Watching my window I was led like a
As the roadway lamplight's
Misguided my mind through the night
A shadow of limits
We were racing the rain
My hands held the wheel
My eyes tried to hold their place

There must have been a time
When I thought that you were
It had to be when my senses lost
I thought I'd slipped away
I thought I could still feel us
It must have been a cloud
No bigger than a man's hand

Every reason I risk my life
To come back to you
Is locked behind your door
You're my immunity
Outside I watched you burn
Heavy hearts were bleeding
A cry for help, a familiar voice
My melting hands streaked the glass

As I walked away
I wondered what had really
Had I run out of time
Did I push myself too far
As my last step fell
I felt my hands upon the wheel
Had I come back to life
Or did I ever leave at all

In higher lives
We seem to be
Always a moment too late
We're past the time
When we looked on
Now we're
The ones who help to
Set the sun
This time for real
I locked the door behind me
My mind was still a wreck
From what I saw
For when my hands are still
I'll recognize the message
Never again will my senses lose
In higher lives
We seem to be
Always a moment too late
We're past the time
When we looked on
Now we're
The ones who help to
Set the sun

Lyrics submitted by Idan

The Ones Who Help to Set the Sun Lyrics as written by John Myung Charles Dominici

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    General CommentJohn Petrucci was interviewed about this song saying that it's about about a guy driving late at night who is starting to fall asleep behind the wheel. The character then slips into a dream that only lasts a moment, but in his dream he sees how his love ones would be affected by his death. By the end of the song he snaps back into consciousness and as JP puts it: "gets his shit together."
    kelpers1483on December 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKevin Moore plays a beautiful intro.

    My favorite song on "When Dream and Day Unite."
    AnotherBrickon August 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song's about witnessing losing someone dear to you, then having all these thoughts about them afterwards. Just my basic opinion
    Coleioon September 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of the best song-intros I have ever heard. But...the whole song is way too "power metal" for me after it. It's not really a bad song, but it's like the intro of it has nothing to do with the song itself. It loses the magic and tragic it has at the start. Am I the only one who thinks so?
    XCrusherXon November 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Crusher about the intro. I really like the song, possibly the best off the album, but the intro is fantastic in it's own way and doesn't really suit the song. Sometimes I find myself listening to the intro alone.

    I miss Kevin Moore & DT.
    o210non March 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is a nice sounding intro, but I like the whole song as well. I just don't like the singing.
    agm_ultimatexon July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Coleio about the meaning of the song.
    It isn't that hard to see when you listen to the lyrics very well.
    Sietsevon September 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthave any of you been in a really bad wreck? the song is written from the perspective of a survivor. when one happens, it feels like a slap in the face, and the intro leading into the song fits it quite well. the intro DOES fit the song, musically AND thematically.
    TheKilleron October 12, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThe hardest song on the album to interpret. It could be about witnessing the loss of things and not knowing that it's your fault that they're leaving. At the same time, it could be about prioritizing your life after a long period of realizing how bad things have been. Trying to find the faults in what you've been doing and how to improve upon yourself. Becoming important.
    2006200720082009on May 20, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIn the beginning, the character gets into the car during a storm and is driving somewhere. The weird guitar/synth noises could be the actual crash. The synthy sound afterwards is the immediate aftermath, representing the character in a daze of sorts. The rest of the song is him reflecting. Sounds simple the way I put it, but this makes sense to me.
    ytsejam09on August 06, 2009   Link

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