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==Lyrics==
 
==Lyrics==
===Part 1===
 
   
'''I. Prelude'''
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PART 1
   
''(Instrumental)''
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"I. Prelude"
   
'''II. Resurrection'''
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(Instrumental)
   
I saw a white light<br />
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"II. Resurrection"
Shining there before me<br />
 
Walking to it<br />
 
I waited for the end<br />
 
A final vision<br />
 
Promising salvation<br />
 
A resurrection<br />
 
For a fallen man<br />
 
   
Do you still wait for your God<br />
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I saw a white light
And the symbol of your faith?<br />
+
Shining there before me
  +
Walking to it
  +
I waited for the end
  +
A final vision
  +
Promising salvation
  +
A resurrection
  +
For a fallen man
   
I can free you from this Hell and misery<br />
+
Do you still wait for your God
You should never be ashamed, my son<br />
+
And the symbol of your faith?
I can give you power beyond anything<br />
 
Trust me you will be the chosen one<br />
 
   
I was forgotten<br />
+
I can free you from this Hell and misery
A body scorned and broken<br />
+
You should never be ashamed, my son
My soul rejected<br />
+
I can give you power beyond anything
Tainted by his blood<br />
+
Trust me you will be the chosen one
Beyond redemption<br />
 
A sinner not worth saving<br />
 
   
Forever taken<br />
+
I was forgotten
From the one I loved<br />
+
A body scorned and broken
  +
My soul rejected
  +
Tainted by his blood
  +
Beyond redemption
  +
A sinner not worth saving
   
Do I still wait for my God<br />
+
Forever taken
And a symbol of my faith?<br />
+
From the one I loved
   
I can lead you down the path and back to life<br />
+
Do I still wait for my God
All I ask is that you worship me<br />
+
And a symbol of my faith?
I can help you seek revenge and save yourself<br />
 
Give you life for all eternity<br />
 
   
Servants of the fallen<br />
+
I can lead you down the path and back to life
Fight to pave the way<br />
+
All I ask is that you worship me
For their saviour's calling<br />
+
I can help you seek revenge and save yourself
Of this wicked day<br />
+
Give you life for all eternity
Through a veil of madness<br />
 
With a vicious play<br />
 
One man rises up<br />
 
Standing in their way<br />
 
   
Redemption<br />
+
Servants of the fallen
  +
Fight to pave the way
  +
For their saviour's calling
  +
Of this wicked day
  +
Through a veil of madness
  +
With a vicious play
  +
One man rises up
  +
Standing in their way
  +
  +
Redemption
 
Redemption for humanity
 
Redemption for humanity
   
=== Part 2 ===
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PART 2
 
'''III. Heretic<br />'''
 
 
Welcome tired pilgrim<br />
 
Into the circle<br />
 
We have been waiting<br />
 
Everyone's gathered for your arrival<br />
 
All the believers<br />
 
 
Angels fall, all for you, heretic<br />
 
Demon heart bleed for us<br />
 
 
I've been waiting for you,<br />
 
Weary preacher man<br />
 
You have been expected<br />
 
Now we can begin<br />
 
Let this hollow day of judgment reign<br />
 
 
I have known you father,<br />
 
And your sacred quest<br />
 
Blessed soldier fighting<br />
 
You shall never rest<br />
 
I have known you, but do you know me?<br />
 
 
Angels fall, all for you, heretic<br />
 
Demon heart bleed for us<br />
 
 
(My soul is yours dark master, I will fight for you)<br />
 
Dark master within,<br />
 
I will fight for you<br />
 
Dark master of sin,<br />
 
Now my soul is yours<br />
 
Dark master, my guide,<br />
 
I will die for you<br />
 
Dark master inside<br />
 
   
I cannot see his face<br />
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"III. Heretic"
But I could feel his spite<br />
 
A presence from the dead<br />
 
Abandoned by the light<br />
 
This shadow will consume him from within<br />
 
   
This power that I sense<br />
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Welcome tired pilgrim
The rage behind those eyes<br />
+
Into the circle
Is just a shrouded ghost<br />
+
We have been waiting
A spirit deep inside<br />
+
Everyone's gathered for your arrival
The body and the soul both threats<br />
+
All the believers
For they are one<br />
 
   
Angels fall, all for you, heretic<br />
+
Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Demon heart bleed for us<br />
+
Demon heart bleed for us
   
My soul is yours dark master,<br />
+
I've been waiting for you,
I will fight for you<br />
+
Weary preacher man
  +
You have been expected
  +
Now we can begin
  +
Let this hollow day of judgment reign
   
Dark master within,<br />
+
I have known you father,
I will fight for you<br />
+
And your sacred quest
Dark master of sin,<br />
+
Blessed soldier fighting
Now my soul is yours<br />
+
You shall never rest
Dark master, my guide,<br />
+
I have known you, but do you know me?
I will die for you<br />
 
