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The Root of All Evil
Octavarium
Length 8:07
Working title
Release date June 7, 2005
Lyrics Mike Portnoy
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded The Hit Factory
Other appearances Score, Greatest Hit (and 21 other pretty cool songs), Romavarium (fan CD)
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Next song The Answer Lies Within

The Root of All Evil is the opening track on Octavarium, and the third installment of The Twelve-Step Suite, covering two movements of the programme. Its intro references Pink Floyd's Welcome to the Machine, and repeats a motif from This Dying Soul. In addition, the chorus of This Dying Soul is reprised before the solo.

It closes with the Octavarium theme, the main theme of the title track of the album.

The chorus and main riff are reprised in The Shattered Fortress. The chord progression underneath the verses in "Ready" is also reprised under the first verses of The Shattered Fortress, including lyrical references. "You're smart enough for me to trust, go live your life now." The suite closes with a reprise of the ambient intro.

Dream Theater - The Root of All Evil Lyrics08:09

Dream Theater - The Root of All Evil Lyrics

LyricsEdit

VI. Ready

Proud enough for you to call me arrogant
Greedy enough to be labeled a thief
Angry enough for me to go and hurt a man
Cruel enough for me to feel no grief

Never could have just a part of it
I always need more to get by
Getting right down to the heart of it
The root of all evil has been running my whole life

Dirty enough for me to lust
Leaving nothing left to trust
Jealous enough to still feel envious
Lazy enough to sleep all day
And let my life just waste away
Selfish enough to make you wait for me

Driven blindly by our sins
Misled so easily
Entirely ready to leave it behind
I'm begging to break free

Take all of me
The desires that keep burning deep inside
Cast them all away
And help to give me strength to face another day
I am ready
Help me be what I can be

VII. Remove

Self-centered fear has got a hold of me
Clutching my throat
Self righteous anger running all through me
Ready to explode

Procrastination paralyzing me
Wanting me dead
These obsessions that keep haunting me
Won't leave my head

Help to do for me what I can't do myself
Take this fear and pain
I can't break out of this prison all alone
Help me break these chains

Humility now my only hope
Won't you take all of me
Heal this dying soul

I can feel my body breaking
I can feel my body breaking
I'm ready to let it all go
I can feel my body shaking
Right down to the foundation
The root of it all

Take all of me
The desires that keep burning deep inside
Cast them all away
And help to give me strength to face another day
I am ready
Help me be what I can be
I am ready
Come to me
Take me away

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