"In The Presence of Enemies Part 1"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Systematic Chaos (2007), Live In The Flats (2008)


I. Prelude (Instrumental)

II. Resurrection

I saw a white light, shining there before me and walking to it, I waited for the end
A final vision, promising salvation, a resurrection, for a fallen man
Do you still wait for your God and the symbol of your faith?
I can free you from this Hell and misery, you should never be ashamed my son
I can give you power beyond anything, trust me you will be the chosen one
I was forgotten, a body scorned and broken, my soul rejected, tainted by his blood
Beyond redemption, a sinner not worth saving, forever taken, from the one I loved
Do I still wait for my God and a symbol of my faith?
I can lead you down the path and back to life, all I ask is that you worship me
I can help you seek revenge and save yourself, give you life for all eternity
Servants of the fallen, fight to pave the way
For their saviour's calling of this wicked day
Through a veil of madness, with a vicious blade
One man rises up, standing in their way
Redemption, redemption for humanity


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

Systematic Chaos (2007), Live In The Flats (2008), Live At High Voltage Festival 2011 (2011), Happy Holidays From Dream Theater (2013)


For a while I thought I fell asleep, lying motionless inside a dream
Then rising suddenly I felt a chilling breath upon me
She softly whispered in my ear (forsaken)
Forsaken, I have come for you tonight, awaken
Look in my eyes and take my hand, give yourself up to me
I waited painfully, for night to fall again, trying to silence the fear within me
Out of an ivory mist, I felt a stinging kiss and saw a crimson stain on her lips
I have to know your name, Where have I seen your face before?
My dear one don't you be afraid, forsaken, I have come for you tonight
Awaken, look in my eyes and take my hand, give yourself up to me
Take me far away, close your eyes and hold your breath to the ends of the earth
Forsaken, I have come for you tonight, awaken, look in my eyes and take my hand
Forsaken, fly away with me tonight, awaken, renew my life
Now you are mine, give yourself up to me


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

Systematic Chaos (2007)


Tunnel vision at blinding speed, controlling my thoughts, obsessing me
Void of any uncertainty throughout my very soul
Lost illusions of mind control, resisting all hope of letting go
Racing impulse of dark desire, drives me through the night
I try to shut it down, it leaves me in the dust
No matter what I've found, I can never get enough
Frantic actions of insanity, impulsive laced profanity
Long for elusive serenity, way out of my control
Traveling through both space and time (out of body, out of mind)
Out of control, my wheels in constant motion
Spinning round and round it goes (I can't let up, I can't let go)
Can't stop this flame from burning forever more, into the night, blistering
Focus here, focus there, cannot see the light
(Falling down through the night) sprawling everywhere
Searching left, searching right
(Panic setting in, I can no longer fight) when will this end?
Accelerate, dislocate (Set to crash and burn, haven't got time to waste)
Not planning to return
Aggravate, agitate (When will I ever learn?)
There's no way out of here, nowhere to turn
Obsessive yearning, compulsive burning, still never learning
Insane random thoughts of neat disorder
Scattered wasteland surrounding me, tattered memories of what used to be
Apocalyptic mind debris until we meet again
Traveling through both space and time (out of body, out of mind)
Out of control, my wheels in constant motion
Spinning round and round it goes (I can't let up, I can't let go)
Can't stop this flame from burning, forever more, into the night, blistering
Traveling through both space and time (Out of body, out of mind)
Out of control, my wheels in constant motion
Spinning round and round it goes (I can't let up, I can't let go)
Can't stop this flame from burning, can't stop the wheels from turning
Traveling through both space and time (You get yours, and I got mine)
Out of control, my wheels in constant motion
Spinning round and round it goes (I can't let up, I can't let go)
Can't stop this flame from burning, forever more, into the night, blistering


"The Dark Eternal Night"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Systematic Chaos (2007), Live In The Flats (2008), Live At Luna Park (2013)


No one dared to speak of the terrible danger
The hideous ancient warnings, forged in the void of night
He has risen up out of the blackness
Chaos, the last of the prophets, sinister, a sickening monstrous sight
Through the stifling heat, underneath the pale green moon
I burned with a thirst, to seek things not yet seen
Climbing endless stairs, leading to the choking room
Eager to explore, his most shocking mysteries
Drifting beyond all time, out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light of the dark eternal night
Black forces, rage in the vortex, fighting, waves of destruction
Swallowing, the echo of the universe
I am the last, born of the blood of the pharaohs
The ultimate god of a rotting creation, sent to unleash this curse
Restless crowds draw near, nameless hooded forms appear
Amidst fallen ruins, grotesque creatures battle
Shadowed on a screen, yellow evil faces leer
Vacant monuments, corpses of dead worlds left behind
Drifting beyond all time, out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light of the dark eternal night
Trapped in a hellish dream, spinning past worlds unseen
And frightfully vanishing, into the dark eternal night
Drifting beyond all time, out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light of the dark eternal night
Trapped in a hellish dream, spinning past worlds unseen
And frightfully vanishing, into the dark eternal night


