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A Dramatic Turn of Events

(2011)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresProgressive Metal
LabelsRoadrunner Records
Album rating :  86.3 / 100
Votes :  88
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A Dramatic Turn of Events Lyrics

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1. On the Backs of Angels (8:42)
Standing on the backs of angels
destined to create
Mounting the attack
while heroes carry your weight

We spiral toward disaster
survival fading faster

Riding out the wave
content to feed off the machine
Leading us to death
the new American dream

You're blinded by your hunger
Beware, your days are numbered

Tears fall from the shameless
shelter me, guide me to the edge of the water
Selfless are the righteous
burden me, lead me like a lamb to the slaughter

Blurring lines drawn in between
what is right and what is wrong
Victims on the radar
straining us along

We're on to your agenda
The dead end road to nowhere

Tears fall from the shameless
shelter me, guide me to the edge of the water
Selfless are the righteous
burden me, lead me like a lamb to the slaughter


Tears fall from the shameless
shelter me, guide me to the edge of the water
Selfless are the righteous
burden me, lead me like a lamb to the slaughter

Selfless are the righteous
burden me, lead me like a lamb to the slaughter
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down (6:59)
Today, I will be a savior,
tomorrow a demon.
You crave my erratic behavior
and watch my every move.

Obsession at all costs,
you'll be the death of me.
Broken and torn apart,
why can't you let me be?

You build me up, you break me down
until I'm falling to pieces.
I crash and burn, I never learn,
I'm your guilty addiction.
Build me up! Break me down

(Today...a savior...)
Tonight, I am the new messiah you deify.
When I'm no longer desired,
I'll be crucified.

The one who's free from sin,
the first to cast the stone.
Fighting the fear within,
I won't be left alone.

You build me up, you break me down
until I'm falling to pieces.
The price I pay to live this way,
and the fantasy stays alive.
I can't live up, I can't let down
and leave you falling to pieces.
I crash and burn, I never learn,
I'm your morning obsession.
Build me up! Break me down

(I will be - your savior...)

You build me up, you break me down
until I'm falling to pieces.
The price I pay to live this way,
and the fantasy stays alive.
I can't live up, I can't let down
and leave you falling to pieces.
I crash and burn, I never learn,
your iconic fixation.
Build me up! Break me down!
Build me up! Break me down!
3. Lost Not Forgotten (10:11)
I am not immortal
I am just a man
A power-craving tyrant
Beyond the shadows in the sand

Men have come to fear me
Many bow and cry
Known across the desert
I am the one who will not die

I have faced the demons of our most desperate moments
I have been the one to defend our pride
I have worn the banner of my abandoned brothers
I will be the first one to give my life

Lost not forgotten
Reigning against the odds
Feared and respected living among the gods
Leading the empire
Spirit as black as coal
Lost not forgotten
King of the deathless soul

An epic novel no one's read
Pages torn and faded
The greatest story never told

Behold the kingdom I possess
Land of wealth and beauty
Where the streets are paved with gold

Once fearless and brave
A realm passed away
The ghosts of yesterday

Lost not forgotten
Reigning against the odds
Feared and respected living among the gods
Leading the empire
Spirit as black as coal
Lost not forgotten
King of the deathless soul

Lost not forgotten
Reigning against the odds
Feared and respected living among the gods
Leading the empire
Brutal and heartless
Vanishing further
Into the darkness
Lost not forgotten
King of the deathless soul
4. This Is the Life (6:57)
In the heart of your most solemn barren night
When your soul's turned inside out
Have you questioned all the madness you invite
What your life is all about

Some of us choose to live gracefully
Some can get caught in the maze
And lose their way home
This is the life we belong to
Our gift divine

Have you ever wished that you were someone else
Traded places in your mind
It's only a waste of your time

Some of us choose to live gracefully
Some can get caught in the maze
And lose their way home
This is the life we belong to
Our gift divine

Feed the illusion you dream about
Cast out the monsters inside

Life begins with an empty slate
Fragile left in the hands of fate
Driven by love and crushed by hate
Until the day
The gift is gone
And shadows remain

Some of us choose to live gracefully
Some can get caught in the maze
And lose their way home
Memories will fade
Time races on
What will they say
After you're gone
This is the life we belong to
Our gift divine

Our gift divine
5. Bridges in the Sky (11:01)
Blackness awakens, visions come alive.
Seeing through darkness with borrowed eyes.

Death survivor, take me higher,
reunite my soul.
Whisperer of truth, I trust in you
to make me whole.

Sun, come shine my way,
may healing waters bury all my pain.
Wind, carry me home,
the fabric of reality is tearing apart.
The piece of me that died
will return to live again.

