album: "Octavarium" (2005)


album: "Octavarium" (2005)


1. The Root Of All Evil

[Music: Dream Theater, Lyrics: Mike Portnoy]


[VI. Ready]


Proud enough for you to call me arrogant

Greedy enough to be labeled a thief
Angry enough for me to go and hurt a man
Cruel enough for me to feel no grief

Never could have just a part of it

I always need more to get by
Getting right down to the heart of it
The root of all evil has been running my whole life

Dirty enough for me to lust

Leaving nothing left to trust
Jealous enough to still feel envious
Lazy enough to sleep all day
And let my life just waste away
Selfish enough to make you wait for me

Driven blindly by our sins

Misled so easily
Entirely ready to leave it behind
I'm begging to break free

Take all of me

The desires that keep burning deep inside
Cast them all away
And help to give me strength to face another day
I am ready
Help me be what I can be

[VII. Remove]


Self-centered fear has got a hold of me

Clutching my throat
Self righteous anger running all through me
Ready to explode

Procrastination paralyzing me

Wanting me dead
These obsessions that keep haunting me
Won't leave my head

Help to do for me what I can't do myself

Take this fear and pain
I can't break out this prison all alone
Help me break these chains

Humility now my only hope

Won't you take all of me
Heal this dying soul

I can feel my body breaking

I can feel my body breaking
I'm ready to let it all go
I can feel my body shaking
Right down to the foundation
The root of it all

Take all of me

The desires that keep burning deep inside
Cast it all away
And help to give me strength to face another day
I am ready
Help me what I can be
I am ready
Come to me
Take me away

[Dedicated to Bill W. and all of his friends]




2. The Answer Lies Within

[Music: Dream Theater, Lyrics: John Petrucci]


Look around,

Where do you belong
Don't be afraid,
You are not the only one

Don't let the day go by,

Don't let it end
Don't let a day go by in doubt,
The answer lies within

Life is short, so learn from your mistakes

And stand behind, the choices that you made
Face each day with both eyes open wide
And try to give, don't keep it all inside

Don't let the day go by

Don't let it end
Don't let a day go by, in doubt,
The answer lies within

You've got the future on your side

You've gonna be fine now
I know whatever you decide
You are gonna shine!!! (shinee)

Don't let the day go by

Don't let it end
Don't let a day go by, in doubt
You re ready to begin

Don't let a day go by in doubt

The answer lies within



3. These Walls

[Music: Dream Theater, Lyrics: John Petrucci]


This is so hard for me

To find the words to say
My thoughts are standing still

Captive inside of me

All emotions start to hide
And nothing's getting through

Watch me,

Fading
I'm losing
All my instincts,
falling into darkness

Tear down these walls for me

Stop me from going under
You are the only one who knows
I'm holding back

It's not too late for me,

To keep from sinking further
(I'm trying to find my way out,
Tear down these walls for me now)

So much uncertainty

I don't like this feeling
I'm sinking like a stone

Each time I try to speak

There's a voice I'm hearing
And it changes everything

Watch me,

Crawl from
The wreckage
Of my silence
Conversation
Failing

Tear down these walls for me

Stop me from going under
You are the only one who knows
I'm holding back

It's not too late for me,

To keep from sinking further
(I'm trying to find my way out,
Take down these walls)

Everytime you choose to turn away

Is it worth the price you pay?
Is there someone who will wait for you
One more time? [x2]

Watch me,

Fading
I'm losing
All my instincts,
Falling into darkness

Tear down these walls for me

Stop me from going under
You are the only one who knows
I'm holding back

It's not too late for me,

To keep from sinking further
(I'm trying to find my way out,
Tear down these walls for me now)

Tear down these walls for me

It's not too late for me
Tear down these walls for me



4. I Walk Beside You

[Music: Dream Theater, Lyrics: John Petrucci]


There's a story in your eyes

I can see the hurt behind your smile
For every sign I recognize
Another one escapes me

