"A Nightmare to Remember" as written by John Petrucci, Michael Portnoy, John Myung and Jordan Rudess....
I've got a nightmare to remember, I'll never be the same
What began as laughter so soon would turn to pain
The sky was clear and frigid, the air was thick and still
Now I'm not one to soon forget and I bet I never will
Picture for a moment the perfect irony
A flawless new beginning eclipsed by tragedy
The uninvited stranger started dancing on his own
So we said goodbye to the glowing bride and made our way back home

Life was so simple then
We were so innocent
Father and mother
holding each other

Without warning
Out of nowhere
Like a bullet
From the night
Crushing glass
Rubber and steel
Scorching fire
Glowing lights
Screams of terror
Pain of fear
Sounds of sirens
Smoke in my eyes
Sudden stillness
wrapped in silence
No more screaming
No more cries

Stunned and bewildered
Cold and afraid
Torn up and broken
Frightened and dazed

Stunned and bewildered
Cold and afraid
Torn up and broken
Frightened and dazed

Lying on the table in this unfamiliar place
I'm greeted by a stranger, a man without a face
He said, "Son do you remember? Do you even know your name?"
Then he shined a light into my eyes and said
"Take this for the pain"

Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony
I am endlessly falling, lost in this wonderful misery
In peaceful sedation, I lay half awake
and thought of the panic inside starts to fade
Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony

"Tell me, does this hurt you?" said the faceless man
"Can you move all of your fingers? Can you try your best to stand?"
I asked about the others
"Is everyone okay?"
He told me not to worry as he turned and looked away

Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony
I am endlessly falling, lost in this wonderful misery
In peaceful sedation, I lay half awake
and thought of the panic inside starts to fade
Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony

Day after day and night after night
Replaying the events
Did they ever see the red light?
Over and over, scene by scene
Like a recurring nightmare haunting my dreams
How can you prepare for what would happen next?
No son should ever have to see his father such a mess
It's a miracle he lived, it's a blessing no one died
By the grace of God above, everyone survived

Life was so simple then
We were so innocent
It will stay with us forever
A nightmare to remember


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Octavarium64

"A Nightmare to Remember" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure that MPs lyric should be
    "No son should ever have to see his father such a mess"
    Dharma42on April 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI could swear it's "In peaceful sedation I lay half awake".
    The Slurpee Manon April 19, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningIt begins in the first two verses as a prelude to the accident.

    First part, a character/group is at a party. They're having a good time, until some uninvited guests come and ruin it. So they leave. Then they get into a car crash, and the character in the song goes on to describe how the crash went through in his head.

    Second part, he wakes up in the hospital. He goes on to describe the day after the "nightmare". The drugs and the pain killers start to not only take away the pain, but carry him away.

    Final part is just recalling how the crash.
    The Slurpee Manon April 20, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaningthis song's about how you can't predict one day to the next and the smallest of actions one does can change the course of history.

    i'm noticing a theme in these two songs. history. now i'm just curious what wither and the count of tuscany are about.
    eaglemaniac814on April 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAfter a few days of listening to this song carefully, there are some lyrics here that aren't right. Here's what I think they should be:

    "A Nightmare To Remember"
    Lyrics by John Petrucci

    A nightmare to remember
    I'll never be the same
    What began as laughter
    So soon would turn to pain

    The sky was clear and pretty
    The air was thick and still
    Now I'm not one to soon forget
    And I bet I never will

    Picture for a moment
    The perfect irony
    A flawless new beginning
    Eclipsed by tragedy

    The uninvited stranger
    Started dancing on his own
    So we said goodbye to the (__???__)
    (there's 3 syllables here, not 2) made our way back home

    Life was so simple then
    We were so innocent
    Father and mother
    Holding each other

    Without warning, out of nowhere
    Like a bullet, from the night
    Crashing fast, rubber and steel
    Scorching fire, glowing light

    Screams of terror, pain of fear
    Sounds of sirens, smoke in my eyes
    Silent stillness, blackened silence
    No more screaming, no more cries

