balance becomes a stranger
And in your fantasies
He writes a storm on your peace)

(Beyond the shadow you settle for
There is a miracle illuminated)

Deep in the ocean of darkness, in the mirror of light
Balance becomes a stranger
And in your fantasies, he rides a storm on your peace
Wake up and smell the danger

Ever the light casts a shadow
Ever the night springs from the light

In the end, it's never just the light you need
When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace
In the end, it's never just the dark you seek
When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace
Find your peace

(Beyond the lake he called home
Lies a deeper darker ocean green)

Like an evil twin, feel it scratching within
Like an insane sovereign raging
And his beautiful face in his leather and lace
Oh, can't you see the play he's staging?

Ever the light casts a shadow
Ever the night springs from the light

In the end, it's never just the light you need
When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace
In the end, it's never just the dark you seek
When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace
Find your peace

(Reversed: It will happen again, in another town, a town called Ordinary)

In the end, it's never just the light you need
When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace
In the end, it's never just the dark you seek
When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace
Find your peace

(Screaming, mute darkness
Descend on this frail frame
I drown in fathomless black space
Light never scratched
The depths of this domain
I see not; yet nothing could be worse
Than the shades
My mind calls herein
Alone at my own wake
The unraveling of reason’s skein)

Trivia[]

  • The title of the song is playing off of similarity between the word balance and the name Alan.
  • "Ever the night springs from the light" is a reference to both Night Springs, the in-world TV series, as well as Night Springs, Arizona, the primary setting of Alan Wake's American Nightmare.
  • The song contains many quotations from various poems by Thomas Zane, as featured both in-game and in the 2012 Alan Wake ARG, This House of Dreams:
    • "Beyond the shadow you settle for, there is a miracle illuminated" is a quote from Poem 5, and found engraved on a sundial at Cauldron Lake Lodge in Episode 4: The Truth.
    • "Beyond the lake he called home lies a deeper darker ocean green" is a quote from Poem 4, and are the exact words Thomas Zane told Alan in his dream in Episode 1: Nightmare.
    • The entire final spoken word portion of the song is a quote from Poem 2.
  • At around 3:43, there is a reversed message embedded within the song. Played backwards, the message says, "It will happen again, in another town, a town called Ordinary".
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