This is one of a trilogy of songs on Nothing More
along with "Jenny" and "God Went North" inspired in part by singer Jonny Hawkins
' thought process as he observed his mother dying and his sister struggling with addiction to hard drugs. He explained to Artist Direct
: "It was happening at the same time my mom was passing away from cancer and hanging for dear life to help my sister through the process. Simultaneously, I was going through my own calibration of my world view and what I thought about life. I was about 20- or 21-years-old when a lot of this was going down. I was starting to think on my own and ask a lot of questions. I was going back to a blank slate in my head of what I believed because I was born into what my parents believed like anyone else is. I wanted to see what I thought as a new adult myself. I was restructuring my beliefs."
"At the same time, my mom was going the other direction. I was getting less religious, and she was getting more religious as she was getting closer towards death," Hawkins continued. "It was a weird separation process."
"'Pyre' was something I felt solace in," he added. "Alan Watts was someone who basically said a lot of things that I was thinking, but I couldn't quite put them into words yet on my own. He put it so eloquently into words that I wanted to take some of his lectures I had been listening to and create a narrative that reflected some of my own thoughts going through that time of my life."