|Working title||Jet Lag|
|Release date||June 4th, 2007|
|First live performance||Posthof, Linz, Austria, on Jun. 7, 2007|
|Total live plays||105|
|Other appearances||Chaos in Motion, Forsaken EP|
|Previous song||In the Presence of Enemies Pt. 1|
|Next song||Constant Motion|
Forsaken is the second single and the second track from Dream Theater's ninth studio album, Systematic Chaos. Like the lead single, Constant Motion, it features a music video, which is in an anime style, and does not feature the band at all except as photographs in the background of one scene. It was released as an EP online, and wasn't available for purchase as a physical copy.
John Petrucci recorded this song using a 6-string guitar tuned 1 whole step down (D-G-C-F-A-D).
- Mike Portnoy - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
- John Petrucci - Guitar, backing vocals
- John Myung - Bass
- James LaBrie - Vocals
- Jordan Rudess - Keyboard
For a while I thought I fell asleep Lying motionless inside a dream Then rising suddenly I felt a chilling breath upon me She softly whispered in my ear (Forsaken) Forsaken I have come for you tonight Awaken Look in my eyes And take my hand Give yourself up to me I waited painfully for not to fall again Trying to silence the fear within me Out of an ivory mist I felt a stinging kiss And saw a crimson stain on her lips I have to know your name Where have I seen your face before? My dear one don't you be afraid Forsaken I have come for you tonight Awaken Look in my eyes And take my hand Give yourself up to me Take me far away Close your eyes And hold your breath To the ends of the earth Forsaken I have come for you tonight Awaken Look in my eyes And take my hand Forsaken Fly away with me tonight Awaken Renew my life Now you are mine Give yourself up to me
Its lyrics are about a man who is visited by a vampiress. He believes that he's seeing beautiful things, where his blood is actually being sucked by vampiress. The "crimson stain on her lips" alludes to the blood that she has taken from him.
Forsaken is one of Dream Theater's more poppy songs, however the intro features a heavy guitar riff. It's five and a half minutes long, the shortest song on the album, making it more accessible to mainstream listeners.