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The Theory of Everything

(2013)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresProgressive Metal, Opera Rock
LabelsInsideOut Music
Album rating :  91 / 100
Votes :  31
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Disc 1-  
 
PHASE I: Singularity (23:29)  
1. Prologue: The Blackboard
[Teacher:]
Will we ever understand
This complex genius
This visionary thinker

Will we ever get this close again
Uniting the forces
Of our universe

[Girl:]
Will we ever understand
His isolation
Or his sense of wonder

We will never get this close again
It’s been too long…
I think he’s gone
2. The Theory of Everything Part 1
"11 years earlier

The Father, a brilliant scientist, has devoted his life to finding the Theory of Everything, the equation that will fully explain and unite all physical forces of the universe. He's obsessively working day and night; unaware that his wife and introverted son need far more attention that he has been giving them. The Mother has always supported her husband's scientific pursuits, but the strain of dealing with their asocial child's special needs has worn her down to the point of desperation."

[Father:]
I'm so close to the answer
A dazzling symphony of cosmic strings
I feel the pulse, vibrating just out of reach
The music of space

One single master equation
Unification of the great and small
I hear the notes but the arrangement is wrong
And I'm starting to doubt, but I can't give up now I'm so near

[Mother:]
Can't you see that I need you out here?
And what about our boy?
I think he's got something to give
What secrets lie... beyond these hollow eyes?

[Father:]
I'm sorry you feel neglected
But it's clear that you don't understand
I'm aware, and I want to be there
I just need some more time, for the answer is blindingly near

[Mother:]
Are you trying to drive us away
Just when we need you most?
You might find he's got something to give
What secrets lie... beyond these eyes?
3. Patterns
"The son is so withdrawn because his mind is overwhelmed by analyzing the chaotic stimuli of the world around him, and the mathematical patterns he sees in everything - even in nature. His brain seems to operate on a completely different level than other people's. There is something very special about him, indeed."

[Violin: Ben Mathot]

[Instrumental]
4. The Prodigy's World
"The Mother is determined to connect with the Prodigy, but he is completely unresponsive. He is simply incapable of relating to her emotionally, even though on some level he wants to."

[Mother:]
Talk to me

[Prodigy:]
I know you’re there, but I won’t see you
I hear your voice but it can’t reach me

[Mother:]
Let me in

[Prodigy:]
It all seems so trivial
In the scheme of things

[Mother:]
Talk to me

[Prodigy:]
I feel your touch but it can’t move me
I hear your words but they confuse me

[Mother:]
Let me in

[Prodigy:]
It all comes to nothing
In the scheme of things

Patterns emerge in nature’s dance
Numbers are born in the wheel of chance
Why do I see this?
What does it mean to me?

A grand design in all its majesty
Vibrating strings, quantum gravity
Why was I chosen?
What does it mean to me?
Tell me why!
5. The Teacher's Discovery
"7 years ago

As the students work on a test in science class, a gust of wind from the open window blows a paper full of math equations off the Teacher's desk. Unnoticed by the teacher, it lands at the Prodigy's feet. Already having finished the test, he picks up the paper. His face lights up as he begins writing."

[Teacher:]
I can’t believe… this can’t be true.
How could you know?
I’ve tried to solve this
For as long as I recall

Is this your work? Be honest now
How did you do it?
I’m not angry, boy
But I really need to know

[Prodigy:]
I’m sorry, sir, I can’t explain
It’s the way I’ve always been
You see, the numbers just appear
Before my eyes

[Rival:]
Don’t believe hi, no! He is envious!
I’ve felt it from the start
In every class, I’ve always been the genius
And he just wants to be like me

Don’t let him deceive you
He’s nothing but a fake
A sad pretender
Trying to take my place

Don’t let him deceive you
He’s nothing but a fake
A sad pretender
A total waste of space
6. Love and Envy
[Violin: Ben Mathot]

[Girl:]
Why do you torment him, are you jealous?
There must be a reason you’re so cruel
What have you got against him?
Does he scare you?
What did he ever do to you?

[Rival:]
Oh no, I can’t believe
You’re falling for this loser
Oh no, I thought you knew
That I am so much cooler!

