"A Change Of Seasons"
Music by Dream Theater
Lyrics by Mike Portnoy

 I. The Crimson Sunrise [at 0:00]

 II. Innocence [at 3:49]
I remember a time
My frail, virgin mind
watched the crimson sunrise
Imagined what it might find

 Life was filled with wonder
I felt the warm wind blow
I must explore the boundaries
Transcend the depth of winter¹s snow

 Innocence caressing me
I never felt so young before
There was so much life in me
Still I longed to search for more

 But those days are gone now
Changed like a leaf on a tree
Blown away forever
into the cool autumn breeze

 The snow has now fallen
and my sun's not so bright
I struggle to hold on
with the last of my might

 In my den of inequity
viciousness and subtlety
struggle to ease the pain
struggle to find the same

 Ignorance surrounding me
I¹ver never been so filled with fear
All my life's been drained from me
The end is drawing near...

 III. Carpe Diem [at 7:16]
I'll always remember
The chill of November
The news of the fall
The sounds in the hall
The clock on the wall ticking away
"Seize the Day"
I heard him say
Life will not always be this way
Look around
Hear the sounds

 Cherish your life while you're still around
We can learn from the past
But those days are gone
We can hope for the future
But there might not be one

 The words stuck in my mind
alive from what I've learned
I have to seize the day
To home I returned

 Preparing for her flight
I held with all my might
Fearing my deepest fright
She walked into the night
She turned for one last look
She looked me in the eye
I said, "I Love You... Good-bye"

 IV. The Darkest Of Winters [at 9:48]

 V. Another World [at 13:02]
So far or so it seems
All is lost with nothing fulfilled
Off the pages and the T.V. screen
Another world where nothing¹s true

 Tripping through the life fantastic
Lose a step and never get up
Left alone with a cold blank stare
I feel like giving up

 I was blinded by a paradise
Utopia high in the sky
A dream that only drowned me
Deep in sorrow, wondering why

 Oh come let us adore him
Abuse and then ignore him
No matter what, don't let him be
Let's feed upon his misery
Then string him up for all the world to see

 I¹m sick of all your hypocrites
holding me at bay
And I don't need your sympathy
to get me through the day

 Seasons change and so can I
Hold on Boy. No time to cry
Untie these strings, I'm climbing down
I won¹t let them push me away

 Oh come let us adore him
Abuse and then ignore him
No matter what, don¹t let him be
Let¹s feed upon his misery
Now it¹s time for them to deal with me

 VI. The Inevitable Summer [at 16:59]

 VII. The Crimson Sunset [at 20:13]
I¹m much wiser now
A lifetime of memories
run though my head
They taught me how
for better or worse, alive or dead
I realize there¹s no turning back
Life goes on the offbeaten track

 I sit down with my son
Set to see the Crimson Sunset
May years have come and gone
I¹ve lived my life, but now must move on
He¹s my only one
Now that my time has come
Now that my life is done
We look into the sun
"Seize the day and don¹t you cry,
Now it's time to say good-bye
Even though I'll be gone,
I will live on"

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