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In the Name of God
Train of Thought
Length 14:16
Working title
Release date November 11, 2003
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios, Pie Studios NY
Other appearances Live at Budokan
Previous song Stream of Consciousness
Next song The Root of All Evil

In the Name of God is the seventh and final song on Dream Theater's seventh album Train of Thought. It ends with the same piano note that the next album, Octavarium begins with as part of the Meta album cycle.

Written about the cult religion "The Davidians". The bridge also talks about the ensuing Waco siege, were 80 of the 130 doomsday cultists were killed and the church of Mount Caramel was burned down. The vocals over the outro are a metal rendition of the first verse and chorus of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

LyricsEdit

How can this be?
Why is he the chosen one?

Saint gone astray
With a scepter and a gun

Learn to believe
In the mighty and the strong

Come bleed the beast
Follow me it won't be long

Listen when the prophet
Speaks to you
Killing in the name of God

Passion
Twisting faith into violence
In the name of God

Straight is the path
Leading to your salvation
Slaying the weak
Ethnic elimination

Any day we'll all be
Swept away
You'll be saved
As long as you obey

Lies
Tools of the devil inside
Written in Holy disguise
Meant to deceive and divide
Us all

Listen when the prophet
Speaks to you
Killing in the name of God

Passion
Twisting faith into violence
In the name of God

Blurring the lines
Between virtue and sin
They can't tell
Where God ends
And mankind begins

They know no other
Life but this
From the cradle
They are claimed

Listen when the prophet
Speaks to you
Killing in the name of God

Passion
Twisting faith into violence
In the name of God

Hundreds of believers
Lured into a doomsday cult
All would perish
In the name of God

Self-proclaimed messiah
Led his servants
To their death
Eighty murdered
In the name of God

Forty sons and daughters
Un-consenting plural wives
Perversions
In the name of God

Underground religion
Turning toward
The mainstream light
Blind devotion
In the name of God

Justifying violence
Citing from the Holy Book
Teaching hatred
In the name of God

Listen when the prophet
Speaks to you
Killing in the name of God

Passion
Twisting faith into violence
In the name of God

Religious beliefs
Fanatic obsession
Does following faith
Lead us to violence?

Unyielding crusade
Divine revelation
Does following faith
Lead us to violence?

Chant: Mine eyes have seen the glory
of the coming of the Lord
he is trampling out the vintage
where the grapes of wrath are stored
he hath loosed the fateful lightning
of his terrible swift sword
his truth is marching on.

glory, glory, hallelujah
glory, glory, hallelujah
glory, glory, hallelujah...

TriviaEdit

In the verse just before the instrumental break starts, James can be heard screaming the lyrics under the main melody, making In the Name of God one of the only Dream Theater songs to feature screamed lyrics. The only other song that has screamed lyrics is Octavarium, where James can be heard screaming in the second to last verse of Intervals if one listens closely ("When we finally start living, it has become come too late"), as well, James can clearly be heard screaming the last verse of Intervals. ("Trapped inside this Octavarium")