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A Tempting Offer
The Astonishing
Length 4:19
Working title
Release date January 29, 2016
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci
First live performance London Palladium, London, England, on Feb. 18, 2016
Total live plays 91
Other appearances
Previous song Chosen
Next song Digital Discord

A Tempting Offer is the sixteenth track from Dream Theater's thirteenth studio album, The Astonishing.


Daryus takes Xander hostage, and tells Arhys to surrender Gabriel. If he does, then he'll let Xander go and give him the life Arhys wants for Xander, but if Gabriel is not surrendered, then Daryus will kill Xander.


Trustful boy
Unaware who's watching
Open the door
I am right behind you

Don't resist me, child
There's no use in fighting
We'll be here a while
Do you recognize me?

Look into my eyes
I'm the face of freedom
When Daddy does arrive
He's in for a surprise

How dare you step inside my home!

His life is in my hands!

You monster, leave my son alone!

You do know who I am
Your love for him is strong

He's just a boy
He's done no wrong
This fight's not his to lose
I have everything you want

Your next decision
Will decide his fate
So listen to the words I have to say

Give up The Chosen One
And you will guarantee your son
Lives the life you never had

Wealth and prosperity
Beyond what you have ever seen
And, best of all, Xander will be free

He'll never want again
It's such an easy choice
Just think about your son

And I won't have to stand
In Faythe's dark shadow anymore
I am through with being pushed aside
Tired of fighting for my father's pride

Take the evening to decide