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I never wanted to become
Someone like him
So secure
Content to live each day
Just like the last
I was sure I knew that
This was not for me
And I wanted so much more
Far beyond what I could see
So I swore that I'd
Never be someone like him

So many years have passed
Since I proclaimed
My independence
My mission
My aim
And my vision
So secure
Content to live each day
Like it's my last
It's wonderful to know
That I could be
Something more than what I dreamed
Far beyond what I could see
Still I swear that I'm
Missing out this time

As far as I could tell
There's nothing more I need
But still I ask myself
Could this be everything
Then all I swore
That I would never be was now
So suddenly
The only thing
I wanted
To become
To be someone just like him


II. Medicate (Awakening) (8:45-12:15) Lyrics by James LaBrie

A Doctor sitting next to me
He asked me how I feel
Not sure I understand his questioning
He says I've been away a while
But thinks he has cured me
From a state of catatonic sleep

For 30 years
Where have I been
Eyes open
But not getting through to me

Medicate me
Infiltrate me
Side effects appear
As my conscience slips away

Medicate me
Science failing
Conscience fading fast
Can't you stop what's happening

A higher dosage he prescribes
But there's no guarantee
I feel it starting to take over me
I tell him not to be ashamed
There's no one who's to blame
A second shot
A brief awakening

I feel the relapse
Can't break free
Eyes open
But not getting through to me

Medicate me
Infiltrate me
Side effects appear
As my conscience slips away
Medicate me
Science failing
Conscience fading fast
Can't you stop what's happening?


III. Full Circle (12:15-18:27) Lyrics by Mike Portnoy

[Isn't this is where we came in] [from Pink Floyd - The Wall]
Sailing on the seven seize the day tripper diem's ready
Jack the ripper owens wilson phillips and my supper's ready
Lucy in the sky with diamond daves not here I come to save the
Day for nightmare cinema show me the way to get back home
Again

[Running forward
Falling back]
Spinning round and round
[Looking outward
Reaching in]
Scream without a sound

[Leaning over
Crawling up]
Stumbling all around
[Losing my place
Only to]
Find I've come full circle

Flying off the handle with careful with
That axe eugene gene the dance machine
Messiah light my fire gabba gabba
Hey hey my my generation's home
Again

[Running forward
Falling back]
Spinning round and round
[Looking outward
Reaching in]
Scream without a sound

[Leaning over
Crawling up]
Stumbling all around
[Losing my place
Only to]
Find I've come full circle


IV. Intervals (18:28-19:56) Lyrics by Mike Portnoy

[Root]
Our deadly sins feel his mortal wrath
Remove all obstacles from our path

[Second]
Asking questions
Search for clues
The answer's been right in front of you

[Third]
We try to break through
Long to connect
Fall on deaf ears with failed muted breath

[Fourth]
Loyalty, trust, faith and desire
Carries love through each darkest fire

[Fifth]
Tortured insanity
A smothering hell
Try to escape but to no avail

[Sixth]
The calls of admirers
Who claim they adore
Drain all your lifeblood while begging for more

[Seventh]
Innocent victims for merciless crimes
Fall prey to some madman's for impulsive designs

[Octave]
Step after step
We try controlling our fate
When we finally start living it's become to late

Trapped inside this Octavarium
Trapped inside this Octavarium
Trapped inside this Octavarium
Trapped inside this Octavarium


V. Razor's Edge (19:56-24:00) Lyrics by John Petrucci

We move in circles
Balanced all the while
On a gleaming razor's edge

A perfect sphere
Colliding with our fate
This story ends where it began



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    muzachMay 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm
    This song isn't about a story, I don't think...

    I think it's about a concept, the idea that everything ends where it begins. The opening storyline is about a man trying to be like people of the past... then it continues to the storyline of a man waking from catatonic sleep, then falling back into it. It continues with similar ideas, of the end being the beginning (or the beginning being the end)

    It's about the album, about life, not about a continuous storyline (at least in my opinion)
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    Theodore P. SavasMar 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm
    Watch this live with the orchestra on the the Score DVD. It is mind-blowing. The entire 2.5 hour show is jaw-dropping.
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    John Philip DadiaNov 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    To me, I think this song is about a cycle of something, well other than life of course. Other than an endless cycle, well, it can be about the power of our minds, the things they can do in our life, be it the right decisions, the wrong decisions, or your own decisions.

    I don't know about you but, if you noticed this, the song has three instrumental parts/sections. It also has five parts, adding the three other sections, having a total of eight sections. Another is,"octa" means eight, right? It just so happens that it is the eighth track of the album of the same name. Lastly, the full length of octavarium is 24 minutes, right? Kinda funny, 8 x 3 is 24. In time, 24 hours is equivalent to a day, meaning a new cycle, which is what I mentioned at the top. This is just something I just noticed, and what I read about it on Wikipedia.
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    Steven OrtizJun 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm
    RUSH doesn't have to play like this anymore. They have already thoroughly proven that they are masters of their instruments. With that being said, this song is pretty good.
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    Theodore P. SavasMar 13, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    My favorite band. They are amazing, and if you haven't listened for a while, give them a shot. Their new LP with Mike Mangini on drums is amazing (I was a big Portnoy fan). I love Rush, etc. but I will tell you that in my opinion they make Rush look like beginners in terms of complexity, time and key changes, etc.

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