"The Glass Prison"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. Mike Portnoy

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)


I. Reflection

Cunning, Baffling, Powerful, been beaten to a pulp
Vigorous, irresistible, sick and tired and laid low
Dominating, Invincible, black-out, loss of control
Overwhelming, Unquenchable, I'm powerless, have to let go
I can't escape it, it leaves me frail and worn
Can no longer take it, senses tattered and torn
Hopeless surrender, obsession's got me beat
Losing the will to live, admitting complete defeat
Fatal Descent, spinning around, I've gone too far to turn back round
Desperate attempt, stop the progression at any length, lift this obsession
Crawling to my glass prison
A place where no one knows, my secret lonely world begins
So much safer here, a place where I can go to forget about my daily sins
Life here in my glass prison, a place I once called home, Fall in nocturnal bliss again
Chasing a long lost friend, I no longer can control
Just waiting for this hopelessness to end


II. Restoration

Run - fast from the wreckage of the past, a shattered glass prison wall behind me
Fight - past walking through the ash, a distant oasis before me
Cry - desperate crawling on my knees, begging God to please stop the insanity
Help me - I'm trying to believe, stop wallowing in my self pity
"We've been waiting for you my friend, the writing's been on the wall
All it takes is a little faith, you know you're the same as us all"
Help me - I can't break out this prison all alone
Save me - I'm drowning and I'm hopeless on my own
Heal me - I can't restore my sanity alone
Enter the door, desperate, fighting no more
Help me to restore, to my sanity, at this temple of hope
I need to learn, teach me how, sorrow to burn, help me return to humanity
I'll be fearless and thorough, to enter this temple of hope
Believe, transcend the pain, living the life, humility
Opened my eyes, this new odyssey of rigorous honesty
Serenity I never knew
Soundness of mind helped me to find courage to change all the things that I can
"We'll help you perform this miracle, but you must set your past free
You dug the hole, but you can't bury your soul, open your mind and you'll see"
Help me - I can't break out this prison all alone
Save me - I'm drowning and I'm hopeless on my own
Heal me - I can't restore my sanity alone


III. Revelation

Way off in the distance I saw a door, I tried to open
I tried forcing with all of my will and still the door wouldn't open
Unable to trust in my faith, I turned and walked away
I looked around, felt a chill in the air, took my will and turned it over
The glass prison which once held me is gone, a long lost fortress
Armed only with liberty and the key of my willingness
Fell down on my knees and prayed "Thy will be done"
I turned around, saw a light shining through, the door was wide open
*Dedicated to Bill W. and all of his friends
(This dedication refers to Bill Wilson, a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.)


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

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)


Hear me, speaking, asking why I even bother, tell me, how you live from day to day
Take your time and look around, is this utopia you've found
Sick of all of this, the suffering and we just carry on
Isn't it time we care and lose the hate, understand our fears
But we do all that we can, justify the means to an end
Sorry you must excuse me, I've painted my own Mona Lisa
She's fixed everything, now I'm spoiled beyond my wildest dreams
Blind Faith we have in you, invisible, which direction do we choose, predictable
Take the streets, the beaten path, our system works for whom I ask
Yeah I have it all, the bigger house, an iron fence to keep you out
When did we all let you down
So come Messiah show us how, how, our human spirit drowns
Don't think you hear me now, no sign of you around, what is it you hope to see
Blind Faith we have in you, invisible, which direction do we choose, predictable
Give us something we can use, desirable
Cause you've done all you can do, regrettable
And still life pushes on with or without you, we've got to carry on
Our will, will guide us to a place where we belong
Know there lies the truth, I am the believer who gives purpose on to you
I don't think we let you down, so come Messiah show us how
Now, throw us a pure lifeline
I hope that you hear me, too proud to be around, there's more to us than we see now
Blind Faith we have in you, invisible, which direction do we choose, predictable
Self ignorance, abuse Desirable, cause you've done all you can do, incredible


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

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008), Live In The Flats (2008)


