This song is inspired by a short horror game called “The Path” by Tale of Tales. In the game, you play as the 6 Red sisters. Each sister has the same objective: Go To Grandmother’s House and Stay On The Path. Each sister can choose to go directly to grandmother’s house or veer off into the forest. Either way, in the end, the player dies.
The futility of carrying out this seemingly simple task weighs heavier as you progress in the game. You realize that you only have the illusion of choice and you are being sent to your death over and over again. Even as you do as you’re told.
The verses are passively describing what the player sees. The chorus is the player chastising themselves for somehow managing to mess up a straightforward task. “How did you lose your way?” “Where are you going to now?” “Shame on you, making us worry!”
The despair of having achieved nothing after doing everything right was how I was feeling in 2008 at the height of the Great Recession, having just graduated college with a useless degree.
Play it now: tale-of-tales.com/ThePath/