Octavarium

Lyrics by: Various (see below)
Music by: Dream Theater
Notes: This features many themes from A Change of Seasons about life, loss and everything coming full circle. Also like Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence the end part reprises the themes of all the songs from the album. Also like A Change of Seasons heavily referrenced "Dead Poets Society", this song also references a Drama starring Robin Willians: Awakenings.

In the section "Full Circle" here is a list of all the references:

  • Sailing on the seven seize (seas): A song by OMD
  • Seize the Day: A Change of Seasons
  • Day Tripper: A song by the Beatles
  • Per Diem: A latin term meaning "For each day"
  • Jack the Ripper: A 19th century serial killer
  • Ripper Owens: Vocalist from Iced Earth (formerly of Judas Priest)
  • Owens Wilson: Could be related to any number of musicians with this name or "owen wilson" the actor
  • Wilson Phillip: A singing group made up of the daughters of The Beach Boys
  • Supper's Ready: A song by Genesis
  • Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds: Another Beatles song
  • Diamond Dave: The nickname of David Lee Roth, former vocalist of Van Halen
  • Dave's Not Here: A line from a SNL skit
  • Here I Come to Save The Day: Mighty Mouse's battle cry
  • Day for Night: A song by Spock's Beard
  • Nightmare Cinema: Antonymous to "Dream Theater", the name they take when they switch instruments.
  • Cinema Show: Another Genesis song
  • Show Me The Way: Either a song by Peter Frampton, or a song by Styx
  • Flying Off The Handle: A common modern proverb
  • Handle With Care: A common warning on packages
  • Careful With That Axe, Eugene: A song by Pink Floyd
  • Gene, Gene the Dance Machine: A popular contest on an 80's game show "The Gong Show"
  • Machine Messiah: A song by Yes
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  • Light My Fire: A song by The Doors
  • Gabba Gabba Hey: A song by The Ramones
  • Hey Hey, My My: A song by Neil Young
  • My Generation: A song by The Who `

    Part 1: Someone Like Him
    by John Petrucci
    I never wanted to become
    Someone like him
    So secure
    Content to live each day
    Just like the last
    I was sure I knew
    That this was not for me
    And I wanted so much more
    far beyond what I could see
    So I swore that I'd never be someone like him

    So many years have passed since I proclaimed
    My independance, my mission, my aim and my vision
    So secure
    Content to live each day
    Like it's my last
    It's wonderful to know
    That I could be
    Something more than what I dreamed
    Far beyond what I could see
    Still I swear that I'm missing out this time

    As far as I could tell
    Theres nothing more I need
    But still I ask myself
    Could this be everything?
    That all I swore
    That I would never be
    Was now so suddenly
    The only thing I wanted
    To become
    To be someone just like him


    Part 2: Medicate (awakening)
    by James LaBrie
    A doctor sitting next to me
    He asked me how I feel
    Not sure I understand his questioning

    He says I've been away a while
    But thinks he has cured me
    From a state of catatonic sleep

    For 30 years where have I been?
    Eyes open
    But not getting through to me

    Medicate me
    Infiltrate me
    Side effects appear
    As my conscience slips away
    Medicate me
    Science failing
    Conscience fading fast
    Can't you stop what's happening?

    A higher dose that she prescribes
    But there's no guarantee
    I feel it start to take over me

    I tell them not to be ashamed
    There's no-one who's to blame
    A second shot a brief awakening

    I feel the relapse can't break free
    Eyes open
    But not getting through to me

    Medicate me
    Infiltrate me
    Side effects appear
    As my conscience slips away
    Medicate me
    Science failing
    Conscience fading fast
    Can't you stop what's happening?


    Part 3: Full Circle
    by Mike Portnoy
    Sailing on the
    Seven sieze the
    day tripper
    Diem's ready

    Jack the Ripper
    Owens Wilson
    Phillips and my
    Supper's ready

    Lucy in the
    Sky with diamond
    Dave's not here
    I've come to save the

    Day for nightmare
    Cinema show
    Me the way to
    Get back home again

    (Running Forward, Falling Back)
    Spinning round and round
    (Looking outward, reaching in)
    Scream without a sound
    (Leaning over, crawling up)
    Stumbling all around
    (Losing my place only to)
    Find I've come full circle

    Flying
    Off the
    Handle with
    careful with
    that axe, Eugene
    Gene the
    machine machine messiah
    Light my
    Fire
    Gabba Gabba

    Hey, hey
    My Generation's
    home again

    (Running Forward, Falling Back)
    Spinning round and round
    (Looking outward, reaching in)
    Scream without a sound
    (Leaning over, crawling up)
    Stumbling all around
    (Losing my place only to)
    Find I've come full circle


    Part 4: Intervals
    by Mike Portnoy
    (Root!)
    Our deadly sins feel his mortal wrath
    Remove all obstacles from our paths
    (Second!)
    Asking questions, search for clues
    The answer's been right in front of you

    (Third!)
    We try to break through, long to connect
    We fall on death ears with failed muted breath
    (Fourth!)
    Loyalty, trust, faith in desire
    Carries love through each darkest fire

    (Fith!)
    Tortured insanity, smothering hell
    Try to escape but to no avail
    (Sixth!)
    Calls from admirers, who claim they adore
    Drain all your life blood but begging for more

    (Seventh!)
    Innocent victims of merciless crimes
    Fall prey to some madman's impulsive designs
    (Octave!)
    Step out of step er try controlling our fate
    When you finally start living it's become to late

    Trapped inside this Octavarium!!
    Trapped inside this Octavarium!!
    Trapped inside this Octavarium!!
    Trapped inside this Octavarium!!


    Part 5: Razor's Edge
    by John Petrucci
    We move in circles
    Balanced all the while
    On a gleaming razor's edge

    A perfect sphere
    Colliding with our fate
    This story ends where it began

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