"As I Am"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Train of Thought (2003), Live At Budakon (2004), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008), Live In The Flats (2008), Happy Holidays From Dream Theater (2013)


Don't tell me what's in, tell me how to write, don't tell me how to win this fight
Isn't your life, it isn't your right to take the only thing that's mine
Proven over time, it's over your head, don't try to read between the lines
Are clearly defined, never lose sight of something you believe in
Takin' in the view from the outside, feeling like the underdog
Watching through the window I'm on the outside, living like the underdog
I've been trying to justify you in the end, I will just defy you
To those who understand I extend my hand, to the doubtful I demand take me as I am
Not under your command, I know where I stand
I won't change to fit your plan, take me as I am
Still running up hill, swimming against the current
I wish I weren't so fucked, feels like I'm stuck, lost in a sea of mediocrity
"Slow down, you're thinking too much, where is your soul?"
You can not touch the way I play or tell me what to say
You're in the way of all that I believe in
Takin' in the view from the outside, feeling like the underdog
Watching through the window I'm on the outside, living like the underdog
I've been wasting my breath on you, open minds will descend upon you
To those who understand I extend my hand, to the doubtful I demand take me as I am
Not under your command, I know where I stand
I won't change to fit your plan, take me as I am
To those who understand I extend my hand, to the doubtful I demand take me as I am
Not under your command, I know where I stand
I won't change to fit your plan, take me as I am


"This Dying Soul"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. Mike Portnoy

Train of Thought (2003), Live At Budakon (2004)


IV. Reflections of Reality (Revisited)

Hello, Mirror - so glad to see you my friend, it's been a while
Searching, Fearless - where do I begin to heal this wound of self-denial?
Face yourself man! Brace yourself and trace your hell back
You've been blinded, living life a one-way cold existance all the while
Now it's time to stare the problem right between the eyes you long lost child
I wanna feel your body breaking
Wanna feel your body breaking and shaking and left in the cold
I wasn't to heal your conscience making a change to fix this dying soul
Born into this world a broken home, surrounded by love yet all alone
Forced into a life that's split in two, a mother and a father both pulling you
Then you had to deal with loss and death, everybody thinking they know best
Coping with this shit at such an age, can only fill a kid with pain and rage
Family disease pumped through your blood
Never had the chance you thought you could
Running all the while with no escape, turning all that pain into blame and hate
Living on your own by twenty one, not a single care and having fun
Consuming all the life in front of you, buring out the fuse and smoking the residue
Possesive obsessions selfish childish games
Vengeful resentments, passing all the blame
Living out a life of decadence, acting without thought of consequence
Spreading all your lies from coast to coast
While spitting on the ones that matter the most
Running power mad with no control, fighting for the credit they once stole
No one can ever tell you what to do
Ruling other's lives while they can't stand the thought of you
A living reflection seen from miles away, a hopeless affliction having run astray
I wanna feel your body breaking
Wanna feel your body breaking and shaking and left in the cold
I want to heal your conscience making a change to fix this dying soul
Now that you can see all you have done, it's time to take that step into the kingdom
All your sins will only make you strong
And help you break right through the prison wall


V. Release

Come to my my friend (Listen to me)
I'll help the torture end (Help to set me free)
Let your ego go (I can't carry this load)
You can't go through this alone (I feel so hopeless and exposed)
You'll find your peace of mind (Give me some direction)
You can no longer lie (Break out of this isolation)
Let humility (Openness, honesty) and become what you can be (A healing tranquility)
Help me, save me, heal me, I can't break out of this prison all alone
These tormenting ghosts of yesterday will vanish when exposed
You can't hold onto your secrets, they'll only send you back alone
Your fearless admissions will help expel your destructive obsessions
With my help I know you can, be at one with God and man
Hear me, believe me, take me, I'm ready to break righ through this prison wall

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

Train of Thought (2003), Live At Budakon (2004), Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) (2008), Live At High Voltage Festival 2011 (2011), Happy Holidays From Dream Theater (2013)


