Cast Of Characters:
Nicholas
Victoria Page
Senator Edward Baynes (The Miracle)
Julian Baynes (The Sleeper)
The Hypnotherapist: Spoken by Terry Brown

Chronological Key:
Past
Present


Act I: Scene I

"Regression"
m. and l. John Petrucci
Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001)


The Hypnotherapist:
"Close your eyes and begin to relax. Take a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Concentrate on your breathing. With each breath you become more relaxed. Imagine a brilliant white light above you, focusing on this light as it flows through your body. Allow yourself to drift off as you fall deeper and deeper into a more relaxed state of mind. Now as I count back from ten to one, you will feel more peaceful, and calm. Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. You will enter a safe place where nothing can harm you. Five. Four. Three. Two. If at any time you need to come back, all you must do is open your eyes. One."

Nicholas:
Safe in the light that surrounds me, free of the fear and the pain
My subconscious mind starts spinning through time to rejoin the past once again
Nothing seems real, I'm starting to feel lost in the haze of a dream
And as I draw near, the scene becomes clear, like watching my life on a screen
Hello Victoria, so glad to see you, my friend.


Act I: Scene II

"I. Overture 1928" (Instrumental)
m. John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) (2013)


"II. Strange De Ja Vu"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l. Mike Portnoy

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) (2013)


Nicholas:
Subconscious Strange Sensation, unconscious relaxation
What a pleasant nightmare and I can't wait to get there again
Every time I close my eyes, there's another vivid surprise
Another whole life waiting, Chapters unfinished, fading
Closer now - Slowly coming into view, I've arrived - Blinding sunshine beaming through
There's a house I'm drawn to, familiar settings
Nothing new and there's a pathway leading there with a haunting chill in the air
There's a room at the top of the stairs
Every night I'm drawn up there and there's a girl in the mirror
Her face is getting clearer, young child won't you tell me why I'm here?
In her eyes, I sense a story never told behind the disguise
There's something tearing at her soul...


Victoria:
Tonight I've been searching for it, a feeling that's deep inside me
Tonight I've been searching for the one that nobody knows, trying to break free
I just can't help myself, I'm feeling like I'm going out of my head
Tears my heart into two, I'm not the one the sleeper thought he knew


Nicholas:
Back on my feet again, eyes open to the real world
Metropolis surrounds me, the mirror's shattered the girl
Why is this other life haunting me every day
I'd break through to the other side if only I'd find the way
Something's awfully familiar, the feeling's so hard to shake
Could I have lived in that other world, it's a link that I'm destined to make
I'm still searching but I don't know what for, the missing key to unlock my mind's door
Today I am searching for it, a feeling that won't go away
Today I am searching for the one that I only know, trying to break free
I just can't help myself, I'm feeling like I'm going out of my head
Tears my soul into two, I'm not the one I thought I always knew
I just can't help myself, I'm feeling like I'm going out of my head
Uncanny, Strange Deja Vu, but I don't mind, I hope to find the truth


Act I: Scene III

"I. Through My Words"
m. & l. John Petrucci
Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Live At High Voltage Festival 2011 (2011), Happy Holidays From Dream Theater (2013)


Nicholas:
All your eyes have ever seen, all you've ever heard
Is etched upon my memory, is spoken through my words
All that I take with me, is all you've left behind
We're sharing one eternity, living in two minds
Linked by an endless thread, impossible to break


"II. Fatal Tradgedy"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l. John Myung

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Live At High Voltage Festival 2011 (2011), Happy Holidays From Dream Theater (2013)


Nicholas:
Alone at night I feel so strange, I need to find all the answers to my dreams
When I sleep at night I hear the cries, what does this mean?
I shut the door and traveled to another home
I met an older man, he seemed to be alone
I felt that I could trust him, he talked to me that night;
"Lad did you know a girl was murdered here?"
"This fatal tragedy was talked about for years"
Victoria's gone forever, only memories remain, she passed away, she was so young
Without love, without truth, there can be no turning back
Without faith, without hope, there can be no peace of mind
As the night went on, I started to find my way
I learned about a tragedy, a mystery still today
I tried to get more answers, but he said, "You're on your own."
Then he turned away and left me
As I stand there all alone, he said,
"You'll know the truth, as you future days unfold"
Without love, without truth, there can be no turning back
Without faith, without hope, there can be no peace of mind


The Hypnotherapist:
Now it is time to see how you died. Remember that death is not the end, but only a transition.

