"Illumination Theory" as written by and Kevin James Labrie Michael Mangini....

[II. Live, Die, Kill]

Consider this question
Look deep inside
Deliver a true confession
What are you willing to live for?

Consider this question
Open your eyes
Examine your own reflection
What are you willing to die for?

When your backs’ against the wall
And the times uncertain
Consider this question
No standing by
When flesh and blood are threatened
What are you willing to kill for?

We seek to understand
We cry with hand in hand

The bridges we build to connect
The distance that makes us forget
Hate dividing us, love reminding us
Of our shared humanity

Hope can be a shadow fleeting
I would rather die believing
Capture it all in a final act of faith

We seek to understand
We cry with hand in hand

A story that needs to be told
An answer that begs to be found
The beauty we wish to behold
Is never too far away

[III. The Embracing Circle]


[IV. The Pursuit Of Truth]

Mothers for their children
Husbands for their wives
Martyrs for the kingdom
Fighting for your life
A soldier for his country
A junkie for the high
Teachers for their students
Vengeance for a crime
Rebels for their freedom
A tyrant for the prize
Cowards for salvation
Money, love, and faith

Noble and brave
Lay down our lives for the cause
Death over shame
Grace before glory

[V. Surrender, Trust & Passion]

To really feel the joy in life
You must suffer through the pain
When you surrender to the light
You can face the darkest days

If you open up your eyes
And you put your trust in love
On those cold and endless nights
You will never be alone

Passion glows within your heart
Like a furnace burning bright
Until you struggle through the dark
You’ll never know the joy in life

Lyrics submitted by nsshero, edited by Idan, Ashram, The Letter M, PJA, Ad134, mahdiajorlou, sternula, astron, Mattosis

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song is about the search for meaning in life, the wonder of life and creation and the fight for survival.
    First part:
    We find ourselves living, but what are we really living for? What is this all about? "We seek to understand..." Love and hate unite or divide us in this quest. But there is one thing we all see and wonder about and that unites us in our final act of faith. The beauty of nature surrounding us.
    Second part:
    The creation. The beauty of the world. You might say. The idea of things (Plato) or the garden of eden. (?) Just, the beauty of it all.
    Then all of a sudden, like the sound of something crashing down. I say to myself in biblical mythology: "the fall of man"
    Third part:
    The stuggle for survival. Everyone living for his thing. Fighting for their lives and struggling to make ends meet.
    Fourth part:
    The message:
    We need to taste the bitter to know the sweet. (Tree of good and evil)
    There is redemption as we learn to see the necessity of lifes struggles and learn to embrace love and light.

    Maybe I am totally wrong with what DT thought about while making this song. It´s my two cents of what I think about when I hear this song.
    AndresFLon February 09, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI may just be interpreting this personally, but I feel that the song's lyrics are about letting fate unfold in regards to one's purpose in life, and not forcing it. Accepting and loving yourself, and letting that lead you to what you want/need to do, not the other way around.

    The (amazing and beautiful) lyrical finale really spells this out. "The Looking Glass" and "Surrender to Reason" also are connected to this, in their lyrics
    amorphousbon January 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is clearly about wanting to write a 22-minute epic as a statement that you're still capable of doing so. It's exceptionally deep n stuff.
    silverspawnon May 04, 2016   Link

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