EP: "A Change Of Seasons" (1995)

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EP: "A Change Of Seasons" (1995)


1. A Change Of Seasons

[Music by Dream Theater]

[Lyrics by Mike Portnoy]

[I. The Crimson Sunrise]


[Instrumental]


[II. Innocence]


I remember a time

My frail, virgin mind
Watched the crimson sunrise
Imagined what it might find
Life was filled with wonder
I felt the warm wind blow
I must explore the boundaries
Transcend the depth of winter's snow

Innocence caressing me

I never felt so young before
There was so much life in me
Still I longed to search for more

But those days are gone now

Changed like a leaf on a tree
Blown away forever
Into the cool autumn breeze
The snow has now fallen
And my sun's not so bright
I struggle to hold on
With the last of my might

In my den of inequity

Viciousness and subtlety
Struggle to ease the pain
Struggle to find the same

Ignorance surrounding me

I've never been so filled with fear
All my life's been drained from me
The end is drawing near...

[III. Carpe Diem]


"Carpe diem

Seize the day"

I'll always remember

The chill of November
The news of the fall
The sounds in the hall
The clock on the wall
Ticking away
"Seize the Day"
I heard him say
Life will not always be this way
Look around
Hear the sounds
Cherish your life
While you're still around

("Gather ye rosebuds while ye may)

(Old Time is still a-flying;)
(And this same flower that smiles today)
(Tomorrow will be dying")

We can learn

From the past
But those days
Are gone
We can hope
For the future
But there might not be one

The words stuck in my mind

Alive from what I've learned
I have to seize the day
To home I returned

Preparing for her flight

I held with all my might
Fearing my deepest fright
She walked into the night
She turned for one last look
She looked me in the eye
I said, "I Love You...
Good-bye"

("It's the most awful thing you'll ever hear")

("If you're lying to me...")
("Oh, you dearly love her")
("...just have to leave...)
(All our lives")
("Seize the day!")
("Something happened")
("Gather ye rosebuds while ye may")
("She was killed")

[IV. The Darkest Of Winters]


[Instrumental]


[V. Another World]


So far or so it seems

All is lost
With nothing fulfilled
Off the pages and the
T.V. screen
Another world
Where nothing's true

Tripping through

The life fantastic
Lose a step
And never get up
Left alone
With a cold blank stare
I feel like giving up

I was blinded by a paradise

Utopia high in the sky
A dream that only drowned me
Deep in sorrow, wondering why

Oh come let us adore him

Abuse and then ignore him
No matter what
Don't let him be
Let's feed upon his misery
Then string him up for all the world to see

I'm sick of all

Your hypocrites
Holding me at bay
And I don't need
Your sympathy
To get me through the day

Seasons change and so can I

Hold on Boy
No time to cry
Untie these strings
I'm climbing down
I won't let them push me away

Oh come let us adore him

Abuse and then ignore him
No matter what
Don't let him be
Let's feed upon
His misery
Now it's time for them
To deal with me

[VI. The Inevitable Summer]


[Instrumental]


[VII. The Crimson Sunset]


I'm much wiser now

A lifetime of memories
Run through my head
They taught me how
For better or worse
Alive or dead
I realize
There's no turning back
Life goes on
The offbeaten track

I sit down with my son

Set to see the Crimson Sunset
(Gather ye rosebuds while ye may)
Many years have come and gone
I've lived my life, but now must move on
(Gather ye rosebuds while ye may)
He's my only one
Now that my time has come
Now that my life is done
We look into the sun
"Seize the day
And don't you cry
Now it's time
To say good-bye
Even though
I'll be gone
I will live on
Live on"




[Originally recorded by Elton John]

[Written by Elton John/Bernie Taupin]
[From the album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - 1973]

The roses in the window box

Have tilted to one side
Everything about this house
Is gonna grow and die

Oh it doesn't seem a year ago to this very day

You said I'm sorry honey
If I don't change the pace
I can't face another day

And love lies bleeding in my hand

Oh it kills me to think of you with another man
I was playing rock and roll and you were just a fan
But my guitar couldn't hold you so I split the band
Love lies bleeding in my hands

I wonder if those changes

Have left a scar on you
Like all the burning hoops of fire
That you and I passed through

You're a bluebird on a telegraph line

I hope you're happy now
While if the wind of change comes down your way girl
You'll make it back somehow

And love lies bleeding in my hand

Oh it kills me to think of you with another man
I was playing rock and roll and you were just a fan
But my guitar couldn't hold you so I split the band
Love lies bleeding in my hands

And love lies bleeding in my hand

Oh it kills me to think of you with another man
I was playing rock and roll and you were just a fan
But my guitar couldn't hold you so I split the band
Love lies bleeding in my hands

Oooooh oooh

Oooooh
Oh oh oh oh ooh
Love lies bleeding in my hands
Oooh
Oooh ooh




[Originally recorded by Deep Purple]

