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Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Lyrics

Last updated: 09/05/2013 08:03:23 AM

6th Degree - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence [42:04]
music by Myung, Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess

I. OVERTURE [06:49]

II. ABOUT TO CRASH - [lyrics by John Petrucci] [05:51]

She can't stop pacing
She never felt so alive
Her thoughts are racing
Set on overdrive

It takes a village
This she knows is true
they're expecting her
And she's got work to do

He helplessly stands by
It's meaningless to try
As he rubs his red-rimmed eyes
He says I've never seen her get this bad

Even though she seems so high
He knows that she can't fly
and when she falls out of the sky
He'll be standing by

She was raised in a small midwestern town
By a charming and eccentric loving father
She was praised as the perfect teenage girl
And everyone thought highly of her

And she tried everyday
With endless drive
To make the grade
Then one day
She woke up to find
The perfect girl
Had lost her mind

Once barely taking a break
Now she sleeps the days away
She helplessly stands by
It's meaningless to try
All she wants to do is cry
No one ever knew she was so sad

Cause even though she gets so high
And thinks that she can fly
She will fall out of the sky
But in the face of misery
She found hopefulness
Feeling better
She had weathered
This depression

Much to her advantage
She resumed her frantic pace
Boundless power
Midnight hour
She enjoyed the race

III. WAR INSIDE MY HEAD - [lyrics by Mike Portnoy] [02:08]

Napalm showers
Showed the cowards
We weren't there to mess around

Through heat exhaustion
And mind distortion
A military victory mounted on innocent ground

Hearing voices from miles away
Saying things never said
Seeing shadows in the light of the day
Waging a war inside my head

Years and years of
Bloodshed and warfare
Our mission was only to get in and kill

A free vacation
Of palmtrees and shrapnel
Trading innocence for permanent psychotic hell

Hearing voices from miles away
Saying things never said
Seeing shadows in the light of the day
Waging a war inside my head

Feeling strangers staring my way
Reading minds never read
Tasting danger with each word I say
Waging a war inside my...

IV. THE TEST THAT STUMPED THEM ALL - [lyrics by Mike Portnoy] [05:03]

Standing in the darkness
Waiting for the light
The smell of pure adrenaline
Burning in the night

Random blinding flashes
Aiming at the stage
Intro tape begins to roll
Igniting sonic rage

Still they keep me between these hollow walls
Hoping to find in me
The answers to the test that stumped them all

"The boy is simply crazy
Suffering from delusions
We honestly think that maybe
He might need an institution

He lives in a world of fiction
And really could use some help
We have just the place to fix him
To save him from himself"

Curled up in the darkness
Searching for the light
The smell of stale sweat and shit
Streaming through the night

Random urine testing
Pills red, pink and blue
Counseling and therapy
Providing not a clue

Still they keep me between these hollow walls
Hoping to find in me
The answers to the test that stumped them all

"We can't seem to find the answers
He seemed such a clear cut case
We cannot just let him leave here
And put all this work to waste

Why don't we try shock treatment
It really might do some help
We have just the tools to fix him
To save him from himself"

V. GOODNIGHT KISS - [lyrics by Mike Portnoy] [06:17]

Goodnight kiss in your nightgown
Lavender in your bed
So innocent as you lie down
Sweet dreams that run through your head

Are you lonely without Mommy's love?
I want you to know I'd die for that moment
You're just a poor girl
Afraid of this cruel world
Taken away from it all

It's been 5 years to the day and
My tainted blood's still the same
I can't help acting this way and
Those bastard doctors are gonna pay

I'm so lonely without baby's love
I want you to know I'd die for one more moment
I'm just a poor girl
Afraid of this cruel world
Taken away from it all

VI. SOLITARY SHELL - [lyrics by John Petrucci] [05:47]

He seemed no different from the rest
Just a healthy normal boy
His mama always did her best
And he was daddy's pride and joy

He learned to walk and talk on time
But never cared much to be held
and steadily he would decline
Into his solitary shell

As a boy he was considered somewhat odd
Kept to himself most of the time
He would daydream in and out of his own world
but in every other way he was fine

He's a Monday morning lunatic
Disturbed from time to time
Lost within himself
In his solitary shell

A temporary catatonic
Madman on occasion
When will he break out
Of his solitary shell

He struggled to get through his day
He was helplessly behind
He poured himself onto the page
Writing for hours at a time

As a man he was a danger to himself
Fearful and sad most of the time
He was drifting in and out of sanity
But in every other way he was fine

He's a Monday morning lunatic
Disturbed from time to time
Lost within himself
In his solitary shell

A momentary maniac
With casual delusions
When will he be let out
Of his solitary shell

VII. ABOUT TO CRASH (REPRISE) - [lyrics by John Petrucci] [04:04]

I'm alive again
The darkness far behind me
I'm invincible
Despair will never find me

I feel strong
I've got a new sense of elation
Boundless energy
Euphoria fixation

Still it's hard to just get by
It seems so meaningless to try
When all I want to do is cry
Who would ever know I felt so sad

Even though I get so high
I know that I will never fly
And when I fall out of the sky
Who'll be standing by

