"Peruvian Skies" as written by and Michael/myung Portnoy....
There, there it is
I swear he's gonna murder that poor kid
Wait, I hear it again
Don't turn on the lights until we
Hear the way it ends

Under Peruvian skies
Vanessa regretfully waits
The story unfolds in her eyes
Where midnight hysteria's
No big surprise
Battered and bruised
Always confusing
The love that she's losing for hate
Poor Vanessa

Hey, I hope you know
I'm taking all of this time with me when I go
Shame, you're not to blame
I'm the monster you created
In your daddy's name

Under Peruvian skies
Vanessa regretfully waits
The story unfolds in her eyes
Where midnight hysteria's
No big surprise
Battered and bruised
Always confusing
The love that she's losing for hate
Poor Vanessa

Terror by night
Liar by day
Telling her secrets
Won't take them away

Under Peruvian skies
Vanessa regretfully waits
The story unfolds in her eyes
Where midnight hysteria's
No big surprise
Battered and bruised
Always confusing
The love that she's losing for hate
Poor Vanessa


Lyrics submitted by Idan

"Peruvian Skies" as written by John Myung Derek G. Sherinian

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  • +2
    General CommentI believe that Vanessa is the reporter or the one that wrote the article that JP read, not the girl being raped and beaten. She is the one that regretfully waits. At the beginning of the song, Vanessa "regretfully waits" while the "story unfolds" for the incident to be comepletley over so she can have the story.

    The "Monster you created in your daddy's name" I think means the guilt and regret that the reporter "Vanessa" has is killing her inside. The girl being raped, and Vanessa are both victims. She watches helplessly. "Telling her secrets won't take them away"

    One way to look at it I guess...
    Charlie108on May 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAn abused girl living in Peru who was raped and beaten. John Petrucci reports having read an article about this when he was inspired to write about it. It sounds like she is having trouble in her home life, since it alludes to her father as being a monster. The terror that comes to the girl appears to come specifically at night, which is why there is "midnight's hysteria" in her eyes.
    Anilandon June 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about a girl in Peru being raped and beaten...if you look at the lyrics. you'll see what i mean
    Spartaon September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSparta's right, the song's based on an article JP read about an abused girl in Peru that moved him to make the song, kinda like Anna Lee.
    shand2001on June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's an intense song isn't it? I really like it.
    Prime_Knighton May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love labries voice in this. the raspyness is really cool. i remember not liking this song when i first heard it, but i love it now. and interesting i had no idea it was about a specific raping, but i sorta had a feeling it had something to do with that
    bbb19on January 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt kind of grows on you after the first listen, but I do remember the first time I head it, I knd of hated it.
    Zar Mulixon January 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about exactly what shand said.. I like this band mostly for it's intense instrumentals, i like it when this song starts getting heavier... Michael portnoy is one of the best drummers I've ever heard but however i look at it i still think danny carey is better... Next to tool this is one of my favourite bands
    Toolcubuson June 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just realized today what this song maybe about. I think Sparta and shand2001 are right, this is about a girl raped in Perù. Is that her real name, anyway? That doesn't matter I guess. I think it's a very cool song and that "Falling into infinity" is a very good album since they showed they're not only capable of writing long, complex suites but also "poppier" (a very loose term in this case) songs. Very psychedelci too, kinda like Pink Floyd meets Metallica (in fact this reminds me of "Enter Sandman" with some folk thrown in too.
    Marquezon June 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey actually play the enter sandman riff when performing peruvian skies live
    rockeriston December 22, 2007   Link

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