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Light Fuse and Get away
When Dream and Day Unite
Length 7:21
Working title
Release date March 6th, 1989
Lyrics Kevin Moore
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Kajem/Victory Studios
Other appearances When Dream and Day Unite Demos, When Dream and Day Reunite
Previous song The Killing Hand
Next song Afterlife


Light Fuse and Get Away is a song by Dream Theater. It is the fifth song from their first album, When Dream and Day Unite.

Personnel Edit

Lyrics Edit

Would you like to sit and talk to me
about the way things change so
suddenly
when your senses come and the feeling
goes?
can you remember feeling much
too close?

Stop your hands from shaking.
Look at me.
Are your senses racing endlessly
tracing
past impressions? So were mine.
Have you ever been used
or will this be the first time?

It's come so clear to me
Light fuse and get away
No gain, no pain
It's a fatal game
and the true lose everything

I can see
what trust and loyalty have done
for me
falling miles from the mark
with a thirst for revenge
and a dangerous heart

I've tried to wash from memory
feelings of betrayal and the incidents
that plague me since I lost my sense
of innocence

A history of changes now I'm loving
now I'm losing keeps me constantly
in fear of hearing "I can't see where
this is going"

You lie alone with the memory
feeling the ceiling and walls closing
in on
Your Conscience - my ally
the guilt - your affliction
from preying on praise as you fed
an attention addiction

Someone told me
Light fuse and get away
No gain, no pain
and when it's lust to dust you can
crawl from the wreckage

I can see
what trust and loyalty have done
for me
lying bleeding in the dark
with a thirst for revenge
and a dangerous heart

It's come so clear to me
Light fuse and get away
No gain, no pain
It's a fatal game
and the true lose everything

I can see
what trust and loyalty have done
for me
falling miles from the mark
with a thirst for revenge
and a dangerous heart

Analysis Edit

Light Fuse and Get Away initially seems quite abstract, particularly the title and chorus, however examination of the verses shows the song to be fairly literal. The song is a person who had suffered too many breakups and his fear of an impending one leads him to break up with his significant other before she can do it to him.

Tone Edit

The song, like many of the songs on When Dream and Day Unite, is quite heavy, with very fast riffs that contrast with Dominici's slower delivery of the vocals. The tone could best be described as fast and frantic.

Notes Edit

One thing the song is notable for is the use of a pre-recorded voice sample. The line "I can't see where this is going" is delivered by Charlie Dominici's then girlfriend of the time, as stated in the biography "Lifting Shadows".

Live Performances Edit

As with most of the songs on When Dream and Day Unite, Light Fuse and Get Away is performed rarely, somewhat more rarely than most of the other songs on the album. Performances are straightforward with very little deviation from the album version. The sampled voice is not used, instead with Dominici (or LaBrie delivering the line himself.)

Appearances Edit

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