Ayreon – The Human Equation Lyrics (2004)

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Ayreon – The Human Equation Lyrics (2004)

1. Day One: Vigil

[Best Friend] Did he open up his eyes?
Did he try to touch my hand,
or is my mind playing tricks on me?
Do you think he hears us cry?
Does he understand
we are here by his side?
[Wife] Why are you so concerned?
Do you really care,
or do you feel responsible?
Now the tide has turned
Won’t you try to clear the air?
Let your conscience be your guide

2. Day Two: Isolation

[Me] I can’t move, I can’t feel my body
I don’t remember anything
What place is this? How did I get here?
I don’t understand what’s happening
Am I alone?
[Fear] You’ve been deserted, everyone has left you
You know it’s always been that way
Those frantic years, the people you’ve neglected
Now the time has come to pay
You’re alone
No one here is dancing to your tune

[Me] Is this a dream or is it real?
[Reason] Sometimes the dream becomes reality
[Me] But I don’t know what to feel
[Reason] Then I will guide you through this haze
[Me] But who are you? Why are you here?
[Reason] I am you and you are all of us
[Me] I can’t think, my mind ain’t clear
[Reason] Then I will free you from this maze

[Passion CHORUS] Can’t you feel it burn deep down inside?
Won’t you ever learn? Don’t try to hide
Can’t you feel that fire scorching you soul?
A wounded man’s desire out of control
[Pride CHORUS] I can’t believe you’re giving up – That’s not your way
I can’t believe you’d pass the chance to make them pay
You always had complete control, never thinking twice
You always called the shots, a heart as cold as ice

[Me] You are delusions of my mind
[Reason] And so we are, we’re all a part of you
[Me] Am I a part of some design?
[Reason] The one design is in your head
[Me] How can it be? You look so real
[Reason] We are as real as you imagine us
[Me] I can touch you, I can feel
[Reason] Then take my hand and follow me
[Passion CHORUS]
[Pride CHORUS]

[Love] Close your eyes, listen to your heart beat
Surrender to its soothing pulse
Silence the cries, gentle and carefree
Good or bad, true or false
You’re not alone
You’ll find me here whenever they oppose you
I am the strongest of them all
No need to fear these feelings that enclose you
I’m here to catch you when you fall
You’re not alone
I am here dancing to your tune

[Passion CHORUS]
[Pride CHORUS]
I can’t believe! No!
To make them pay!
No, never twice!

3. Day Three: Pain

[Agony] I am pain
I am real, I’m not a dream
I’m the chain around your neck as you scream
Surrender now, you can’t beat death at his ruthless game
Make your bow
Hang your head in shame

[Me & Agony CHORUS] [Me] I can’t believe there is no way out
[Agony] You’ll I find you are wrong
[Me] You fill me with doubt
[Agony] You were never that strong

[Agony] I am pain
I am the wound that never heals
It’s all in vain
No compromise, no deals
[Me] I can’t believe this is the end
[Agony] It’s written in stone
[Me] Where are my friends?
[Agony] You have always been alone!

[Rage CHORUS] (Pain!) We lead, we hide
as the pain leaves the rage inside
(Motion personified alpha)
Being here, welcomed by a sane mind
A travelled lie

[Agony] I am pain
I am the end, I am your wraith
Nothing remains
I’m the loss of hope and faith
[Me & Agony CHORUS]

[Rage CHORUS]
All the time, I had waited with rage
All the time, I was promised my salvation

[Love] I can’t accept this, we will find a way
out of this cesspool of doom and dismay
Beyond this dejection there’s beauty and grace
A glorious future we long to embrace

[Rage] (Pain!) All the time, I had waited with rage
(Motion personified alpha)
All the time, I was promised my salvation
(x2)

4. Day Four: Mystery

[Best Friend] No, I can’t seem to figure out what happened
On the brightest hour of day, no car in sight
No, I can’t seem to accept these strange conditions
No matter what they say, it doesn’t feel right

[Wife & Best Friend CHORUS]
[Wife] Do you think he’s seen it? [Best Friend] I don’t think he did
[Wife] Do you think he knows it? [Best Friend] I don’t think he knows
[Wife] Do you think he’s been there? [Best Friend] I don’t think he was
[Wife] Do you think he’ll die? [Best Friend] I don’t think he will

[Wife] No, could it have been a moment of distraction?
A creature on the road, a plane in the air

[Best Friend] Do you think he’s seen it? [Wife] I don’t think he did
[Best Friend] Do you think he knows it? [Wife] I don’t think he knows
[Best Friend] Do you think he’s been there? [Wife] I don’t think he was
[Best Friend] Do you think he’ll die? [Wife] I don’t think he will

[Wife and Best Friend] No, will we ever understand what happened
Will the mystery be unveiled, or die with him?
[Wife & Best Friend CHORUS]

[Passion] Do you think you’ve seen it? [Me] I don’t think I did
[Passion] Do you think you know it? [Me] I don’t think I know
[Passion] Do you think you’ve been there? [Me] I don’t think I was
[Passion] Do you think you’ll die? [Me] I don’t know!

