"On The Backs of Angels"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung and Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011), Live At High Voltage Festival 2011 (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013), Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) (2014)


Standing on the backs of angels, destined to create
Mounting the attack, while heroes carry your weight
We spiral towards disaster, survival fading faster
Riding out the wave, content to feed off the machine
Bleeding us to death, the new American dream
You're blinded by your hunger, beware your days are numbered
Tears fall from the shameless, shelter me, guide me to the edge of the water
Selfless are the righteous, burden me, lead me like a lamb to the slaughter
Blurring lines drawn in between what is right and what is wrong
Victims on the radar string us along
We're on to your agenda, the dead end road to nowhere
Tears fall from the shameless, shelter me, guide me to the edge of the water
Selfless are the righteous, burden me, lead me like a lamb to the slaughter
Tears fall from the shameless, shelter me, guide me to the edge of the water
Selfless are the righteous, burden me, lead me like a lamb to the slaughter
Selfless are the righteous, burden me, lead me like a lamb to the slaughter


"Build Me Up, Break Me Down"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung and James LaBrie
l. John Petrucci

A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013)


Today I will be your savior, tomorrow, a demon? You crave my erratic behavior and watch my every move
Obsession at all cost, you'll be the death of me
Broken and torn apart, why can't you let me be?
You build me up, you break me down, until I'm falling to pieces
I crash and burn, I never learn, I'm your guilty addiction
Build me up, break me down
Tonight I am the new messiah, you deify
When I'm no longer desired, I'll be crucified
The one who's free from sin, the first to cast the stone
Fighting the fear within, I won't be left alone
You build me up, you break me down, until I'm falling to pieces
The price I pay, to live this way and the fantasy stays alive
I can't live up, I can't let down, and leave you falling to pieces
I crash and burn, I never learn, I'm your morbid obsession
Build me up, break me down
You build me up, you break me down, until I'm falling to pieces
The price I pay, to live this way, and the fantasy stays alive
I can't live up, I can't let down, and leave you falling to pieces
I crash and burn, I never learn, your iconic fixation
Build me up, break me down
Build me up, break me down


"Lost Not Forgotten"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung, James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013)


I am not immortal, I am just a man
A power-craving tyrant, beyond the shadows in the sand
Men have come to fear me, many bow and cry
Known across the desert, I am the one who will not die
I have faced the demons of our most desperate moments
I have been the one to defend our pride
I have worn the banner of my abandoned brothers
I will be the first one to give my live
Lost not forgotten, reigning against the odds
Feared and respected living among the gods
Leading the empire, spirit as black as coal
Lost not forgotten, king of the deathless soul
An Epic novel no one's read
Pages torn and faded, the greatest story never told
Behold the kingdom I possess, land of wealth and beauty
Where the streets are paved with gold
Once fearless and brave, a realm passed away, the ghosts of yesterday
Lost not forgotten, reigning against the odds
Feared and respected living among the gods
Leading the empire, brutal and heartless, vanishing further
Into the darkness, lost not forgotten, king of the deathless soul


"This Is The Life"
m. John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013)


In the heart of your most solemn barren night
When your soul's turned inside out
Have you questioned all the madness you invite?
What your life is all about
Some of us choose to live gracefully
Some can get caught in the maze and lose their way home
This is the life we belong to our gift divine
Have you ever wished that you were someone else?
Traded places in your mind, it's only a waste of your time
Some of us choose to live gracefully
Some can get caught in the maze and lose their way home
This is the life we belong to our gift divine
Feed the illusion you dream about, cast out the monsters inside
Life begins with an empty slate, fragile left in the hands of fate
Driven by love and crushed by hate
Until the day the gift is gone and shadows remain
Some of us choose to live gracefully
Some can get caught in the maze and lose their way home
Memories will fade, time races on
What will they say after you're gone?
This is the life we belong to our gift divine, our gift divine


"Bridges In The Sky"
m. John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess and John Myung
l. John Petrucci

A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013)


