"A Rite of Passage" as written by John Petrucci, Michael Portnoy, John Myung and Jordan Rudess....
Since the new world order
played upon our fears
Spreading accusations
of radical ideas
The brotherhood of wisdom
Strength and dignity
Its rituals and secrets
remain a mystery

Beneath an ever watchful eye
The angels of the temple fly

Turn the key, walk through the gate
The great ascent to reach a higher state
A rite of passage
The final stage, a sacred home
Unlock the door and lay the cornerstone
A rite of passage

Men of wealth and power
Influence and fame
Philosophers and leaders
All members of the trade
Bound by oath and honor
Like the rose and cross
An enigmatic union
of esoteric thoughts

Beneath an ever watchful eye
The angels of the temple fly

Turn the key, walk through the gate
The great ascent to reach a higher state
A rite of passage
The final stage, a sacred home
Unlock the door and lay the cornerstone
A rite of passage

Turn the key, walk through the gate
The great ascent to reach a higher state
A rite of passage
The seven stars, the rising sun
A perfect world, a new life has begun
A rite of passage


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"A Rite of Passage" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General CommentFreemasonry. It's pretty awesome when the keyboard starts doing those nintendo sounds.
    guardiandevil305on June 17, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst of all...9/11 is not a conspiracy, don't even go there. Bush (rather, Cheney & Rumsfeld) did use it as an excuse for the Iraq war, but be assured Osama bin Ladin hates America. Kennedy's assassination was a conspiracy, but 9/11...not so much. Second of all, Wiccans, Illuminati, and Satanists don't have much to do with each other, so lets not offend any of those parties by lumping them with each other.

    Now that I am off my soap box, to the song :)

    The music video provides some interesting clues to the lyrics (assuming that there is a connection).
    The first stanza states that their is a crisis from a new world order and that it is playing upon our fears, controlling the masses by accusing certain people of "radical ideas." In the video a book that looks like the Bible or some other holy book is being burned by the cultists. It seems like it could be that the Cultists are controlling people by making them afraid of free thinkers with good ideas,a la the Church and Galileo. There is also a scene where the cultists stand around a burning bush, a reference to the old testament voice of God. Whether they are servants or masters of the bush is unclear. The line about the angels flying seems rather sinister to me. Remeber not all angels are good, they are demons too.

    After that, things break down. While the lyrics remain neutral, the video does not. A man is being initiated and a blade is drawn. It is unclear what happens after that. Later a cube, the "cornerstone" is shown emitting light. At the end, the head cultist is shown with glowing angel wings (reminds me of Tyrial from Diablo II) and envelopes all in an explosion. A clear sky is shown.

    Perhaps the meaning could be sort of a double entente. It could be that these secret societies do exist and that they do know something important and can lead us to a better state. It also could be the they exist and do not have good intentions. Or it could be that they exist and think they know the way to a higher state, but they are wrong, so we must turn the key and place the cornerstone.

    It could also be talking about the metaphorical journey that every human being desires (or at least the introspective ones) to reach a higher state. The esoteric imagery is powerful, because our consciousness is rooted in symbols. I do not really believe in esotericism of any sort, but I love tarot cards because of the powerful imagery that they use to paint the inner world of a human being. Even if consciousness is physical, man will never be able to reduce his mind to those physical things. Symbols such as the rose, the cross, and the cornerstone always hold great power. We are symbol oriented beings. We all must undergo a rite of passage if we wish to grow and it all seems esoteric on the inside when it isn't on the outside.

    Well I have rambled a bit from the song, but this is what it makes me think about. Feel free to rip it apart ;)
    ornimonon June 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't believe even uneducated Internet trolls take "Zeitgeist" seriously.
    enarchayon October 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis and sacrificed sons is probably their reaction to Metropolis 2000: Live Scenes From New York being delayed till 9/11 considering the artwork and Elektra being part of WMG
    DefiantDeath666on November 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAs a Freemason myself it is pretty easy to connect almost all the lyrics to Masonry... Not the illuminati or rosecrucianism. The rose and cross refers to the Rose-Croix Degree in the Scottish Rite, an appendant body of Blue Lodge Freemasonry.
    bgwrestleron March 02, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI love this song!

    Anyone who actually thinks Freemasonry is a cult or a form of Satanism is seriously mistaken. It's sad that there are people here who talk so much about that which they know so very little.
    antistupidon September 07, 2011   Link
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    MemoryBeing a younger listener, this was My very first Dream Theater song! And its what got me looking more into prog/prog metal in general. I now own every Dream Theater and listen to aleast one album religiously everyday... They are truly inspirational artists, and i love studying the musicianship/meaning that goes into each and every song. Wether it be complex or simple :)
    Heif53on March 18, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningPretty much a ceremony of joining an association such as the Freemasons or the Illuminati.
    The Slurpee Manon April 20, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionIt's about the Freemasons. And is it me or does the main riff sound like the prechorus riff off Endless Sacrifice.

    O not to mention this is going to be a great single.
    eaglemaniac814on April 21, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Of radical fears" sounds like "Of radical ideas" to me.

    Also, it sounds like it should be "Bound by oath and honor" rather than "Bound by open honor" and "esoteric thought" (not thoughts).

    Great analysis LittlePrincezz!

    I wonder if they'll cut the whole instrumental section out for the single... sounds like they could the way the riff plays before and after it.

    -M.
    The Letter Mon April 23, 2009   Link

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