"The Root of All Evil"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. Mike Portnoy

Octavarium (2005), Score (2006), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008), Live At Luna Park (2013)


VI. Ready

Proud enough for you to call me arrogant, greedy enough to be labeled a thief
Angry enough for me to go and hurt a man, cruel enough for me to feel no grief
Never could have just a part of it, I always need more to get by
Getting right down to the heart of it, the root of all evil has been running my whole life
Dirty enough for me to lust, leaving nothing left to trust
Jealous enough to still feel envious, lazy enough to sleep all day
And let my life just waste away, selfish enough to make you wait for me
Driven blindly by our sins, misled so easily
Entirely ready to leave all behind, I'm begging to break free
Take all of me, the desires that keep burning deep inside
Cast them all away and help to give me strength to face another day
I am ready, help me be what I can be


VII. Remove

Self-centered fear has got a hold me, clutching my throat
Self righteous anger running all through me, ready to explode
Procrastination paralyzing me, wanting me dead
These obsessions that keep haunting to me, won't leave my head
Help to do for me what I can't do myself, take this fear and pain
I can't break out of this prison all alone, help me break these chains
Humility now my only hope, won't you take all of me, heal this dying soul
I can feel my body breaking, I can feel my body breaking, I'm ready to let it all go
I can feel my body shaking, right down to the foundation, the root of it all
Take all of me and the desires that keep burning deep inside
Cast it all away and help to give me strength to face another day
I am ready, help me be what I can be, I am ready, come to me, take me away


"The Answer Lies Within"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess

Octavarium (2005), Score (2006), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008)


Look around, where do you belong, don't be afraid, you're not the only one
Don't let the day go by, don't let it end
Don't let a day go by in doubt, the answer lies within
Life is short, so learn from your mistakes and stand behind
The choices that you make
Face each day with both eyes open wide and try to give, don't keep it all inside
Don't let the day go by, don't let it end
Don't let a day go by in doubt, the answer lies within
You've got the future on your side, you're gonna be fine now
I know whatever you decide, you're gonna shine
Don't let the day go by, don't let it end
Don't let a day go by in doubt, you're ready to begin
Don't let a day go by in doubt, the answer lies within


"These Walls"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess

Octavarium (2005), Live At High Voltage Festival 2011 (2011), Live At Luna Park (2013)


This is so hard for me to find the words to say, my thoughts are standing still
Captive inside of me, all emotions start to hide and nothing's getting through
Watch me, fading, I'm losing all my instincts, falling into darkness
Tear down these walls for me, stop me from going under
You are the only one who knows, I'm holding back
It's not too late for me to keep from sinking further
I'm trying to find my way out, tear down these walls for me now
So much uncertainty, I don't like this feeling, I'm sinking like a stone
Each time I try to speak, there's a voice I'm hearing and it changes everything
Watch me crawl from the wreckage of my silence, conversation failing
Tear down these walls for me, stop me from going under
You are the only one who knows, I'm holding back
It's not too late for me to keep from sinking further
I'm trying to find my way out, tear down these walls
Every time you choose to turn away, is it worth the price you pay
Is there someone who will wait for you, one more time, one more time
Watch me fading, I'm losing all my instincts, falling into darkness
Tear down these walls for me, stop me from going under
You are the only one who knows, I'm holding back
It's not too late for me to keep from sinking further
I'm trying to find my way out, tear down these walls for me now
Tear down these walls for me, it's not too late for me, tear down these walls for me


"I Walk Beside You"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess

Octavarium (2005), Score (2006), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008)