[Girl:]
Why do you despise him, are you frightened?
Are you being driven by your pride?
I think you feel threatened by his brilliance
But still you admire him, deep inside

[Rival:]
Oh no, I can’t believe
You’re falling for this loser
Oh no, I thought you know
That I am so much cooler!
Oh no, I always thought
That we should be together
Oh no, I really think
That you can do so much better
7. Progressive Waves
[Instrumental]

[Uilleann Pipes: Troy Donockley
Violin: Ben Mathot
Modular Moog solo: Keith Emerson
Synthesizer solo: Jordan Rudess
Low Whistle: Troy Donockley]
8. The Gift
[Teacher:]
I’m glad you could meet me
I’m here about your son
I’ve never seen a mind like his
Especially so young

He’s got a gift for numbers
Never known before
An outstanding genius
Who shouldn’t be ignored

[Father:]
You must be mistaken
He’s useless and he’s weak
I see no sign of genius
The boy can hardly speak

He just sits there, lifeless
For hours at a time
No expression on his face
His eyes staring into space!

[Teacher:]
How can you be so heartless
There must be so much more that we can do

[Father:]
Who are you to judge me,
You don’t even know what we’ve been through!

[Teacher:]
Just give him more attention
You’ll see there’s more to him than meets the eye

[Father:]
Fine! I’ll try to help the child
Better not wasting my time!
9. The Eleventh Dimension
[Instrumental]

[Flute: Jeroen Goossens
Violin: Ben Mathot]
10. Inertia
[Prodigy:]

Are you trying to drive me away?
Just when I need you most.
I think… I’ve got something to give
I just don’t know… how…
11. The Theory of Everything Part 2
[Flute: Jeroen Goossens
Violin: Ben Mathot]

[Mother:]
We need to take him to therapy
Help him function in society

[Father:]
It's worth a try, who knows...
He could help me complete
The Theory Of Everything

[Mother and father:]
A future to build
A role to fulfill
Something to give
A reason to live
 
PHASE II: Symmetry (21:31)  
12. The Conclusion
[Psychiatrist:]
I know it’s hard to find the words
But tell me all about your world
Do you struggle to adapt?
Do you feel detached?

[Prodigy:]
It seems I’m always out of place
Like some alien machine
I never know how I should be
Or what to feel, or what is real

[Mother:]
Can you help us reach our son?
Can we put our faith in you?
Can you help him overcome?
There is brilliance shining through
Do you see it too?

[Psychiatrist:]
Let’s talk about your dreams
Can you tell me what you see?
Can you describe the way you feel?
Do you feel anything at all…

[Prodigy:]
I see things that don’t belong
In this four-dimensional world
There is so much more beyond
More to unveil, more to reveal

[Mother:]
Can you help us reach our son?
Can we put our faith in you?
Can you help him overcome
There is magic shining through

Can you help us reach our son?

[Prodigy:]
I, I need a future I can build
[Mother:]
Can you tell us what to do?

[Prodigy:]
Give me a role that I can fulfil

[Mother:]
Can we help him rise above?

[Prodigy:]
I know I’ve got something to give

[Mother and Prodigy:]
A reason to live!
13. Diagnosis
"The Psychiatrist informs the Mother and Father of his findings. But will they accept the unconventional course of treatment he suggests?"

[Flute and bass flute: Jeroen Goossens]

[Psychiatrist:]
Yes, I’m afraid I see signs of impairment
But there is something more
He’s an exceptional savant, one in a million

His mind is ablaze with distraction
But maybe I can help
I’m testing a new drug that can help him focus

[Father:]
Please tell us more, that sounds intriguing
Can he join your clinical trial?
If he could concentrate he could help me
He might even be of some use!

Center the mind, cut straight to the core
Brighten the flame, break open the cage
Shatter the wall, shut down the noise
Soften the pain, sharpen the brain

[Psychiatrist:]
I have to confess it’s experimental
I’m still running through the tests
The side effects could include extreme delusions

[Mother:]
No! Not on my life, I’ll never allow it!
No matter what we could win
I won’t let you endanger my child
I refuse to play dice with his life

[Mini Moog solo: Rick Wakeman]
14. The Argument 1
[Mother:]
How could you even contemplate
Experimenting on our child?
Were you only thinking of yourself again?

[Father:]
No! Why shouldn’t I want to help him
You make it sound like it’s a crime
I’m not giving up, this isn’t over!
15. The Rival's Dilemma
[High Whistle: Troy Donockley
Cello: Maaike Peterse
Flute: Jeroen Goossens]

[Rival:]
So... what if they are right
And he’s so remarkable
How does that affect me?

Ever since I was a child
It all came so easy
I never had to try

If he’s as brilliant as they say
How will I be noticed
Now I’m not so special… anymore

I’m not sure why I’m afraid
No, he won’t beat me
Not without a fight, no!