5. Day Five: Voices

[Pride] I hear voices, they’re talking about you
Can you hear them? Do you know what they mean?
Try to remember, what have you been through?
What do you know and what have you seen?
I can read the thoughts they’re conveying
So intense, can you feel them too?
I can’t believe that it’s true what they’re saying
You’re far too strong, couldn’t happen to you
[Me] But what if there’s truth in the words that they speak?
What do they signify? [Pride] You worry too much
[Me] And what are the questions to answers I seek?
What will they clarify? [Pride] Yeah, you’re losing your touch
[Me] Help me out, this means nothing to me

[Reason] Who are these voices? Where do they come from?
Should we try to understand?
Mere illusions? Hallucinations?
They might be vital to our plan
[Love] They sound familiar, they must be here to help you
All this confusion’s tearing you apart
You must be patient, time is the healer
Open up and let them in your heart

[Fear] Their guilty sighs
I think you understand it all
You were afraid to live, now you’re afraid to die
You fool yourself
You rose so high, you were bound to fall
Longing for the truth, you lived a lie

[Reason] I am convinced now, they are essential
They must be our way out of here
[Love] Listen and learn, let your heart lead you,
and you will find the solution’s near
[Fear] Their guilty sighs
I think you understand it all
Longing for the truth, you lived a lie

[Pride] If they are right, we’ll fight for survival
Look to the future, but learn from the past
Confront the danger, face up to your rival
Take a deep breath, we have to move fast
[Me] I think there is truth in the words that they speak
What do they signify? [Pride] You worry way too much
[Me] I will find the answers to questions I seek
What will they clarify? [Pride] You’re losing your touch
[Me] Help me out, this means nothing to me

[Pride] Yeah, you’re losing your touch!
Yeah, you worry way too much!

6. Day Six: Childhood

[Agony] You’re alone in your bedroom
Hiding from the world, staring at the ceiling
[Me] Mother said “He’ll be home soon”
But he never was, and I knew how she was feeling

[Fear CHORUS] You always let him down – you’d never be like him
He’d always break you, never let you win
No matter what you said, he’d always disagree
You swore that one day you would be better than him
One day you’d win

[Agony] You’re hiding out in the cellar
Aching and ashamed, covering up the bruises
[Me] And then he would tell her
how I tripped and hurt my head, how I’d always be a loser
[Fear CHORUS]

[Agony] You’re all alone in your bedroom
How could you learn to care when nobody cares for you?
[Me] Mother said he’d be home soon,
but he never came…as for me, he didn’t have to

7. Day Seven: Hope

[Best Friend] Let me take you back
to the time when we were chasing all the girls
Two maniacs
indulging in the pleasures of this world
So much to see, so much to live for
Questions to answer, places to go
So much to be, so much to care for
Deep down inside, I think you know you are free
Come back to me!

Look ahead and see
There are still so many borders we could cross
Just you and me
making up for all the time that we have lost
[Best Friend] So much to see [Me] He may be right
[Best Friend] so much to live for [Me] I’ve got to fight
[Best Friend] Questions to answer [Me] I will pull through
[Best Friend] places to go [Me] Take me with you
[Best Friend] So much to be [Me] I will not break
[Best Friend] so much to care for [Me] I must awake
[Best Friend] Deep down inside I think you know [Me] I think I know
[Best Friend] You are free [Me] I am free
[Best Friend] Come back to me!

[Best Friend] Aaaah, aaaah – Come back to me
[Me] There’s no way out, my whole world is black!
[Best Friend] Aaaah, aaaah – Come back to me
[Me] I try to shout, something’s holding me back!

