"A Fortune In Lies"
m. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Kevin Moore, John Myung, Charlie Dominici
l. John Petrucci

When Dream and Day Unite (1989), Live At The Marquee (1993), Live At Luna Park (2013)


I can remember when, in the unity of our five-day sessions
Not even once did we hear the siren song, what kind of imagination
Asleep in some lyrical coma, who's vain futile memory, could have been so wrong?
You can make a fortune in lies, you can keep a giant alive
You can ride the red, until everybody smiles
A trifling euphoria, was such an untimely religion
Maybe your life can explain, the reason for my indecision
Here is a poor man, the heart of this monster creation
He said we both will be heroes, and I was led into temptation
You can make a fortune in lies, you can keep a giant alive
You can ride the red, until everybody smiles
Can you show me your gold and your silver? A hero in frozen water
"For the first time in a long time...
Everything was right in my world...and then I woke up..."

Now you've made a fortune in lies, and you kept a giant alive
You rode the red, you rode the red


"Status Seeker"
m. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Kevin Moore, John Myung, Charlie Dominici
l. John Petrucci, Charlie Dominici

When Dream and Day Unite (1989)


Heart sick at the sight of the Status Seeker
In a sense I'm not beyond reproach, the aspiration to drop a name
When any rose might smell the same, maybe you'll figure it out someday
"I want to know you now...you know I've always believed in you."
Nothing is sacred...you draw the bottom line
with a dollar sign, change of opinion...
At the drop of a dime, graceless intrusion...
Are you sanctified in your judgment of me?
All that I deserve is what you were unable to see
In a garden where the seeds were spilled
I favored the few that stood strong in the sun
As I reached for the profit of my prize
I found I had trampled the forgotten ones.
Nothing is sacred...you draw the bottom line
With a dollar sign, change of opinion...
At the drop of a dime, graceless intrusion...
Are you sanctified in your judgment of me?
All that I deserve is what you were unable to see
You're running in circles and I'm turning away
You refused to believe, now I'm turning away
You're running in circles and I'm turning away
You refused to believe, now I'm turning away


"Ytse Jam (Instrumental)"
m. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Kevin Moore, John Myung, Charlie Dominici
When Dream and Day Unite (1989), Once In A Livetime (1998), Live At High Voltage Festival 2011 (2011), Happy Holidays From Dream Theater (2013)


"The Killing Hand"
m. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Kevin Moore, John Myung, Charlie Dominici
l. John Petrucci

When Dream and Day Unite (1989), Live At The Marquee (1993)


I. The Observance

An Angel's kiss now fallen, descending scarlet cuts the sky
Faded names left on the wall, honor the fighting leave life to die
Remembered is the sacrifice but, no praisal of blood still flowing
Who were the leaders?
What controlled the Killing Hand that caused this mourning? Crossing over...


II. Ancient Renewal

Lowered deep into the sea, being awaits to cleanse his soul
Senses weakening time is still, motionless by stiffening cold
The wheels race back and scorch his mind, traveling all to find the land
Revelation warms a touch and now, he will begin to understand


III. The Stray Seed

Extended a view to yesterday, manifestation for none the same
Walking amidst a frightening still, no sound, no smoke, no scorching
Flames, He is risen...
Sipping his poison the raven sings, yet another to add more bodies fallen
King from below, this one controls the Killing Hand that caused this mourning.
Is it all over? Is it all over?


IV. Thorns

Evil genius this secret plan, mercy dealt with the losing hand
Will he ever fall? Can he end it all? Our savior must make his stand.
Only a Prophet of years to come, wanting mortality I'm all alone
He heard my voice, it was my choice, I've stopped the Killing Hand.


V. Exodus

When I go back again, will it be the same?
I've stopped the cries, but now they know my name
The sea is calling me, my spirit must return
As I get closer, was it really worth what I have learned?
I'm in the valley and the saddened chimes I hear
Race toward the wall to find one more name appears.
No one is left now, my one and only land
I laugh at what I've done, I am the Killing Hand.


