Octavarium (24:01)

Cover of 2006-01-13: Kokusai Forum, Tokyo, Japan

From 2006-01-13: Kokusai Forum, Tokyo, Japan and 5 other releases

Octavarium is a song by progressive metal band Dream Theater, from the album of the same name. It is notable as being the band’s third longest song at exactly 24 minutes, behind “In the Presence of Enemies” and “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence”. Both songs, however, span through various tracks on their respective albums, Systematic Chaos and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, which makes “Octavarium” the band’s longest studio track. It was featured on the live album Score.

The song starts with Jordan Rudess using his Haken Continuum and his lap steel guitar, drawing references from Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, Tangerine Dream, Marty Friedman’s Scenes, and Queen’s “Bijou”.

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I. Someone Like Him
0:00 - 8:47 (8:47)
Lyrics by John Petrucci
Beginning with a lengthy Continuum / lap steel guitar solo by Rudess, this section is told from a first-person perspective. It portrays the thoughts of a person as he decides on what to do in the course of his lifetime, as well as his wish to never become an ordinary person.

He fails, however, in changing into becoming the person he wished to become, eventually becoming ‘Someone like Him’. This is also in line with the ‘Full Circle’ theme of Octavarium: “this story ends where it began”.

It is also speculated that the lyrics refer to John Petrucci taking the place of those that inspired him.


II. Medicate (Awakening)
8:48 - 13:49 (5:01)
Lyrics by James LaBrie

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I never wanted to become someone like him, so secure
Content to live each day just like the last
I was sure, I knew that this was not for me
And I wanted so much more, far beyond what I could see

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  • GManDK

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [65]

    15 Apr 7:38pm Reply
  • aldrignedigen

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [64]

    3 Apr 6:45pm Reply
  • FrameBuster

    Aside from "Six Degrees" the best song by far. Hard to imagine that they'll reach this level again anytime in the future.

    21 Mar 1:10am Reply
  • hellodinna

    The best song ever! Perfect.......

    8 Feb 4:12am Reply
  • skyrim-666

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [63]

    6 Feb 10:42pm Reply
  • Heropsychodream

    OCT-A-VAR-I-UM!!!

    31 Jan 3:10am Reply
  • piclesdoprazer

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [62]

    10 Jan 4:54am Reply
  • SuomiKolli665

    This song is THE shit.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Gustavordc

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [61]

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KevinBouchard

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [60]

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • zjacobss

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [59]

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Maah365

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [57]

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Razors15

    great intro, great concept, great music, great solo, great ending, greatest Dream Theater song

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Nikita1994

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [56]

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Pharaoh17

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [55]

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Alphonsus_JR

    The best guitar solo i have heard in my life! Fuckin Genious! Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [54]

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Pepexepex

    Octavarium and the Odyssey from SX two best songs EVER made!

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dcuk5

    Love this.

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Metalli12

    Every single fucking second of this song is perfect. [54]

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Verbum-Lux

    For me, this is the greatest progressive rock song ever made. No contest.

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
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