"A Change of Seasons"
m. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, John Myung, James LaBrie, Kevin Moore, Derek Sherinian
l. Mike Portnoy

A Change of Seasons (1995), Once In A Livetime (1998), Live Scenes From New York (2001), Live In The Flats (2008)

I. The Crimson Sunrise (Instrumental)

II. Innocence

I remember a time, my frail, virgin mind watched the crimson sunrise
Imagined what it might find
Life was filled with wonder, I felt the warm wind blow
I must explore the boundaries, transcend the depth of winter's snow
Innocence caressing me, I never felt so young before
There was so much life in me, still I longed to search for more
But those days are gone now, changed like a leaf on a tree
Blown away forever into the cool autumn breeze
The snow has now fallen and my sun's not so bright
I struggle to hold on with the last of my might
In my den of inequity, viciousness and subtlety
Struggle to ease the pain, struggle to find the sane
Ignorance surrounding me, I've never been so filled with fear
All my life's been drained from me, the end is drawing near...

III. Carpe Diem

"Carpe diem, seize the day"
I'll always remember the chill of November, the news of the fall
The sounds in the hall, the clock on the wall ticking away
"Seize the Day," I heard him say, life will not always be this way
Look around, hear the sounds, cherish your life while you're still around
"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying."
We can learn from the past, but those days are gone
We can hope for the future, but there might not be one
The words stuck in my mind, alive from what I've learned
I have to seize the day, to home I returned
Preparing for her flight, I held with all my might
Fearing my deepest fright, she walked into the night
She turned for one last look, she looked me in the eye
I said, "I Love You...Good-bye"
"It's the most awful thing you'll ever hear."
"If you're lying to me..."
"Oh, you dearly love her."
"...just have to leave... all our lives."
"Sieze the day!"
"Something happened."
"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may."
"She was killed."

IV. The Darkest of Winters (Instrumental)

V. Another World

So far or so it seems, all is lost with nothing fulfilled
Off the pages and the T.V. screen
Another world where nothing's true, tripping through the life fantastic
Lose a step and never get up
Left alone with a cold blank stare, I feel like giving up
I was blinded by a paradise, Utopia high in the sky
A dream that only drowned me, deep in sorrow, wondering why
Oh come let us adore him, abuse and then ignore him, no matter what
Don't let him be, let's feed upon his misery
Then string him up for all the world to see
I'm sick of all you hypocrites, holding me at bay
And I don't need your sympathy to get me through the day
Seasons change and so can I, hold on Boy, no time to cry, untie these strings
I'm climbing down, I won't let them push me away
Oh come let us adore him, abuse and then ignore him, no matter what
Don't let him be, let's feed upon his misery
Now it's time for them to deal with me

VI. The Inevitable Summer (Instrumental)

VII. The Crimson Sunset

I'm much wiser now, a lifetime of memories run through my head
They taught me how for better or worse, alive or dead
I realize there's no turning back, life goes on the offbeaten track
I sit down with my son, set to see the Crimson Sunset
(Gather ye rosebuds while ye may)
Many years have come and gone, I've lived my life
But now must move on (Gather ye rosebuds while ye may)
He's my only one, now that my time has come
Now that my life is done, we look into the sun
"Seize the day and don't you cry", now it's time to say good-bye,
Even though I'll be gone, I will live on, live on."