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Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Length 6:46
Working title Move On
Release date
Lyrics James LaBrie
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, on 4 April 2004
Total live plays 2
Recorded Beartracks Studios
Other appearances Live at Budokan, A Sort of Homecoming
Previous song The Great Debate
Next song Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Disappear is the 5th track on Dream Theater's sixth studio album, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. It is the final song on the first disc of the double album. Notably, it has only been performed live twice in Dream Theater's history, appearing on the A Sort of Homecoming fan club CD and Live at Budokan album respectively.

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



Why, tell me the reasons why
Try, still I don't understand
Will I ever feel this again?
Blue sky, I'll meet you in the end

Free them, free the memories of you
Free me and rest 'til I'm with you

A day like today 
My whole world has been changed
Nothing you say 
Will help ease my pain

Turn, I'll turn this slowly round
Burn, burn to feel alive again
She, she'd want me to move on
See me, this place I still belong

Give chase, to find more than I have found
And face, this time now on my own

Days disappear 
And my world keeps changing
I feel you here 
And it keeps me sane

So I'm moving on
I'll never forget
As you lay there and watched me
Accepting the end
I knew you were scared
You were strong, I was trying

I gave you my hand
I said it's okay
Letting go, time to leave here
And I'll carry on 
The best that I can without you here beside me
Let him come take you home


James LaBrie has spoken about the lyrics to Disappear on his message board. "Disappear is a lyric I was inspired by seeing a young couple in a mall. They looked like newly weds and for most people including themselves they had the whole world and many years in their possession. I had a striking thought, what if all of this came to crushing halt when one of them is found to have a terminal disease? How would the one left behind deal and express their experience and loss?"


The tone of Disappear is very sad and melancholic, in a similar vein to Space-Dye Vest from Awake, which was only played once live. The intro on piano uses a flanger/chorus effect which adds to the serene feel of the piece. It is one of the band's most emotive ballads to date.

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