"Another Won" as written by and Michael/myung Portnoy....
It was the mortal passion
The flame that lit the fire
The beauty of the starlight
Brought the cruelty of desire

A lover's link was broken
Another's vengeful plan
Was contrived through jealous hatred
For a cross of God and man

"I hope it will turn out so but I can't help
Being afraid
Perception is hindered by lust
To be sure of the choice you have made."

"Grant me this request, please
Just promise me your word
Attest to the mighty river
Let the truth be heard!"

She asked to see the power
His realm of life and love
His godly immortality
The thunder roared above

Her words were so quickly spoken
Lest he stop her from the deed

"I gave you my word, now my love
Your grim request I shall heed!"
Leaving his maiden
He rose to the sky

Returning in splendors
To earth he did fly
Subject to presence
Too brilliant to face
Another had killed passion's grace

Lyrics submitted by Idan

"Another Won" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    My InterpretationI think this song has to do with the mythological relationship between Zeus and Semele (father + mother of Dionysus) in Greek Mythology.

    Semele was a priestess of Zeus who was seduced by him, and they had an affair.

    Thus, the first stanza.

    The second stanza has to do with Hera's jealousy of this relationship, and her plan to seek revenge.

    Now before I continue, it should be made clear that there is a version of the myth which says that Hera disguised herself as a crane, befriended Semele, and suggested that Zeus was not really a god and the only way for him to prove it would be to ask him to reveal himself to see with her own eyes.

    Now, for the fourth stanza
    ('I hope it will turn out so but I can't help
    being afraid
    Perception is hindered by lust
    to be sure of the choice you have made.')

    I think this is a quote of Semele's inner thoughts. She hopes that Zeus is indeed who he says he is ("I hope it will turn out so but I can't help being afraid"), but also admits that her perception of him is distorted by her lust, so there is doubt in her mind.

    So, when they meet again, Semele asks Zeus to swear by the river styx ("Mighty River") to uphold whatever request she asks of him
    ('Grant me this request, please
    Just promise me your word
    Attest to the mighty river
    Let the truth be heard!')

    So in the next stanza we see what her request was -- To see Zeus in his full glory.

    "Her words were so quickly spoken; Lest he stop her from the deed" Describes Zeus' shock then reluctance to comply with the wish, but remember that because he swore, he has no choice.

    'I gave you my word, now my love; Your grim request I shall heed!'
    Here Zeus fulfills his promise, realizing what the result will be (Semele's death).

    Upon revealing himself, the brilliance of his light kills Semele, because mortals cannot look upon Zeus' full form. ("Leaving his maiden
    he rose to the sky
    Returning in splendors
    to earth he did fly
    Subject to presence
    too brilliant to face")

    "Another one killed passion's grace" can be looked upon as just a synopsis of the song, or an indication that this is not the first time that Zeus' mistresses have been struck by his full form.

    Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semele
    ParagonExiviouson March 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favourite Dream Theater songs finally given the quality it deserves on Score. very underrated.
    apoplolon August 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow i have never heard this song until I heard score and might I say you can so see the influnces they have like Rush and Metallica, Iron Maiden they really seem to seep through in this song. Even though most of the song does not really sound like Metallica really and I am not the biggest Iron Maiden fan, but there is something about Dream Theater that makes it sound like something unique. Anyways, for all you who have not bought Score what the hell are you waiting for GO BUY IT NOW!!!
    walruspancakeson September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI want to add this the first song the group wrote when they started 20 years ago.
    walruspancakeson September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe main reason I bought Score was to hear these gems I had never heard until now along with the other songs. Brilliant!
    holliganon September 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've only heard the demo for the song (on the Majesty Demos). I really ought to get Score =/
    headbang666on January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother Won FTW! Though I can't figure out what this song is about...
    f15x28on February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHOLY MASTERPIECE.....at the end of score documentary....you can REALLY see how they have progressed as musicians
    thank god they got labrie lol
    ChaosInMotion09on May 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentever hear live at the marquee, labrie sounds so amazing before his injury. He is doing pretty good now though.
    agm_ultimatexon July 09, 2007   Link

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