One day I’ll show them I am the genius
One day the whole world will know
One day I’ll show them who he really is
One day they’ll know
16. Surface Tension
[Mini Moog solo: Rick Wakeman]

[Instrumental]
17. A Reason to Live
[Teacher:]
Let’s find him a future to build
He’ll give me a role to fulfil
I know he’s got something to give
We all need a reason to live

[Girl:]
A future to build
A role to fulfill
Something to give
A reason to live
18. Potential
[Cello: Maaike Peterse
Violin: Ben Mathot
Flute: Jeroen Goossens]

[Teacher:]
Where am I going?
How did this happen?
My life has unfolded
Depressingly average

But if I support him
Help him reach his potential
He’ll be my contribution
I can still make my mark
My name will live on

[Girl:]
His shyness is charming
I wish I could reach him
He’s strangely disarming
I hope I can free him

[Teacher:]
I know I can help him

[Girl:]
He needs someone like me

[Teacher:]
To reach his potential

[Girl:]
To learn how to feel

[Teacher:]
He’ll be my contribution

[Girl:]
I wish he’d let me in

[Teacher:]
They’ll remember my name

[Girl:]
Let me help him to live

[Teacher:]
My claim to fame
19. Quantum Chaos
[Instrumental]
20. Dark Medicine
[Psychiatrist:]
I know why you’re here
You’re a fellow man of science
Our point of view is very much alike

[Father:]
The choice is clear
I don’t need to be convinced
Denying him this chance just isn’t right

[Psychiatrist:]
Give him one a day
That’s the safest place to start
At such a tiny dose, the risks are low

[Father:]
Keep it between you and me
Oh, they would never understand
Let’s both agree that no one needs to know
21. Alive!
[Cello: Maaike]

[Prodigy:]
Patterns are forming
Breaking through the noise
A beautiful symmetry
Slowly falling into place

Inspiration is flowing
Filling up the void
A perfect harmony
Full of elegance and grace

I’ve come alive
The road is so much clearer now
I’m finally awake
Destiny waits

[Father:]
Oh, am I getting through to you
Can you hear me, son?
I never doubted you
I always knew you’d win this fight

I am reaching out to you
Can you help me, son?
I’m so close to the answer
But I need your brilliant mind

We’ve come alive
Our goal is so much closer now
Now it’s time to turn the page
Destiny waits
Now we will fulfill our fate
Destiny waits!
22. The Prediction
[Mother:]
And soon you’ll show them you’re a genius
And soon the whole world will know
And soon you’ll show them what life really is
One day they’ll know!
 
Disc 2-  
 
PHASE III: Entanglement (22:34)  
1. Fluctuations
[Instrumental]

[Bamboo flute: Jeroen Goossens]
2. Transformation
[Violin: Ben Mathot]

[Teacher:]
I don’t mean to interfere, but I see quite a change in you
The distant gaze has disappeared
The brilliant light behind your eyes is shining through

[Prodigy:]
You’re right, it’s strange
It all seems different now
The mist has cleared, I’m finally awake
But it’s hard to change
I want to live but I don’t know how
I need someone to help me find my way

[Teacher:]
You can count on me
I’m glad to have such a mind to teach
Life doesn’t have to be a mystery
You can live my dream
And scale the heights I could never reach
We can play a part changing history
Our time is here!

I have to say, it’s unusual
Such a transformation, overnight!
I wouldn’t have thought it was possible
I don’t want to scare you, but it can’t be right!

[Prodigy:]
Well I don’t mind, cause I feel so much stronger now
For the first time the world is making sense

[Teacher:]
I’ll be your guide
It’s time to live and I’ll show you how
A world of endless wonder lies ahead!
3. Collision
[Prodigy:]
I can’t believe I never saw
How insignificant you are

[Rival:]
Ha! You’re outshined in every way

[Prodigy:]
Well if you are such a genius
It didn’t get you very far!

[Rival:]
I’ll prove you wrong
My mind’s growing
Stronger each day!

[Prodigy and Rival:]
No, you won’t deceive me
You’re nothing but a fake
You’re a sad pretender
Trying to take my place

[Prodigy:]
All the years you bullied me,
Taking pleasure in my pain

[Rival:]
It serves you right
Accept your defeat!

[Prodigy:]
But now I realize you only wish
You had my brain!

[Rival:]
One day, you’ll see
You will be needing me!

[Prodigy and Rival:]
No, you won’t deceive me
You’re nothing but a fake
You’re a sad pretender
A total waste of space

[Rival:]
There can only be one

[Prodigy:]
I’m pretty sure that it’s not you!

[Rival:]
Mark these words
Cause one day you’ll see
You will be needing me!
4. Side Effects
[Violin: Ben Mathot]

[Psychiatrist:]
I’m afraid we’ve got a problem
The side effects have been confirmed
Severe psychosis and delusions
We have to stop the trial today
It’s too dangerous
The boy deserves to know what’s going on
What have we done?!

