"Far From Heaven" as written by John Petrucci, John Myung and Jordan Rudess....
No one truly has the answers
Every day I struggle through it once more
Keep things bottled up, never speaking my mind
Misinterpreted, I'm doing just fine

Every day I put a brave face on
Serves me well
Feeling helpless, facing it alone
Hard to tell that I can change who I am
How I feel
There's no end

I have done what you asked of me
Leaves me nothing to live for

Coming undone
Way too high a price I should pay
You keep your pride
While I die inside every day
No, I can't lie anymore
Won't pretend I've done all I can

You can't imagine the hell I'm going through
Not asking you to save me
I'm too far from heaven

Nothing you can do to change me
but accept me as I am


Lyrics submitted by The Letter M, edited by Octavarium64

"Far from Heaven" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General CommentBeautiful song. There's a lot of emotion and feeling in it. I think this song could possibly have to do with someone who doesn't live up to the standards of someone they care about. No matter what they do, they feel like they'll never be good enough for said person. It seems like even if the person does what is expected of them, it still isn't enough. "Way too high a price I should pay" could be referring to the happiness that the person is giving up in order to try to please the other person. It could refer to a relationship, or a scenario where one person, the "inferior" one, loves the other person, but they do not reciprocate because they're not seen as good enough. Towards the end of the song, the person begins to realise that they can't be anyone except themselves, and if that's not good enough for the other person, it's time to move on. "Nothing you can do to change me, but accept me as I am" is a clear indication that the person has come to a realisation for the better. But that's just my take on things.
    DeadlyArtson September 04, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentA quote from this interview with James: atlasjams.com/2011/12/exclusive-a-dramatic-turn-of-phrase-dream-theater%E2%80%99s-james-labrie-in-his-own-words/4324/

    I thought lyrically you were coming down on parents for stifling the creativity of their kids by not giving them enough room to breathe, so to speak. -You frickin’ nailed it! People are trying to live vicariously through their children and putting on unspeakable pressure for them to become something without listening to what it is their children are feeling!
    ItteetseJamon February 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSomeone who is clearly unhappy/has something wrong with them, sounds like this other friend isn't being as sympathetic as they could be.
    sereventon September 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPerhaps the song is about an individual questioning their gender or sexual orientation?

    "Put a brave face on... facing it alone... hard to tell that I can change who I am (how I feel)?" This sounds like a cry for help from somebody who wants to be accepted for who they want to be (or feel they should be)...

    Accept me as I am... Pretty powerful lyrics...

    Suggestions?
    GraphCorpon January 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is obviously a sad song about Mike Portnoy.
    JGBarneson November 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI kinda thought about a guy in love. "Every day I put a brave face on" really fits itno the whole picture of a guy, maybe a teenager, much like myself, whose love rejected him and doesn't want people close to him to know he's in pain."You keep your pride while I die inside every day" the girl doesn't seem to notice him, while he suffers constantly. Kinda fits doesn't it?
    nicksion May 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt certainly wasn't related, I'm sure but, someone once played this in a tribute to Tilikum. And I found that profoundly eerie.
    IyanaEternalison April 03, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General Commentimdb.com/title/tt0297884/
    Chrissalixon September 06, 2011   Link

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