8. Day Eight: School

[Fear] It’s time to leave your sheltered cage
Face you deepest fears
The world is against you
You’re fighting back the tears
[Me] All the kids were watching me
I felt very small
I could hear the laughter
as I stumbled down the hall

[Rage CHORUS] (human) Seeking to find deep in the trauma as it leaves you behind
(human) Bleeding it gone into the profit of the competition
(human) Loving today, all of the feelings are they going away?
(human) Ending it now, I’d rather hear about the where and the how

[Agony] The bigger boys they beat you up
Out here you cannot hide
No friends to help you
No father at your side
[Me] I swore that I’d get back at them,
but I was just a kid
One day I’d show them
I wouldn’t rest until I did
[Rage CHORUS]

[Pride] You’ve got to prove you are not like the rest
[Reason] There’s no need if you know you’re the best
[Pride] That’s not enough, let the other kids know
[Reason] What’s the use? Go with the flow

[Pride & Reason CHORUS]
[Pride] Be a man, give in to hate
[Reason] You better learn to communicate
[Pride] Better to learn to protect yourself
[Reason] That’s not the way to get out of this hell

[Pride] See that kid: wipe the smile off his face!
[Reason] He’s just like you, feeling out of place
[Pride] Well, I don’t care! Let’s show him who’s boss!
[Reason] That’s not the way to get your message across
[Pride & Reason CHORUS]

[Passion] Don’t rack your brain, let it all go
Savour the moment and feel your blood flow

[Me] Then I got back at them,
still acting like a kid
Then I showed them,
but when I had, I could not quit
[Rage CHORUS]

9. Day Nine: Playground

(instrumental)

10. Day Ten: Memories

[Best Friend] It’s been 10 days
It shouldn’t last this long
The doctor’s mystified
Nothing’s physically wrong
[Wife] But maybe in his head
he’s struggling to survive
Would it help if we talked to him?
Bring him back to life

[Best Friend and Pride] Do you remember that time?
We were showing off our brand-new flashy bikes
[Wife and Love] You looked so fine
until you both fell over and then started to cry!
[Best Friend and Pride] Do you recall that day?
Fearlessly we climbed the highest tower
[Wife and Love] Then you became afraid
Too scared to climb down, you stayed up there for hours!
[Best Friend and Pride] Do you remember that time?
[Wife and Love] Do you recall that day?

[Wife and Love] Do you remember that time?
Alone at last, naked by the fire
[Best Friend and Pride] Then all your friends came by
They rushed in the room and you had no time to hide
[Wife and Love] Do you recall that day?
You proposed to me and fell down to your knee
[Best Friend and Pride] You didn’t know what to say,
so she knelt down too, for she thought you’d lost your keys!
[Wife and Love] Do you remember that time?
[Best Friend and Pride] Do you recall that day?

[Passion] Can you see her light
shining through the black?
She’s reaching out to you
What’s holding you back?
[Reason] Can you feel her warmth
glowing on your skin?
Don’t repress the memories
Let them all in

11. Day Eleven: Love

[Me] Friday night, I had a few
There she was, out of the blue
Thunderstruck, nailed to the floor
I couldn’t move, couldn’t talk anymore
[Love] Of all these guys, it’s you she desires
Secretly her heart is on fire
Waiting for you to ask her to dance
Go ahead, make your move…now’s your chance

[Passion & Pride CHORUS] [Passion] Do it right, do it right, we ain’t got all night
Do it now, do it now, I think you know how
[Pride] Let it out, let it out, now don’t mess about
Let her in, let her in, let the party begin!

[Me] There I was, nervous and shy
Struck with awe as I caught her eye
I mustered up courage and walked her way
Figuring out what to do, what to say
[Love] Her heart sings as she sees you come near
The music fades, the crowd disappears
She weeps in silence as you pass her by,
and she’s wondering why…oh why
[Passion & Pride CHORUS]

[Agony CHORUS] Remember your father? Well, you’re just like him
Nothing but violence and fury within
Remember your mother, so lonely and sad?
This will be her fate if you treat her as bad

[Fear] You’re afraid she might turn you down
All your hopes dashed to the ground
Nobody loved you, nobody will
Why should you even try? But still…
[Me] Friday night, I had a few [Wife] There was no need to talk
[Me] There she was, out of the blue [Wife] We just started to walk
[Me] Hand in hand, we took the floor [Wife] And we danced, and we danced, and we danced
[Me] I could move, I could talk…even more…
[Passion & Pride CHORUS] [Agony CHORUS] [x2]
[Passion & Pride CHORUS]

12. Day Twelve: Trauma

[Reason] Think hard, you’re lying here in a hospital bed
Disregard the emotions inside your head
Concentrate on the real world beyond your mind
It’s not too late to leave your burdens behind
[Fear] We won’t let you go
Take you down below
Dark crypts of your soul
Locked inside your head
You’re better off dead!