Let me know what plagues your mind

Let me be the one to know you best
Be the one to hold you up
When you feel like you're sinking

Tell me once again

What's beneath the pain you're feeling
Don't abandon me
Or think you can't be saved

I walk beside you

Wherever you are
Whatever it takes
No matter how far
Through all that may come
And all that may go
I walk beside you
I walk beside you

Summon up your ghosts for me

Rest your tired thoughts upon my hands
Step inside this sacred place
When all your dreams seem broken

Resonate inside this temple

Let me be the one who understands
Be the one to carry you
When you can walk no further

Tell me once again

What's below the surface bleeding
If you've lost your way,
I will take you there

I walk beside you

Wherever you are
Whatever it takes
No matter how far
Through all that may come
And all that may go
I walk beside you
I walk beside you

Oh, where everything is wrong

Oh, where hopelessness surrounds you
Oh, the sun will rise again
The tide you swim against
Will carry you back home
So don't give up
Don't give in

I walk beside you

Wherever you are
Whatever it takes
No matter how far
Through all that may come
And all that may go
I walk beside you
I walk beside you



5. Panic Attack

[Music: Dream Theater, Lyrics: John Petrucci]


All wound up

On the edge
Terrified

Sleep disturbed

Restless mind
Petrified

Bouts of fear

Permeate
All I see

Heightening

Nervousness
Threatens me

I am paralyzed

So afraid to die

Caught off guard

Warning signs
Never show

Tension strikes

Choking me
Worries grow

Why do I feel so numb

Is it something to do with where I come from
Should this be fight or flight
I don't know why I'm constantly so uptight

Rapid heartbeat pounding through my chest

Agitated body in distress
I feel like I'm in danger
Daily life is strangled by my stress

A stifling surge

Shooting through all my veins
Extreme apprehension
Suddenly I'm insane

Lost all hope for redemption

A grave situation desperate at best

Why do I feel so numb

Is it something to do with where I come from
Should this be fight or flight
I don't know why I'm constantly reeling

Helpless hysteria

A false sense of urgency
Trapped in my phobia
Possessed by anxiety

Run

Try to hide
Overwhelmed by this complex delirium

Helpless hysteria

A false sense of urgency
Trapped in my phobia
Possessed by anxiety

Run

Try to hide
Overwhelmed by this complex delirium



6. Never Enough

[Music: Dream Theater, Lyrics: Mike Portnoy]


Cut myself open wide

Reach inside
Help yourself
To all I have to give
And then you help yourself again
And then complain that
You didn't like the way
I put the knife in wrong
You didn't like the way
My blood spilled on your brand new floor

What would you say

If I walked away
Would you appreciate
But then it'd be too late
Because I can only take so much of your ungrateful ways
Everything is never enough

Sacrifice my life

Neglect my kids and wife
All for you to be happy
All those sleepless nights
And countless fights to give you more
And then you say how dare that
I didn't write you back
I must be too good for you
I only care about myself

What would you say

If I walked away
Would you appreciate
But then it'd be too late
Because I can only take so much of your ungrateful ways
Everything is never enough



7. Sacrificed Sons

[Music: Dream Theater, Lyrics: James LaBrie]


[Begins with samples from 9/11]


Walls are closing

Anxiously
Channel surfing
Frantically

Burning City

Smoke and fire
Planes we're certain
Faith inspired

No clues

A complete surprise
Who'll be
Coming home tonight

Heads all turning

Towards the sky
Towers crumble
Heroes die

Who would wish this on our people

And proclaim that His will be done?
Scriptures they heed have misled them
All praise their sacrificed sons
All praise their sacrificed sons

Teach them what to think and feel

Your ways so enlightening
Words they preach I can't relate
If God's true Love are acts of Hate?

Who would wish this on our people

And proclaim that His will be done?
Scriptures they heed have misled them
All praise their sacrificed sons
All praise their sacrificed sons

God on High

Our mistakes
Will mankind be extinct?

