"A Nightmare To Remember"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l.

Black Clouds and Silver Linings (2009)


A nightmare to remember, I'd never be the same
What began as laughter, so soon would turn to pain
The sky was clear and frigid, the air was thick and still
Now I'm not one to soon forget and I bet I never will
Picture for a moment, the perfect irony
A flawless new beginning eclipsed by tragedy
The uninvited Stranger, strated dancing on his own
So we said goodbye to the glowing bride and we made our way back home
Life was so simple then, we were so innocent
Father and mother, holding each other
Without warning, out of nowhere, like a bullet, from the night
Crashing glass, rubber and steel, scorching fire, glowing lights
Screams of terror, pain and fear, sounds of sirens, smoke in my eyes
Sudden stillness, wrapped in silence, no more screaming, no more cries
Stunned and bewildered, cold and afraid, torn up and broken, frightened and dazed
Stunned and bewildered, cold and afraid, torn up and broken, frightened and dazed
Lying on the table, in this unfamilliar place
I'm greeted by a stranger, a man without a face
He said "Son do you remember? Do you even know your name?"
Then he shined a light into my eyes and said "Take this for the pain"
Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony
I am endlessly falling, lost in this wonderful misery
In peaceful sedation I lay half awake and thought of the panic inside starts to fade
Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony
"Tell me does this hurt you?" Said the faceless man
"Can you move all of your fingers? Can you try your best to stand?"
I asked about the others, "Is everyone okay?"
He told me not to worry, as he turns and looked away
Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony
I am endlessly falling, lost in this wonderful misery
In peaceful sedation I lay half awake and thought of the panic inside starts to fade
Hopelessly drifting, bathing in beautiful agony
Day after day and night after night
We burden the oppressed, did they ever see the red light?
Over and over, scene by scene, like a recurring nightmare, haunting my dreams
How can you prepare for what happens next?
The search you'll never have to see, his father's such a mess
It's a miracle he lived, it's a blessing no one died
By the grace of God above, everyone survived
Life was so simple then, we were so innocent
It will stay with us forever, a nightmare to remember


"A Rite of Passage"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l.

Black Clouds and Silver Linings (2009)


This is the new world order, plague upon our peers
Spreading accusations of radical fears
The brotherhood of wisdom, strength and dignity
Its rituals and secrets, remain a mystery
Beneath an ever watchful eye, the angels of the temple fly
Turn the key, walk through the gate
The great ascent, to reach a higher state, a rite of passage
The final stage, a sacred home
Unlock the door and lay the cornerstone, a rite of passage
Men of wealth and power, influence and fame
Philosphers and leaders, are members of the trade
Bound by oath and honor, like the rose and cross
An enigmatic union of esoteric thought
Beneath the ever watchful eye, the angels of the temple fly
Turn the key, walk through the gate
The great ascent, to reach a higher state, a rite of passage
The final stage, a sacred home
Unlock the door and lay the cornerstone, a rite of passage
Turn the key, walk through the gate
The great ascent, to reach a higher state, a rite of passage
The seven stars, the rising sun
A perfect world, a new life has begun, a rite of passage


"Wither"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l.

Black Clouds and Silver Linings (2009)


Let it out, let it out, feel the empty space, so insecure find the words and let it out
Staring down, staring down, nothing comes to mind
Find the place turn the water into wine
But i feel im getting nowhere and ill never see the end
So i wither and render myself helpless
I give in and everything is clear, I breakdown and let the story guide me
Turn it on, turn it on, let the feelings flow
Close your eyes, see the ones you used to know
Open up open up, dont struggle to relate
Lure it out, help the memory escape
Still transparantness consumes me and i feel like giving up
So i wither and render myself helpless
I give in and everything is clear
I breakdown and let the story guide me
I wither and give myself away
Light reflections on the cage, the worlds want to create
I drown in hesitation, my words come crashing down
And all my best creations, burning to the ground
The final staring over, leaves me paralyzed
Tear it out again, another one that got away
I wither and render myself helpless, I give in and everything is clear
I wither and render myself helpless, I give in and everything is clear
I breakdown and let the story guide me
I wither and give myself away
Light reflections on the cage, the worlds want to create
The worlds which you create, let it out let it out


"The Shattered Fortress"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l.