Cold, lying in my bed, staring into darkness, lost
I hear footsteps overhead and my thoughts return again
Like a child who's run away and won't be coming back
Time keeps passing by as night turns into day
I'm so far away and so alone, I need to see your face
To keep me sane, to make me whole
Try to stay alive until I hear your voice, I'm gonna lose my mind
Someone tell me why I chose this life, this superficial lie
Constant compromise, endless sacrifice
Pain, it saddens me to know the helplessness you feel
Your light, shines on my soul, while a thousand candles burn
Outside this barren room, the rain is pouring down
The emptiness inside is growing deper still
You're so far away and so alone you long for love's embrace
To keep you sane, to make you whole
Try to stay alive until I hear your voice
I'm gonna lose my mind, someone tell me why I chose this life, this superficial lie
Constand compromise, endless sacrifice
Moments wasted, isolated, time escaping, endless sacrifice
Moments wasted, isolated, time escaping, endless sacrifice
Over the distance we try to make sense of surviving together while living apart
Striving for balance we rise to the challenge
Of staying connected in spite of circumstance
All you've forsaken and all that you've done so that I could live out this undying dream
Won't be forgotten or taken for granted, I'll always remember, your endless sacrifice
Moments wasted, isolated, time escaping, endless sacrifice
Moments wasted, isolated, time escaping, endless sacrifice


"Honor Thy Father"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. Mike Portnoy

Train of Thought (2003)


We're taught unconditional love that blood is thicker than water
That a parent's world would revolve, always around their son or their daughter
You pretended I was your own and even believed that you loved me
But were always threatened by some, invisible blood line that only you could see
You took advantage of an outreached hand and twisted it to meet your every need
"Gimme Time to re-charge my batteries
I'll see her when she's older and I'll bounce her on my knee."
Well listen to me you ungrateful fool, here comes a dose of reality
You'll go to your grave a sad and lonely man
The door is now closed on your pathetic little plan
On and on and on and on it goes, it's so easy to run away with nothing in tow
How can you sleep a wink at night, pretending that everything is alright
And have the nerve to blame this mess on me
Never in my life have I seen someone, so ignorant to the damage he has done
You're the rotter root in the family tree
I tried your 4 bill therapy, I tried to make amends
But nothing could lure you out of your selfish shell again
Expecting everyone to bow and kiss your feet
Don't you see respect is not a one way street
Blaming everyone for all that you've done wrong
I'll bet my peace of mind when you hear this song
On and on and on and on it goes and with every passing day true colors show
How can you ever speel a wink at night, pretending that everything is alright
And have the balls to blame this mess on me
Never in my life have I seen someone, oblivious to the damage he has done
You're the rotted root in the family tree
Watch where you walk, don't you dare corss the crooked step
Watch the way you walk, don't cross the crooked step
On and on and on and on it goes, chauvanistic, heartless, selfish, cold
How can you ever sleep a wink at night, pretending that everything is alright
And have the balls to blame this shit on me
Never in my life have i seen someone, so fucking blind to the damage he has done
You're the rotted root in the family tree


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

Train of Thought (2003), Score (2006)


Hey You, Hey You, I'm right here, conscience fading, can't get through
Oh Lord, helpless, confused, head swayed, eyes glazed and mine teared
She's losing control, what can I do, her vacant eyes, am I losing you


"Stream of Conciousness" (Instrumental)
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
Train of Thought (2003), Live At Budakon (2004)


"In The Name of God"
m. John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
l. John Petrucci

Train of Thought (2003), Live At Budakon (2004)


How can this be? Why is he the chosen one?
Saint gone astray with a scepter and a gun
Learn to believe in the mighty and the strong
Come bleed the beast, follow me it won't be long
Listen when the prophet speaks to you, killing in the name of God
Passion, twisting faith into violence, in the name of God
Straight is the path, leading to your salvation, slaying the weak, ethnic elimination
And day we'll all be swept away, you'll be saved as long as you obey
Liew, tools of the devil inside, written in Holy disguise
Meant to deceive and divide us all
Listen when the prophet speaks to you, killing in the name of God
Passion, twisting faith into violence, in the name of God
Blurring the lines between virtue and sin
They can't tell where God ends and mankind begins
They know no other life but this, from the cradle they are claimed
Listen when the prophet speaks to you, killing in the name of God
Passion, twisting faith into violence, in the name of God
Hundreds of believers, lured into a doomsday cult
All would perish in the name of God
Self-proclaimed messiah, led his servants to their death
Eighty murdered in the name of God
Forty sons and daughters un-consenting plural wives
Perversions in the name of God
Underground religion turning toward the mainstream light
Blind devotion in the name of God
Justifying viloence, citing from the Holy Book, teaching hatred in the name of God
Listen when the prophet speaks to you, killing in the name of God
Passion, twisting faith into violence, in the name of God
Religious beliefs, fanatic obsession, does following faith lead us to violence?
Unyielding crusade, divine revelation, does following faith lead us to violence?