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Answering the Call
A View from the Top of the World
Length 7:35
Working title N/A
Release date October 22nd, 2021
Lyrics James LaBrie
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Hangar 11, Tel Aviv, Israel, on Jan. 14, 2023
Total live plays 61
Recorded DTHQ
Other appearances
Previous song The Alien
Next song Invisible Monster

Answering the Call is the second track off of Dream Theater's fifteenth studio album, A View from the Top of the World.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 7-string guitar in standard tuning (B-E-A-D-G-B-E).

Lyrics[]

White walls glisten
Empires, crimson
Aching within
Raging fire

Sovereign, asphyxiate
No conscience
A solemn state
Misguide, indoctrinate
Accepted long held views


When will there be a day when all of us
Trust in love and peace?
Burns bright for us
When will the long-held truth be cast aside?
Embrace our fellow man, no longer vilified


Radiant we'll shine
Heart and soul, one mind
Illuminating all
Answering the call


Decisions by which to act
Programmed, no turning back
Call upon a switch turned on
An ultimate price to pay
Weeping mother, too late to cry
Hold the truth, can't ignore the lie
Time to look it in the eye


When will there be a day when all of us
Trust and know in love and peace?
When will the long held truth be cast aside?
Embrace our fellow man, no longer vilified


Radiant we'll shine
Heart and soul, one mind
Illuminating all
Answering the call


Fight or flight, both threatening
Hidden thoughts are deafening
Your guilt feeding the flame
Tearful knowing it's a lie
Zion might just past you by
Rituals your funeral pyre
Scars you can't erase
If you choose to face
There is beauty in us all
Walk the higher ground
There you will be found
The writing's on the wall
Will you wager your life?


Radiant we'll shine
Heart and soul, one mind
Walk the higher ground
There you will be found

Illuminating all
Answering the call

Answering the call
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