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The Dark Eternal Night
Systematic Chaos
Length 08:51
Working title N.A.D.S.
Release date June 4, 2007
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
First live performance 6/12/2007 Katowice, Poland (Chaos in Motion - 1st European Leg)
Total live plays 175
Recorded Avatar Studios
Other appearances Chaos in Motion
Previous song Constant Motion
Next song Repentance


The Dark Eternal Night is the fourth song on Dream Theater's ninth studio album, Systematic Chaos. It's a nine-minute long heavy song and was the second to be made public prior to the release of the album. It is one of three songs, thus far, to have an on-screen animation made for live performances of it. The other is Octavarium. The animation itself has been adapted into a shirt, which features its working title "N.A.D.S." backronymmed into "North American Dream Squad."

Dream Theater - The Dark Eternal Night In-Studio

Dream Theater - The Dark Eternal Night In-Studio

LyricsEdit

No 
One 
Dared to
Speak of the terrible danger
The hideous ancient warnings
Forged in the void of night

He
Has 
Risen up
Out of the blackness
Chaos 
The last of the prophets
Sinister
A sickening monstrous sight

Through the stifling heat
Underneath the pale green moon
(I burned with a thirst 
To seek things not yet seen)
Climbing endless stairs
Leading to the choking room
(Eager to explore 
His most 
Shocking mysteries)

Drifting beyond all time
Out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light
Of the dark eternal night

Black forces
Rage in a vortex 
Fighting
Rays of destruction
Swallowing
The echo of the universe

I am the last
Born of the blood of the Pharaohs
The ultimate God of a rotting creation
Sent to unleash this curse

Restless crowds draw near
Nameless hooded forms appear
(Amidst fallen ruins,
Grotesque creatures battle)
Shadowed on a screen
Yellow evil faces leer
(Vacant monuments
Corpses 
Of dead worlds 
Left behind)

Drifting beyond all time
Out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light
Of the dark eternal night

Trapped in a hellish dream
Spinning past worlds unseen
And frightfully vanishing
Into the dark eternal night

Drifting beyond all time
Out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light
Of the dark eternal night

Trapped in a hellish dream
Spinning past worlds unseen
And frightfully vanishing
Into the dark eternal night

ToneEdit

Of the four tenets of Dream Theater's sound, the metal features most in this song, however the instrumental section in the middle has a very progressive tone, while remaining heavy.

AnalysisEdit

The lyrics are about a pharaoh rising from the dead to make war against the living as a monster. They are heavily influenced by the short story "Nyarlathotep" by American horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft, even borrowing a few specific phrases from this story, for example, "I am the last".

AppearancesEdit