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Scarred
Awake
Length 11:00
Working title Keymaster
Release date October 4, 1994
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded One On One Studios and Devonshire Studios
Other appearances
Previous song Lifting Shadows Off a Dream
Next song Space-Dye Vest

Scarred is the 10th track on Dream Theater's 3rd album Awake. The lyrics to "Scarred" were initially inspired by a mishearing of the lyrics to The Clash's "Rock the Casbah". The lines inspired by "Rock the Casbah", while present on the working demo, were removed entirely for the final release.

PersonnelEdit

LyricsEdit

To Rise. To Fall.
To Hurt. To Hate.
To Want. To Wait.
To Heal. To Save.

Can't hear it
we fear it
awareness won't come near it

Distractive
Reactive
Disguised in spite of time

I never bared my emotions
My passion always strong
I never lost my devotion
but somewhere fate went wrong

Can't let them rape me again
Your venom's not family here
won't let them fill me with
fatalistic remedies

What if the rest of the world
was hopelessly blinded by fear
Where would my sanctity live?
Suddenly nobody cares.

It's never enough
You're wasting your time
Isn't there something I could say?
You don't understand
You're closing me out
How can we live our lives this way?

You tell me I'm wrong
I'm risking my life
Still, I have nothing in return
I show you my hands
You don't see the scars
Maybe you'll leave me here to burn.

What if the rest of the world
was hopelessly drowning in vain?
Where would our self pity run?
Suddenly everyone cares.

Blood…Heal me
Fear…Change me
Belief will always save me
Blood…Swearing
Fear…Staring
Conviction made aware

Give up on misery
Turn your back on dissent
Leave their distrust behind
Wash your hands of regret

Do you feel you don't know me anymore?
And do you feel I'm afraid of your love?
And how come you don't want me asking?
And how come my heart's not invited?
You say you want everyone happy
Well, we're not laughing.

And how come you don't understand me?
And home come I don't understand you?
Thirty years say we're in this together
so open your eyes.

People in prayer for me
everyone there for me
Sometimes I feel I should face this alone
My soul exposed
It calms me to know I won't

Blood…Heal me
Fear…Change me
Belief will always save me
Blood…Swearing
Fear…Staring
Conviction made aware

Give up on misery
Turn your back on dissent
Leave their distrust behind
Wash your hands of regret

Blood…Heal me
Fear…Change me
Belief will always save me
Blood…Swearing
Fear…Staring
Conviction made aware

Learning from misery
Staring back at dissent
Leaving distrust behind
I'm inspired and content

ToneEdit

The song starts off very quiet and tranquil before picking up in aggression and speed in the verses, without sacrificing any of its ambience, before reverting to a melodic and tranquil chorus. It is also heralded as perhaps LaBrie's best performance on the album, as he shows off the dynamics of his range most prominently in this song.

AnalysisEdit

The lyrics seem to be about someone with depression, but could also be interpreted to by about God and religion.

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