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Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

(2002)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresProgressive Metal, Progressive Rock
LabelsElektra Records
Album rating :  90.9 / 100
Votes :  49
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Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Lyrics

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Disc 1  
1. The Glass Prison (13:52)
Lyrics by Portnoy


I. REFLECTION

Cunning, Baffling, Powerful
Been beaten to a pulp
Vigorous, Irresistable
Sick and tired and laid low
Dominating, Invincible
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 to 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 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
To enter this temple of hope

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

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

"We'll help you perform this miracle
But you must set your past free
You dug the hole, but you can't bury your soul
Open your mind and you'll 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 a door
I tried to open
I tried forcing with all of my will but 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 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 (10:22)
Lyrics by 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 unto 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 (9:32)
Lyrics by 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 (13:46)
Lyrics by Petrucci

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 the 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 breath

Ethic inquisitions breed
Antagonistic views
Right wing soundbyte 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
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


Humankind 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

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
5. Disappear (6:46)
Lyrics by Labrie

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 on
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 take you home
 
Disc 2  
1. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence I. Overture (6:50)
instrumental
2. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence II. About to Crash (5:51)
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
3. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence III. War Inside My Head (2:08)
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

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

Years and years of bloodshed and warfare
Our mission was only to get in and kill
A free vacation of palm trees and shrapnel
Trading innocence for permanent psychotic hell

[CHORUS]
Feeling strangers staring my way
Reading minds never read
Tasting danger with each word I say
Waging a war inside my -
4. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence IV. The Test That Stumped Them All (5:03)
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 just 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 treatments?
It really might do some help
We have just the tools to fix him,
to save him from himself"
5. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence V. Goodnight Kiss (6:18)
[Baby sounds]
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

[Hospital ambient noise]
[Doctors laughing]
6. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence VI. Solitary Shell (5:48)
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?
7. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence VII. About to Crash (Reprise) (4:04)
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?
8. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence VIII. Losing Time / Grand Finale (6:00)
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
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