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| Title = A Nightmare to Remember
 
| Title = A Nightmare to Remember
 
| Album = [[Black Clouds & Silver Linings]]
 
| Album = [[Black Clouds & Silver Linings]]
| Length = 16:12
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| Length = 16:10
 
| Workingtitle = Hallowe'en
 
| Workingtitle = Hallowe'en
 
| Lyrics = [[John Petrucci]]
 
| Lyrics = [[John Petrucci]]
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| Recorded = Avatar Studios
 
| Recorded = Avatar Studios
 
| Also =
 
| Also =
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| Previous song = [[In the Presence of Enemies]]
 
| Next song = [[A Rite of Passage]]
 
| Next song = [[A Rite of Passage]]
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}}'''A Nightmare to Remember''' appears as the opening track on [[Black Clouds & Silver Linings]]. Like most songs on the album, it was written by John Petrucci. It was based on a real-life event he experienced, a childhood car accident with his father. The song has three distinct sections. The first and last are amongst the heaviest music Dream Theater has released, whereas the midsection is softer and anthemic. It opens and closes with a storm atmos. The opening notes on the piano are possibly a quote from the classical piece Dies Irae. At 16:10, it is one of the longest tracks on the album, second only to [[The Count of Tuscany]].
A Nightmare to Remember appears on [[Black Clouds & Silver Linings]]. It has three distinct sections. The first and last are among the heaviest music Dream Theater have released, whereas the midsection is softer and anthemic. It opens and closes with storm atmos. The opening notes on the piano are possibly a quote from classical piece Dies Irae.
 
   
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John Petrucci recorded this song using a 6-string guitar tuned 2 whole steps down (C-F-B♭-E♭-G-C).
   
===Variations===
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==Variations==
 
* On October 10th 2009, Mikael Akerfeldt came onstage to sing the "Day after day, and night after night" section at Wembley arena. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjRukHf53f4 Youtube footage].
 
* On October 10th 2009, Mikael Akerfeldt came onstage to sing the "Day after day, and night after night" section at Wembley arena. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjRukHf53f4 Youtube footage].
 
* Chris Anderson of DTF.org and MP.com created an original remix called "Beautiful Agony," using the special edition stems. It can be found [http://www.zshare.net/audio/6185221723fa3fde/ here].
 
* Chris Anderson of DTF.org and MP.com created an original remix called "Beautiful Agony," using the special edition stems. It can be found [http://www.zshare.net/audio/6185221723fa3fde/ here].
   
===Lyrics===
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==Lyrics==
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<pre>A nightmare to remember, I'd never be the same
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What began as laughter so soon would turn to pain
   
<pre>I got a nightmare to remember
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The sky was clear and frigid, the air was thick and still
I'd never be the same
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Now I'm not one to soon forget, and I bet I never will
What began as laughter
 
So soon would turn to pain
 
   
The sky was clear and frigid
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Picture for a moment, the perfect irony
The air was thick and still
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A flawless new beginning eclipsed by tragedy
Now I'm not one to soon forget
 
And I bet I never will
 
   
Picture for a moment
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The uninvited stranger started dancing on his own
The perfect irony
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So we said goodbye to the glowing bride
A flawless new beginning
 
Eclipsed by tragedy
 
 
The uninvited stranger
 
Started dancing on his own
 
So we said goodbye
 
To the glowing bride
 
 
And we made our way back home
 
And we made our way back home
   
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Like a bullet
 
Like a bullet
 
From the night
 
From the night
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Crushing glass
Crashing glass
 
 
Rubber and steel
 
Rubber and steel
 
Scorching fire
 
Scorching fire
 
Glowing lights
 
Glowing lights
 
 
Screams of terror
 
Screams of terror
 
Pain and fear
 
Pain and fear
 
Sounds of sirens
 
Sounds of sirens
 
Smoke in my eyes
 
Smoke in my eyes
 
 
Sudden stillness
 
Sudden stillness
Wrapped in silence
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Blackened silence
 
No more screaming
 
No more screaming
 
No more cries
 
No more cries
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A man without a face
 
A man without a face
   
He said, "Son do you remember?"
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He said, "Son, do you remember?
 
"Do you even know your name?"
 
"Do you even know your name?"
 
Then he shined a light into my eyes
 
Then he shined a light into my eyes
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I am endlessly falling
 
I am endlessly falling
 
Lost in this wonderful misery
 
Lost in this wonderful misery
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In peaceful sedation I lay half awake
 
In peaceful sedation I lay half awake
 
And all of the panic inside starts to fade
 
And all of the panic inside starts to fade
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Bathing in beautiful agony
 
Bathing in beautiful agony
   
"Tell me does this hurt you?"
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"Tell me, does this hurt you?"
 
Said the faceless man
 
Said the faceless man
 
"Can you move all of your fingers?"
 
"Can you move all of your fingers?"
 
"Can you try your best to stand?"
 
"Can you try your best to stand?"
   
