The water's edge is where she waits
Lost soul still wandering
Meant to die, but she's stuck not crossing over

The other side is where he waits
His spirit reaching out
Meant to save, but she's too scared to take his hand

Living in a world without you (drowning in the past)
Is living in no world at all
So now I call on you

Remember me: I gave you life
You would not take it
Your suffering was all in vain
It's almost over now
Don't turn your back on Paradise

Feeling scared, she's prepared
To give up everything
She can't stand to feel like half of her is fading

He will choose the only way
To rid her of her pain
Take her soul now; the decision has been made

Living in a world without love (burning into my soul)
Is living in a worthless world
So I will call on you

Remember me: I gave you life
You would not take it
Your suffering was all in vain
It's almost over
Remember me; you were so young
How could I tell you?
Remember me: I am the one
Who saved your life that night

I was the one who would not
Abandon you
Even in death I was the one who would not leave you

I used my freedom to protect you
And all the while direct you
Do you remember me this time?
Even in death I gave you life
I gave you life

I wanted to deserve a place...
A place beside you

This time when I reach out my hand
It reached all the way to heaven

Remember me: I gave you life
You would not take it
Your suffering was all in vain
It's almost over now
Goodbye
It's almost over now
Goodbye
It's time I release you from this life
Don't turn your back on Paradise


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Octavarium64

The Ministry of Lost Souls Lyrics as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    Every time I hear this song and listen to the lyrics I get chills, and honestly a bit weepy. Almost every line of this beautiful song speaks to me about a very difficult time I went through about 2 years ago. My mother developed alhimerzers, she only 65 years old. She deteriorated very quickly. My farther whom was also in his mid 60’s took care of her and would not accept any help. Well, one day he called me and told me he was having chest pains. As he was in great shape and not one to ever complain about anything, I drove the 5 min’s to there house and found him dead on the living room floor. To make a long story short, my mother died 2 week later. To me this song is my farther speaking to my mother. I can relate just about ever line to there love for each other. No matter what DT had in mind when the wrote this song, I would like to thank them for again creating a song which touchs me in a very special way

    ricgiron November 10, 2007   Link
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    hooo a beautiful love story!!! I just love it!!!

    the song tells a story of a man who saves a girl from drowning, but he dies in the process; the lyrics revolve around the girl being unable to live her life with the memory. The girl wants to "go to the other side" to meet the man who saved her. The man eventually pulls her through to the "other side."in order "To rid her of her pain"

    shepherd117on June 11, 2009   Link
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    I think the message of this song is pretty clear really, the people who say it has a Christian theme are right, but you're all over complicating it. Here is my opinion, for one: the song has no mention whatsoever of drowning, the lyric is "the waters edge is where she waits", how does one drown on the edge of a body of water? then "the other side is where he waits, his spirit reaching out". If you pay close attention the imagery is of two people on opposite sides of a river, or at least some kind of body of water. A very common piece of Christian imagery/symbolism is crossing the Jordan River(or any river) as symbolizing death. And one very key idea to interpreting this song is its name "The Ministry of Lost Souls". "She" in this song represents mankind, "He" represents Jesus Christ, reaching out, drawing people in, offering them hope, telling them "don't turn your back on paradise". The idea is that we reject His loving hand far too often and turn away from Him, or maybe we are afraid. The song is symbolic for the human condition from a Christian worldview. It may seem biased considering that I am a Christian myself, but 3 members of DT are bold, practicing Christians, I don't think its going too far to say that they would write a beautiful, symbolic song about the Christian faith.

    CodeMan20on December 09, 2012   Link
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    Meaning confirmed to be about a person drowning, another person saving them and dying in the process.

    The person who was saved then feels guilt / regret.

    Eventually it's the person who died who reaches out and pulls them to the other side.

    Taken from the Making Of Chaos DVD.

    SSj4KaKarot420on June 04, 2007   Link
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    This is the only song that has made me cry as an adult.

    Thunderbolton January 07, 2008   Link
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    It's about Jesus Christ. The woman by the water is the woman drew water from the Jacob's well in a town name Sychar, Samaria, where she encountered Jesus (in Gospel of John 4). "But she stuck not crossing over." She at first didn't know who Jesus was, confuse by what Jesus told her about Life Giving Water. On the other side is where he waiting. Jesus was explaining and showing who He really is, just to save her.

    This song reminds me of the verse... "Neither will I forsake you, neither will I leave you."

    no doubt, it's about Jesus Christ...

    Synicksteron September 06, 2010   Link
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    This is a beautiful song. Death is an obvious theme, but it's too vague of one.

    The Slurpee Manon May 12, 2007   Link
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    Love this song. One problem in the lyrics though. Where you put "To read her other pain" What is really said is "To rid her of her pain"

    MKScorpion07on May 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    Fixed. :)

    Idanon May 13, 2007   Link
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    Gorgeous song. I haven't listened to it enough yet to fully understand it, but I'll post back when I do. Systematic Chaos is a stunning album.

    sdpdton May 14, 2007   Link

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