She dresses in black everyday
She keeps her hair simple and plain
She never wears make-up
But no one would care if she did anyway

She doesn't recall yesterday
Faces seem twisted and strange
But she always wakes up
Only to find she'd been miles away

Absence of awareness losing time
A lapse of perception losing time

Wanting to escape
She had created a way to survive
She learned to detach
From herself a behavior that kept her alive

Hope in the face of our human distress
Helps us to understand
The turbulence deep inside
That takes hold of our lives

Shame and disgrace over mental unrest
Keeps us from saving those we love
The grace within our hearts
And the sorrow in our souls

Deception of fame, vengeance of war
Lives torn apart, losing oneself
Spiralling down, feeling the walls closing in
A journey to find the answers inside our illusive mind


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    General Comment

    Clearly, she has multiple personality disorder.

    "Wanting to escape She had created a way to survive She learned to detach from herself A behavior that kept her alive"

    This is what sometimes happens to children who are victims of terrible abuse. The alternate personality protects the true personality. When the original personality re-emerges, everything seems "twisted and strange" because the person does not know what took place while the alternate personality was dominant.

    The last part describes (rather grimly) how we cope with mental illness in life, yet it still manages to end on a (strangely) positive note - namely that we must keep searching for cures.

    slipninjaon January 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    Is it about a girl who has amnesia?

    AnotherBrickon August 16, 2005   Link
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    My Interpretation

    As a sufferer of anxiety disorder and all that comes with it (depression etc)....this is just describing how things fall into place when you've managed to trudge through the worst of it.

    "She doesn't recall yesterday Faces seem twisted and strange But she always wakes up Only to find she'd been miles away"

    When you've been warring with yourself for so long, things sort of run together, and you start to lose your sense of time and place. It's hard to describe, but it's a very disturbing feeling because you have little moments of reality when everything sinks in. When you realize "you've been miles away".

    Wanting to escape She had created a way to survive She learned to detach from herself A behavior that kept her alive

    I dont see this line as creating a split personality. It's just in your distress you want to escape from yourself. And this verse is especially true for me. With all my anxiety problems, and my time with my psychiatrist, I indeed found a way to survive. I found a way to use what was bothering me to my advantage, thus taking the power out of my fears. "Detaching myself" from them in a sense. Without the fear powering my worries, I was able to not focus on them, and indeed detach myself from them. It really was what made the difference. "kept me alive". The last part of the song, is simply less about the girl and just about our mind in general. Hope in the face of our human distress" really resonated with me. Because, even when I was at my worst, I simply wanted a way out. And as thus, it really did help me learn more about myself and my "illusive mind". And the part about shame keeping us from saving the ones we love, that is also very true. If my parents and friends hadn't of helped me through that time of my life, I don't know where I would be today. And indeed shame was a big part of my problem. I had a lot of troubles accepting that I had a mental disorder. And when I finally did I fell apart. It took several long months to see it wasn't so bad. But indeed, I felt like I was crazy. And because of my family and friends, I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. that is just my two cents.

    Elmattoon September 30, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is a great ending of Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence Pt2, i love it, this song is so beautiful, great lyrics, this is one of the best songs from dream theater.

    Panic Attackon September 13, 2005   Link
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    I'm curious about the fact that (As i was sitting one day) this song ends, and i have my tracks sorted by album, and up pops As I Am....If you listen to the ending of this song, + the beginning of As I Am, you will notice that they are very similar and almost like an engine revving up again, so my question is-- Could this song be related to As I Am? I mean the words are kind of similar (the idea) even though the songs mood are signifigantly different.

    webdog230on December 11, 2005   Link
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    webdog230: I doubt the two songs have got anything to do with each other. They've done this on their 4 last albums, if you listen to scenes from a memory, it ends with the beginning of The Glass Prison, and train of thought ends with the beginning of The root of all evil on Octavarium.

    Seppukuon January 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    beautiful. definitely among dream theater's strongest songs lyrically. this is one of my favorites.

    sadmachineon February 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    When I first heard this song (It was after a close friend of mine died) I had this mental picture of everything being white and her face being right there. I know for a fact that when I die this song will be playing in my head. It really struck a chord within me.

    "A journey to find The answers inside Our illusive mind"

    BlueFusion6851on March 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    "A journey to find / The answers inside / Our illusive mind" Is it "illusive" or "elusive"? Elusive makes a lot of sense too...

    f15x28on August 13, 2006   Link
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    Maybe I'm wrong, but for me the whole SDoIT seems to be greatly inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion.

    M777on June 03, 2007   Link

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