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SIx Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
2002

1) The Glass Prison
2) Blind Faith
3) Misunderstood
4) The Great Debate
5) Disappear
6) Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence 2002
i. Overture (instr.)
ii. About to Crash
iii. War Inside My Head
iv. The Test That Stumped Them All
v. Goodnight Kiss
vi. Solitary Shell
vii. About To Crash (reprise)
viii. Grand Finale

James LaBrie - vocals
John Petrucci - guitar, vocals
John Myung - bass
Jordan Rudess - keys
Mike Portnoy - drums, percussion, vocals


1) The glass prison
I. Reflection

music by Myung, Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess
lyrics by Mike Portnoy

Cunning, Baffling, Powerful
Been beaten to a pulp
Vigorous, Irresistable
Sick and tired and laid low
Dominating, Invisible
Black-out, loss of control
Overwhelming, Unquenchable
I'm powerless, have to let go

I can't escape it
It leaves me frail and worn
Can no longer take it
Senses tattered and torn

Hopeless surrender
Obsession's got me beat
Losing the will to live
Admitting complete defeat

Fatal Descent
Spinning around
I've gone too far
To turn back round

Desperate attempt
Stop the progression
At any length
Lift this obsession

Crawling in my glass prison
A place where no one knows
My secret lonely world begins

So much safer here
A place where I can go
To forget about my daily sins

Life here in my glass prison
A place I once called home
Fall in nocturnal bliss again

Chasing a long lost friend
I no longer can control
Just waiting for this hopelessness to end

II. Restoration

Run - fast from the wreckage of the past
A shattered glass prison wall behind me
Fight - past walking through the ashes
A distant oasis before me

Cry - desperate crawling on my knees
Begging God to please stop the insanity
Help me - I'm trying to believe
Stop wallowing in my own self pity

"We've been waiting for you my friend
The writing's been on the wall
All it takes is a little faith
You know you're the same as us all"

Help me - I can't break out this prison all alone
Save me - I'm drowning and I'm hopeless on my own
Heal me - I can't restore my sanity alone

Enter the door
Desperate
Fighting no more
Help me restore
To my sanity
At this temple of hope

I need to learn
Teach me how
Sorrow to burn
Help me return
To humanity
I'll be fearless and thorough
The enter this temple of hope

Believe
Transcend the pain
Living the live
Humility
Opened my eyes
This new odyssey
Of rigorous honesty

Serenity
I never know
Soundness of mind
Helped me to find
Courage the change
All the things that I can

"We'll help you perform this miracle
But you must set your past free
You dog the hole, but you can't bury your soul
Open your mind and you will see"

Help me - I can't break out this prison all alone
Save me - I'm drowning and I'm hopeless on my own
Heal me - I can't restore my sanity alone

III. Revelation

Way off in the distance I saw the door
I tried to open
I tried forcing with all of my will and still
The door wouldn't open

Unable to trust in my faith
I turned and walked away
I looked around, felt a chill in the air
Took my will and turned it over

The glass prison which once held me is now gone
A long lost fortress
Armed only with liberty
And the key of my willingness

Fell down on my knees and prayed
"Thy will be done"
I turned around, saw a light shining through
The door was wide open


2) Blind faith

music by Myung, Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess
lyrics by James LaBrie

Hear me, speaking
Asking why I even bother
Tell me, how you
Live from day to day

Take your time and look around
Is this utopia you've found

Sick of all of this
The suffering and we just carry on
Isn't it time we care and lose the hate
Understand our fears

But we do all that we can
Justify the means to an end
Sorry you must excuse me
I've painted my own Mona Lisa
She's fixed everything
Now I'm spoiled beyond my wildest dreams

Blind Faith we have in you
Invisible
Which direction do we choose
Predictable

Take the streets, the beaten path
Our system works for whom I ask
Yeah I have it all
The bigger house
An iron fence to keep you out

When did we all let you down
So come Messiah show us how how
Our human spirit drowns
Don't think you hear me now
No sign of you around
What is it you hope to see

Blind Faith we have in you
Invisible
Which direction do we choose
Predictable
Give us something we can use
Desirable
Cause you've done all you can do
Regrettable

