"Forsaken" as written by John Petrucci, Michael Portnoy, John Myung, Kevin James Labrie and Jordan Rudess....
For a while I thought I fell asleep
Lying motionless inside a dream

Then rising suddenly, I felt a chilling breath upon me
She softly whispered in my ear (forsaken)

[Chorus:]
Forsaken
I have come for you tonight
Awaken
Look in my eyes and take my hand
Give yourself up to me

I waited faithfully for night to fall again
Trying to silence the fear within me
Out of the night and mist I felt a stinging kiss
And saw a crimson sting on her lips

I have to know your name
Where have I seen your face before?
My dear, why don't you be afraid?

[Chorus]

Take me far away
Close your eyes and hold your breath
Till the ends of the earth

Forsaken
I have come for you tonight
Awaken
Look in my eyes and take my hand
Forsaken
Fly away with me tonight
Awaken
Renew my life
Now you are mine
Give yourself up to me


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"Forsaken" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General CommentIt's got to be about a guy who has been heartbroken by his last relationship, therefore "forsaken". He then meets another girl who is looking for his love("look into my eyes and take my hand"), but he is afraid to give any to her ("trying to silence the fear within me"). Even so, he finds himself slipping into love unintentionally as the she leads him on ("saw a crimson stain on her lips"). The guy has now completely "given himself up to her" and fallen head over heels. ("take me far away...to the ends of the earth"). He realizes in the end he has made the same mistake as before. ("Now you are mine"). Basically about the end of old relationships and the start of new ones to be really simplistic :) I likened this to my first breakup which was terrible and the girl whom I dated after that.
    Anonemison September 12, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningAs astonishingly weird as this may seem, Labrie said at a concert I recently went to that this song is about a parasitic alien race that feeds on our blood and uses us to "incubate". My friend and I looked at each other with the exact same expression on our faces; "WTF!?!?". I always thought it was a love song, but there you have it. It makes sense if you look at the music video for the song, with the spaceship at the end and the sort of tubes stuck in his arm at the beginning, but still it's pretty weird.

    Anyway, great, great song, possibly my favorite ever of all time in all the world. DT rocks!
    DoomHoodon October 23, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti think the vampires' thing is a metaphor.
    here is my opinion about the meaning of this song:
    the music video starts with a light showing up in his room, that wakes him up and he realises he is stuck in a chair with cables coming out of him, connected to his heart that is shown far away from him. when the light appears his heart starts shining. i think the cables may represent the reason and logic, and the lack of emotion or passion, that don't let him be free and are controling his heart. the light waking him up represents some thought that made him see that he wasn't really living his life. that's why appears "awaken" in the song's chorus.
    "For a while
    I thought I fell asleep
    Lying motionless inside a dream"
    he means that he was living a meanless life, and he didn't even realise it.
    "Then rising suddenly
    I felt a chilling breath upon me
    She softly whispered in my ear:
    Forsaken
    I have come for you tonight
    Awaken
    Look into my eyes and take my hand
    Give yourself up to me"
    a shining woman appears and speaks to him, telling him to come with her. he tries to touch her but he can't. so, he breaks the cables that are holding him. well, this represents the temptation that defeats the reason, and he decides to live his life freely. he starts running away, following the light, that means freedom, and breaks the window's glass of that "prison", where he was living. he starts falling, but the woman saves him. this i don't understand what it means, maybe he is out of control and she helps him, i don't know.
    "I waited painfully
    For night to fall again
    Trying to silence the fear within me"
    he is scared because he is no longer between that walls that could protect him. when anyone takes chances, they are always afraid of something that can go wrong.
    "Out of an ivory mist
    I felt a stinging kiss
    And saw a crimson stain on her lips
    I have to know your name
    Where have I seen your face before?
    My dear one don't you be afraid"
    well, in this part, i think that "I felt a stinging kiss" doesn't really mean a bite, like it was already said. in my opinion it is a metaphor for the moment when he fell in love. "stinging" and "kiss" are two words with opposite feelings: pain and pleasure. that are the main feelings of love, a combination of really strong contrasts. when she bites him, his veins turn black, like she had sent a poison to his blood, representing all his addiction for her, and the fact that he had a part of her inside him. it also makes his heart (symbol of love) shine strongly, now shown inside him. he seems to become mad, crazy of love. since then his eyes turn red, like he started to see the whole world differently. and he can also see her clearly now, he starts to get to know her. and he sees her beautiful. the passion becomes love.
    "Forsaken
    I have come for you tonight
    Awaken
    Look into my eyes and take my hand
    Give yourself up to me
    Take me far away
    Close your eyes
    And hold yuor breath
    To the ends of the earth"
    they fly together: he now feels free, like in a dream. they are alone, flying through the sky: they feel like there's no-one else but both of them. she shows him beautiful things, things he had never seen/felt before.
    then, suddenly, there is an eclipse and all that light that existed before is gone. there is a hole new dark backgroung, when a huge spaceship appears, something they didn't know to exist in that amazing world they thought they knew. they try to fly away from it all and he asks her to bite him again. that is the last paragraph:
    "Forsaken
    Fly away with me tonight
    Awaken
    Renew my life
    Now you are mine
    Give yourself up to me"
    she refuses, her figure starts to get unclear and she goes away. in the next scene, the ambient is dark, and he is now in the ground, freeless again, while he is holding her and watching her disappear from his life. his heart is dark and cold again, now in his hands, and he is feeling real pain.
    in the end, a light appears far away from there. it is the sun rising, a whole new begin. he stands up, ready to continue with his life.
    Meta-C13on May 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWoaaah! This song is so amazing man. The guitar solo is absolutely one of petrucci's best. Maybe not the most difficult one, but it suits the song so wel! Cheers and thanks for the lyrics.
    gj_dejongon May 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is such an amazing song. Definately my favorite on Systematic Chaos. I cant give a good meaning though but I can say that the feel of this song just gets you into it and i cant help but sing it even in public places when im listening to it on my zune
    MKScorpion07on May 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is such an amazing song. Definately my favorite on Systematic Chaos. I cant give a good meaning though but I can say that the feel of this song just gets you into it and i cant help but sing it even in public places when im listening to it on my zune
    MKScorpion07on May 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThink vampires :) it may help you understand the lyrics better.
    Idanon May 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. :) not particularly my fav lyrics but the song is awesome. I always think of it as the "I walk beside you" of Systematic chaos. :D
    th3drap3ryfallson May 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGotta love it
    Anilandon May 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah Vampires indeed, a female vampire siring someone. Easiest line to make this clear is "I felt a stinging kiss, and saw a crimsion stain on her lips" Stinging kiss being the bite, and crimsion stain being blood.
    Stillborn2000on May 14, 2007   Link

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