"Light Fuse and Get Away"
m. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Kevin Moore, John Myung, Charlie Dominici
l. Kevin Moore

When Dream and Day Unite (1989)


Would you like to sit and talk to me about the way things change so suddenly
When your senses come and the feeling goes?
Can you remember feeling much too close?
Stop your hands from shaking, look at me
Are your senses racing endlessly tracing past impressions? So were mine
Have you ever been used or will this be the first time?
It's come so clear to me, light fuse and get away
No gain, no pain, it's a fatal game and the true lose everything
I can see what trust and loyalty have done for me
Falling miles from the mark, with a thirst for revenge and a dangerous heart
I've tried to wash from memory, feelings of betrayal and the incidents
That plague me since I lost my sense of innocence
A history of changes now I'm loving, now I'm losing keeps me constantly
In fear of hearing "I can't see where this is going"
You lie alone with the memory, feeling the ceiling and walls closing in on
Your Conscience - my ally, the guilt - your affliction
From preying on praise as you fed an attention addiction
Someone told me, light fuse and get away
No gain, no pain and when it's lust to dust you can crawl from the wreckage
I can see what trust and loyalty have done for me
Lying bleeding in the dark with a thirst for revenge and a dangerous heart
It's come so clear to me, light fuse and get away, no gain, no pain
It's a fatal game and the true lose everything
I can see what trust and loyalty have done for me
Falling miles from the mark with a thirst for revenge and a dangerous heart


"Afterlife"
m. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Kevin Moore, John Myung, Charlie Dominici
l. Charlie Dominici

When Dream and Day Unite (1989), Score (2006)


I touched with one who made me run away from my own soul...
In this world with its many illusions, we are moving like mice through a maze
And now I find what's left behind has served to make me whole
Full of doubt, deception, and delusion, seeking purpose to all earthly days
I search within, beneath a skin that bears both pleasure and pain
In a world full of constant confusion, I will not be a par to the craze
In the Afterlife, will dark be bright? Will cold be warm? Will the day have no night?
In the Afterlife? Will the blind have sight? In the Afterlife.
Behind closed eyes, some comfort lies
In knowing the truth never spoken, through this world with its hidden conclusion
We'll keep moving like mice through a maze
In the Afterlife, will dark be bright? Will cold be warm? Will the day have no night?
In the Afterlife? Will the blind have sight? In the Afterlife.
In the Afterlife, will dark be bright? Will cold be warm? Will the day have no night?
In the Afterlife? Will the blind have sight? In the Afterlife.


"The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun"
m. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Kevin Moore, John Myung, Charlie Dominici
l. John Petrucci

When Dream and Day Unite (1989)


Watching my window I was led like a child, as the roadway lamplights
Misguided my mind through the night, a shadow of limits
We were racing the rain, my hands held the wheel, my eyes tried to hold their place
There must have been a time when I thought that you were watching
It had to be when my senses lost control
I thought I'd slipped away, I thought I could still feel us moving
It must have been a cloud, no bigger than a man's hand
Every reason I risk my life to come back to you is locked behind your door
You're my immunity, outside I watched you burn
Heavy hearts were bleeding, a cry for help, a familiar voice
My melting hands streaked the glass
As I walked away, I wondered what had really happened
Had I run out of time, did I push myself too far
As my last step fell, I felt my hands upon the wheel
Had I come back to life or did I ever leave at all
In higher lives, we seem to be always a moment too late
We're past the time when we looked on
Now we're the ones who help to set the sun
This time for real, I locked the door behind me
My mind was still a wreck from what I saw
For when my hands are still, I'll recognize the message
Never again will my senses lose control
In higher lives, we seem to be always a moment too late
We're past the time, when we looked on
Now we're the ones who help to set the sun


"Only A Matter of Time"
m. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Kevin Moore, John Myung, Charlie Dominici
l. Kevin Moore

When Dream and Day Unite (1989), Live At Budakon (2004)


A suited man smiled said: "It's just a matter of time
You can have the world at your feet by tomorrow, just sign on this line."
Hold tight...limelight! Approaching the paramount with the sun in our eyes
Fearing family ties, legalies, compromise
In a dimly lit room with a stool as his stage
A dream-stricken prince of a pauper's descent
Haunts the eavesdropping silence that presses his window
As he sweats a performance to an audience that ticks on the walls
To the practical observer, it's just a matter of time
"You can deviate from the commonplace, only to fall back in line."
I understand mine's a risky plan and your system can't miss
But is security after all a cause or symptom of happiness?
Brave, yet afraid, his eyes on horizon in a steady-set gaze
A mariner soon from an open cocoon takes a moment to summon his courage
To stifle his grave apprehension and trembling, approaches the surf
A father's benediction as his hopeful son departs to brave the sea of rage
And conquer at all costs
Lingers in his memory and visions still surviving in a logic-proof shell
That should have been held sacred, safe and hidden well, are compromised in usury
With every rising sun that yields no sight of land
The hesitation cultivates within the tired man and rumors spread of mutiny
And though the time will come when dream and day unite
Tonight the only consolation causing him to fight is fearless faith in destiny
Even when plan fall to pieces
I can still find the courage with promise I've found in my faith
Likely or not, it's a dream that we keep and at odds with our senses we'll climb
But if faith is the answer, we've already reached it and if spirit's a sign
Then it's only a matter of time, only a matter of time