"Sacrificed Sons" as written by John Petrucci, Michael Portnoy, John Myung, Kevin James Labrie and Jordan Rudess....
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 mistake
Will mankind be extinct?
There's no time to waste
Who serves the truth
For Heaven's sake?


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"Sacrificed Sons" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General CommentThe language used in this song is a very cynical look at the way both sides of the spectrum in this "war" take. We have here three positions, for deliberations sake we will refer to them as Arab Bob, Christian Kyle, and Neutral Third Party.

    Neutral TP opens the story with his view on the destruction caused in the terrorist attacks on 9/11. now, keep in mind, James LaBrie is Canadian, so this automatically is not a song based on patriotism.

    Anyways, TP goes on to tell about the actual event, and then Kyle cuts in with "WHO WOULD DO THIS TO OUR PEOPLE?!?!?!" But, Neutral TP (Who is obviously writing this down) notes that Arab Bob is saying the exact same thing on the other side of the Atlantic.

    James is pointing out that there is more than just American pride at stake, here. This has been an ongoing struggle between two religions and two cultures for decades.

    Here's the problem:

    No one is right, and no one is wrong.

    The bombers killed hundreds of people, yes, hence the "Who would do this to our people", but also, they truly did sacrifice themselves for the cause they truly thought to be just, therefore we must "Praise their sacrificed sons".

    Would it be better if we persecute them for believing in their own religion? Isn't that what they're doing to us?

    So, as a means to retaliate against the religious based attacks on 9/11, our President calls to arms a sort of "Crusade" as he put it, and attacks back. He has told people many a time that he believes he is working under the will of God.

    ...wait... isn't that what THEY did to US?

    And we both think that "God" wants us to hate eachother?

    "Words they preach
    I can't relate
    If God's true love
    Are acts of hate."

    How can we know what is right and just if the complete irony created by the situation drowns out any good that could arrive from the outcome?

    In short, James is talking about how both sides are acting under the will of God, and how maybe we shouldn't point fingers, but try for a single moment to mourn for those that have been lost: the bombers, our own brave soldiers, and the many innocent civilians that have lost their lives in this meaningless war.
    mp_apprenticeon March 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis lyric was written by LaBrie and is obviously his take on the 9/11 terrorist attack.
    Idanon June 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my personal favorite songs from dream theater. It has a slow and haunting build with "HEADS ARE TURNING, TOWARD THE SKY" until it explodes into "WHO WOULD WISH THIS ON OUR PEOPLE" As if to mimic the moment each plane collided with harrowing force upon the twin towers.
    Powerful stuff.
    Elmattoon October 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's amazing that somehow all songs that LaBrie writes lyrics to are simply brilliant, except for Anna Lee of course.
    the_geekon August 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think you guys are close, but I think it is a wake up call to our own idealogy as well. Here's where:

    "Scriptures they heed have misled them
    All praise their Sacrificed sons"

    With the above verse you'd think the following verse is merely about the muslims who commit the atrocities... but he doesn't say "they praise their sacrificed sons" He states "ALL".

    We send our troops to war thinking that our scriptures command it. GWB, himself regularly states he is in communication with God.

    Then again later on;

    "Words they preach
    I can't relate
    If God's true Love
    Are acts of Hate"

    We preach hate in response to their hate. Is that God's True love?

    Then the last section;

    "There's no time to waste
    Who serves the truth
    For Heaven's sake"

    He doesn't say, "we serve the truth for heaven's sake."

    WHO serves the truth? Time is running out....
    scythekainon August 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreat analysis, apprentice. slipped my mind the JLB is canadian, same as I keep forgetting he's actually KLB.
    I only recently started listening to Octavarium again coz I got hung up listening to Systematic Chaos, but this is definitely in the top 3 off the album (along with 8V, and Root of all Evil)
    foffofon July 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJP's solo honest to God made me cry the first time I heard it. I always thought abstract 'art' (whether in music or painting etc) was bullshit till I heard this;

    I have two parts for JP's solo.

    I- Confusion.

    The harmonics, the unnatural bends, even the way he plays this solo (Score) is just beautiful and makes complete sense.

    Its chaos, its uncertainty. Parts of it even manifest bombs dropping (well whammy bars are known for that)

    Its just mass confusion, where to turn, what to trust. Its anxiety, paranoia, acting on impulse.


    Part II

    I don't even know what to label this, this part speaks the most to me but ironically I have not as much to say about it.

    When that guitar wails it *HITS* this spot in me, my adam's apple goes up into my throat and tears jerk in my eyes.

    It paints a dualistic picture; I always see;

    A kid in the doctors office just about to get a shot. He knows its coming and the anxiety and fear are unbearable. His mother is right next to him holding his hand and telling him to just squeeze her hand when it hurts and it'll be alright.

    likewise;

    Our soldiers are always known for their oo-rah!
    But even they are human. After killing, watching people get killed (their commrades) limbs flying off and being separated from loved ones for so long. Even they hit a point where they huddle into the fetal position wishing that their mothers hand was there to squeeze.


    The solo ends kind of. Then it hits back into a break down.

    That to me always seemed like the soldier snaps back into consciousness and realizes that its do or die. Time to get yourself together, theres no time for bawling.

    Thats what this instrumental section meant to me.
    FthTopCaton November 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentam I the only person to think that the outro to this song is best guitar riff ever????
    ricoetcon June 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not quite sure on the religious ramifications. Like ITNOG from TOT, this seems to be about a specific example of religious hypocrisy that spirals out into an attack on all religions by the end (note "does following faith lead us to violence?" from the aforementioned song and compare to the end of this song). However, three years ago, I heard that Labrie gave an interview in the Christian magazine HM in which he explained his Christian faith, so has Labrie had a change in heart since then? Or does anybody know?
    Thunderbolton June 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'd have to agree with YtseJam on the meaning. This is song great! The outro riff is really good.
    Shadowbitchon July 04, 2005   Link

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