Octavarium Lyrics - Dream Theater

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Music: Dream Theater

I. SOMEONE LIKE HIM

Lyrics: 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 independence
My mission
My aim
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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
There's nothing more I need
But still I ask myself
Could this be everything
Then 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

II. MEDICATE (Awakening)

Lyrics: James LaBrie

A Doctor sitting next to me
He asks 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 dosage he prescribes
But there's no guarantee
I feel it starting to take over me
I tell him 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

III. FULL CIRCLE

Lyrics: Mike Portnoy
Spoken:Isn't this where we came in?
sailing on the seven seize 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 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 dance machine
messiah light my fire gabba gabba
hey hey my 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

IV. INTERVALS

Lyrics: Mike Portnoy

(Root)
Our deadly sins feel his mortal wrath
Remove all obstacles from our path

(Second)
Asking questions
Search for clues
The answer's been right in front of you

(Third)
Try to break through
Long to connect
Fall on deaf ears and fails muted breath

(Fourth)
Loyalty, trust, faith and desire
Carries love through each darkest fire

(Fifth)
Tortured Insanity
A smothering hell
Try to escape but to no avail

(Sixth)
The calls of admirers
Who claim they adore
Drain all your lifeblood while begging for more

(Seventh)
Innocent victims of merciless crimes
Fall prey to some madmen's impulsive designs

(Octave)
Step after step
We try controlling our fate
When we finally start living it has become too late

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

V. RAZOR'S EDGE

Lyrics: 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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A Piece of Harmony | Reviewer: Jimmi B | 6/28/14

Octavarium by Dream Theater struck me first as quite the slow and almost boring song. I then listened to it a second time, and a third, a fourth and many more times. Octavarium was to me a very unpredicable piece, with the many different parts, Someone like him, Medicate, Full circle, Intevals and Razors edge that are like independent songs of their own.

Not only is it made by the amazing musicians of Dream Theater, no. It has one of the most meaningful and inspiring lyrics of their era. A lyric about seizing the day, for who knows what may happen tomorrow. Many theories have been made about the meaning of the lyric, one of them follows.

A man lives a life he then chooses to decline, a possible accident happens and the man slips into a coma. He wakes up 30 years later and under heavy medication he experiences strange dreams. Thease dreams and that he is falling in and out is the "octavarium" he is trapped in. Octavarium means a cycle that never end, or it ends as it begins and starts over. You don't know what it is or what it looks like only that you are there. Also, think about the fourth part, Intevals, with the eight different parts. Octa means eight and varium, various. Eight various objects, or lyrics, in this case.

Aside from the deep lyric and astonishing musical this is one of the greatest musical pieces ever. I see nothing but good in this song and I plan on listening to it after this review. I hope that this was interesting to read and I thank you for your time.

Jimmi B

What a dumbass | Reviewer: Jordan M. Rapp | 2/6/14

"A criticizing voice | Reviewer: Flijoye | 12/12/10

Firstly, the references to the Classical Progressive Bands are like the most infantile and slovenly musical concept I've ever heard. Speaking out song titles one after another without any order - yeah, grrrreat idea.

Secondly - I noticed that most of DT fans are either too sensitive or really depressed, as they tend to cry listening to this song. I really respect your admiration for this piece of music, but all I feel is disgust while hearing these In Flames/Bullet For My Valentine-style, electronically-modified vocals.

And the third thing is... the spoken parts sound like... well, I better not describe how infantile and childish is the vocalist's voice when he's talking about loyalty, trust, faith and desire.

To recap - old Progressive>neoprogressive."

You know scientist have found a direct correlation between intelligence and appreciation of complex music such as progressive. But beyond that you aren't a criticizing voice your an asshole. You don't seem to understand that many songs are famous that make references to other songs American pie is about a musician who died, and uses many lyrics from songs of the early rock movement. Only a bigoted arrogant cock chocking pile of amphibious shit such as yourself could look at one band who did the same thing as every other one, and say that they didn't make a good song because of it. Seriously that's just stupid. For the record I'm not saying your stupid, I'm saying you perfectly fit into the demographic of a person who is stupid.

Perfection | Reviewer: Progressive Lover | 11/25/13

This is my second favorite DT song and my 5th favorite Progressive song. Personally, I don't cry while I listen to Octavarium, yes I have a rush of different feelings and thoughts 'casue it's what DT intended to do, it's what all musicians intended to do: to capture feelings in one song. Personally, I preffer the Octavariums version on Score, it's sounds more real (obviously) and, well, LaBrie isn't such a great singer, but I like him more than Charlie Dominici.

I do NOT agree that DT beats Pink Floyd, I consider Pink Floyd as one of the inmortal music groups in history and, for me, there's no comparison point with any group on history. Each one has/had their own style and thematic.

salve | Reviewer: Vitto | 8/21/13

"critizicing" Imbecil... puting names of classical songs Portnoy is kind of explaining where they came, and beginings and endings are the central point in the theme, when you compare In Flames with Bullet for a shit all your argument becomes invalid... about the spoken part read the review written by Asutari, I recomend you to get the idea well shaped or in it´s absence read this (http: //dt.spatang.com/octavarium.php) before writing "critics" that aren´t critics

Ultimate... | Reviewer: Bhiswadeb Ishan Guha | 11/6/12

The song, the music, the lyrics, the solos...oh! this song just drives me crazy. it gave me a new life. awesome is an understatement for Octavarium. It is heavenly...immortal music. Love you, Dream Theater.