[Father:]
Son, there’s something I must tell you
I’ve been giving you a drug
I was convinced that I would hep you
Can you forgive me what I’ve done?

[Prodigy:]
No! How could you live with that?
Deceiving your own son to serve yourself
You can go to hell…
5. Frequency Modulation
[Instrumental]
6. Magnetism
[Cello: Maaike Peterse
Uilleann Pipes: Troy Donockley]

[Prodigy:]
Now I’ve told you everything
Now there’s nothing more to hide
I’ve got nowhere else to go
Can I stay with you tonight?

[Girl:]
After all that you’ve been through
How could I turn you away
We were always meant to be
I don’t care what people say

[Rival:]
Don’t you believe it
Don’t be a fool
Manipulate you
Is all he wants to do

He will deceive you
You’re being used
Don’t let him play you
All he wants to do
He wants to be with you

[Prodigy:]
The meds create a perfect world
Patterns, purpose, clarity
How will I ever live without?
What should I do… what’s happening to me?

[Girl:]
Don’t you worry, it’s all right
I will keep you safe from harm
Together we can beat this thing
Before the damage goes too far
7. Quid Pro Quo
[Low Whistle: Troy Donockley]

[Rival:]

Let’s make a deal
I’ll get you what you need
You know I am a brilliant chemist
I can duplicate your drug, but my offer has a price
If you want a new supply
You have to help me

[Prodigy:]
Count me in, I’ll do anything you want
But isn’t it ironic?
The fates must be laughing
Your greatest enemy
Is the one who holds the key
What do you need from me?

[Rival:]
I’ve found a way to infiltrate the banks
If you can break their algorithms
And bypass their systems
There’s millions to be made, and all without a trace
We can’t lose here

[Girl:]
This can’t be true
Now who’s being used?
Don’t let it end this way
It hurts me to tell you, you’re gonna have to choose
What you really wanna do
Don’t let me down!
8. String Theory
[Instrumental]

[Flute: Jeroen Goossens
Cello: Maaike Peterse
Violin: Ben Mathot
Piccolo: Jeroen Goossens
Orchestration: Siddharta Barnhoorn]
9. Fortune?
[Rival:]
Our plan has succeeded
We are rich beyond belief
We got more than we ever needed
We’re free to live out our dream

[Girl:]
I won’t be part of this nightmare
I cannot live with what you’ve done
Get out of my life

[Prodigy:]
What have I done?
Now she’s gone…
What have I done?
Now she’s gone…
 
PHASE IV: Unification (22:20)  
10. Mirror of Dreams
[Irish Bouzouki: Michael Mills
Low Whistle: Troy Donockley
Cello: Maaike Peterse]

[Girl:]
I feel his shadow looming over me
Leaving me defeated and confused
His eyes still haunt me, if only I’d done more
Maybe I gave up on him too soon…

[Mother:]
I share your sorrow, but we are not to blame
His heart has always been a mystery

[Girl and mother:]
We’ll never fathom, we’ll never understand
Did he ever need us, were we real
Or mere reflections in a mirror of dreams?

[Girl:]
What holds his future, how will he survive?
Without us to save him from himself
Where has he run to, will he return?
I hope he knows I wish him well

[Mother:]
It’s up to him now, there’s nothing we can do
I fear we cannot give him what he needs

[Girl and mother:]

Are we but phantoms inside his tangled mind?
Will he ever need us, are we real…
Ore mere reflections in a mirror of dreams?
11. The Lighthouse
[Cello: Maaike Peterse
Contrabass Flute: Jeroen Goossens]

[Teacher:]
It’s time to put things in perspective
Find your way again
Let me take you to the lighthouse
Where you can hide away

[Prodigy:]
I only want to be alone
To work the numbers on my own
I need to show my father
I need to show them all… I am the one

[Teacher:]
Your time has come

[Prodigy:]
To unlock the equation

[Prodigy and Teacher:]
The Theory of Everything

[Teacher:]
If you’re troubled by the visions
The chaos in your mind
If the voices start to whisper
Call me, day or night!

[Prodigy:]
Don’t worry, I’ll be fine

[Teacher:]
Don’t underestimate the danger

[Prodigy:]
I’m gonna make the theory shine

[Teacher:]
You’ll regret it sooner or later

[Prodigy:]
I need to show my father
I need to show them all… I am the one

[Teacher:]
Our time has come

[Prodigy:]
I will find the equation

[Teacher and Prodigy:]
The Theory of Everything
12. The Argument 2
[Father:]
Without him it’s all over
We’ve got to bring him home again

[Mother:]
He doesn’t want to see you
Can’t you get that through your head?

