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Wither
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Length 5:26
Working title Unknown
Release date {{{Release}}}
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music John Petrucci
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Avatar Studios
Other appearances Wither (EP)
Previous song A Rite of Passage
Next song The Shattered Fortress

Wither is the second single from Dream Theater's album Black Clouds & Silver Linings.

The lyrics deal with the difficulty of starting a new piece of music from scratch. It's the first piece of music to be solely composed by a single band member since Scenes from a Memory, and the first piece of music not to be written by the whole band since Vacant, on Train of Thought.

The music video was recorded over the second European leg on the 2009 world tour, and has yet to be released.

Wither was released as a digital EP on September 14, 2009, with the following tracklisting.

  • 1. Wither (Album version)
  • 2. Wither (Piano version)
  • 3. Wither (JP vocal demo)
  • 4. The Best of Times (MP vocal demo)

The piano version was a specially recorded new arrangement, featuring only James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess. The only instruments on the track are piano and violin. It is unconfirmed whether the violin was synthesised by Jordan Rudess or recorded by Jerry Goodman.

Lyrics Edit

Let it out let it out
Fill the empty space
So insecure
Find the words
And let it out

Staring down staring down
Nothing comes to mind
Find the place
Turn the water into wine

But I feel I'm getting nowhere
And I'll never see the end

So I wither
And render myself helpless
I give in
And everything is clear
I break down
And let the story guide me

Turn it on turn it on
Let the feelings flow
Close your eyes
See the ones you used to know

Open up open up
Don't struggle to relate
Lure it out
Help the memory escape

Still this barrenness consumes me
And I feel like giving up

So I wither
And render myself helpless
I give in
And everything is clear
I break down
And let the story guide me
I wither
And give myself away

Like reflections on the page
The world's what you create

I drown in hesitation
My words come crashing down
And all my best cretions
Burn into the ground
The thought of starting over
Leaves me paralyzed

Tear it out again
Another one that got away

I wither
And render myself helpless
I give in
And everything is clear

I wither
And render myself helpless
I give in
And everything is clear
I break down
And let the story guide me
I wither
And give myself away

Like reflections on the page
The world's what you create

The world's what you create

Let it out let it out

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