Finally Free
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory
Length 12:00
Working title (unknown)
Release date October 26, 1999 (same as album)
Lyrics Mike Portnoy
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, USA, on January 31, 2000
Total live plays 201
Recorded BearTracks Studio
Other appearances Metropolis 2000, Live Scenes from New York, Breaking the Fourth Wall
Previous song Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On
Next song The Glass Prison

Scene Nine: Finally Free is the twelfth song on Metropolis Pt. 2, Scenes From a Memory, the fifth song of Act II of the story, and the final track on the album. It answers many of the questions about the album's story, and has an ominous ending where the hypnotherapist appears in Nicholas's house, says, "Open your eyes, Nicholas,", followed by a startled cry from Nicholas and the sound changing to static. It it later confirmed that the hypnotherapist killed Nicholas in this scene.

Analysis Edit

The song begins with Nicholas being awoken from a trance by the hypnotherapist. Nicholas leaves, gets into his car, and starts driving home.

Past (1928): Edward is thinking about his anger that Victoria left him to return to Julian. He makes remarks about "covering up" something.

Earlier that day, Victoria is happy that Julian finally chose her over his drinking and gambling addictions, and plans to break up with Edward and get back together with Julian.

That night, Victoria and Julian meet up, only to be interrupted by Edward, who shows up unexpectedly. The two brothers begin to brawl, with Julian pulling out a switchblade before Edward shoots and mortally wounds him. Victoria screams, and Edward tells her to "open your eyes", shooting and killing her, then fleeing from the scene.

Victoria and Julian's spirits rise from their bodies, and "old souls" are "exchanged for a new", describing Victoria's soul coming to reside in Nicholas many years later. Nicholas feels freed by this revelation.

After arriving home, Nicholas walks in, turns off the news, pours himself a drink, and starts up a record player. A moment later, the hypnotherapist walks into the house, says "open your eyes, Nicholas", causing the latter to cry out while the record scratches, cutting to static.

Mike Portnoy later revealed that the hypnotherapist was a reincarnation of Edward, and he killed Nicholas at the end of the track.