Act I: Scene IV

"Beyond This Life"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l. John Petrucci

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Live At Budakon (2004), Live In The Flats (2008)


Headline: "Murder, young girl killed, desperate shooting at Echo's Hill
Dreadful ending, killer died, evidently suicide."
A witness heard a horrifying sound
He ran to find a woman dead and lying on the ground
Standing by her was a man, nervous, shaking, gun in hand
Witness says he tried to help, but he'd turned the weapon on himself
His body fell across that poor young girl, after shouting out in vain
The witness ran to call for assistance, a sad close to a broken love affair
Our deeds have traveled far, what we have been is what we are
Our deeds have traveled far, what we have been is what we are
She wanted love forever, but he had another plan, he fell into an evil way
She had to let him down, she said, "I can't love a wayward man."
She may have found a reason to forgive, if he had only tried to change
Was their fatal meeting prearranged?
Had a violent struggle taken place? There was every sign that lead there
Witness found a switchblade on the ground, was the victim unaware?
They continued to investigate, they found a note in the killer's pocket
It could have been a suicide letter, maybe he had lost her love
I feel there's only one thing left to do
I'd sooner take my life away than live with losing you
Our deeds have traveled far, what we have been is what we are
Our deeds have traveled far, what we have been is what we are
All that we learn this time, is carried beyond this life
All that we learn this time, is carried beyond this life


Act I: Scene V

"Through Her Eyes"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l. John Petrucci

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008)


Nicholas:
She never really had a chance on that fateful moonlit night
Sacrificed without a fight, a victim of her circumstance
Now that I've become aware and I've exposed this tragedy
A sadness grows inside of me, it all seems so unfair
I'm learning all about my life by looking through her eyes
Just beyond the churchyard gates where the grass is overgrown
I saw the writing on her stone, I felt like I would suffocate
In loving memory of our child, so innocent, eyes open wide
I felt so empty as I cried, like part of me had died
I'm learning all about my life by looking through her eyes
And as her image wandered through my head
I wept just like a baby as I lay awake in bed
And I know what it's like to lose someone you love and this felt just the same
She wasn't given any choice, desperation stole her voice
I've been given so much more in life, I've got a son, I've got a wife
I had to suffer one last time to grieve for her and say goodbye
Relive the anguish of my past, to find out who I was at last
The door has opened wide, I'm turning with the tide, looking through her eyes


Act II: Scene VI

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

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008)


The Sleeper:
Shine - lake of fire, lines take me higher, my mind drips desire, confined and overtired
Living this charade is getting me nowhere, I can't shake this charade
The city's cold blood calls me home..., home...
It's what I long for, back home...where I belong
The city - it calls to me, decadent scenes from my memory
Sorrow - eternity, my demons are coming to drown me
Help - I'm falling, I'm crawling, I can't keep away from its clutch
Can't have it, this habit, it's calling me back to my home


The Miracle:
I remember the first time she came to me, poured out her soul all night and cried...
I remember I was told there's a new love that's born for each one that has died...
I never thought that I could carry on with this life
But I can't resist myself no matter how hard I try
Living their other life is getting them nowhere, I'll make her my wife
Her sweet temptation calls me home...home...
It's what I long for, my home...where she belongs
Her ecstasy - means so much to me, even decieving my own blood
Victoria watches and thoughtfully smiles, she's taking me to my home
Help - he's my brother, but I love her
I can't keep away from her touch, deception, dishonor
It's calling me back to my home


Nicholas:
Her story - it holds the key, unlocking dreams from my memory
Solving this mystery is everything that is a part of me
Help - regression, obsession, I can't keep away from it's clutch
Leave no doubt, to find out it's calling me back to my home


Act II: Scene VII

"I. The Dance of Eternity"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) (2013)


"II. One Last Time"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l. James LaBrie

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001)


Nicholas:
It doesn't make any sense, this tragic ending in spite of the evidence
There's something still missing
Heard some of the rumors told, a taste of one's wealth
Did Victoria wound his soul? Did she bid him farewell?


