"The Dark Eternal Night" as written by John Petrucci, Michael Portnoy, John Myung, Kevin James Labrie and Jordan Rudess....
No one dared to
Speak of the terrible danger
The hideous ancient warnings
Forged in the void of night
He has risen up
Out of the blackness; chaos
Belongs to the prophet's sister
A sickening monstrous sight

Through that stifling heat underneath the pale green moon
(Hungered with the thirst to see things not yet seen)
Climbing endless stairs, leading to the choking room
(Eager to explore his most shocking mysteries)

Drifting beyond all time
Out of the churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light
Of the dark eternal night

Black forces
Rage in a vortex, fighting
Rays of destruction swallowing
The echo of the universe
I am the last
Born of the blood of the pharaohs
The ultimate god of my creation
Sent to unleash this curse

Restless crowds draw near
Nameless hooded forms appear
(Amidst fallen ruins
Grotesque creatures battle)
Shadowed on a screen
Yellow evil faces leer
(Vacant monuments
Corpses of dead worlds left behind)

Drifting beyond all time
Out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light
Of the dark eternal night

Trapped in a hellish dream
Spinning past worlds unseen
And frightfully vanishing
Into the dark eternal night

Drifting beyond all time
Out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light
Of the dark eternal night

Trapped in a hellish dream
Spinning past worlds unseen
And frightfully vanishing
Into the dark eternal night


Lyrics submitted by Aniland, edited by Octavarium64, potaytopotahto

"The Dark Eternal Night" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General CommentAs someone else said, this is based off of Nyarlathotep by H. P. Lovecraft. It was one of the few Lovecraft stories I had not read. Then a few weeks ago, while doing laundry, I found one a Lovecraft Short story anthology on the "leave a book or magazine here" rack. The similarities were there almost right off the bat.
    Travataron August 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy fav DT song
    JayRemEon August 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wrote these lyrics down based upon what I could decipher, so they may not all be right. I know that the chorus is right for sure.

    Anyway, this song is brilliant. Someone posted it on Youtube:

    Edited.
    SM doesn't allow file sharing on its servers.

    Edited by YtseJam on April 29 2007, at 12:28PM

    Anilandon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^Hey, Ytse, what did you think of the song?
    Anilandon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't know who am I listening to at first, but after 5-6 listenings (actually, it's still on repeat) I'm now starting to dig it. :) There are still some parts I'm not comfertable with, but this is most certainly a new approch for DT. Kudos!
    Idanon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea, the quality was not studio. It was like a demo or something.

    It was brilliant, IMO.
    Anilandon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBTW, these lyrics are very lacking... Much updating to do.
    Idanon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, I know. But at least it gets the basics across.
    Anilandon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, it's just as is mentioned in the promo on youtube... about a pharaoh that comes back from the dead.

    The musical direction for this album almost seems as if it had the overall aura of 'awake' (I'm feeling this... is anyone else?) with heaviness that would make Symphony X sh*t themselves. Lyrics seem to be far less deep than anything they've ever written, on the other hand (though i could be wrong, maybe there's a much deeper meaning to this song than what DT left us with). Not that i'm really complaing, though: I'm a head banger first, then a lyric deducer.
    MikeLBon May 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI actually see no wrong in the song, it reminds me of Awake's style, though a lot of people seem to dislike anything they give out in this album.

    There seems to be some craze in trying to say "Dream Theater have sold out LOL", which saddens me >.>

    I now really want Systematic Chaos just to get the better version of this song
    Fade 2 blackon May 09, 2007   Link

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