    Stunned and bewildered
    Cold and afraid
    Torn up and broken
    Frightened and dazed

    Stunned and bewildered
    Cold and afraid
    Torn up and broken
    Frightened and dazed

    Lying on the table in this unfamiliar place
    I'm greeted by a stranger, a man without a face
    He said "Son, do you remember? Do you even know your name?"
    Then he shined a light into my eyes and said "Take this for the pain"

    Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony
    I am endlessly falling, lost in this wonderful misery
    In peaceful sedation I lay half awake
    And all of the panic inside starts to fade
    Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony

    "Tell me does this hurt you" said the faceless man
    "Can you move all of your fingers? Can you try your best to stand?"
    I asked about the others, "Is everyone okay?"
    He told me not to worry as he turned and looked away

    Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony
    I am endlessly falling, lost in this wonderful misery
    In peaceful sedation I lay half awake
    And all of the panic inside starts to fade
    Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony

    Day after day, and night after night
    We play out the events, did they ever see the red light?
    Over and over, scene by scene
    Like a recurring nightmare haunting my dreams

    How could you prepare for what would happened next?
    It's (__???__) that you'd ever have to see his father such a mess
    It's a miracle he lived, it's a blessing no one died
    By the grace of god above everyone survived

    Life was so simple then
    We were so innocent
    It will stay with us forever
    A nightmare to remember
    ---------------------------

    At it's length (almost 15 minutes), I'm going to guess this song has movements/sections like "A Changes of Seasons" or "Octavarium"- it's very segmented and has recurring themes/riffs, giving each section it's own feel.

    The first part is about these people before the crash, a "simple" and "innocent" time full of laughter.

    The second part is about the crash itself; this section is very short, just like the crash, which is shown with the short and quick lyrics.

    The third part is where the narrator wakes up to a faceless stranger (a doctor I assume), giving him medicine to take away his pain. I've come to call this section "Beautiful Agony" as it perfectly describes what this feeling would be like - the sedative state, drugged up and trying to recall the events of an accident in such a confusing state of mind.

    The fourth part begins with the guitar solo in 5/4 (which is a riff from earlier), and begins the crazy instrumental section up to MP's vocal, which seems to be outside of the original narrator's perspective. Then at the end returns a similar verse from earlier with more of the prior themes coming back.

    -M.
    The Letter Mon April 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCan you highlight only the sections with the errors? Thanks.
    As far as I know/hear, the only problematic section is MP's line there. The rest sounds correct.

    God damn this is an awesome sound.
    Idanon April 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSTUNNED and bewildered, 100% sure on that one, since starved isn't making much sense
    How CAN you prepare, for what would HAPPEN next? (you had CAN good, letter M said COULD)

    Alrighty, onward to the song 8D

    I guess we'll have another visit of this metaphorical uninvited stranger aka DEATH in another song.

    The results of this nightmare will as well be displayed in one of the other songs. Also, the "life was so simple then, we were so innocent" will be reaked on.

    It's almost an Octavarium (the song), with the hospital, the thesis, anti-thesis, the drugs, etc.

    I'm so happy that there's also the softer melodic ballad bits which made me interested in DT in the first place.
    Without it, I wouldn't be a fan as I was now.

    Oh, the progressive nation tour ends in Rotterdam Ahoy, the concert which I will attend, let's hope they film it there, like they do with all the tours, their last concert ^^

    Awesome song, a bit dready, but with the whole album I bet it'll fit in...
    LittlePrincezzon April 23, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThis is an awesome song
    Cheekymilson April 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJohn Petrucci crashed as a child. Well.. he was in the car.

    The rest is based on the story.

    I love it... By the grace of God above, everyone survived... RRRRRUUUUAAAAHHHH!!!!
    guardiandevil305on June 17, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"The sky was clear and pretty"

    Is wrong.

    I clearly hear James say

    "The sky was clear and frigid"
    sxeopticon June 19, 2009   Link

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