[Agony] Locked away, she lives in isolation
It’s been that way since he has gone
She’s been through a life of deprivation
She depends on you, her only son
[Passion CHORUS] She won’t let you go
Keep you down below
Dark crypts of your soul
Locked inside your head
You’re better off dead

[Agony] Where are you, can’t you hear her calling?
Nothing you can do, you have no time
There is no one there to catch her, now she’s falling
Why should you care? You’re doing fine
[Passion CHORUS]

[Reason] Now she’s at rest, she finally found her peace
There’s no need to blame yourself
You must let go or the pain will never cease
It’s time to crawl out of your shell
Your mother died the day your father left
A part of you died as well
Feelings of guilt will haunt you ’til the end
You must fight hard to break this spell
But it hurts…

[Fear] You hear her voice from beyond her grave
“Where were you son, when I needed you?
Is this your thanks for all the warmth I gave?
Did you forget what I been through?”
Then you hear his voice, cold and merciless
“You worthless fool, you let her die!”
And deep within yourself you must confess
Your ways cannot be justified

[Pride CHORUS] By now you realize you have to be relentless to survive
Repress your memories, bury all emotions and thrive!
It’s your life!

[Reason] Now she’s at rest, she found her peace
[Fear] You hear her voice from the grave
[Reason] You must let go or the pain won’t cease
[Fear] “Is this your thanks for all I gave?”
[Reason] A part of you died as well
[Fear] “You worthless fool, you let her die”
[Reason] It’s time to crawl out of your shell
[Fear] Your ways cannot be justified
[Pride CHORUS]

13. Day Thirteen: Sign

[Love] Fate has come to warn
that you’ve far too long forsaken her heart
Move to the truth
Breathe the sunlight burning in her open arms
Break the chains that bind you
to a past that feeds these bitter days
Seize your only chance
Follow the stars that beckon you through blackened skies

[Wife] Can you feel me touch your aching heart?
I can sense how much you’re missing me
Give me a sign, show me you’re there
I am sure you’ll find a way back to me

[Me] I can’t believe I turned so vile
How could I’ve ignored her smile?
She was always there to ease my pain
I’m so ashamed
I wonder why she stayed with me
How she endured my vanity
I wish I could go back and mend my ways
Is it too late?

[Wife] Can you see, I swear it’s true, a teardrop trickling down his cheek?
[Best Friend] Yes, indeed, I see it too: could it be he’s hurting inside?
[Wife] Don’t you think we should be glad he feels anything at all?
[Best Friend] It could well be he cries because of us
[Wife] Does it matter why he cries?
[Best Friend] What’s going on in his mind?
[Wife] Has he’s given us a sign?

[Wife] Can you see, I swear it’s true, him clenching his right hand into a fist?
[Best Friend] Yes, indeed, I see it too: could it be that he’s raging inside?
[Wife] Don’t you think we should be glad he has any thoughts at all?
[Best Friend] It could well be he angry because of us
[Wife] Does it matter if he is?
[Best Friend] What’s going on in his mind?
[Wife] Has he given us a sign?

14. Day Fourteen: Pride

[Me] I’ve always been creative, I don’t understand
Aspired to be an artist, not a business man
[Pride] You need to show your old man you’re in control
To be successful, you’d sell you own soul!
Yeah, you’d sell your own soul! Yeah!
[Me] I’ve always been respectable, I don’t understand
I tried to be compassionate, I’m not a ruthless man!
[Pride] You need to show them you’re superior, you lead the field
No one opposes you, all men must yield!
Well, all men must yield! Yeah!
[Me] I’ve always been affectionate, I don’t understand
I really love her, I’m not a heartless man!
[Pride] You have no time for commitments, they get in the way
Get down to business, there’s no time to play!

