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"The Prologue" is a song by American electropop artist Halsey featured on her second studio album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. The intro part of this song is the prologue of William Shakespeare's drama "Romeo and Juliet" which explains the title of the song.

Background

"The Prologue" introduces listeners to the central concept of hopeless fountain kingdom. The album is loosely inspired by the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The introduction of the song is directly taken from the prologue of the play.

Halsey has rewritten it to be about the two houses Angelus and Aureum. The two famous star-crossed lovers are renamed Solis and Luna and are gender-swapped: Luna (Halsey) takes Romeo’s place, in the house of Aureum, and Solis (Halsey’s lover) takes Juliet’s place, in the good house of Angelus.

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Luna is the divine embodiment of the Moon and is often presented as the female complement of the Sun (Sol). The words together, ‘solis et Luna’ is a Latin phrase meaning ‘sunlight’.

Lyrics

[Intro]
Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love
And the continuance of their parents' rage
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend

[Verse]
I am a child of a
Money hungry, prideful country
Grass is green and it's always sunny
Hands so bloody, tastes like honey
I'm finding it hard to leave
I am a child of a
Money hungry, prideful country
Grass is green and it's always sunny
Hands so bloody, tastes like honey
I'm finding it hard to leave

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