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Caught in a Web
Awake
Length 05:28
Working title Squid
Release date October 4th 1994
Lyrics John Petrucci, James LaBrie
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded One On One Studios and Devonshire Studios
Other appearances Once in a LIVEtime, Live Scenes from New York, Awake Demos, Old Bridge, New Jersey 12/14/96
Previous song 6:00
Next song Innocence Faded


Caught in a Web is the 2nd song and promo single from Dream Theater's 3rd studio album, Awake. The song is notable for being one of the few Dream Theater songs with multiple lyricists.

Caughtinaweb

The single cover for Caught in a Web

Personnel Edit

Lyrics Edit

Silence disguised
I watch you
Show me the hurt
that haunts you
would you despise the thrill
If all you hide were mine?

I can't hold on any longer
These feelings keep growing stronger
Echoes that deafen the mind
will bury my voice in their wake

Caught in a Web
Removed from the world
Hanging on by a thread
Spinning the lies
devised in my head

I've seen the path
the one you take
shows the truth
for you to make
This turn of phrase
we might not see
is the thirst of desire
found so easily

Try to push me 'round
the world some more
And make me live in fear
I bare all that I am
made of now
Attractive I don't care
'Cause even when I danced with life
no one was there to share

Does this voice the wounds of your soul?
Does this voice the wounds of your soul?

Caught in a Web
Removed from the world
Hanging on by a thread
Spinning the lies
devised in my head

Tried to live the life
you live and saw
It doesn't work for me
I bare all that I am
made of now
Attractive, I can't be
Inside the Dance of Life is one
I'll never hold to me

You can't heal the wounds of my soul.
You can't heal the wounds of my soul.

Caught in a Web
Removed from the world
Hanging on by a thread
Spinning the lies
devised in my head

Caught in a Web
Refused by the world
Hanging on by a thread
Spinning a cage
Denied and misread

Analysis Edit

Caught in a Web's title refers to the concept of a "web of deceit". The subject of the song lives a life of lies, having lied to themselves regarding their own nature. The person in the end decides to stop lying to themselves and embrace who they are. It could be said to be possibly regarding a closeted gay person.

Tone Edit

Caught in a Web is a rather heavy and dark song, rather consistent with the rest of the album, though it is somewhat less progressive than most of the other offerings.

Live Performances Edit

Live performances of Caught in a Web are rather common. Most performances are fairly straightforward and stick to the album version, however the band has been known to experiment with the song. The band did a distorted version of the song at some shows, which some fans have called "Caught in Alice's Nine Inch Tool Garden" for it's influences of Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Tool and Soundgarden. The distorted version became the basis of many musical themes for New Millenium. The two songs were eventually melded into Caught in a New Millenium.

Appearances Edit

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