[Written by Blackmore/Glover/Gillan]
[From the album "Perfect Strangers" - 1984]

Can you remember

Remember my name
As I flow through your life
A thousand oceans I have flown
Ooooh and cold
Cold spirits of ice (ice ice)
All my life
I am the echo of your past

I am returning

The echo of a point in time
In distant faces shine
A thousand warriors I have known
Ooooh and laughing
As the spirits appear
Ooooh all your life
Shadows of another day

And if you hear me talking on the wind

You've got to understand
We must remain
Perfect strangers

Oooooh ooh


I know I must remain inside this silent well of sorrow

Oh

A strand of silver

Hanging through the sky
Touching more than you see
The voice of ages in your mind
Ooooh is aching
With the dead of the night
Precious life
Your tears are lost in falling rain

And if you hear me talking on the wind

You've got to understand
We must remain
Perfect strangers



[Originally recorded by Led Zeppelin]


[I. The Rover]


[Written by Jimmy Page/Robert Plant]

[From the album "Physical Graffiti" - 1975]

[Instrumental]


[II. Achilles Last Stand]


[Written by Jimmy Page/Robert Plant]

[From the album "Presence" - 1976]

It was an April morning

When they told us we should go
And as I turn to you you smiled at me
How could we say no?
With all the fun to have
To live the dreams we always had
Woah the songs to sing
When we at last return again yeah
Oh
Oh

Sending off a glancing kiss

To those who claim they know
To know the streets the seaman hears
The devil in his hole
Oh to sail away
To sandy lands and other days
Oh to touch the dream
Hides inside and never seen, yeah
Oh
Ooh

Into the sun the south the north

Lies the first of hope
Shackles of commitment fell
In pieces on the ground
Oh to ride the wind
To tread the air above the din
Oh to laugh aloud
Dancing as we fought the crowd yeah
Oh oooh

To seek the man whose pointing hand

The giant step unfolds
With guidance from the curving path
That churns up into stone
If one bell should ring
In celebration for a king
So fast the heart should beat
As proud the head with heavy feet, yeah
Ooooh

Oh


[III. The Song Remains The Same]


[Written by Jimmy Page/Robert Plant]

[From the album "Houses Of The Holy" - 1973]

Oh, yeah


Oh, yeah

Here we go
Wanted to know, oh oh
Sing out Hare, Hare, oh
Dance the Hoochie Koo
The city lights
Oh so bright
As we go sliding
Sliding, sliding, sliding
Through
Oooh
All right




[I. In The Flesh?]


[Originally recorded by Pink Floyd]

[Written by Roger Waters]
[From the album "The Wall" - 1979]

So 'ya

Thought 'ya
Might like to
Go to the show

To feel the warm thrill of confusion

That space cadet glow

Tell me is something eluding you sunshine?

Is this not what you expected to see?
If you wanna find out what's behind this cold eyes?
You'll just have to claw your way through this disguise

Lights...

Roll the sound effects...
Action...
Shout out! (shout out)
Shout out! (shout out)
Shout out! (shout out)

[II. Carry On Wayward Son]


[Originally recorded by Kansas]

[Written by Kerry Livgren]
[From the album "Leftoverture" - 1976]

[Instrumental]


[III. Bohemian Rhapsody]


[Originally recorded by Queen]

[Written by Freddie Mercury]
[From the album "A Night At The Opera" - 1975]

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye

So you think you can love me and leave me to die
Oh, baby
Can't do this to me, baby
Just gotta get out
Just gotta get right outta here

[IV. Loving, Touching, Squeezing]


[Originally recorded by Journey]

[Written by Steve Perry]
[From the album "Evolution" - 1979]

You make me weep

And wanna die
Just when
You said we'd try
Lovin', touchin', squeezin'
Each other

When I'm alone

Oh by myself
You're out
With someone else
Lovin', touchin', squeezin'
Each other

You're tearin' me apart

Every day, every day
You're tearin' me apart
Oh what can I say?
You're tearin' me apart

It won't be long, no

Until you're alone
When you're lover
Oh he hasn't come home
'Cause he's lovin', oh he's touchin', he's squeezin'
Another

He's tearin' you apart

Every day, every day
He's tearin' you apart
Oh girl what can you say?
'Cause he's lovin', touchin', another
Now it's your turn, girl, to cry

[V. Cruise Control]


[Originally recorded by Dixie Dregs]

[Written by Steve Morse - 1977]

[Instrumental]


[VI. Turn It On Again]


[Originally performed by Genesis]

[Written by Banks/Collins/Rutherford]
[From the album "Duke" - 1980]

Turn it on

Turn it on, turn it on again
Turn it on
Turn it on, turn it on again
Turn it on
Turn it on, turn it on again
Turn it on
Turn it on, turn it on again


James LaBrie - Vocals

John Myung - Bass
John Petrucci - Guitars
Mike Portnoy - Drums & Percussion
Derek Sherinian - Keyboards

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