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Lifting Shadows Off a Dream
Awake
Length 06:05
Working title
Release date 4th October, 1994
Lyrics John Myung
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded One On One Studios and Devonshire Studios
Other appearances Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs), Once in a LIVEtime Outtakes, Awake Demos, Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95
Previous song Lie
Next song Scarred

Lifting Shadows Off a Dream is the ninth song off Dream Theater's third album, Awake. It was based off two chords and a poem that John Myung brought to the studio. After an unsucessful jam, they managed to make a song out of it.

Personnel Edit

Lyrics Edit

He seems alone and silent
thoughts remain without an answer
Afraid and uninvited
he slowly drifts away
Moved by desire and fear
Breaking delicate wings
Lifting shadows
off a Dream once broken
She can turn a drop of water
Into an ocean
As the rain is pouring down
Tears of sorrow wash his mind
Drifting with the current
This stream of life flows on
He seems alone and silent
waiting on his hands and knees
The chill of winter's darkness sits quietly
Moved by desire and fear
he takes a few steps away
Lifting shadows
off a Dream once broken
She can turn a drop of water
Into an ocean
And she listens openly
He pours his soul into the water
reflecting the mystery
She carries him away
and the winds die slowly
And she listens openly
And she listens openly
Lifting shadows
off a Dream once broken
She can turn a drop of water
Into an ocean
Lifting Shadows off a Dream
Lifting Shadows off a Dream

Analysis Edit

Lifting Shadows Off a Dream's lyrics have defied conventional analysis since its release. According to Myung the song is about "The duality between a man and a woman and how they can compliment each other." When asked by Portnoy what the song was about at one point, Myung refused to explain it, saying it was "too personal".

Tone Edit

Lifting Shadows Off a Dream is a progressive ballad, the tone being quite moody and somber.

Notes Edit

Lifting Shadows Off a Dream is notable for lending its name to the Dream Theater biography, Lifting Shadows as well as the album of the same name that came with the book, though it ironically does not appear on the album.

Live Performances Edit

Performances of Lifting Shadows Off a Dream are somewhat uncommon, though it was more commonly performed during the tour to support Awake. Generally live performances tend to be enhanced, specifically during the tour to support Falling Into Infinity where it was commonly opened with a bass solo by Myung.

Appearances Edit

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