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

Systematic Chaos (2007)


VIII. Regret

Hello, mirror, so glad to see you my friend, it's been a while...
Staring at the empty page before me
All the years of wreckage running through my head
Patterns of my life I thought adorned me, revealing hurtful shame and deep lament
Overwhelming sorrow now absorbs me, as the pen begins to trace my darkest past
Signs throughout my life that should have warned me
Of all the wrongs I've done for which I must repent
I once thought it better to regret, things that I have done than haven't
Sometimes you've got to be wrong and learn the hard way
And sometimes you've got to be strong, when you think it's too late
Staring at the finished page before me, all the damage now so clear and evident
Thinking about the dreaded task in store for me
A pit of fear at the thought of my amends
Hoping that this step will help restore me to face my past and ask for forgiveness
Cleaning up my dirty side of this unswept street
Could this be the beginning of the end?
I once thought it better to regret, things that I have done than haven't
Sometimes you've got to be wrong and learn the hard way
And just when you're through hanging on, you're saved


IX. Restitution

"Until that moment, I'd never felt like I'd failed at anything...
And I felt like I failed her...And I failed myself, and I failed my children...
It's still really hard to deal with."

"I want to thank you for helping me to see my own selfishness
and to tell you how regretful I am it has hurt you."

"I'm sorry I didn't visit you in the hospital, Grandpa when you were on your deathbed.
I'm sorry I didn't come to your funeral...
I don't know if I was selfish or just too scared to face it.
It's one of the biggest regrets of my life."

"I'm here to confess with you that what I did, was wrong...
And I'm asking for your forgiveness..."

"The only unforgivable thing hauls itself out of bed,
looks over my shoulder at the bloody English weather..."

"I really regret not being able to see my friend Andy..."

"One of my best friends who's the godfather of my daughter,
he asked me to sing or play something at his wedding,
and I turned it down because I was busy and too much of a chicken shit to do it...
And I feel sorry for that, because it was a very very close friend of mine..."

"So, I wanted to apologize to anyone that I've upset or offended..
they're just words, it's just an opinion, but unfortunately,
I tend to express it as a fact, and that's kind of arrogant. Isn't it?"

"I think it's the betrayal...it still haunts me."

"I'm sorry for what I did back then... I was a different person.
I really was and I'm so sorry. I wish it wouldn't have happened,
but it did, and I'm sorry. Forgive me. I'm sorry..."

"I guess I'm simply sorry for being me and not you.
I so often wish you could be here with me to show me the way..."

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development,
We will be amazed before we are half way through.
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone
We will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not.
They are being fulfilled among us - sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
They will always materialize if we work for them.

"You're only as sick as your secrets, but the truth shall set you free..."

"The truth is the truth and the only thing you can do is to live with it."


"Prophets of War"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. James LaBrie

Systematic Chaos (2007)


It burns deep down inside of me, we have ourselves to blame
Not questioning, accepted as the truth.
Debate this fight it's just cause, the facts do not support theirs
To liberate a people and rid them of tyrant rule
Is it time to make a change? Are we closer than before?
Can we help them break away? Are we profiting from war?
It's time to make a change.
Intrigued, got your attention - deceived, since the inception
Our brave, fight for what reason
Compelled, can we clean up this mess? The loss of loved ones, a perverse request
They continue the same rhetoric, these derelicts that profit, win or lose
Is it time to make a change? Are we closer than before?
Can we help them break away? Are we profiting from war?
It's time to make a change
Time for change, fight the fear, find the truth, time for change
The only thing that I believe will help us see this through is faith.
Pray they will forgive, forgive our arrogance
So we can make it right, right what they have wronged.
See you sweat, unexpected, controversial
Get used to it, things are gonna get personal
Your sympathy, a pitiful display you stutter
Your empathy, means nothing if there is no honor
Responsible of this you are incapable, we implicate, incriminate
Exacerbate - Too much at stake
Our Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, Sons and Daughters
Forced, perpetuating their ideals, a mindless act to stay the course
Is it time to make a change? Are we closer than before?
Can we help them break away? Are we profiting from war?
Is it time to make a change? Are we closer than before?
Can we help them break away? Are we profiting from war?
Is it time to make a change? A change from what it's been
Can we help them break away? Is our patience wearing thin?
It's time to make a change
Time for change, fight the fear, find the truth, time for change


