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The Answer Lies Within
Octavarium
Length 5:26
Working title
Release date June 7, 2005
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded The Hit Factory
Other appearances Score, Romavarium (fan CD)
Previous song The Root of All Evil
Next song These Walls

The Answer Lies Within is the second track off of Dream Theater's eighth studio album, Octavarium.

With Octavarium, Dream Theater attempted to produce more concise, retrained, slightly commercial songs, as they felt it was something that they had yet to properly address as a band. The Answer Lies Within is one of those songs. John Petrucci has said in interviews that he wrote the song for his children.

Every track on Octavarium is written in a different key, to represent an entire octave. The Answer Lies Within is the song written in G minor.

TriviaEdit

  • Around the end of the second chorus, a brief melody of "Medicate" (the second movement of Octavarium) could be heard.

LyricsEdit

Look around
Where do you belong?
Don't be afraid
You are not the only one

Don't let the day go by
Don't let it end
Don't let a day go by in doubt
The answer lies within

Life is short, so learn from your mistakes
And stand behind the choices that you made
Face each day with both eyes open wide
And try to give
Don't keep it all inside

Don't let the day go by
Don't let it end
Don't let a day go by, in doubt,
The answer lies within

You've got the future on your side
You're gonna be fine now
I know whatever you decide
You're gonna shine

Don't let the day go by
Don't let it end
Don't let a day go by in doubt
You re ready to begin

Don't let a day go by in doubt
The answer lies within...