There's a story in your eyes, I can see the hurt behind your smile
For every sign I recognize, another one escapes me
Let me know what plagues your mind, let me be the one to know you best
Be the one to hold you up, when you feel like you're sinking
Tell me once again what's beneath the pain you're feeling
Don't abandon me or think you can't be saved
I walk beside you wherever you are, whatever it takes, no matter how far
Through all that may come and all that may go, I walk beside you, I walk beside you
Summon up your ghosts for me, rest your tired thoughts upon my hands
Step inside this sacred place, when all your dreams seem broken
Resonate inside this temple, let me be the one who understands
Be the one to carry you when you can walk no further
Tell me once again what's below the surface bleeding
If you've lost your way, I will take you in
I walk beside you wherever you are, whatever it takes, no matter how far
Through all that may come and all that may go, I walk beside you, I walk beside you
Oh when everything is wrong, oh when hopelessness surrounds you
Oh the sun will rise again the tide you swim against will carry you back home
So don't give up, don't give in
I walk beside you wherever you are, whatever it takes, no matter how far
Through all that may come and all that may go, I walk beside you, I walk beside you


"Panic Attack"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess

Octavarium (2005)


All wound up, on the edge, terrified, sleep disturbed, restless mind, petrified
Bouts of fear, permeate, all I see, heightening, nervousness, threatens me
I am paralyzed, so afraid to die, caught off guard, warning signs, never show
Tension strikes, choking me, worries grow
Why do I feel so numb, is it something to do with where I come from
Should this be fight or flight, I don't know why I'm constantly so uptight
Rapid heartbeat pounding through my chest, agitated body in distress
I feel like I'm in danger, daily life is strangled by my stress
A stifling surge, shooting through all my veins
Extreme apprehension, suddenly I'm insane
Lost all hope for redemption, a grave situation desperate at best
Why do I feel so numb, is it something to do with where I come from
Should this be fight or flight, I don't know why I'm constantly reeling
Helpless hysteria, a false sense of urgency
Trapped in my phobia, possessed by anxiety
Run, try to hide, overwhelmed by this complex delirium
Helpless hysteria, a false sense of urgency
Trapped in my phobia, possessed by anxiety
Run, try to hide, overwhelmed by this complex delirium


"Never Enough"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess

Octavarium (2005)


Cut myself open wide, reach inside, help yourself to all I have to give
And then you help yourself again and then complain that you didn't like the way
I put the knife in wrong
You didn't like the way my blood spilled on your brand new floor
What would you say if I walked away, would you appreciate but then it'd be too late
Because I can only take so much of your ungrateful ways, everything is never enough
Sacrifice my life, neglect my kids and wife
All for you to be happy, all those sleepless nights
And countless fights to give you more and then you say
How dare that I didn't write you back
I must be too good for you, I only care about myself
What would you say if I walked away, would you appreciate but then it'd be too late
Because I can only take so much of your ungrateful ways, everything is never enough
What would you say if I walked away, would you appreciate, but then it'd be too late
Because I can only take so much of your ungrateful ways, everything is never enough


"Sacrificed Sons"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess

Octavarium (2005), Score (2006), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008)


from left: "This has all the appearances of an extraordinarily well coordinated and devastating terrorist attack."
from right: "terrorism against our nation will not stand; the government will hunt down those resposible."
from left: "terrorism means striking terror into the hearts of people, that has been accomplished."
from right: "looking in awe, amazement, shock and grief and anger at what they were seeing in front of them."
from middle: There has just been a huge explosion... you can see, uh, a billowing smoke rising, there was a cascade of sparks and fire and we see this extraordinarily big, frightening scene behind us."
from left: "there is panic on the streets, there are people screaming and running."
from right: "Good lord, there are no words."
from left: "3000 Palestinians [unintelligible] chanting "God is good.""
from right: "This is just a horrific scene and a horrific moment, but just look at that. That is about as frightening a scene as you will ever see."
from left: "But there are times in your life that are life changing, where your life can never be the same and this appears certainly to be one of them."