Feeling myself slip away,
silently dreaming awake,
hidden memories flooding back.
I will not grow in the light
until I pass through the darkest caverns
of my heart.

Dance with fire, spirit guide
erase the world outside.
Messenger of truth, I trust in you,
transform me now.

Sun, come shine my way,
may healing waters bury all my pain.
Wind, carry me home,
the fabric of reality is tearing apart.
The piece of me that died
will return to live again.
And at last the time has come
to unite again as one,
to the power of the earth I'm calling.
Crossing bridges in the sky
on a journey to renew my life.
Shaman, take my hand

Sun, come shine my way,
may healing waters bury all my pain.
Wind, carry me home,
the fabric of reality is tearing apart.
The piece of me that died
will return to live again.
And at last the time has come
to unite again as one,
to the power of the earth I'm calling.
Crossing bridges in the sky
on a journey to renew my life.
Shaman, take my hand..
6. Outcry (11:24)
Somewhere overhead
Distant thunder roars
The revolution has begun
The war to end all wars

As I welcome death
I hear the battle cry
Bullets fall like fire
Raining from the sky

The rebel in us all
Someday gets tired of being pushed around
But freedom has a price
The cost is buried in the ground

We suffered far too long
We gather now growing stronger
We will not be ignored
Anymore any longer
Our anthem will guide us

Rise up, be counted
Stand strong and unite
Wait for the outcry
Resistance is calling tonight

Far too many years
Of chaos and unrest
Far too many voices
Brutally suppressed

We fight for what is just
For all that we believe
We fight till death or glory
Fight to be set free

The streets are bathed in blood
Time to step down and time to walk away
You'll never rule me now
Though you may stand upon my grave

You can look the other way
Or you can face the light
Although it seems so far away
Freedom's worth the fight

Rise up, be counted
Stand strong and unite
Wait for the outcry
Resistance is calling

Rise up, be counted
Stand strong and unite
Wait for the outcry
Resistance is calling tonight

The world watches on
While we risk our lives
Locked in a kingdom of fear
As our children die
7. Far from Heaven (3:56)
No one truly has the answers
Every day I struggle through it once more
Keep things bottled up, never speaking my mind
Misinterpreted, I'm doing just fine

Every day I put a brave face on, serves me well
Feeling helpless, facing it alone, hard to tell
That I can change who I am, how I feel, there's no end

I have done what you asked of me
Leaves me nothing to live for

Coming undone, way too high a price I should pay
You keep your pride while I die inside every day
No I can't lie anymore, won't pretend I've done all I can

You can't imagine the hell I'm going through
Not asking you to save me
I'm too far from heaven

Nothing you can do to change me
But accept me as I am
8. Breaking All Illusions (12:25)
With the sun in place
There's a test of faith
Streams of thought awaken

New realities
Singularities
Breaking all illusions

Sudden burst of heat
Burning source of life
Masterful destruction

Power's not an act
It's understanding truth
Changing my direction

Live in the moment
Breathe in a new beginning
Wisdom revealed
As I unlearn to learn

Life's biggest battles
Often are fought alone
My spirit brings me home

Emerald thoughts flow through my consciousness
Drawn to curses left behind
Test of will the threshold to one's faith
Starts a fire in the mind

Searching out
Reaching in
To arrive
Where I began
Sights remembered
In the light

Searching out
Reaching in
To arrive
Where I began
Sounds remembered
Come alive

Embrace the days
Don't turn away
Life's true intent needs patience
Karma starts the signal
9. Beneath the Surface (5:26)
Is there ever really a right time
You had led me to believe
Someday you'd be there for me
When the stars above align
When you weren't so concerned
I kept looking for the clues
So I waited in the shadows of my heart
And still the time was never right

Until one day I stopped caring
And began to forget why I longed to be so close
And I disappeared into the darkness
And the darkness turned to pain and never went away
Until all that remained was buried deep beneath the surface

A shell of what things could have been
Tired bones beneath the veil
Of guarded secrets all too frail
Sad to think I never knew
You were searching for the words
For the moment to emerge
Yet the moment never came
You couldn't risk my fragile frame

Until one day you stopped caring
And began to forget why you tried to be so close
And you disappeared into the darkness
And the darkness turn to pain and never went away
Until all that remained was buried deep beneath the surface

I would scream just to be heard
As if yelling at the stars
I was bleeding just to feel
You would never say a word
Kept me reaching in the dark
Always something to conceal

Until one day I stopped scaring
And began to forget why I longed to be so close
And I disappeared into the darkness
And the darkness turned to pain and never went away
Until all that remained was buried deep beneath the surface
Beneath the surface
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