Waiting in the calm of desolation, wanting to break from this circle of confusion
Sleeping in the depths of isolation, trying to wake from this daydream of illusion
How can I feel abandoned even when the world surrounds me
How can I bite the hand that feeds the strangers all around me
How can I know so many never really knowing anyone
If I seem superhuman, I have been misunderstood
It challenges the essence of my soul and leaves me is a state of disconnection
As I navigate the maze of self control
Playing a lion being led to a cage
I turn from a thief to a beggar from a god to God save me
How can I feel abandoned even when the world surrounds me
How can I bite the hand that feeds the strangers all around me
How can I know so many, never really knowing anyone
If I seem superhuman, I have been misunderstood
Playing a lion being led to a cage, I turn from surreal to seclusion
From love to disdain, from belief to delusion, from a thief to a beggar
From a god to God save me
How can I feel abandoned even when the world surrounds me
How can I bite the hand that feeds the strangers all around me
How can I know so many never really knowing anyone
If I seem superhuman, I have been Misunderstood


"The Great Debate"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Live At High Voltage Festival 2011 (2011), Happy Holidays From Dream Theater (2013)


"A Gallup snapshot poll taken immediately after President Bush's speech on funding embryonic stem cell research last night shows that half of Americans approve of his decision, 25% do not, and still another 25% aren't sure what to think."

"Most people don't even know what stem cells are."

"Who's going to scream the loudest, will it be the right-to-lifer's, will it be the scientists? And now what's going to happen is that there will be a tremendous amount of lobbying in Washington D.C. Scientists, entertainers, people who want to see this research will be coming forth."

"I'm concerned about it, Christopher Reeves is concerned about it, everyone is concerned about it, but the big question is, do the ends justify the means? And when we talk about research, yes we can cure a lot things, speculatively, but where's the proof?"

"These developing human beings that they're talking about, these embryos were produced in an artificial, scientific environment, in vitro fertilization is not God's will."

"That doesn't make them any less human though, after that happens."

"We're on a road where we really don't where we're going as far as what's next, we're talking about harvesting embryos, we're talking about this, we're talking about that, but what is the cost?"

"How could we possibly abandon the research?"

(the following samples simultaneously)
"Well that's right, it's the old question, I mean if you think the research is good, of course you'd have no problem at all with it. It's only if you think the research involved is something evil, then you get the question of 'Is it okay to [???]?' And the truth of the matter is that we do that all the time with organ transplants, I mean with people that are killed or murdered or people who're just victims of automobile accidents, abandoning all [???]. We do take their organs and we look to try to save other lives. We try to [???] all the time. [???] kill someone [???]"

"And I'd like to mention that we don't have the answers yet. We need to put the money into something that'll hopefully get those answers in the future. Listen, we're out of time." "And in this country there was a great outrage of [???] from all points. From churches, mainline [???]... that you can not use [???]... to cure [???]... and as it turned out [???]... great outrage... [???]"


What if someone said, promise lies ahead
Hopes are high in certain scientific circles
Life won't have to end, you could walk again
What if someone said, problems lie ahead
They've uncovered something highly controversial
The right to life is strong, can't you see it's wrong
Human kind has reached a turning point
Poised for conflict at ground zero, ready for a war
Do we look to our unearthly guide or to white coat heroes searching for a cure
Turn to the light, don't be frightened of the shadows it creates
Turn to the light, turning away would be a terrible mistake
Anarchist moral vision, industries of death
Facing violent opposition, unmolested breath
Ethic inquisitions breed, antagonistic views
Right wing sound bite premonitions, a labyrinth of rules
Are you justified, are you justified, are you justified
Justified in taking life to save life, life to save life, taking life to save life
This embryonic clay, wrapped in fierce debate
Would be thrown away or otherwise discarded
Some of us believe it may hold the key
To treatment of disease and secrets highly guarded
Are you justified, are you justified, are you justified
Justified in taking life to save life
Life to save life, life to save life
Human kind has reached a turning point
Poised for conflict at ground zero, ready for a war
Do we look to our unearthly guide or to white coat heroes searching for a cure
Turn to the light, don't be frightened of the shadows it creates
Turn to the light, turning away would be a terrible mistake
We're reaching, but have we gone too far
Harvesting existence only to destroy, carelessly together we are sliding
Someone else's future, four days frozen still, someone else's fate we are deciding
Miracle potential, sanctity of life, faced against each other, we're divided
Should we push the boundaries or should we condemn
Moral guilt and science have collided
Turn to the light, we defy our own mortality these days
Turn to the light, pay attention to the questions we have raised

