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Barstool Warrior
Distance Over Time
Length 6:43
Working title Song 7
Release date February 22nd, 2019
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess, Mike Mangini
First live performance Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA, USA, on Mar. 20, 2019
Total live plays 127
Recorded Yonderbarn
Other appearances Distant Memories
Previous song Fall Into The Light
Next song Room 137

Barstool Warrior is the fourth track off of Dream Theater's fourteenth studio album, Distance Over Time.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 6-string guitar in standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E).

Upon a lyrical analysis, it seems that this song is about wasting your life, regret and a feeling of unimportance, similar to I. Someone Like Him from Octavarium.

The song begins in 7/8 before playing the chorus riff which is in 6/8. The song mainly revolves around 6/4, and 4/4, using them for the chorus and first verse respectively, however, the second verse is in 7/8. Following the end of the second chorus, there is a reprise of the chorus motif before chords break the song into its second half. There is an emotional piano solo from Rudess before Petrucci plays one of his most melodic solos on the album, and by far the most emotional from Distance Over Time. Then the vocals continue and the song ends with a large chord, similar to the ending of The Bigger Picture, which uses a similar song structure, and Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence.


In a dark and lonely corner, of a time-worn dockside inn
Sits the local barstool warrior, talking to his gin
Tracing past decisions, he motions for a shot
Is he doomed to be a man this world forgot?

Just a prisoner of the monster on his back

Call it bad luck, call it fate?
Call it stuck here the rest of my days
Serves me right, what went wrong?
And where do I belong?

In the glow of flashing lights, on the shoulder of the road
Clutching at the bruises on her skin
She tries to signal danger with anguish in her eyes
Will he see the world of pain she's in?

Or is it too late?

Was it bad luck, was it fate?
Or a past that she couldn't escape
It's not right, something's wrong
Just where do I belong?

Promises made, crying in vain
All empty, never accepting the blame
And not letting go of the shame

A river of tears, as months turn to years
All wasted on someone not willing to change
Now only a shadow remains

No one can save you
And there's no one to save
It has been written
You will become all you think
All you feel
All you dream

Now I'm cutting the anchor away
And I won't look back
I'm starting a new life today
Now I see where I belong