Blackness awakens, visions come alive
Seeing through darkness with borrowed eyes
Death survivor, take me higher, reunite my soul
Whisperer of truth, I trust in you, to make me whole
Sun, come shine my way, may healing waters bury all my pain
Wind, carry me home, the fabric of reality is tearing apart
The piece of me that died will return to live again
Feeling myself slip away, suddenly dreaming awake
Hidden memories, flooding back
I will not grow in the light, until I pass through the darkest caverns of my heart
Dance with fire, spirit guide erase the world outside
Messenger of truth, I trust in you, transform me now
Sun, come shine my way, may healing waters bury all my pain
Wind, carry me home, the fabric of reality is tearing apart
The piece of me that died will return to live again
And at last the time has come to unite again as one
To the power of the Earth I'm calling, crossing bridges in the sky
On a journey to renew my life, Shaman take my hand
Sun, come shine my way, may healing waters bury all my pain
Wind, carry me home, the fabric of reality is tearing apart
The piece of me that died will return to live again
And at last the time has come to unite again as one
To the power of the Earth I'm calling, crossing bridges in the sky
On a journey to renew my life, Shaman take my hand


"Outcry"
m. John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess and John Myung
l. John Petrucci

A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013)


Somewhere overhead, distant thunders roars
The revolution has begun, the war to end all wars
As I welcome death, I hear the battle cry
Bullets fall like fire, raining from the sky
The rebel in us all, someday gets tired of being pushed around
But freedom has a price, the cost is buried in the ground
We suffered far too long, we gather now growing stronger
We will not be ignored, anymore any longer, our anthem will guide us
Rise up, be counted, stand strong and unite
Wait for the outcry, resistance is calling tonight
Far too many years of chaos and unrest
Far too many voices, brutally suppressed
We fight for what is just, for all that we believe
We fight till death or glory, fight to be set free
The street are bathed in blood, time to step down and time to walk away
You'll never rule me now, though you may stand upon my grave
You can look the other way or you can face the light
Although it seems so far away, freedom's worth the fight
Rise up, be counted, stand strong and unite
Wait for the outcry, resistance is calling
Rise up, be counted, stand strong and unite
Wait for the outcry, resistance is calling tonight
The world watches on, while we risk our lives
Locked in a kingdom of fear as our children die


"Far From Heaven"
m. John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess and James LaBrie
l. James LaBrie

A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013)


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't 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


"Breaking All Illusions"
m. John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess and John Myung
l. John Myung and John Petrucci

A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013), Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) (2014)


With the sun in place, there's a test of faith, streams of thought awaken
New realities, singularities, breaking all illusions
Spoken words: "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you
as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you
as by the way your mind looks at what happens."
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars."

Sudden bust of heat, burning source of life, masterful destruction
Power's not an act, it's understanding truth, changing my direction
Live in the moment, breathe in a new beginning
Wisdom revealed as I unlearn to learn
Life's biggest battles, often are fought alone, my spirit brings me home
Emerald thoughts flow through my consciousness, drawn to curses left behind
Test of will the threshold to one's faith, starts a fire in the mind
Searching out, reaching in, to arrive, where I began, sights remembered, in the light
Searching out, reaching in, to arrive, where I began, sights remembered, come alive
Embrace the days, don't turn away
Life's true intent needs patience, karma starts the signal


"Beneath The Surface"
m. John Petrucci
l. John Petrucci

A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013)


Is there ever really a right time? You had led me to believe someday you'd be there for me
When the stars above aligned, when you weren't so consumed
I kept looking for the clues, so I waited in the shadows of my heart
And still the time was never right
Until one day I stopped caring and began to forget why I longed to be so close
And I disappeared into the darkness and the darkness turned to pain
And never went away, until all that remained was buried, deep beneath the surface
A shell of what things could've been
Tired bones beneath a veil of guarded secrets all too frail
Sad to think I never knew, you were searching for the words
For the moment to emerge, yet the moment never came
You couldn't risk my fragile frame
Until one day you stopped caring and began to forget why you tried to be so close
And you disappeared into the darkness and the darkness turned to pain
And never went away, until all that remained was buried, deep beneath the surface
I would scream just to be heard, as if yelling at the stars
I was bleeding just to feel, you would never say a word
Kept me reaching in the dark, always something to conceal
Until one day I stopped caring and began to forget why I longed to be so close
And I disappeared into the darkness and the darkness turned to pain
And never went away, until all that remained was buried, deep beneath the surface
Beneath the surface