Victoria:
One last time, we'll lay down today, one last time until we fade away
One last time, we'll lay down today, one last time we slowly fade away


Nicholas:
Here I am inside his home, it holds the many clues to my suspicions
And as I'm standing here right now, I'm finally shown what I have always known
Coincidence I can't believe, as my childhood dreams slowly come true
Are these her memories awakened through my eyes
This house has brought back to life
An open door, I walk on through into his bedroom
Feeling as cold as outside, the walls disappear to some woman who's screaming
A man pleads forgiveness, his words I cannot hear


Act II: Scene VIII

"The Spirit Carries On"
m. John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie
l. John Petrucci

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Score (2006), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008), Live At Luna Park (2013)


Nicholas:
Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go when we die?
What lies beyond And what lay before? Is anything certain in life?
They say, "Life is too short," "The here and the now" and "You're only given one shot"
But could there be more, have I lived before, or could this be all that we've got?
If I die tomorrow, I'd be all right
Because I believe that after we're gone, the spirit carries on
I used to be frightened of dying, I used to think death was the end, but that was before
I'm not scared anymore, I know that my soul will transcend
I may never find all the answers, I may never understand why
I may never prove what I know to be true, but I know that I still have to try
If I die tomorrow, I'd be all right
Because I believe that after we're gone the spirit carries on


Victoria:
"Move on, be brave, don't weep at my grave, because I am no longer here
But please never let your memory of me disappear"


Nicholas:
Safe in the light that surrounds me, free of the fear and the pain
My questioning mind has helped me to find the meaning in my life again
Victoria's real, I finally feel at peace with the girl in my dreams
And now that I'm here, it's perfectly clear, I found out what all of this means
If I die tomorrow, I'd be all right
Because I believe that after we're gone the spirit carries on


Act II: Scene IX

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

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory (1999), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) (2013)


The Hypnotherapist:
"You are once again surrounded by a brilliant white light. Allow the light to lead you away from your past and into this lifetime. As the light dissipates you will slowly fade back into consciousness remembering all you have learned. When I tell you to open your eyes you will return to the present, feeling peaceful and refreshed. Open your eyes, Nicholas."

The Miracle:
Friday evening, the blood still on my hands
To think that she would leave me now, for that ungrateful man
Sole survivor, no witness to the crime, I must act fast to cover up
I think that there's still time
He'd seem hopeless and lost with this note, they'll buy into the words that I wrote
"This feeling inside me, finally found my love
I've finally broke free, no longer torn in two, I'd take my own life before losing you"


Victoria:
Feeling good this Friday afternoon, I ran into Julian, said we'd get together soon
He's always had my heart, he needs to know I'll break free of the Miracle, it's time for him to go
This feeling inside me, finally found my love
I've finally broke free, no longer torn in two, he'd kill his brother if he only knew
Their love renewed, they'd rendezvous in a pathway out of view
They thought no one knew, then came a shot out of the night


The Miracle:
"Open your eyes, Victoria."

The Sleeper:
One last time, we'll lay down today, one last time until we fade away
One last time we'll lay down today, one last time we fade away
As their bodies lie still and the ending draws near
Spirits rise through the air, all their fears disappear, it all becomes clear
A blinding light comes into view, an old soul exchanged for a new
A familiar voice comes shining through...


Nicholas:
This feeling inside me, finally found my life, I'm finally free
No longer torn in two, I learned about my life by living through you
This feeling inside me, finally found my life, I'm finally free
No longer torn in two, living my own life by learning from you
We'll meet again my friend someday soon...

"...news in London, France, Russia and Italy have deleted their lead story. All anticipating the outcome of the man considered to be a member of American nobility."

"And as you can imagine, as the skies have grown darker here over Washington, the mood has grown darker as well and people here are beginning to resign themselves to the possibility that they are witnessing yet another tragedy in a long string of misfortunes."

"Reaction from everywhere, from Washington and certainly from around the world has cast..."


The Hypnotherapist:
"Open your eyes, Nicholas."

Nicholas:
"Aaah!"