"Octavarium" as written by John Petrucci, Michael Portnoy, John Myung, Kevin James Labrie and Jordan Rudess....
I never wanted to become someone like him so secure
Content to live each day just like the last
I was sure I knew that
This was not for me
And I wanted so much more
Far beyond what I could see
So I swore that I'd
Never be someone like him

So many years have passed
Since I proclaimed
My independence
My mission
My aim
And my vision
So secure
Content to live each day like it's my last
It's wonderful to know
That I could be
Something more than what I dreamed
Far beyond what I could see
Still I swear that I'm
Missing out this time

As far as I could tell
There's nothing more I need
But still I ask myself
Could this be everything
Then all I swore
That I would never be was now
So suddenly
The only thing
I wanted
To become
To be someone just like him

A doctor sitting next to me
He asks me how I feel
Not sure I understand his questioning
He says I've been away a while
But thinks he has cured me
From a state of catatonic sleep

For 30 years
Where have I been?
Eyes open
But not getting through to me

Medicate me
Infiltrate me
Side effects appear
As my conscience slips away

Medicate me
Science failing
Conscience fading fast
Can't you stop what's happening

A higher dosage he prescribes
But there's no guarantee
I feel it starting to take over me
I tell them not to be ashamed
There's no one who's to blame
A second shot
A brief awakening

I feel the relapse
Can't break free
Eyes open
But not getting through to me

Medicate me
Infiltrate me
Side effects appear
As my conscience slips away

Medicate me
Science failing
Conscience fading fast
Can't you stop what's happening?

Sailing on the seven seize the day tripper diem's ready
Jack the ripper owens wilson phillips and my supper's ready
Lucy in the sky with diamond dave's not here I come to save the
Day for nightmare cinema show me the way to get back home again

Running forward
Falling back
Spinning round and round
Looking outward
Reaching in
Scream without a sound

Leaning over
Crawling up
Stumbling all around
Losing my place
Only to find I've come full circle

Flying off the handle with careful with
That axe Eugene gene the dance machine
Messiah light my fire gabba gabba
Hey hey my my generation's home again

Running forward
Falling back
Spinning round and round
Looking outward
Reaching in
Scream without a sound

Leaning over
Crawling up
Stumbling all around
Losing my place
Only to find I've come full circle

Our deadly sins feel his mortal wrath
Remove all obstacles from our path

Asking questions
Search for clues
The answer's been right in front of you

Try to break through
Long to connect
Fall on deaf ears and failed muted breath

Loyalty, trust, faith and desire
Carries love through each darkest fire

Tortured Insanity
A smothering hell
Try to escape but to no avail

The calls of admirers
Who claim they adore
Drain all your lifeblood while begging for more

Innocent victims of merciless crimes
Fall prey to some madmen's impulsive designs

Step after step
We try controlling our fate
When we finally start living it has become to late

Trapped inside this Octavarium [Repeat: x4]

V: RAZOR'S EDGE (19:59-24:00)
We move in circles
Balanced all the while
On a gleaming razor's edge

A perfect sphere
Colliding with our fate
This story ends where it began


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"Octavarium" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General CommentGot this from a forum and I think he pretty much hit the nail on the head.

    The song is about Dream Theater and their influence on progressive rock. The first 13 and a half minutes of that song sound very similar to pink floyd, yes, genesis, the beatles, and many other progressive rock pioneers. This is done on purpose, considering that they started the genre, so Dream Theater started the song by playing their music very much like their influences - "i never wanted to become someone like him" basically means Dream Theater, when they were young, never wanted to be like their influences because they wanted to be independent. However no matter how hard they try they will end up being just like them in some way, although still original - "Then all I swore that I would never be was now, so suddenly, the only thing, I wanted, to become, to be someone just like him."

    The next part of the song is sort of a metaphoric explanation of how Dream Theater became like them, other than that there is not much i can explain.

    At about 14 minutes into the song, a strong, very progressive metalish riff comes into play, and that is where the line "Isn't this where we came in?" (sample from Pink Floyd The Wall) is heard. The basic reason for this quote is to explain that at this point in time (around 1989), Dream Theater opened the door to a new genre (Progmetal, for those of you who dont know). Now Dream Theater realizes that they will always be like their fathers, and yet original, so they pay homage to their influences in this section.

    - Sailing on the seven seize the day tripper, diem's ready
    ...sailing on the seven seas: OMD song
    ...seize the day: famous DT line from A Change of Seasons
    ...day tripper: Beatles song
    ...diem's ready: Carpe Diem from A Change of Seasons

    -Jack the ripper, Owen's Wilson Phillips and my supper's ready
    ...jack the ripper: Judas Priest song
    ...owen wilson: if you dont know this youre retarded
    ...phillips and my: not sure lol
    ...supper's ready: Genesis song

    -Lucy in the sky with diamond, Dave's not here ive come to save the day
    ...lucy in the sky with diamonds: Beatles song
    ...daves not here: Yes song

    -For nightmare cinema show me the way to get back home again
    ...nightmare cinema: antonym to Dream Theater, and also a joke band they made with Derek Sherinian (former DT keyboardist)
    ...home: Dream Theater song

    -Eugene Gene the dance machine messiah, light my fire, gabba gabba hey hey
    ...gene gene the dance machine: TV character from the 70-80s
    ...machine messiah: Yes song
    ...light my fire: Doors song
    ...gabba gabba hey: Ramones song

    -Hey hey my my generation's home again
    ...hey hey my my: Neill Young song
    ...my generation: The Who song
    ...home again: Dream Theater song again

    The next part, Intervals, is about the songs on the album Octavarium itself.
    I need not explain, just read this:

    The Root of All Evil
    Root
    Our deadly sins feel his mortal wrath
    Remove all obstacles from our path

    The Answer Lies Within
    Second
    Asking questions
    Search for clues
    The answer's been right in front of you

    These Walls
    Third
    We try to break free
    Long to connect
    Fall on deaf ears with failed muted breath

    I Walk Beside You
    Fourth
    Loyalty, trust, faith and desire
    Carries love through each darkest fire

    Panic Attack
    Fifth
    Tortured insanity
    A smothering hell
    Try to escape but to no avail

    Never Enough
    Sixth
    The calls of admirers
    Who claim they adore
    Drain all your lifeblood while begging for more

    Sacrificed Sons
    Seventh
    Innocent victims for merciless crimes
    Fall prey to some madman's impulsive designs

    Octavarium
    Octave
    Step after step
    We try controlling our fate
    When we finally start living it's become too late

    Root second third fourth fifth sixth seventh and octave are musical intervals, thus the name of the section. And all the songs on Octavarium are on different scales spaced interavally: Root of all evil is in F, Answer lies within is in G, These walls is in A, I walk beside you is in B, Panic attack is in C, Never enough is in D, Sacrificed sons is in E, and Octavarium is in F, therefore making that album a full circle.

    TRAPPED INSIDE THIS OCTAVARIUM basically means that the band cannot be different or independent anymore because they have already defined themselves.

    A perfect sphere
    Colliding with our fate
    The story ends where it began

    Notice the first note in The Root Of All Evil is an F, well the last note in Octavarium is the same F, making it a full circle and saying that the story ends where it began musically as well.

    This song = pure genius
    jonpyleon August 01, 2012   Link

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