[Reason] You can still change and right what is wrong
[Pride] But can you swallow me? Am I too strong?
[Reason] You have to get back now, it’s not too late
[Pride] It’s not like you to resign to your fate
[Reason] The loved ones are waiting, break out of your cage
[Pride] You have the power, give in to your rage
[Reason] Listen to Pride now, for once he is right
[Pride] Listen to Reason, let us be your guide

15. Day Fifteen: Betrayal

[Fear] This is what you dreamt about
Director of the firm
Will it be you or your best friend?
He’s always been the better man
and he fits all their terms
What will you do to gain your end?
[Agony] You remember he once told you
he tampered with the books
when he lost out on the deal
You’re digging up the evidence
No one looks
You leave it there for all to see

[Reason and Passion CHORUS]
[Reason] This memory burns inside
You can’t forget, you cannot fight or erase it
[Passion] Let it go, try to unwind
[Reason] You’ll have to tell and set it right
You cannot run, you cannot hide, so face it!
[Passion] Wake up, free your mind

[Fear] You never talk, he’ll never know
what you have done
But can you live with this betrayal?
[Agony] They found him out and let him go
I guess you’ve won
But one day, the truth might be unveiled
[Reason and Passion CHORUS x2]

[Me] I have to talk and let him know
what I have done
I cannot live with this betrayal
He’s always been the better man
I never won
Now the truth must be unveiled

16. Day Sixteen: Loser

[Father] Look at you lying there, defenceless and alone
See I’m no fool, I always knew you wouldn’t make it on your own
‘Cause you’re just like your mother, well, where is she now?
You’ll end up like her soon: 6 feet underground – Loser!

I came here to watch you bleed, oh how I love to gloat
If you had any balls at all, you’d grab me by the throat
You don’t even look like me, ha! Not even close!
You’re an aberration, some freak I suppose – Loser!

I had my fun, I’m going back to the place I don’t call home
There’s no one there who waits for me, but you won’t hear me moan
My ex-wives all sue me, and with half my kids in jail
I’ll still come out laughing, ‘cause me? I never fail – Loser!

[Rage] NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!
Killing it from afar, go tell it in a bar
You’re killing it from afar my father!
(x3)

17. Day Seventeen: Accident?

[Reason] You’re driving home, it’s one PM
You cannot function, you’re a broken man
Your past is catching up with you
Only her tenderness can help you through

[Reason & Wife CHORUS] You see her smile at another man
[Wife] Did you see me smile at another man?
It was only us, please understand
[Reason] You see him hold her in his arms
[Wife] Did you see him hold me in his arms?
We needed warmth, we meant no harm
[Agony] Love left you, without me you’re all alone!

[Reason] Tears of sorrow fill your eyes
Your cold and wretched life flashes by
Is that your father standing there?
You turn the wheel, you no longer care
[Reason & Wife CHORUS]
[Agony] Love left you, without me you’re all alone!
Love wrecked you!

[Passion] You saw her smile at another man
Now you finally understand
He held her in his arms
You’ve nothing left, it’s gone too far

[Agony] Your memory begins to clear
Now you see what brought you here
You try to open up your eyes,
but the doubts will leave you paralyzed
[Wife] I smiled at another man
Please understand
We held me in his arms
We meant no harm

[Agony] Love left you, without me you’re all alone!
Love wrecked you! I am the oldest friend you’ve known!

18. Day Eighteen: Realization

[Reason] Now you know the truth, what will you do?
[Me] I still can’t believe it’s true
[Passion] You better believe it, and make them pay!
[Me] There has to be another way
[Pride] You cannot take this lying down!
[Me] I cannot stand up, can you show me how?
[Love] You must forgive them and open your heart
[Me] It’s all my fault, it tears me apart!
[Agony] It would have been better if you would have just died!
[Me] No, I’ve got to win this fight!
[Fear] Can you face them after all you did?
[Me] I gotta reveal the feelings I hid
[Best Friend] See him fight, he’s all on his own
[Me] I need your help, can’t do it alone!
[Wife] Listen to me, can you hear me shout?
[Me] Let me out!

19. Day Nineteen: Disclosure

[Best Friend] My good friend, I hope you hear my voice
I must alleviate this ache
I thought about this and found I have no choice
I have to tell you this for conscience sake
I felt alone, forsaken and afraid
Out of work and out of love
I needed someone to ease some of the pain
And she was there for me when times were rough

[Wife & Best Friend CHORUS]
[Wife] My sweet love, my heart belongs to you
But I was lonely and the need for passion grew
You were never here, and even when you were,
most of my words would go unheard
[Best Friend] I’d be there to comfort her
[Wife] We’d share our distress
[Best Friend] But we were never in love
[Wife] Can you forgive us?