Black Clouds and Silver Linings (2009), Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) (2014)


X. Restraint

Freedom calls my name, serenity keeps me sane, happiness it dulls the pain
Honest to see my place, open to other ways, willingness to understand
Justice but do not judge, courtesy for others' flaws, kindness itís not that hard
Self-restraint of tongue and pen, inventory my daily friend, analysis let down your guard
Look in the mirror, what do you see? The Shattered Fortress, that once bound me
Fateful ascent, through darkest fires, I've found the path to take me higher
You're smart enough for me to trust go live your life now
Just keep these steps in your life and youíll know how
If youíre not sure, ask yourself "Have I done to them, as I would have them do to me
Look in the mirror, what's that you see? The Shattered Fortress, fly now be free
Fateful ascent through darkest fires, I've found the path to take me higher
I once thought it better to be right, but now I have finally seen the light
Sometimes you've got to be wrong and learn from mistakes
I live with serenity now, not self-righteous hate


XI. Receive

Now that you can see all you have done
It's time to take that step into the kingdom
All your sins will help to make you strong
And help you break right through the prison wall
Keep all of me, the desires that once burned me deep inside
Help me live today and help to give me grace to carry out your way
I am ready, help me be all I can be
I am ready, help guide me and keep me free


XII. Responsible

I am responsible, when anyone, anywhere
Reaches out for help, I want my hand to be there


"The Best of Times"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l.

Black Clouds and Silver Linings (2009)


Remember days of yesterday and how it flew so fast
The two score and a year we had, I thought would always last
The summer days and west coast dreams, I wished would never end
A young boy and his father, idol and best friend
I'll always remember, those were the best of times
A lifetime together, I'll never forget
Morning shows on the radio, the case of the missing dog
Lying on the hills of ???, watching ???
Record shops, the stick-ball fields, my home away from home
When we weren't together, the hours on the phone
I'll always remember, those were the best of times
I'll cherish them forever, the best of times
But then came the call, our lives changed forever more
You can pray for a change, but prepare for the end
The fleeting winds of time, flying through each day
All the things I should have done, but time just slipped away
Remember "seize the day", life goes by in the blink of an eye
There's so much left to see
These were the best of times, I'll miss these days
Your spirit led my life each day
Thank you for the inspiration, thank you for the smiles
All the unconditional love, that carried me for miles
It carried me for miles, but most of all thank you for my life
These were the best of times, I'll miss these days
Your spirit led my life each day, my heart is bleeding bad
But I'll be okay, your spirit guides my life each day


"The Count of Tuscany"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l.

Black Clouds and Silver Linings (2009), Live At High Voltage Festival 2011 (2011), Happy Holidays From Dream Theater (2013)


Seven years ago in a foreign town, far away from home I met the Count of Tuscany
A young eccentric man bred from royal blood
Took me for a ride across the open countryside
Get into my car, let's go for a drive along the way I'll be your guide
Just step inside, maybe you'll recall
I kind of felt curious, a character inspired by my brothers life
Winding through the hills, city far behind
On and on we go down narrow streets and dusty roads
At last we came upon a picturesque estate
On sprawling emerald fields an ancient world of times gone by
Let me introduce my brother, I've been a gentleman, historian
Sucking on his pipe, distinguished accent
You're making me uptight, no accident
I wanna stay alive, everything about this place, just doesn't feel right
I don't wanna die, suddenly I'm frightened for my life
I wanna say goodbye, this could be the last time you see me alive
I may not survive, knew it from the moment we arrived
Would you like to see a secret, holy place?
I come here late at night to pray to him by candlelight
Then peering through the glass I saw with disbelief
Still dressed in royal clothes the saint behind the alter
History recalls during times of war
Legend has been traced that inside these castle walls
When soldiers came to hide in barrels filled with wine
Never to escape these tombs of old, that's where they died
Down the cellar stairs, I disappeared like the english heir
The end is near, come and have a taste, a rare vintage
All the finest wines, improve with age
I wanna stay alive, everything about this place just doesn't feel right
I don't wanna die, suddenly I'm frightened for my life
I wanna say goodbye, this could be the last time you see me alive
I may not survive, knew it from the moment we arrived
Could this be the end? Is this the way I die?
Sitting here alone? No one by my side
I don't understand, I don't feel that I deserve this, what did I do wrong?
I just don't understand (I just don't understand)
Give me one more chance, let me please explain
It's all been circumstance, I'll tell you once again
You took me for a ride promising a vast adventure
Next thing that I know I'm frightened for my life
Now wait a minute man, that's not how it is
You must be confused, that isn't who I am
Please don't be afraid, I would never try to hurt you
This is how we live, strange although it seems, please try to forgive
The chapel and the saint, the soldiers in the wine
The fable's and the tales, all handed down through time
Of course you're free to go, go and tell the world my story
Tell them about my brother, tell them about me, The Count of Tuscany