I: The Dream

What
Makes a dream
So very different
From any other dream
Where is that
Straight line
That I can hold up
To the light
And say no!
This is not right
This does not
Stand up
In the light

II: One Man

Call me cavanaugh
I'm the one with the caveman jaw
Call me Smitty or Jones
Talkin' on the tv's and the telephones
I am the critical masses
Stand back and watch as time passes

I am the centerfold
I know the stories before they get told
You can call me Kennedy
You may have killed him but you cannot kill me
I am the crippled and blind
I paint the pretty pictures on the subway signs
Yeah, I am everything to everyone
And I won't go away at the point of a gun

All of this in one man

I am rock 'n roll
I am classical, country and soul
I am the nun and the flasher
I am the father, the son and the bastard
I am the church and the steeple
Open the door and see all the people

All of this in one man

III: Garden People

I'm coming down
People's garden
Garden people
People's garden
Garden people

IV: Looking Straight Into The Light

Look!
There's a light
Headed for the sun
Stand and you might
Turn to everyone
The lady, the lass
Melt into glass
Looking straight into the light

Stand at the door
That would not open wide
You tried so hard before
But now we're on your side
You see us all - the left and the right
Looking straight into the light

You see us all - the left and the right
Looking straight into the light
Looking straight into the light
Looking straight into the light!

In the light

V: The Man In The Mountain

I am the man in mountain
I stand alone - I've been downed
In a sea of loveless illusion
So many lost - so many drowned

Got no church - got no steeple
Got no time for you people
I live the life of a shadow
The only chance that I have now
Is there
In the light

They wore all kinds of things on their heads to disguise
That they'd rather be unfettered than be wealthy and wise
And they listened as their enemies made a similar sound
And they watched a million cars go by
They were gaining some ground
But they didn't know what to do
With this thing they had found
So they had a party!?

VI: Senor Valasco's Mystic Voodoo Love Dance

I am senor Valasco
I drink my milk with tabasco
Got no place to stand
Got no home, no land, but I
Don't ever want to die
Don't place no one before I
I am the mask and the chamber
I know of love not of danger
Got no place to go
Ain't nothin' better than be here
Don't ever want to die
Don't place no one before I

Don't ever want to die
Don't place no one before I

VII: The Return Of The Horrible Catfish Man

I am the catfish man!
I can't hear you!
Go ahead and have a nice day now
Go ahead and say what you say now
I stand humanis erectus
Stand back... ha... ha... ha!
I am... I am

All of this in one man

VIII: The Dream

What
Makes a dream
So very different
From any other dream
Where is that
Straight line
That I can hold up
To the light and say yes!
This is alright
This one will
Stand up
In the
Light


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    This is my favorite song of all time. I get the idea that "The Light" itself, is a metaphor for most "Gods" that are associated with different religions. "The Dream" is about a prophet dreaming about the Light. "One Man", is the Light itself, saying everything that it is, and what it represents. "Garden People" is the group of people that the Light is introduced to. "Looking straight into the Light" is the Garden People actually receiving the gift of the Light. "Man in the mountain" is a man who discovered The Light on his deathbed, maybe (This one I'm still not sure on the definite meaning). "Senor Valasco's Mystical Voodoo Love Dance" is about an ethnic character who had his home and land taken from him, but he still won't give up because he has faith in the Light. "Return of the horrible catfish man" is about an antagonist (as there is in most religion stories), and the Light fighting him off. The Dream(Reprise) is just closing the story off. Because he says "Yes! This is alright." at the end, whereas at the beginning he says "No! This is not right." It seems to say that it's not right for the "Garden People" to have no light to turn to

    All that being said, This song kicks mega ass, whatever it means.

    im_a_pirateon May 08, 2007   Link
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    The first time I heard this song, Part VI. caught my attention. This is an amazing song. Neal Morse is simply magnificent.

    FlashCEon February 05, 2007   Link
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    Very good song.

    2006200720082009on May 15, 2007   Link
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    I read on iTunes that there in the section "One Man" there was a reference to King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man"... If anyone knows Crimson and foudn the allusion please let me know...

    Unsoundon June 23, 2007   Link
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    Maybe there's just the allusion in the whole "Man" idea of it. 21st Century Schizoid Man is more or less about modern man, and how dangerous he could potentially be. There may be some more references to Vietnam, because the song came out around then. The second line seems to support that statement, and the third line really cements it there with the line "He's got nothing he really needs." The Light seems to possibly represent modern man also, like a light in the "Dark times", let's say.

    im_a_pirateon October 08, 2007   Link
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    It might also just have to do with how it was sung, the same high energy with the same filter over the vocals.

    im_a_pirateon January 13, 2008   Link
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    This is one of my favorite songs as well, and im_a_pirate's explanation makes a lot of sense. When I first heard the song though, I took something completely different from it, so I thought I'd share that:

    Suppose "the light" is the light of happiness, and the song is about one man trying to figure out who he is and who he needs to be. He's going through phases where he's trying to be an average joe (critical masses), a person of influence (centerfold), a stoner (garden people), a loner (man in the mountain), a daily party-goer who lives in the moment (senor velasco) and a punk who doesn't care what people think (catfish man). Then finally he asks, which is the path in life that will lead me to true happiness? ("where is that straight line that I can hold up to the light?")

    It's more of a reach I guess, and probably influenced by my own experiences, but then that's kind of the point. Anyway, I'm not saying it's the right or best explanation, just an alternate one to think about.

    ScubaSteve84on June 20, 2009   Link
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    I bought this soon after seeing Spock\'s Beard at Progfest in 1997. I did not really listen to the lyrics that well, but it got me to thinking about the Goiânia incident.

    pig1087058on February 07, 2022   Link

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