Barstool Warrior
Distance Over Time
Length 6:43
Working title
Release date February 22nd, 2019
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Mar. 22, 2019, The Wiltern Theatre, LA
Total live plays
Recorded Yonderbarn
Other appearances
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).

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

In a dark and lonely corner, on 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 bruised 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
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