I asked about the others
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I asked about the others,
Was everyone ok?
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"Is everyone ok?"
 
He told me not to worry
 
He told me not to worry
 
As he turned and looked away
 
As he turned and looked away
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I am endlessly falling
 
I am endlessly falling
 
Lost in this wonderful misery
 
Lost in this wonderful misery
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In peaceful sedation I lay half awake
 
In peaceful sedation I lay half awake
 
And all of the panic inside starts to fade
 
And all of the panic inside starts to fade
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Day after day
 
Day after day
 
And night after night
 
And night after night
We burden the oppressed
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Replaying the events
 
Did they ever see the red light?
 
Did they ever see the red light?
 
Over and over
 
Over and over
 
Scene by scene
 
Scene by scene
 
Like a recurring nightmare
 
Like a recurring nightmare
Haunting my dreams
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Haunted by a dream
 
 
How could you prepare
 
How could you prepare
 
For what would happen next?
 
For what would happen next?
The search you'll never have to see
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No son should ever have to see
His father's such a mess
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His father such a mess
 
It's a miracle he lived
 
It's a miracle he lived
 
It's a blessing no one died
 
It's a blessing no one died
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We were so innocent
 
We were so innocent
 
It will stay with us forever
 
It will stay with us forever
A nightmare to remember </pre>
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A nightmare to remember
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</pre>
 
[[Category:Songs]]
 
[[Category:Songs]]
 
[[Category:Black Clouds & Silver Linings Era]]
 
[[Category:Black Clouds & Silver Linings Era]]
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[[Category:Songs over 15 minutes of length]]

Latest revision as of 14:50, December 20, 2019

A Nightmare to Remember
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Length 16:10
Working title Hallowe'en
Release date {{{Release}}}
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Avatar Studios
Other appearances
Previous song In the Presence of Enemies
Next song A Rite of Passage

A Nightmare to Remember appears as the opening track on Black Clouds & Silver Linings. Like most songs on the album, it was written by John Petrucci. It was based on a real-life event he experienced, a childhood car accident with his father. The song has three distinct sections. The first and last are amongst the heaviest music Dream Theater has released, whereas the midsection is softer and anthemic. It opens and closes with a storm atmos. The opening notes on the piano are possibly a quote from the classical piece Dies Irae. At 16:10, it is one of the longest tracks on the album, second only to The Count of Tuscany.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 6-string guitar tuned 2 whole steps down (C-F-B♭-E♭-G-C).

VariationsEdit

  • On October 10th 2009, Mikael Akerfeldt came onstage to sing the "Day after day, and night after night" section at Wembley arena. Youtube footage.
  • Chris Anderson of DTF.org and MP.com created an original remix called "Beautiful Agony," using the special edition stems. It can be found here.

LyricsEdit

A nightmare to remember, I'd never be the same
What began as laughter so soon would turn to pain

The sky was clear and frigid, the air was thick and still
Now I'm not one to soon forget, and I bet I never will

Picture for a moment, the perfect irony
A flawless new beginning eclipsed by tragedy

The uninvited stranger started dancing on his own
So we said goodbye to the glowing bride 
And we made our way back home

Life was so simple then
We were so innocent
Father and mother
Holding each other

Without warning
Out of nowhere
Like a bullet
From the night
Crushing glass
Rubber and steel
Scorching fire
Glowing lights
Screams of terror
Pain and fear
Sounds of sirens
Smoke in my eyes
Sudden stillness
Blackened silence
No more screaming
No more cries

Stunned and bewildered
Cold and afraid
Torn up and broken
Frightened and dazed

Stunned and bewildered
Cold and afraid
Torn up and broken
Frightened and dazed

Lying on the table
In this unfamilliar place
I'm greeted by a stranger
A man without a face

He said, "Son, do you remember?
"Do you even know your name?"
Then he shined a light into my eyes
And said, "Take this for the pain."

Hopelessly drifting
Bathing in beautiful agony
I am endlessly falling
Lost in this wonderful misery

In peaceful sedation I lay half awake
And all of the panic inside starts to fade
Hopelessly drifting
Bathing in beautiful agony

"Tell me, does this hurt you?"
Said the faceless man
"Can you move all of your fingers?"
"Can you try your best to stand?"

I asked about the others,
"Is everyone ok?"
He told me not to worry
As he turned and looked away

Hopelessly drifting
Bathing in beautiful agony
I am endlessly falling
Lost in this wonderful misery

In peaceful sedation I lay half awake
And all of the panic inside starts to fade
Hopelessly drifting
Bathing in beautiful agony

Day after day
And night after night
Replaying the events
Did they ever see the red light?
Over and over
Scene by scene
Like a recurring nightmare
Haunted by a dream
How could you prepare
For what would happen next?
No son should ever have to see
His father such a mess
It's a miracle he lived
It's a blessing no one died
By the grace of God above
Everyone survived

Life was so simple then
We were so innocent
It will stay with us forever
A nightmare to remember 
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