And still life pushes on
With or without you
We've got to carry on
Our will, will guide us to
A place where we belong
Know there lies the truth
I am the believer who gives purpose on to you

I don't think we let you down
So come Messiah show us how how
Throw us a pure lifeline
I hope that you hear me
Too proud to be around
There's more to us than we see now

Blind Faith we have in you
Invisible
Which direction do we choose
Predictable
Self ignorance, abuse
Desirable
Cause you've done all you can do
Incredible


3) Misunderstood

music b y Myung, Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess
lyrics by John Petrucci

Waiting
In the calm of desolation
Wanting to break
From this circle of confusion

Sleeping
In the depths of isolation
Trying to wake
From this daydream of illusion

How can I feel abandoned even when the world surrounds me
How can I bite the hand that feeds the strangers all around me
How can I know so many
Never really knowing anyone

If I seem superhuman
I have been
Misunderstood

It challenges the essence of my soul
And leaves me in a state of disconnection
As I navigate the maze of self control

Playing a lion being led to a cage
I turn from a thief to a beggar
From a god to God save me

How can I feel abandoned even when the world surrounds me
How can I bite the hand that feeds the strangers all around me
How can I know so many
Never really knowing anyone

If I seem superhuman
I have been
Misunderstood

Playing a lion being led to a cage
I turn from surreal to seclusion
From love to disdain
From belief to delusion
From a thief to a beggar
From a god to God save me

How can I feel abandoned even when the world surrounds me
How can I bite the hand that feeds the strangers all around me
How can I know so many
Never really knowing anyone

If I seem superhuman
I have been
Misunderstood.


4) The great debate

[also known as "Conflict At Ground Zero"]
music by Myung, Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess
lyrics by John Petrucci


[Both Channels]
"A Gallup snapshot poll taken immediately after
President Bush's speech on funding embryonic
stem cell research last night shows that half of
Americans approve of his decision, 25% do not,
and still another 25% aren't sure what to think."

[Left Channel]
"Most people don't even know what stem cells are."

[Both Channels]
"Who's going to scream the loudest, will it be the
right-to-lifer's, will it be the scientists?
And now what's going to happen is that there will
be a tremendous amount of lobbying in Washington
D.C. Scientists, entertainers, people who want to
see this research will be coming forth."

[Right Channel]
"I'm concerned about it, Christopher Reeves is
concerned about it, everyone is concerned about it,
but the big question is, do the ends justify the
means? And when we talk about research, yes we can
cure a lot things speculatively, but where's the proof?"

[Left Channel]
"These developing human beings that they're talking
about, these embryos were produced in an artificial
scientific environment, in vitro fertilization is
not God's will."

[Right Channel]
"That doesn't make them any less human though, after
that happens."

[Both Channels]
"We're on a road where we really don't where we're
going as far as what's next, we're talking about
harvesting embryos, we're talking about this, we're
talking about that, but what is the cost?"

[Left Channel]
"How could we possibly abandon the research?"

[The following samples are played simultaneously]

[Left Channel]
"Well that's right, it's the old question, I mean if
you think the research is good, of course you'd have
no problem at all with it. It's only if you think the
research involved is something evil, then you get the
question of 'Is it okay to [???]?' And the truth of
the matter is that we do that all the time with organ
transplants, I mean with people that are killed or
murdered or people who're just victims of automobile
accidents, abandoning all [???]. We do take their organs
and we look to try to save other lives. We try to [???]
all the time. [???] kill someone [???]"

[Left Channel]
"And I'd like to mention that we don't have the answers
yet. We need to put the money into something that'll
hopefully get those answers in the future. Listen,
we're out of time."

[Right Channel]
"And in this country there was a great outrage of [???]
from all points. From churches, mainline [???]...
that you can not use [???]... to cure [???]...
and as it turned out [???]... great outrage... [???]"