[Father:]
But you can make him listen
All I need is one more chance

[Mother:]
No! I can’t take any more
You never gave a damn!
13. The Parting
[Mother:]
And so it ends
It’s time to let go
My spirit is crushed
Forsaken and cold

I’m leaving you
No tears left to cry
You’ll never change
I’ve made up my mind
This is goodbye

[Father:]
So this is the end
How can I go on?
My dream’s unfulfilled
And now I’m alone

I let them down
I pushed them away
No reason to live
I’m ending this pain
There’s no other way

Only one thing left to do…

[Orchestration: Siddharta Barnhoorn
Guitar Solo: Steve Hackett]
14. The Visitation
[Father:]
I’m down here on my knees
Feeling the weight of shame
How could I have done this
To you, my son?

[Prodigy:]
I can’t believe my eyes
Is it really you?
Why should I forgive you
After all you’ve done?

[Father:]
I was driven and blind
Not so unlike yourself
We can still work together
If you allow me

[Prodigy:]
Why should I give you a chance?
Why should I trust you now?
Ha… I bet you are helpless
Without me

[Father:]
If we join our minds
Then together we can do this

[Father and Prodigy:]
We both want to be the first
We both want to change the world

[Father:]
We can work all night
'Til we find out what the truth is

[Father and Prodigy:]
We’ll solve this mystery
Be a part of history

[Prodigy:]
I’m so damn close

[Father:]
I’ll fill in the blanks

[Prodigy:]
I could use a hand

[Father:]
Just give me this chance

[Prodigy and Father:]
For we’re on the verge of a breakthrough

[Father:]
The meds help me not to sleep

[Prodigy:]
It's too late to stop now

[Father:]
I'll take just a few more

[Prodigy:]
Just 'til the answer is found

[Prodigy and Father:]
We can make it,
We'll find the truth

Let’s join our minds
It’s our destiny to do this
We’re going to be the first
We’re going to change the world

We’ll work all night
'Til we find out what the truth is
We both know we’ll never sleep
'Til we make this quantum leap
We are in this way too deep
15. The Breakthrough
[Prodigy:]
Isolate the graviton

[Father:]
Verify the Higgs-Boson

[Prodigy:]
Photons, hadrons

[Father:]
Gluons, fermions

[Prodigy:]
Demonstrate the tachyon

[Father:]
Find the missing baryons

[Prodigy:]
Neutrons, protons

[Father:]
Nucleons, electrons

[Prodigy:]
Ride a wave of gravity

[Father:]
Unravel super symmetry

[Prodigy:]
Position x, sparticles

[Father:]
Momentum p, dark energy

[Prodigy:]
Einstein’s relativity

[Father:]
Meets Heisenberg’s uncertainty

[Prodigy:]
Causality, eternity

[Father:]
Singularity, infinity!

[Prodigy:]
Eureka! We found it, we broke it

[Father:]
Eureka! We solved it, we did it!

[Prodigy:]
Eureka! We made it, we cracked it

[Father:]
Eureka! We nailed it, we got it!
16. The Note
[Prodigy:]
Dear friend, my work here is done
Science has evolved
As the sun set on father and son
The mystery was solved

I’m broken, I’m falling apart
Slowly fading away
I’m sorry… I took it all too far
Thank you for… your faith…
17. The Uncertainty Principle
[Teacher:]
His mind took flight
And his eyes have lost their light
All we have to go on is a note

They changed the world last night
Working together, side by side
His father is the only one who knows

[Girl:]
You haven’t been told?
That was his mother on the phone
There was a tragedy last night

His father can’t have been here
It had to be a ghostly dream
For at the fall of day he took his life!
18. Dark Energy
[Cello: Maaike Peterse
Violin: Ben Mathot
Orchestration: Siddharta Barnhoorn]

[Instrumental]
19. The Theory of Everything Part 3
[Violin: Ben Mathot
Cello: Maaike Peterse
Flute: Jeroen Goossens
Orchestration: Siddharta Barnhoorn]

[Mother:]
They were seduced by the mystery
Something forbidden was uncovered here

[Mother:]
My husband

[Girl:]
My love

[Mother:]
My son

[Girl:]
All lost

[Mother and Girl:]
Our world is not ready to know
The Theory of Everything

We need a future to build
A new role to fulfil
We’ve got something to give
We’ll find a reason to live
20. The Blackboard (Reprise)
[Cello: Maaike Peterse]

[Teacher:]
Will we ever understand
How two different hand styles
Came to grace this blackboard

What unseen forces did conspire
Uniting a father
And… his son…
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