"I Walk Beside You" as written by John Petrucci, Michael Portnoy, John Myung, Kevin James Labrie and Jordan Rudess....
There's a story in your eyes
I can see the hurt behind your smile
For every sign I recognize
Another one escapes me

Let me know what plagues your mind
Let me be the one to know you best
Be the one to hold you up
When you feel like you're sinking

Tell me once again
What's beneath the pain you're feeling
Don't abandon me
Or think you can't be saved

I walk beside you
Wherever you are
Whatever it takes
No matter how far
Through all that may come
And all that may go
I walk beside you
I walk beside you

Summon up your ghost for me
Rest your tired thoughts upon my hands
Step inside this sacred place
When all your dreams seem broken

Resonate inside this temple
Let me be the one who understands
Be the one to carry you
When you can walk no further

Tell me once again
What's below the surface bleeding
If you've lost your way
I will take you in

I walk beside you
Wherever you are
Whatever it takes
No matter how far
Through all that may come
And all that may go
I walk beside you
I walk beside you

Oh, when everything is wrong
Oh, when hopelessness surrounds you
Oh, the sun will rise again
The time you swim against will carry you back home
So don't give up
Don't give in

I walk beside you
Wherever you are
Whatever it takes
No matter how far
Through all that may come
And all that may go
I walk beside you
I walk beside you


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"I Walk Beside You" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General Commentwow.....not my favourite song off the albulm, but none the less its ok to listen to, hank 317 ure fucking mental, panic attack is one of the 3 best songs off that cd, i just went to the GiganTour in toronto and they kicked ass when they played it
    Dream_Theater89on September 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah U2 was the first thing that came to mind when I heard this. This has to be the simplest Dream theater song I've ever heard, but I feel like it's a nice sidestep on the album. The lyrics helped me save someone's life. My ex-girlfriend's Grand mother was shot and killed. She was on the brink of suicide. I gave her these lyrics in an E-mail. It really helped her out....
    BrokenShadowon January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWould it be so odd if this song were really about Jesus? I'm not saying one way or the other, but just think about it. The facts are as follows: 1. Michael Portney was involved in Alcholics Anonymous. 2. AA believes that faith in a loving God is an important step for recovering from alchohl addiction. 3. As a result Michael Portney is still in to process of writing 12 movements dedicated to the AA's 12 step program (the final movements will probably be on the album after Systematic Chaos). 4 The first of set of movements is My Glass Prison which ends with the lyrics:

    Fell down on my knees and prayed
    "Thy will be done"
    I turned around, saw a light shining through
    The door was wide open

    Again I'm not saying one way or another. All I'm saying is stop trying to deny the possibility that this song could be about God. Considering the history of DT it very well could be. Then again it might not.

    As for me, when I hear this song, it does sound as if Jesus is speaking to me through DT. But that's just because I'm listening to the song out of my perspective that I have recieved from my faith. You do the same when you listen to the song. The song has deep meaning to me though because of what I believe.

    Sources:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    alcoholics-anonymous.org/en_pdfs/… Page 8
    rabidhunter82on June 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't see any relation with U2 songs...anyways...

    About the song.
    First, it all depends where your mind, heart and soul are in the moment. The song will have a meaning for you through that. For me, the first part:

    There's a story in your eyes
    I can see the hurt behind your smile
    For every sign I recognize
    Another one escapes me

    Let me know what plagues your mind
    Let me be the one to know you best
    Be the one to hold you up
    When you feel like you're sinking

    Tell me once again
    What's beneath the pain you're feeling
    Don't abandon me
    Or think you can't be saved

    That's a person, a friend, spouse, family trying to listen to someone's problems and help that person.

    The second part:
    Summon up your ghost for me
    Rest your tired thoughts upon my hands
    Step inside this sacred place
    When all your dreams seem broken

    Resonate inside this tempple
    Let me be the one who understands
    Be the one to carry you
    When you can walk no further

    Tell me once again
    What's below the surface bleeding
    If you've lost your way
    I will take you in

    For me, this is a Divine intervention, God, a spirit showing you the way, in case the human help wasn't enough.
    It's a great song, just like any other DT song...
    EJZon September 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA very U-2 inspired song. A very uplifting one. Sounds like the opposite of Never Enough meaning-wise. For all the fans that has stood by DT through each album.
    Idanon June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about "Walking with God"; in chronological order,
    "I can see the hurt behind your smile"-it's similar to Psalm 139:16-"You know me inside out..."
    "Let me know what plagues you mind"-it's similar to
    Psalm 139:23- "Search me,O God, and know my heart;...my anxious thoughts".
    Then,"What's beneath the pain you feeling",
    Psalm 69:29-"I am in pain and distress...O God protect me";
    Then,"Don't abandon me", Deut.31:6-"He will never leave you nor forsake you".
    Then,the Chorus-"I walk beside you", I Peter 5:7-"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you",
    Then, "Through all that may come and all That may go",Heb.13:8-"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever".
    Then, "Rest your tired thoughts upon my hand",Mat.11:28-"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.",
    Then,"Tell me once again...",Psalm 141:1-"O Lord, I call to you;come quickly to me.Hear my voice when I call to you.",
    Then,"When hopelessness surrounds you... Don't give up,don't give in,Psalm 31:24-"Be strong and take heart, all you hope in the Lord".

    It can be played on a Christian Radio Station...
    humandollon July 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song... humandoll.... ur crazy xD
    Ibosethon August 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentworst song on the album octavarium its not that good
    not that much guitar solos and most songs are very simple
    i'd rather listen to six degrees or train of thought that listening to octavarium.. it ok though
    theperfectbreakon August 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a rare more simple song, i disagree from hank comment up there, i think it's a pretty 80's U2 inspired, but they did not failed.

    And a song doesn't need 20 million notes per second solos, or progressive stops to be a great song, i hope i see this song in next sunday gig.

    I walk beside you it's a more catchy song for those people who says Dream Theater only can do crazy song, with no ending.

    ==b Keep up the good work
    renardon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlol i thought i was the only one who thought this sounded like U2 but then i came on this page, this track really surprised me when i first heard it.
    episode666on December 24, 2005   Link

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