"Beyond This Life" as written by and John/portnoy Petrucci....
Headline: "murder, young girl killed
Desperate shooting at echo's hill
Dreadful ending, killer died
Evidently suicide."

A witness heard a horrifying sound
He ran to find a woman dead and
Lying on the ground

Standing by her was a man
Nervous, shaking, gun in hand
Witness says he tried to help
But he'd turned the weapon on himself

His body fell across that poor young girl
After shouting out in vain
The witness ran to call for assistance
A sad close to a broken love affair

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

She wanted love forever
But he had another plan
He fell into an evil way
She had to let him down
She said, "I can't love a wayward man."

She may have found a reason to forgive
If he had only tried to change
Was their fatal meeting prearranged

Had a violent struggle taken place
There was every sign that lead there
Witness found a switchblade on the ground
Was the victim unaware
They continued to investigate
They found a note in the killer's pocket
It could have been a suicide letter
Maybe he had lost her love

I feel there's only one thing left to do
I'd sooner take my life away
Than live with losing you

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

All that we learn this time
(what we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life

All that we learn this time
(what we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

All that we learn this time
(what we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life

All that we learn this time
(what we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life


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"Beyond This Life" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General Commentthis is the first song i've heard from dream theater, i heard it at live at budokan, after i heard this song, i watched the whole dvd, and after that i downloaded all the albums, and after that i bought them all, from when dream and day unite to octavarium, i cant get enough of these guys :D
    Panic Attackon September 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAn amusing anecdote about this song I recall hearing John Petrucci (guitarist for Dream Theater) said on the commentary on Scenes From New York DVD. He said that he went to his little daughter's school with her, she was only 8 or 9 years old I think. He was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of the newspaper from this song, with the words "MURDER YOUNG GIRL KILLED" in enormous letters. He said he didn't think anything of it, and he was wearing it to promote the album. He said he got a lot of shocked reactions from the other parents and the teachers. He said he was embarrassed that he didn't think that some people might be offended.
    FerrousFauceton August 11, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song....so different from there normal music...just so estranged that I love it....I swear I'm buying this cd :P (gotta stop borrowing them )

    ~Vampy :)
    vampirella666on March 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of my absolute favourites of dream theater...but I think that the studio version is to lame sounding and lame singing. But live at budokan this song is just, as someone said on another forum, SEX!
    Not really but I like very much indeed. Especially the part in the end where the keyboard and guitar playes in unison.
    mando91on August 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning of the song is pretty obvious.

    When I saw the live version on the Budokan, I creamed my pants. The instrumental in the middle is fucking godly.
    GhettoAstronauton January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning of the song is pretty obvious.

    When I saw the live version on the Budokan, I creamed my pants. The instrumental in the middle is fucking godly.
    GhettoAstronauton January 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. Reminds me of the board game Cluedo every time I listen to it :D
    Zero948on December 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI haven't heard the song personally but lyrics are important 2 me.. And this kinda brings across suicide over lost love.. Its sad but it sounds like a romeo and juliet ending.
    Hevnly_demonicon December 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell the song is pretty self-explainatory....no need to say anything else about it.
    I LOVED it in Live at Budokan. First video I ever saw od Dream live, and it was just overwhelming when they resume the song after the whole duel in the middle....my God I could go on for ages about this song, maybe I'll just stop and say i love it =)
    muffinorwakon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song (at least most of it) is someone reading a newspaper article about events that previously happened (for those who don't know, Scenes From A Memory is a rock opera). A young girl and her suspected killer are found dead, and the 'witness' reported that he tried to stop the suspected killer.
    TubularLuggageon September 18, 2007   Link

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