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Bridges in the Sky
A Dramatic Turn of Events
Length 11:01
Working title The Shaman's Trance
Release date 13th September 2011
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios
Other appearances
Previous song This is the Life
Next song Outcry


Bridges in the Sky is the fifth track on Dream Theater's eleventh album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, and was used as the opening track for the majority of the album's tour. Its intro makes heavy use of samples, and features shamanic drumming, throat singing, and a long passage sung by a choir.

TriviaEdit

  • When the album was first announced, Bridges in the Sky was listed as The Shaman's Trance. The first indication that the name had been changed came in a tracklisting on an online retailer's website.

Interview Edit

  • "The song is about a shaman experience, it's musically very riff driven but extremely melodic at the same time. It has a really cool instrumental breakdown that's almost slightly Israeli, ethical part. At the beginning there is a voice, and that's the shaman." - John Petrucci
  • "It's a soul-searching tune, it's about being in a very dark, souless period and then trying to go through the healing process. Jordan and us in the studio went through hundreds of samples and we went through that and these gregorian vocals came and we thought 'Oh cool! Remember that!'" - James LaBrie

Lyrics Edit

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
Suddenly 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
Dream Theater - Bridges In The Sky11:00

Dream Theater - Bridges In The Sky

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