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Sacrificed Sons
Octavarium
Length 10:43
Working title
Release date June 7, 2005
Lyrics James LaBrie
Music Dream Theater
First live performance De Schans, Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands, on June 11, 2005
Total live plays 82
Recorded The Hit Factory
Other appearances Score, Romavarium (fan CD)
Previous song Never Enough
Next song Octavarium

Sacrificed Sons is the seventh track off of Dream Theater's eighth studio album, Octavarium.

Written about the events of 9/11, as depicted in the live video. The intro consists of a D#/Eb minor chord underneath authentic news samples from the original coverage of the destruction of the Twin Towers. The remainder of the song is in E minor.

LyricsEdit

[Audio samples from 9/11]
"This has all the appearances of an extraordinarily well-coordinated and devastating terrorist attack."

"Terrorism against our nation will not stand. The government will hunt down those responsible."

"Terrorism means striking terror in the hearts of people; that has been accomplished."

"...looking in awe, amazement, shock, and grief and anger at what they were seeing in front of them."

"There has just been a huge explosion. You can see, uh, a billowing smoke rising, there was a cascade of sparks and fire and we see this extraordinarily big, frightening scene behind us."

"There is panic on the streets. There are people screaming and running."

"Good Lord. There are no words."

"...3000 Palestinians [unintelligible], chanting 'God is good.'"

"This is just a horrific scene and a horrific moment, but just look at that. That is about as frightening a scene as you will ever see."

"But there are times in your life that are life changing, where your life can never be the same and this appears certainly to be one of them."

Walls are closing
Anxiously
Channel surfing
Frantically

Burning City
Smoke and fire
Planes, we're certain.
Faith inspired?

No clues
A complete surprise
Who'll be
Coming home tonight?

Heads all turning
Towards the sky
Towers crumble
Heroes die

Who would wish this on our people?
And proclaim that his will be done
Scriptures they heed have misled them
All praise their sacrificed sons
All praise their sacrificed sons

Teach them what to think and feel
Your ways
So enlightening

Words they preach
I can't relate
If God's true Love
Are acts of Hate

Who would wish this on our people?
And proclaim that his will be done
Scriptures they heed have misled them
All praise their sacrificed sons
All praise their sacrificed sons

God on high
Our mistake
Will mankind be extinct?
There's no time
Time to waste
Who serves the truth
For Heaven's sake?