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Scene Four: Beyond This Life
Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Length 11:22
Working title
Release date October 26, 1999
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded
Other appearances Metropolis 2000, Live Scenes from New York, The Making of Scenes from a Memory
Previous song Scene Three: II. Fatal Tragedy
Next song Scene Five: Through Her Eyes

Scene Four: Beyond This Life is the sixth track off of Dream Theater's fifth studio album, Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From a Memory. It is the longest song in Act 1 of the album.

LyricsEdit

Headline: "Murder, young girl killed
Desperate shooting at Echo`s hill
Dreadful ending, killer died
Evidently suicide"

A witness heard a horrifying sound
He ran to find a woman dead and
Lying on the ground

Standing by her was a man
Nervous, shaking, gun in hand
Witness says he tried to help
But he`d turned the weapon on himself

His body fell across that poor young girl
After shouting out in vain
The witness ran to call for assistance
A sad close to a broken love affair

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

She wanted love forever
But he had another plan
He fell into an evil way
She had to let him down
She said "I can`t love a wayward man"

She may have found a reason to forgive
If he had only tried to change
Was their fatal meeting prearranged?

Had a violent struggle taken place?
There was every sign that lead there
Witness found a switchblade on the ground
Was the victim unaware?
They continued to investigate
They found a note in the killer`s pocket
It could have been a suicide letter
Maybe he had lost her love

"I feel there`s only one thing left to do
I'd sooner take my life away than live with losing you"

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are
Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are
All that we learn this time (What we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life
All that we learn this time (What we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are
Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are
All that we learn this time (What we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life
All that we learn this time (What we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life

Analysis Edit

In this Scene, Nicholas reads about Victoria's murder in an old newspaper. The newspaper states that Victoria was killed by a former lover (Julian), who proceeded to kill himself immediately after. The witness (Edward) finds a switchblade and a suicide letter in the murderer's pocket. Edward tells this story to the authorities.