"Another Day" as written by and Richard A/twayne Frierson....
Live another day
Climb a little higher
Find another reason to stay
Ashes in your hands
Mercy in your eyes
If you're searching for a silent sky

You won't find it here
Look another way
You won't find it here
So die another day

The coldness of his words
The message in his silence
"Face the candle to the wind"
The distance in my voice
Isn't leaving you a choice
So if you're looking for a time to run away

You won't find it here
Look another way
You won't find it here
So try another day

They took pictures of our dreams
Ran to hide behind the stairs
And said maybe when it's right for you, they'll fall

But if they don't come down
Resist the need to pull them in
And throw them away
Better to save the mystery
Than surrender to the secret
No!

You won't find it here
Look another way
You won't find it here
So try another day


Lyrics submitted by hcphatm

"Another Day" as written by Kevin F. Moore Kevin James Labrie

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentWell, apparently, on a Long Island radio show called "Fingers' Metal Shop", Gail Fluge, who at that time was president of the Dream Theater fan club, stated that the song was about John Petrucci's struggle in dealing with his father having cancer... His father, John Sr., passed away in 1996.

    Also, two other schools of thought have previously emerged on this subject: Suicide is the most obvious meaning. Pretty much every verse supports the theme of a person trying to talk someone out of killing themselves. "so die another day... better to save the mystery." Another equally valid point of view is that of mental illness, and trying to cope with it as the sufferer and/or family. "they took pictures of our dreams..."
    Idanon February 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOh God this song is so beautiful. the tone of the singer's voice might be a little ...unconventional, but he can hit any note in the world!
    I thought this site was for song meanings, not arguments over whih DT album is the finest. This album holds up very well to the test of time, sounding only a little dated in places.
    I initially thought this song was about a guy trying to let a girl down easy when he dumps her, with 'dying' referring to the death of their love. However, on closer inspection this song a appears to be about a terminally ill family members wanting to commit suicide.
    "Ashes in your hands
    Mercy in your eyes
    If you're searching for a silent sky"

    It's a heartbreaking song.
    I don't think its about time travel or relationships though.
    bananafaceon May 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't think the intention of the song was to illustrate suicide, but moreso a terminally ill loved one who has lost the will to live, someone who has lost the fight. The loved ones around this person are adamantly and sternly attempting to convince him (in this case, John's father) that it's not his time to go and he must be strong. Don't call death and surrender to the mystery of life, and afterlife. "Save the mystery" of what's beyond this life for "another day."
    poisondollyon May 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song was written by Petrucci when his father was dying of Cancer. Take Away My Pain was written after his Dad had died.

    That's the story of the song, fact.
    Meteddicaon December 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is brilliant.
    I am however unfortunatley going to have to disagree with "Muzzy".
    DT have not gone down-hill with ToT, rather pushed themselves into a new dimension. Labrie even sounds pretty convincing in ToT.
    Petrucci and Portnoy will continue to evolve with Myung and Rudess and Labrie will stick around as long as he sounds good.
    All in all, Train of Thought is one of their best albums.
    Sucks to be you.
    mung_beanon May 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about John's father's struggle with cancer. The song is his son telling him not to give up and accept an imminent death, he should instead fight and work to live on.
    Ironman621on August 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA father figure to me killed himself and this song helped me get through it. My sister had to listen to this song at her therapy before too because she used to be suicidal. So, yeah it think it's about finding another way to live rather than suicide.
    UnDeAdTeChIeon October 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yea.. i agree with you totally. Pull me under is another beautiful song!! Images and words is without doubt the best ablum of DT
    skoobyon September 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is completely beautiful, the sax solo followed by the guitar solo. This is a good chance for Labrie to really stand out also, alot of times he may not sound all that great but here he's perfect.

    Dream Theater will never top Images and Words, they've REALLY went down-hill with Train of Thought.
    Muzzyon April 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm gonna have to disagree with mung bean and muzzy here. Muzzy, they did not go down hill since ToT. But then again mung bean, DT have gone down hill with Tot, u are obviously gay and just wrong. All in all this is a nice song. I think its about time travel.
    simonleeon March 11, 2005   Link

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