There's no time,

Time to waste
Who serves the truth
For Heavens' sake?



8. Octavarium

[Music: Dream Theater]


[I. Someone Like Him][0:00 ‒ 8:47]


[Lyrics: John Petrucci]


I never wanted to become someone like him so secure

Content to live each day just like the last
I was sure I knew that
This was not for me
And I wanted so much more
Far beyond what I could see
So I swore that I'd
Never be someone like him

So many years have passed

Since I proclaimed
My independence
My mission
My aim
And my vision
So secure
Content to live each day like it's my last
It's wonderful to know
That I could be
Something more than what I dreamed
Far beyond what I could see
Still I swear that I'm
Missing out this time

As far as I could tell

There's nothing more I need
But still I ask myself
Could this be everything
Then all I swore
That I would never be was now
So suddenly
The only thing
I wanted
To become
To be someone just like him

[II. Medicate (Awakening)][8:48 ‒ 13:49]


[Lyrics: James LaBrie]


A Doctor sitting next to me

He asks me how I feel
Not sure I understand his questioning
He says I've been away a while
But thinks he has cured me
From a state of catatonic sleep

For 30 years

Where have I been
Eyes open
But not getting through to me

Medicate me

Infiltrate me
Side effects appear
As my conscience slips away

Medicate me

Science failing
Conscience fading fast
Can't you stop what's happening

A higher dosage he prescribes

But there's no guarantee
I feel it starting to take over me
I tell him not to be ashamed
There's no one who's to blame
A second shot
A brief awakening

I feel the relapse

Can't break free
Eyes open
But not getting through to me

[III. Full Circle][13:50 – 16:36]


[Lyrics: Mike Portnoy]


Sailing on the seven seize the day tripper diem's ready

Jack the ripper Owens Wilson Phillips and my supper's ready
Lucy in the sky with diamond Dave's not here I come to save the
Day for nightmare cinema show me the way to get back home again

Running forward

Falling back
Spinning round and round
Looking outward
Reaching in
Scream without a sound

Leaning over

Crawling up
Stumbling all around
Losing my place
Only to find I've come full circle

Flying off the handle be careful with

That axe Eugene gene the dance machine
Messiah light my fire gabba gabba
Hey hey my my generation's home again

Running forward

Falling back
Spinning round and round
Looking outward
Reaching in
Scream without a sound

Leaning over

Crawling up
Stumbling all around
Losing my place
Only to find I've come full circle

[IV. Intervals][16:37 – 19:53]


[Lyrics: Mike Portnoy]


[Root]

Our deadly sins feel his mortal wrath
Remove all obstacles from our path

[Second]

Asking questions
Search for clues
The answer's been right in front of you

[Third]

Try to break through
Long to connect
Fall on deaf ears and failed muted breath

[Fourth]

Loyalty, trust, faith and desire
Carries love through each darkest fire

[Fifth]

Tortured Insanity
A smothering hell
Try to escape but no avail

[Sixth]

The calls of admirers
Who claim they adore
Drain all your lifeblood while begging for more

[Seventh]

Innocent victims of merciless crimes
Fall prey to some madmen's impulsive designs

[Octave]

Step after step
We try controlling our fate
When we finally start living it has become too late

Trapped inside this Octavarium

Trapped inside this Octavarium
Trapped inside this Octavarium
Trapped inside this Octavarium

[V. Razor's Edge][19:54 ‒ 24:00]


[Lyrics: John Petrucci]


We move in circles

Balanced all the while
On a gleaming razor's edge

A perfect sphere

Colliding with our fate
This story ends where it began


Dream Theater is

James LaBrie - Vocals
John Myung - Bass
John Petrucci - Guitars and Vocals
Mike Portnoy - Drums, Vocals and Percussion
Jordan Rudess - Keyboards, Continuum and Lap Steel Guitar

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