[Best Friend] My good friend, well maybe I am wrong
I think you saw us on that day
I want you to know she loved you all along
I hope that this will help you in some way
[Wife & Best Friend CHORUS]

[Love] Don’t be afraid, her heart belongs to you
[Passion] Don’t be afraid, don’t keep her waiting
[Love] It’s time to rise and tell them what you feel
[Passion] You have to let them know
[Love] Here the dream ends, this is real
[Me] I’ll be there to comfort her
[Passion] I know you will be!
[Me] I’ll come back to life
[Love] I know that you can!

20. Day Twenty: Confrontation

[Best Friend] See his mouth, he tries to speak
He cannot move, his voice is weak
[Me] My dear friend, can you hear me now?
I’ll try to tell you how I feel
[Best Friend] I feel the pain inside of you
Tell me please, what can I do?
[Me] Listen well to what I have to say
I have to tell you of my betrayal

[Me] I revealed the facts, it was clear
They spelled the end of your career
[Best Friend] Yes, I always felt that it was you
I repressed the thought although I knew the truth
[Me] The truth is out, I feel relieved
You hate me now, you’ve been deceived?
[Best Friend] Oh no, in a way we are even now
Come back to us somehow

[Wife & Love CHORUS] Cross that bridge to the other side
Follow your heart, you can’t go wrong
Come with me, I will be your guide
and lead you back where you belong

[Agony] Welcome to reality, be ready for the pain
Welcome to reality, will it be in vain?
Welcome to reality, nothing much has changed since you were gone

[Passion] Rise up and show the world you can be a better man
Rise up and show the world you care, yes you can
Rise up and show the world you’re taking your chance
Rise up and show the world!
[Agony] Welcome back!

[Reason] Welcome to reality, wake up and rejoice
Welcome to reality, you’ve made the right choice
Welcome to reality and let them hear your voice, shout it out!

[Pride] Rise up and show the world your battle is won
Rise up and show the world the old you is gone
Rise up and show the world your new life has begun
Rise up and show the world!
[Reason and Agony] Welcome back!

[Fear] Here inside the question burns
Are you sure of your return?
[Me] I am sure I deserve this chance
Now I understand it all
[Fear] It all seems so unreal to you
Can you decide what to do?
[Me] Yes I can, oh I will survive
Look at me…I’m alive
[Wife & Love CHORUS x2]
[Best Friend] There is so much to see, there is so much to live for
[Wife] Come to me, my love
[Reason] You feel her warmth glowing on your skin
[Love] You’re never alone, I knew we could make it
[Fear] Aaaaaaaaarrrrgh!
[Passion] Can’t you feel that fire? Can’t you feel it burn?
[Agony] Be ready for the pain! Ready for the pain!
[Pride] Well rise up, your battle has been won, your new life has begun
[Me] I’m alive, I won’t look back, aaaaah!

[Computer] The Human Equation program aborted.
Have a nice day.
Dream Sequencer system offline.

[Forever] Emotions…I remember…

 

 

The Human Equation Album Lineup:

Band members:
Arjen Anthony Lucassen Guitars (electric, acoustic, lap steel), Bass, Mandolin, Keyboards, Hammond, Vocals (best friend)
Ed Warby Drums, Percussion
Guest/Session
Mikael Åkerfeldt Vocals as “Fear”
Mike Baker (R.I.P. 2008) Vocals as “Father”
Marcela Bovio Vocals as “Wife”
Eric Clayton Vocals as “Reason”
Magnus Ekwall Vocals as “Pride”
Heather Findlay Vocals as “Love”
Devon Graves Vocals as “Agony”
Irene Jansen Vocals as “Passion”
James LaBrie Vocals as “Me”
Devin Townsend Vocals as “Rage”, Lyrics and Vocal Melodies for “Rage”
Ken Hensley Hammond
Martin Orford Keyboards
Joost van den Broek Keyboards
Oliver Wakeman Keyboards
Robert Baba Violin
Jeroen Goossens Flute (alto, bass), Panpipes, Recorder (treble, descant), Didgeridoo, Bassoon
Marieke van der Heyden Cello
John McManus Flute, Whistle

Additional Info:

All lyrics by Arjen A. Lucassen, except the lyrics for Rage by Devin Townsend.

On some editions “Day Twelve: Trauma” begins the second disc on track 12 with the first 11 being silent. On other versions, there’s an intro (lasting 00:54) hidden in the pre-gap of the 1st track on disc 2.

The concept of this album has also been adapted by Arjen Anthony Lucassen for a theater show in 2015 called The Theater Equation.

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