Most of this is memory now
I've gone too far to turn back now
I'm not quite what I thought I was but
Then again I may be more
The blood-words promised, I've spoken
Releasing the names from the circle
Maybe I can leave here now and, o
Transcend the boundaries

For now I'm standing here
I'm awaiting this grand transition
The future is but past forgotten
When you're on the road to madness

Time's measure rusts as it crawls
I see its face in the looking glass - stop
This screaming laughter hides the pain of its reality
Black, the door was, was locked I opened
And now I've paid that price ten-fold over
Knowledge - was it worth such torment? Oh
To see the far side of shadow

And still I'm standing here
I'm awaiting this grand transition
I'm a fool in search of wisdom
And I'm on the road to madness
Yes, I'm on the road to madness

I'm awaiting endlessly
Pounding rhythms echo me
Won't you take me somewhere far beyond the void

And still I'm standing here
I'm awaiting this grand transition
Maybe one day, oh I'll meet you, and we'll
We'll walk the roads to madness
Yes, we're on the road to madness

Oh, I think they've come to take me
I hear the voice, but there's no-one to see
I can't scream, too late it's time

{Background, largely unintelligible}

Stay on the course to pass
You'll never find the answer
To a place where darkened angels
Seemed lost but never found
Scream to see the light of
Forming figures fast behind you
Lay the past in the wind to spin
And your fate will sail beyond the open plains
Sail with angels onward
Live or die for the chosen one said
Saber sights cast a spell behind you
And they lock in all around

Free the scene insider
You're never looking back to find why
Ride a course till the end of time
And you'll stand atop the gate
Laying waste in a path recited
Fighting force won't avenge the guided black wing
Oh, electric might poses fright inside me
Seeing light at the end of sight reminds me
I've passed away

Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by charlie110, adam101541

Roads To Madness song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentI always saw this song as an amalgamation of H.P. Lovecraft characters. All attempting to search for hidden/forbidden knowledge and only upon finding it they realize their search is not only futile but deadly.
    AdrianDangerouson April 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone know what he's reading / speaking in the middle?
    charlie110on March 04, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song can only really be understood in the context of the rest of the album. It's not quite the concept album of Mindcrime, but it's pretty close. And as with all great QR albums, it's the killer last track that sums things up.
    adam101541on May 07, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAmazing that nobody voiced any opinion on this great classic song. My favorite sone from Queensryche and one of my favorite songs of all time. Whats its about? I'm thinking its about a guy looking into the face of death and kinda wondering what will happen next. He is certain he will die soon so i'm guessing a death sentence. Hell? Heaven? and then the scenerio plays out for both. By the way there are many mistakes in the lyrics
    jaydog2025on July 28, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentMaybe it is about the "The Crack in the Cosmic Egg"?

    I also heard it was about the madness of the nuclear arms race, but I like to think it's about the descent into madness of a mathematician going after figuring out some complex formula of dark energy and string theory.
    gruelurkson September 12, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWTF? How does the only guy to guess somewhat correct get voted down? haha. this isnt opinion by the way its fact from GTs own mouth

    The song isnt about shooting up, but it is about drugs. Shrooms to be specific.

    Tate explains this himself during the Building Empires tour introducing the song as being about "something very sily-cybin" referring to psilocybin (shrooms)
    mindcrime30on October 20, 2011   Link
  • -3
    General CommentThis song is about fuckin heroin and shootin up and shit. Its about junk man.
    pootangmagneton September 12, 2007   Link

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