Walls are closing, anxiously, channel surfing, frantically
Burning City, smoke and fire, planes we're certain, faith inspired
No clues, a complete surprise, who'll be coming home tonight
Heads all turning towards the sky, towers crumble, heroes die
Who would wish this on our people and proclaim that His will be done
Scriptures they heed have misled them
All praise their Sacrificed sons, all praise their Sacrificed sons
Teach them what to think and feel, your ways so enlightening
Words they preach I can't relate, if God's true Love are acts of Hate
Who would wish this on our people and proclaim that His will be done
Scriptures they heed have misled them
All praise their Sacrificed sons, all praise their Sacrificed sons
God on high, our mistake, will mankind be extinct
There's no time, time to waste, who serves the truth for Heaven's sake


"Octavarium"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
Octavarium (2005), Score (2006)


I. Someone Like Him
l. John Petrucci


I never wanted to become someone like him, so secure, content to live each day
Just like the last I was sure I knew
That this was not for me and I wanted so much more
Far beyond what I could see, so I swore that I'd never be someone like him
So many years have passed since I proclaimed my independance
My mission, my aim and my vision so secure
Content to live each day like it's my last
It's wonderful to know that I could be
Something more than what I dreamed, far beyond what I could see
Still I swear that I'm missing out this time
As far as I could tell theres nothing more I need
But still I ask myself could this be everything
Then all I swore that I would never be was now
So suddenly the only thing I wanted to become, to be someone just like him


II. Medicate (Awakening)
l. by James LaBrie


A Doctor sitting next to me, he asked me how I feel
Not sure I understand his questioning, he says I've been away a while
But thinks he has cured me from a state of catatonic sleep
For 30 years, where have I been, eyes open, but not getting through to me
Medicate me, infiltrate me, side effects appear as my conscience slips away
Medicate me, science failing, conscience fading fast, can't you stop what's happening
A higher dosage he prescribes, but there's no guarantee
I feel it starting to take over me, I tell him not to be ashamed
There's no one who's to blame, a second shot, a brief awakening
I feel the relapse, can't break free, eyes open, but not getting through to me
Medicate me, infiltrate me, side effects appear as my conscience slips away
Medicate me, science failing, conscience fading fast
Can't you stop what's happening?


III. Full Circle
l. Mike Portnoy


[Isn't this is where we came in from Pink Floyd - The Wall]
Sailing on the seven seize the day tripper diem's ready
Jack The Ripper Owens Wilson Phillips and my supper's ready
Lucy in the Sky with Diamond Daves not here I come to save the day
For nightmare cinema show me the way to get back home again
[Running forward, falling back] spinning round and round
[Looking outward, reaching in] scream without a sound
[Leaning over, crawling up] stumbling all around
[Losing my place, only to] find I've come full circle
Flying off the handle with careful with that axe Eugene Gene the Dance Machine
Messiah light my fire gabba gabba, hey hey my my generation's home again
[Running forward, falling back] spinning round and round
[Looking outward, reaching in] scream without a sound
[Leaning over, crawling up] stumbling all around
[Losing my place, only to] find I've come full circle


IV. Intervals
l. Mike Portnoy


[Root]
Our deadly sins feel his mortal wrath, remove all obstacles from our path
[Second]
Asking questions, search for clues, the answer's been right in front of you
[Third]
We try to break through long to connect, fall on deaf ears with failed muted breath
[Fourth]
Loyalty, trust, faith and desire carries love through each darkest fire
[Fifth]
Tortured insanity, a smothering hell, try to escape but to no avail
[Sixth]
The calls of admirers who claim they adore, drain all your lifeblood while begging for more
[Seventh]
Innocent victims for merciless crimes fall prey to some madman's for impulsive designs
[Octave]
Step after step, we try controlling our fate
When we finally start living it's become to late
Trapped inside this Octavarium, trapped inside this Octavarium
Trapped inside this Octavarium, trapped inside this Octavarium


V. Razor's Edge
l. John Petrucci


We move in circles, balanced all the while on a gleaming razor's edge
A perfect sphere colliding with our fate, this story ends where it began