Why..? | Reviewer: UndoneFate | 8/19/12

Why do people say this is shit? Why does that moron who calls himself a critizising voice call people who actually like this idiots? I would not accuse the whole song a piece of shit, if there are parts that allude to another bands. Also, I would not call it a piece of shit because of it's lyrics. To me this song is just another song among the other songs, but I like it more than others. The reason why this makes some people cry is that they hear something enough beautiful in this song. I would rather cry than get annoyed!

not so hidden meaning | Reviewer: Asutari | 5/11/12

the lyrics for Intervals also describe the songs one by one on the album.

Root - The Root of All Evil - Our deadly sins feel his mortal wrath
Remove all obstacles from our path

Second - The Answer Lies Within - Asking Questions, seaching for clues, the answers been right infront of you.

Third - These Walls - Try to break through
Long to connect
Fall on deaf ears and fails muted breath

Fourth - I Walk Beside You - Loyalty, trust, faith and desire
Carries love through each darkest fire

fifth - Panic Attack - Tortured Insanity
A smothering hell
Try to escape but to no avail

Sixth - Never Enough - The calls of admirers
Who claim they adore
Drain all your lifeblood while begging for more

Seventh - Sacrificed Sons - Innocent victims of merciless crimes
Fall prey to some madmen's impulsive designs

Octave - Octavarium - Step after step
We try controlling our fate
When we finally start living it has become too late

Amazing Music! | Reviewer: RAEL | 3/21/12

For a spanish speaking guy like me, is pretty difficult to understand lyrics like this without grabbing an English - Spanish Dictionary! But once I understood the sense of them I found it very interesting. It´s not the first time DT talks about deseases (the great debate is an example). I don't think making a tribute for great prog rock songs inside the text is childish, In my view is a matter of honesty to include their influences in such a great music piece.

Finally, in prog rock, lyrics are always in a second stage comparing with music and Octavarium is musically for me the highest point in DT career!

EXTRAORDINARIO!!!! (Extraordinary!)

Speechless | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/16/11

This song is 100 times better than led zepplin's stairway to heaven.

i have looked up 100 greatest rock song of all time on the internet. And stairway to heaven was always first. But this! Sadness, anger and happiness all balanced into a 24 minute long musical piece of art.

This is NOT a song. THIS is the mona lisa of the musical universe. I can't even believe this song is not on the 100 greatest songs of all time list.

The guy two comments below me is the most annoying, childish and foolish person in the world. He tries to keep himself smart by saying he's a criticizing voice. But he's just a fool!

Wow I hate people complaining about how it "sounds" | Reviewer: Reiko | 5/31/11

Music is just to help better release the message of the person singing it doesnt matter who sings or how they sound what matters is the struggles happiness love pain etc. that they are singing about. Probly about 90% of people that listen to music dont actually "LISTEN" they just think it sounds cool so they like I on the other hand myself play guitar and have written a few songs and I am one of the 10% that listens to music/bands I relate to and one of them being dream theater songs like misunderstood a nightmare to remembber and disappear that I literly relate to almost completely anyway great song to all the ignorant haters screw off you tards and go back to listening to that crap that you call music

The guy Below me is a moron | Reviewer: Guy | 2/26/11

You're not a criticizing voice, you're just an ass. you didnt actually critisize the song you just insulted the band, the song and their fans,and dont cry just because Dream Theater is the best. dont cry just because they beat pink floyd, genesis, yes, etc. to recap the fans>you

A criticizing voice | Reviewer: Flijoye | 12/12/10

Firstly, the references to the Classical Progressive Bands are like the most infantile and slovenly musical concept I've ever heard. Speaking out song titles one after another without any order - yeah, grrrreat idea.

Secondly - I noticed that most of DT fans are either too sensitive or really depressed, as they tend to cry listening to this song. I really respect your admiration for this piece of music, but all I feel is disgust while hearing these In Flames/Bullet For My Valentine-style, electronically-modified vocals.

And the third thing is... the spoken parts sound like... well, I better not describe how infantile and childish is the vocalist's voice when he's talking about loyalty, trust, faith and desire.

To recap - old Progressive>neoprogressive.

Absolute awsomeness | Reviewer: Octavarium-lover | 10/16/10

The day I first really sat down and listened to this song, I was amazed by the duration of it, also the pure genious of its different sections and climaxes.
It was a 24 minute eargasm of dimensions.
At that time I had not the slightest idea of the debth of this song.

Later, I started to discover the composition of this song, with references to all the other songs, as well as the fact that the pages in the cd-cover were all related to the different songs.

And now, three years after I first heard this song, I cry like a baby, seing the meaning of part IV: Intervals, with it's relevance to the other songs in this album.

When I die, I want THIS song to be played in my funeral. And if my taste of music does not change fundamentaly, that will still be my wish when I grow old.

Thank you, Dream Theater, for making this song.
I wall always be in debt to you.

True Masterpiece. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/12/10

One of the best songs of, in my opinion, the world's current best band, there may have been better bands years ago but truth is actually I can't find a better group.

It hasn't been long since I heard this song for the first time, but it's now one of my favs, the introduction is amazing, I do understand some people find it sort of repetitive, but that's no reason to say it is boring or not good enough, in fact, someone above compared it to Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond's introduction, and I have to agree with him on that, it's sort of similar and I had the same thought.

Of course, I understand some people like A Change of Seasons rather than Octavarium, both are awesome songs but they're not similar at all, only remarkable thing they have in common is their 20+ min duration, and both songs are worth those 20+ minutes. Still, I like Octavarium over ACOS, but not by much.

Music Perfection | Reviewer: reach17 | 7/7/10

If any song can be called perfect, it is this. It quickly jumped to my #1 DT song the moment I heard it. I enjoy songs that reference other songs, so naturally I enjoyed Full Circle and Intervals. The intro, while it is slow, it builds the pace of the song, then POW comes the first drum hit and things really get started.


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