"Learning to Live" as written by and Kevin James La/moore Brie....
There was no time for pain
No energy for anger
The sightlessness of hatred slips away
Walking through winter streets alone
He stops and takes a breath
With confidence and self-control

I look at the world and see no understanding
I'm waiting to find some sense of strength
I'm begging you from the bottom of my heart
To show me understanding

I need to live life
Like some people never will
So find me kindness
Find me beauty
Find me truth
When temptation brings me to my knees
And I lay here drained of strength
Show me kindness
Show me beauty
Show me truth

The way your heart sounds
Makes all the difference
It's what decides if you'll endure the pain that we all feel
The way your heart beats
Makes all the difference
In learning to live

Here before me is my soul
I'm learning to live
I won't give up till I've no more to give
No more to give

Listening to the city
Whispering its violence
I set out watching from above
The 90's bring new questions
New solutions to be found
I fell in love to be let down

Once again we dance in the crowd
At times a step away
From a common fear that's all spread out
It won't listen to what you say
Once you're touched you stand alone
To face the bitter fight
Once I reached for love
And now I reach for life

Another chance to lift my life
Free the sensation in my heart
To ride the wings of dreams
Into changing horizons
It brings inner peace within my mind
As I'm lifted from where I spilt my life
I hear an innocent voice
I hear kindness, beauty and truth


The way your heart sounds
Makes all the difference
It's what decides if you'll endure the pain that we all feel
The way your heart beats
Makes all the difference
In learning to live

Spread before you is your soul
So forever hold the dreams within our hearts
Through nature's inflexible grace
I'm learning to live


Lyrics submitted by rainstorm

"Learning to Live" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +3
    General Commentim in a rush trying to find a verse here and there that i like to write down. but this whole song is just fantastic. i guess ill have to save it and come back to it. wow. how pretty.
    bitterpixieon June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are about the threat of AIDS, which was on everyone's mind in the late 80s - early 90s...for example:

    "The 90s bring new questions / New solutions to be found / I fell in love to be let down

    Once again we dance in the crowd / At times a step away / From a common fear that's all spread out / It won't listen to what you say / Once you're touched you stand alone / To face the bitter fight / Once I reached for love / And now I reach for life"
    Vozzyon August 25, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe opening lines from the song are a direct lift from the book Atlas Shrugged by noted author Ayn Rand. The first phrase, "There was no time for pain, no energy for anger. Sightlessness of hatred slips away." is paraphrase from the exact quote "He had no time for pain, no energy for anger. Within a few weeks, it was over; the blinding stabs of hatred ceased and did not return." (p.211 of the Centennial Edition) The next phrase in the song, "Walking through winter streets alone, he stops and takes a breath, with confidence and self-control," is similar to the next few sentences in the book.


    That entire thing is lifted from wikipedia. But I read that book and it is AWESOME!
    guardiandevil305on March 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhy is everyone striving for complicated interpretations??? this song is very simply about what the title says, it's about learning to live through pain and mistakes...
    Teocosmoon February 02, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe song is about conquering negativity in everyday life and encourages you to rise above it. Yet it grounds you to live in the moment... If you really listen to the lyrics you may feel sadness or joy when you absorb the inspirational overtone. This song along with the entire images & words album is a masterpiece!
    commenter1on March 16, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah vozzys right
    wonderful lyrics by myung . one of the best if not the best DT songs
    riffgeniuson May 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe AIDS thing is probably what the song was WRITTEN about, but I have a different interpretation. I feel that it's about just getting all the shit that's on your mind off of your mind. Learning to live means learning to live peacefully, tranquily, relaxed, and healthy (mentally, not neccessarily physically.) Kind of reminds me of the whole prying open your third eye thing.
    Petary791on January 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love the fact that the at the end of the song it plays the wait for sleep melody, maybe bring another meaning into the song? linking the two together? (the girl is the one 'learning to live' and the guy she is talking about in wait for sleep might of died of aids... just my guess. one thing i really love about DT is that so many of their songs link, it's awsome!)
    DarkMillyon November 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hadn't considered that this was about the AIDS panic of the 80s and 90s, but I can see where that's relevant.

    I always considered the meaning of this song to be right in the title. It's about learning to live. To put it another way, it's about growing and maturing, searching inside yourself for what gives meaning to your life. About identifying your goals, your values, your morals, and coming to understand your place in the world and what you want in order to be satisfied with life. In this life, it's important to face the unknown situations of the future, and by looking forward with confidence and self-control, you just might find kindness, beauty, truth. You can't escape the pain we all feel, that of loss, aging, and death ("nature's inflexible grace" is a poetic way of stating this), but you can reach for life, and learn to live.
    FerrousFauceton September 16, 2016   Link
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    General Commentjohn Myung lyrics if my memory serves me correctly, great bassest. anywho, im assuming that this song deals with how u thought u had somethign with someone but then it was taken away and now ur left trying or learning to live.
    staggarellion August 24, 2002   Link

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