"The Ministry of Lost Souls"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. Mike Portnoy

Systematic Chaos (2007), Live In The Flats (2008)


The water's edge is where she waits, lost soul still wandering
Meant to die, but she's stuck not crossing over
The other side is where he waits
His spirit reaching out, meant to save, but she's too scared to take his hand
Living in a world without you (drowning in the past)
Is living in no world at all, so now I call on you
Remember me? I gave you life, you would not take it, your suffering was all in vain
It's almost over now, don't turn your back on paradise
Feeling scared, she's prepared tTo give up everything
She can't stand to feel like half of her is fading
He will choose the only way to rid her of her pain
Take her soul now the decision has been made
Living in a world without love (a burden to my soul)
Is living in a worthless world, so I will call on you...
Remember me? I gave you life, you would not take it
Your suffering was all in vain, it's almost over, remember me?
You were so young, how could I tell you? Remember me?
I am the one who saved your life that night
I was the one who would not abandon you even in death
I was the one who would not leave you I used my freedom to protect you
And all the while direct you, do you remember me this time?
Even in death I gave you life, I gave you life
I wanted to deserve a place, a place beside you
This time when I reached out my hand, it reached all the way to heaven
Remember me? I gave you life, you would not take it, your suffering was all in vain
It's almost over now, goodbye, it's almost over now, goodbye
It's time I release you from this life, don't turn your back on paradise


"In The Presence of Enemies Part 2"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Systematic Chaos (2007)


III. Heretic

Welcome tired pilgrim into the circle, we have been waiting
Everyone's gathered for your arrival, all the believers
Angels fall all for you, heretic, demon heart bleed for us
I've been waiting for you, weary preacher man You have been expected, now we can begin, let this hollowed Day of Judgment reign
I have known you father and your sacred quest
Blessed soldier fighting, you shall never rest
I have known you but do you know me?
Angels fall all for you, heretic, demon heart bleed for us
(My soul is yours Dark Master, I will fight for you)
Dark Master within, I will fight for you, Dark Master of sin, now my soul is yours
Dark Master, my guide, I will die for you, Dark Master inside...
I cannot see his face, but I could feel his spite
A presence from the dead, abandoned by the light
This shadow will consume him from within
This power that I sense, the rage behind those eyes is just a shrouded ghost
A spirit sealed inside the body and the soul both threats for they are one
Angels fall, all for you, heretic, demon heart bleed for us
(My soul is yours Dark Master, I will fight for you)
Dark Master within, I will fight for you, Dark Master of sin, now my soul is yours
Dark Master, my guide, I will die for you, Dark Master inside...
Dark Master, amen, I belong to you, Dark Master within...
Heil! Heil! Heil! Heil! Heil! Heil! Heil! Heil!


IV. The Slaughter of The Damned

Don't bother trying to find them, they will be coming to you
Fight, fight and destroy until you can't take anymore
Slay, spill the blood of the rebels, they are the children of hell
Flesh, of the undead, stopping at nothing to kill
Sin, caught in a moment of weakness, committed the greatest of all
Sold, half of my soul and now it's too late for you
I judge us, my eyes see, I judge and I am just
For I speak of the beast that lives in all of us
Unwelcome ones your time has come
Lord, you are my god and my shepherd, nothing more shall I want
Walk, through the abyss into the shadow of death
Fear, there is no evil to fear now for I know you are with me
My, cup overflows with my enemy's blood
I, decay in the house of the lord, forever, amen
Death, will follow me, all the days of my life
I judge us, my eyes see, I judge and I am just, for I speak of the beast
That lives in all of us, unwelcome ones your time has come
Servants of the fallen, fight to pave the way, for their savior's calling on this wicked day
Through a veil of madness with a vicious play, one man rises up standing in their way
It's time for your reckoning


V. The Reckoning (Instrumental)

VI. Salvation

My soul grows weaker, he knows and he waits
He watches over me, standing at the infernal gates
In the hour of darkness the moment I feared has passed
The moment I lost my faith
Promising salvation, my soul is my own now
I do not fight for you, Dark Master