Will you be standing by

VIII. LOSING TIME/GRAND FINALE - [lyrics by John Petrucci] [06:01]

She dresses in black everyday
She keeps her hair simple and plain
She never wears makeup
But no one would care if she did anyway

She doesn't recall yesterday
Faces seem twisted and strange
But she always wakes up
Only to find she'd been miles away

Absence of awareness
Losing time
A lapse of perception
Losing time

Wanting to escape
She had created a way to survive
She learned to detach from herself
A behavior that kept her alive

Hope in the face of our human distress
Helps us to understand the turbulence deep inside
That takes hold of our lives
Shame and disgrace over mental unrest
Keeps us from saving those we love
The grace within our hearts
And the sorrow in our souls
Deception of fame
Vengeance of war
Lives torn apart
Losing oneself
Spiraling down
Feeling the walls closing in
A journey to find
The answers inside
Our illusive mind

Thanks to Sidney for submitting Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Lyrics.

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Amazing! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/5/13

This is probably my favorite Dream Theater song of all time. It's kinda hard to call it a single song, due to its split nature and the length, but as a Suite, it's fantastic!

Overture: 5/5
About To Crash: 5/5
War Inside My Head: 5/5
The Test That Stumped Them All: 5/5
Goodnight Kiss: 5/5
Solitary Shell: 6/5
About To Crash (Reprise): 4/5
Losing Time/Grand Finale: 5/5

No words | Reviewer: Phantom | 6/15/11

Every part of this song was great. Even Midnight Kiss (which wasn't very liked) was well made in it's own right. My personal favorite part is Solitary Shell. Also, it's funny how this makes Octavarium or or A Change of Seasons seem like short songs.

Fantastic suite. | Reviewer: Moonlight | 8/27/10

I'm currently writing a whole project about this song, and I'm already done with 4 whole pages of small text, but I just can't stop; Long masterpieces deserve long reviews. I love how they've managed to make it alternate so much, while still all in all being a single song, but then again, is there anything these guys can't do? Hehe =p

Superb | Reviewer: Nephets | 8/24/10

By far one of the best modern compositions in any genre, it takes the metal, prog, classical, and even the country scenes by storm.
I doubt there is any one single song better than this, Dream Theater has done it again.

I want to be Dream Theatre when I go up. | Reviewer: | 1/21/10

Overture: 5/5
About to Crash: 5/5
War Inside My Head: 4/5
Test that Stumped Them All: 4/5
Goodnight Kiss: 2/5
Solitary Shell: 4/5
About to Crash (Reprise): 5/5
Losing Time/Grand Finale: 5/5

Amazing. Technically, lyrically, musically brilliant. Best Dream Theater ever.

genious.. | Reviewer: six degrees | 10/11/08

its far more complicated than you think it is.
the song is about six people with six diffrent stories, "The Six Degerees". each Degree is another desease-
about to crash: degree 1, bipolar disorder.
war inside my head: degree 2, post traumatic disorder, like soldiers do after war. (Vietnam, napalm showers)
the test that stumped them all: degree 3, schizophrenia.
goodnight kiss: degree 4, post partum depression.
solitary shell: degree 5, autism.
about to crashe (reprise): about the same girl from her point of view.
losing time: degree 6, split personality.
grand finale: it explains that we need to treat them normally.

Unbelievable.... | Reviewer: virus x | 8/15/08

when my friend told me about this song and that it is 42 mins... i didn't want to listen to it....
but then... like any other person who likes this band.... i bought the dvd SCORE and i was simply blown away... .this song is unbelievably long but it's written in a way that's too good to describe.... definately a great piece of art.

dream theater are my gods... and im dying to get my hands on the much anticipated DVD Chaos In Motion....

Simply a masterpiece | Reviewer: Claudio | 1/11/08

I didnĀ“t listen to the whole song at first because I bought Live in Budokan, so I could only listen to four parts of the song. Nearly one month after this my brother bought Score, in which the song is recorded entirely. The sensation I felt when listening to it cannot be described with words. This is one of those songs that are not just songs, this is an experience on itself. The way the lyrics are written, the content and the musicianship and capability to write something so extended without being boring is well deserved to be admired and respected. Dream Theater is the most influencial band nowadays. The new bands and musicians from this age are not good enough but luckily we can count with this band and others from the past that are still creating great music.

masterful | Reviewer: cpg | 11/4/07

In my opinion one of the greatest songs of all time. you cant get much better than this. It is an instant classic that will live on.

in one word - godly | Reviewer: mark | 8/26/07

an amazing song, a prog masterpiece. starts out with an entire orchestra for part 1, part two is really proggy with lots of time changes, parts 2 and 3 incorporate some metal influences, 4 and 5 are soft ballads with beautiful piano, 6 is basically 2 revisted, but heavier, and the ending is really dramatic and ties everything up perfectly.

How are you so good?! | Reviewer: Dreaming Of This Theater | 5/18/07

Ahh this band is the god of progressive metal. John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, Mike Portnoy you guys are my favorite. This is my absolute favorite song and I always listen to this when I have the time. All Hail Dream Theater

They Are So Awesome!! | Reviewer: Renee M 25 | 2/10/07

OMG!! Dream Theater I Love This Band And I Love Their Songs And I Have So Much To Say But Those Are The Most Important Things I Have To Say Well Bye!