Smiling Swine

 
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Introduction

Hunter met a character of interest, and she took him on a small adventure through her life in the City. Ms. Leading led him through the Church to the Dime, and then upstairs where they shared an embrace. Hunter is unaware of his current situation of having slept with a sex worker, and she slips away before he stirs awake. Hunter’s first day away from his cabin consisted of burying his mother, hitching a ride with some unfamiliar people on a train, wandering around a large new city, going to the club, and having sex with a mysterious woman he had just met. His one day after leaving home was more eventful than the entirety of last year for me.

Smiling Swine is a song about Hunter’s first interaction with the Pimp/Priest, and the title reflects his impressions of the new personality. The Pimp/Priest is portrayed as wearing a pig mask in many forms of the story, although he is seen wearing a plague doctors mask in some instances as well. This could be to Casey changing his vision of the character over time, or simply the character himself wearing different masks at different points in the story.


Into The Lyrics

Lyrics

I woke alone, put on my coat, ran for the door
Down the stairs, and made it to the second floor
Stopped by the squeaky wheel, a smiling swine
Stunned by the sight and fearing what’s behind
”Hey there” he pleasantly began
”Good day” he telescoped his hand
”Is there a service I could possibly propose?”
”Ms. Leading seems to me to be a proper butterfly”
”Then I suggest you pack your bags and learn to drive”
Tucked in my shirt, and finally made my way outside
He broke the scene, a Machiavellian dandelion
Blissfully plucked from the bloom of another

But all the while, she was still fresh in my mind
And though it might be premature
But ambition strikes just when the mood is right
The mood is right
Now all the while, she is still fresh in my mind
And though it might sound premature
But ambition strikes just when the mood is right
The mood is right

Now all the while, she is still stuck in my mind
And though it might sound premature
But ambition strikes me when the mood is right
The mood is right
Now all the while, she is still stuck in my mind
And though it might sound premature
But ambition strikes me when the mood is right
The mood is right

Analysis

As Hunter wakes the next morning, he is alone. He grabs his things and makes his way downstairs, only to be stopped on the next floor down, confronted by the smiling swine himself. The sight of him is initially shocking. The song then references 1878 with the line ‘Stunned by the sight and fearing what’s behind’. Before, it was meant to show Ms. Terri’s anxious view of her past with the Dime after escaping. It could also have been referring to the Pimp/Priest himself, as she feared he may go after her. In Smiling Swine we get Hunter walking in the opposite direction of his mother, straight into the Pimp/Priest’s domain. He now fears what the Pimp/Priest has behind him, with his crooked demeanor. The dialogue (taken from the CD booklet) then follows something like this:

Pimp/Priest: “Hey there, good day. Is there a service I could possibly propose?”

Hunter: “M-M-Ms. Leading seems to be a rather favorable female… How do I see her? Where did she go?”

Pimp/Priest: “We are looking for a new driver. Can you… drive?”

Hunter: “I can learn.”

Pimp/Priest: “Then I suggest you pack your bags and learn to drive.”

The two then descend to the ground floor, and the Pimp/Priest explains the job to Hunter. Hunter is not listening, because Ms. Leading is the only thing on his mind. But if he were listening, he’d hear how he will be escorting Ms. Leading to the homes of her clients, acting as a chauffeur. But all the while, she is still fresh in his mind, and he has no idea that she is a sex worker. ‘Blissfully plucked from the bloom of another’, is one of those lines that could change slightly depending on the intended meaning because of the words he omitted. He could mean that “The Pimp/Priest blissfully plucked another into his scheme”, or “The Pimp/Priest blissfully plucked Hunter from his other victims”. Hunter was given to our swine through the cultivation of his other clients, Ms. Terri and then Ms. Leading.

Hunter is feeling pretty good about his new job offer. This dude was just offered a job because he had sex. Ignorance really is bliss. He has motivation and ambition, with a goals and a means to attain it. The whole situation is above his head but he will try his best, because of his earnest upbringing.


Personal Thoughts

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,
One, two, three, four,
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,
One, two, three, four,
One, two, three, four,

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