What if someone said
Promise lies ahead
Hopes are high in certain scientific circles
Life won't have to end
You could walk again

What if someone said
Problems lie ahead
They've uncovered something highly controversial
The right to life is strong
Can't you see it's wrong

Human kind has reached a turning point
Poised for conflict at ground zero
Ready for a war
Do we look to our unearthly guide
Or to white coat heroes
Searching for a cure

Turn to the light
Don't be frightened of the shadows it creates
Turn to the light
Turning away would be a terrible mistake

Anarchistic moral vision
Industries of death
Facing violent opposition
Unmolested breathe

Ethic inquisitions breed
Antagonistic views
Right wing sound bite premonitions
In a labyrinth of rules

Are you justified
Are you justified
Are you justified
Justified in taking
Life to save life
Life to save life
Taking life to save life

This embryonic clay
Wrapped in fierce debate
Would be thrown away
Or otherwise discarded

Some of us believe
It may hold the key
To treatment of disease
And secrets highly guarded

Are you justified
Are you justified
Are you justified
Justified in taking
Life to save life
Life to save life
Life to save life

Human kind has reached a turning point
Poised for conflict at ground zero
Ready for a war
Do we look to our unearthly guide
Or to white coat heroes

Turn to the light
Don't be frightened of the shadows it creates
Turn to the light
Turning away would be a terrible mistake

We're reaching
But have we gone too far

Harvesting existence
Only to destroy
Carelessly together
We are sliding

Someone else's future
Four days frozen still
Someone else's fate
We are deciding

Miracle potential
Sanctity of life
Faced against each other
We're divided

Should we push the boundaries
Or should we condemn
Moral guilt and science
Have collided

Turn to the light
We defy our own mortality these days
Turn to the light
Pay attention to the questions we have raised

[The following samples are played simultaneously]

[Left Channel]
"...research, scientific advancement. And I know we're
going down a road that we may not know where we end, but
we...that's exactly what science is all about. I'm very sorry,
but I you know I do feel sympathy for people who whose spines
are...have uh have been severed. There's a possibility we
might be able to cure them. I am concerned about a cure for
juvenile diabetes. And if these types of scientific
advancements can cure these diseases, then quite candidly
I think there ought to be at least, what President Bush has
said, some limited research."

[Right Channel]
"One of the one of the big questions that still remains for
me though is that all of these embryos that are are set or
uh being discarded for example um is this worse than just
throwing those away?"

"We don't know if they're going to be discarded. All of a
sudden, I mean, we're going to say, uh we started with the
ones that are going to be discarded. Then all of a sudden,
we're going to have people being solicited to donate parts
of their their anatomy to harvest parts of, like, a part
of what have you. I mean that's how's it starts."

"Even though if they start soliciting, women and men in
fertility clinics have extra embryos."


"Stem cells come from developing human beings and that they
shouldn't be uh experimented on in a way that doesn't make
sense or that is unethical, but at the same time there is
great promise."

[Left Channel]
"I have a 28-year-old son, her grandson, that that uh is
uh paraplegic. And if there is a small chance that my son
would be able to have any feeling and be able to walk, I
am for it."

"a human body having evolving for tens of thousands of [Right Channel]
years and we're just injecting cells from embryos into
people's brains, and and how do we come to to do something
like that?"


5) Disappear

Why, tell me the reasons why
Try, still I don't understand
Will I ever feel this again
Blue sky, I'll meet you in the end
Free them, free the memories of you
Free me, and rest 'til I'm with you

A day like today
My whole world has been changed
Nothing you say
Will help ease my pain

Turn, I'll turn this slowly round
Burn, burn to feel alive again
She, she'd want me to move one
See me, this place I still belong
Give chase, to find more than I have found
And face, this time now on my own

Days disappear
And my world keeps changing
I feel you here
And it keeps me sane

So I'm moving on
I'll never forget as you lay there and watched me
Accepting the end
I knew you were scared
You were strong I was trying
I gave you my hand
I said it's okay letting go time to leave here
And I'll carry on
The best that I can without you here beside me
Let him come and take you home.


6) Six degrees of inner turbulence
I. Overture

(instrumental)


II. About to crash

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

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

Though 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 the war inside my head.


IV. The test that stumped them all

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 just simply crazy
Suffering from delusions
We honestly think the 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 of the light
The smell of sweat and shit
Steaming through the night

Random urine testing
Pills red, pink and blue
Counselling 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

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

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)

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

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 live
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.