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The sound of a shaker being struck every quarter of a second fades into the soundscape. Moments later, the distinctive sound of a ride cymbal being struck on its bell chimes in. The keyboardist begins to spew notes which sound like an ethereal wind blowing through a forest's branches, and the intensity heightens as singular guitar notes echo from the amplifiers. 40 seconds into the song, every instrument-playing bandmember lets forth into a beautiful assault of sound, and "Metropolis Part I: The Miracle and the Sleeper" is underway.

Before Dream Theater's critically acclaimed album, Metropolis Part II: Scenes from a Memory, there was the song "Metropolis Part I." It is, perhaps, the most worthy contender for best track off of their 2nd studio album, Images and Words. It showcases the incredible talent of all the members of Dream Theater more effectively than any other song on the album, while at the same, providing for an absolutely staggering listening experience.

James LaBrie gives an emotional and powerful voice to the lyrics, written by their guitarist, John Petrucci. Petrucci shines equally on his guitar, working his way effortlessly through complex rhythm and solo arrangements alike. Kevin Moore's keyboard chops are showcased quite well, with the keyboard adding immeasurable ambience to several parts of the song, and one must not forget the fabulous basslines emanating from John Myung's custom six string bass. The percussion provided by Mike Portnoy is in top form, with some prodigious stick work which complements the rest of the music flawlessly.

Song Title:   Metropolis Part I: The Miracle and the Sleeper
Song Length:  9:32
Album Name:   Images and Words
Lyrics By:    John Petrucci
Music By:     Dream Theater

Lyrics

The smile of dawn Arrived early May She carried a gift from her home The night shed a tear To tell her of fear And of sorrow and pain She'll never outgrow Death is the first dance, eternal There's no more freedom The both of you wil be confined to this mind I was told There's a miracle for each day that I try I was told There's a new love that's born For each one that has died I was told There'd be no one to call on When I feel alone and afraid I was told If you dream of the next world You'll find yourself Swimming in a lake of fire As a chlid, I thought I could live without pain Without sorrow As a man, I've found it's all caught up with me I'm asleep yet I'm so afraid Somewhere Like a scene from a memory There's a picture of a thousand words Eluding stares From faces before me It hides away and will never be heard of again Deceit is the second without end They city's cold blood teaches us to survive Just keep my heart in your eyes And we'll stay alive The third arrives (3 minute, 46 second instrumental break) Before the leaves have fallen Before we lock the doors There must be the third and last dance This one will last forever Metropolis watches and thoughtfully smiles She's taking you to your home It can only take place When the struggle between our children has ended Now the Miracle and the Sleeper know that the third is love Love is the dance of eternity

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