(the following samples simultaneously)
"...research, scientific advancement. And I know we're going down a road that we may not know where we end, but we...that's exactly what science is all about. I'm very sorry, but I you know I do feel sympathy for people who whose spines are...have uh have been severed. There's a possibility we might be able to cure them. I am concerned about a cure for juvenile diabetes. And if these types of scientific advancements can cure these diseases, then quite candidly I think there ought to be at least, what President Bush has said, some limited research."

"One of the one of the big questions that still remains for me though is that all of these embryos that are are set or uh being discarded for example um is this worse than just throwing those away?"

"We don't know if they're going to be discarded. All of a sudden, I mean, we're going to say, uh we started with the ones that are going to be discarded. Then all of a sudden, we're going to have people being solicited to donate parts of their their anatomy to harvest parts of, like, a part of what have you. I mean that's how's it starts."

"Even though if they start soliciting, women and men in fertility clinics have extra embryos."

"Stem cells come from developing human beings and that they shouldn't be uh experimented on in a way that doesn't make sense or that is unethical, but at the same time there is great promise."

"I have a 28-year-old son, her grandson, that that uh is uh paraplegic. And if there is a small chance that my son would be able to have any feeling and be able to walk, I am for it."

"A human body having evolving for tens of thousands of years and we're just injecting cells from embryos into people's brains, and and how do we come to to do something like that?"


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

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Live At Budakon (2004), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008)


Why, tell me the reasons why, try, still I don't understand, will I ever feel this again
Blue sky, I'll meet you in the end, free them
Free the memories of you, free me, and rest 'til I'm with you
A day like today, my whole world has been changed
Nothing you say will help ease my pain
Turn, I'll turn this slowly round, burn
Burn to feel alive again, she, she'd want me to move on
See me, this place I still belong, give chase
To find more than I have found and face, this time now on my own
Days disappear and my world keeps changing, I feel you here and it keeps me sane
So I'm moving on, I'll never forget as you lay there and watched me, accepting the end
I knew you were scared, you were strong, I was trying
I gave you my hand, I said it's okay letting go time to leave here
And I'll carry on the best that I can
Without you here beside me, let him come take you home


"Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence"

I. Overture (Instrumental)
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Score (2006)


II. About To Crash
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Score (2006)


She can't stop pacing, she never felt so alive, her thoughts are racing, set on overdrive
It takes a village, this she knows is true
They're expecting her and she's got work to do
He helplessly stands by, it's meaningless to try
As he rubs his red-rimmed eyes he says I've never seen her get this bad
Even though she seems so high
He knows that she can't fly and when she falls out of the sky, he'll be standing by
She was raised in a small midwestern town by a charming and eccentric loving father
She was praised as the perfect teenage girl and everyone thought highly of her
And she tried everyday with endless drive to make the grade
Then one day she woke up to find the perfect girl had lost her mind
Once barely taking a break, now she sleeps the days away, she helplessly stands by
It's meaningless to try, all she wants to do is cry, no one ever knew she was so sad
Cause even though she gets so high and thinks that she can fly
She will fall out of the sky
But in the face of misery, she found hopefulness, feeling better
She had weathered this depression
Much to her advantage, she resumed her frantic pace
Boundless power, midnight hour, she enjoyed the race


III. War Inside My Head
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. Mike Portnoy

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Live At Budakon (2004), Score (2006), Live At Luna Park (2013)


Napalm showers, showed the cowards, we weren't there to mess around
Through heat exhaustion and mind distortion
A military victory mounted on innocent ground
Hearing voices from miles away, saying things never said
Seeing shadows in the light of the day waging a war inside my head
War inside my head, years and years of bloodshed and warfare
Our mission was only to get in and kill
A free vacation of palm trees and shrapnel
Trading innocence for permanent psychotic hell
Hearing voices from miles away saying things never said
Seeing shadows in the light of the day waging a war inside my head
Feeling strangers staring my way, reading minds never read
Tasting danger with each word I say, waging a war inside my head


IV. The Test That Stumped Them All
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. Mike Portnoy

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Live At Budakon (2004), Score (2006), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008), Live At Luna Park (2013)


Standing in the darkness, waiting for the light
The smell of pure adrenaline burning in the night
Random blinding flashes aiming at the stage
Intro tape begins to roll, igniting sonic rage
Still they keep me between these hollow walls hoping to find in me
The answers to the test that stumped them all
"The boy is just simply crazy, suffering from delusions
We honestly think that maybe he might need and institution
He lives in a world of fiction and really could use some help
We have just the place to fix him, to save him from himself"
Curled up in the darkness searching for the light
The smell of stale sweat and shit steaming through the night
Random urine testing, pills red, pink and blue
Counseling and therapy providing not a clue
Still the keep me between these hollow walls hoping to find in me
The answers to the test that stumped them all
"We can't seem to find the answers, he seemed such a clear cut case
We cannot just let him leave here and put all this work to waste
Why don't we try shock treatment, it really might do some help
We have just the tools to fix him, to save him from himself"


V. Goodnight Kiss
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. Mike Portnoy

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Live At Budakon (2004), Score (2006)


Goodnight kiss in your nightgown, lavender in your bed
So innocent as you lie down, sweet dreams that run through your head
Are you lonely without Mommy's love? I want you to know I'd die for that moment
You're just a poor girl, afraid of this cruel world, taken away from it all
It's been 5 years to the day and my tainted blood's still the same
I can't help acting this way and those bastard doctors are gonna pay
I'm so lonely without baby's love I want you to know I'd die for one more moment
I'm just a poor girl, afraid of this cruel world, taken away from it all


VI. Solitary Shell
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Live At Budakon (2004), Score (2006), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008)


He seemed no different from the rest, just a healthy normal boy
His mama always did her best and he was daddy's pride and joy
He learned to walk and talk on time, but never cared much to be held
And steadily he would decline into his solitary shell
As a boy he was considered somewhat odd, kept to himself most of the time
He would daydream in and out of his own world, but in every other way he was fine
He's a Monday morning lunatic, disturbed from time to time
Lost within himself in his solitary shell
A temporary catatonic, madman on occasion
When will he break out of his solitary shell
He struggled to get through his day, he was helplessly behind
He poured himself onto the page, writing for hours at a time
As a man he was a danger to himself, fearful and sad most of the time
He was drifting in and out of sanity, but in every other way he was fine
He's a Monday morning lunatic, disturbed from time to time
Lost within himself in his solitary shell
A momentary maniac with casual delusions
When will he be let out of his solitary shell


VII. About To Crash (Reprise)
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Score (2006)


I'm alive again, the darkness far behind me, I'm invincible, despair will never find me
I feel strong, I've got a new sense of elation, boundless energy, euphoria fixation
Still it's hard to just get by, it seems so meaningless to try
When all I want to do is cry, who would ever know I felt so sad
Even though I get so high, I know that I will never fly and when I fall out of the sky
Who'll be standing by, will you be standing by?


VIII. Losing Time/Grand Finale
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Score (2006)


She dresses in black everyday, she keeps her hair simple and plain
She never wears makeup, but no one would care if she did anyway
She doesn't recall yesterday, faces seem twisted and strange
But she always wakes up only to find she'd been miles away
Absence of awareness, losing time, a lapse of perception, losing time
Wanting to escape, she had created a way to survive
She learned to detach from herself, a behavior that kept her alive
Hope in the face of our human distress
Helps us to understand the turbulence deep inside
That takes hold of our lives, shame and disgrace over mental unrest
Keeps us from saving those we love
The grace within our hearts and the sorrow in our souls
Deception of fame, vengeance of war, lives torn apart, losing oneself, spiraling down
Feeling the walls closing in, a journey to find the answers inside our illusive mind