Dark master inside<br />
 
Dark master, Amen,<br />
 
I belong to you<br />
 
Dark master within<br />
 
   
  +
Angels fall, all for you, heretic
  +
Demon heart bleed for us
   
  +
(My soul is yours dark master, I will fight for you)
  +
Dark master within,
  +
I will fight for you
  +
Dark master of sin,
  +
Now my soul is yours
  +
Dark master, my guide,
  +
I will die for you
  +
Dark master inside
   
'''IV. The Slaughter of the Damned<br />'''
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I cannot see his face
  +
But I could feel his spite
  +
A presence from the dead
  +
Abandoned by the light
  +
This shadow will consume him from within
   
Don´t<br />
+
This power that I sense
Bother trying to find them<br />
+
The rage behind those eyes
They will be coming to you<br />
+
Is just a shrouded ghost
Fight,<br />
+
A spirit deep inside
Fight and destroy<br />
+
The body and the soul both threats
Until you can´t take anymore<br />
+
For they are one
   
Slay!<br />
+
Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Spill the blood of the rebels<br />
+
Demon heart bleed for us
They are the children of hell<br />
 
Flesh,<br />
 
Of the undead<br />
 
Stopping at nothing to kill<br />
 
   
Sin,<br />
+
My soul is yours dark master,
Caught in a moment of weakness<br />
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I will fight for you
Committed the greatness of all<br />
 
Sold,<br />
 
Half of my soul<br />
 
And now its too late for you<br />
 
   
I judge us, my eyes see<br />
+
Dark master within,
I judge and I am just<br />
+
I will fight for you
For I speak of the beast<br />
+
Dark master of sin,
That lives in all of us<br />
+
Now my soul is yours
  +
Dark master, my guide,
  +
I will die for you
  +
Dark master inside
  +
Dark master, Amen,
  +
I belong to you
  +
Dark master within
   
Unwelcome ones<br />
+
"IV. The Slaughter of the Damned"
Your time has come<br />
 
   
Lord,<br />
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Don't,
You are my god and my shepherd<br />
+
Bother trying to find them
Nothing more shall I want<br />
+
They will be coming to you
Walk,<br />
+
Fight,
Through the abyss<br />
+
Fight and destroy
Into the shadow of death<br />
+
Until you can't take anymore
   
Fear,<br />
+
Slay!
There is no evil to fear now<br />
+
Spill the blood of the rebels
For I know you are with me<br />
+
They are the children of hell
My,<br />
+
Flesh,
Cup overflows<br />
+
Of the undead
With my enemy's blood<br />
+
Stopping at nothing to kill
   
I,<br />
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Sin,
Decay in the house of the lord<br />
+
Caught in a moment of weakness
Forever, amen<br />
+
Committed the greatness of all
Death,<br />
+
Sold,
Will follow me<br />
+
Half of my soul
All the days of my life<br />
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And now its too late for you
   
I judge as,<br />
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I judge us, my eyes see
My eyes see<br />
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I judge and I am just
I judge and I am just<br />
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For I speak of the beast
For I speak of the beast<br />
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That lives in all of us
That lives in all of us<br />
 
   
Unwelcome ones<br />
+
Unwelcome ones
Your time has come<br />
+
Your time has come
   
Servants of the fallen<br />
+
Lord,
Fight to pave the way<br />
+
You are my god and my shepherd
For the savior's calling<br />
+
Nothing more shall I want
On this wicked day<br />
+
Walk,
  +
Through the abyss
  +
Into the shadow of death
   
Through a veil of madness<br />
+
Fear,
With a vicious play<br />
+
There is no evil to fear now
One man rises up<br />
+
For I know you are with me
Standing in their way<br />
+
My,
It's time for your reckoning<br />
+
Cup overflows
  +
With my enemy's blood
   
  +
I,
  +
Decay in the house of the lord
  +
Forever, amen
  +
Death,
  +
Will follow me
  +
All the days of my life
   
  +
I judge as,
  +
My eyes see
  +
I judge and I am just
  +
For I speak of the beast
  +
That lives in all of us
   
'''V. The Reckoning<br />'''
+
Unwelcome ones
  +
Your time has come
   
''(Instrumental)<br />''
+
Servants of the fallen
  +
Fight to pave the way
  +
For the savior's calling
  +
On this wicked day
   
  +
Through a veil of madness
  +
With a vicious play
  +
One man rises up
  +
Standing in their way
  +
It's time for your reckoning
   
  +
"V. The Reckoning"
   
'''VI. Salvation<br />'''
+
(Instrumental)
   
My soul grows weaker<br />
+
"VI. Salvation"
He knows and he waits<br />
 
He watches over me<br />
 
Standing at the inferno gates<br />
 
In the hour of darkness<br />
 
The moment I feared has passed<br />
 
The moment I lost my faith<br />
 
Promising salvation<br />
 
My soul is my own now<br />
 
I do not fight for you,<br />Dark master<br />
 
   
  +
My soul grows weaker
  +
He knows and he waits
  +
He watches over me
  +
Standing at the inferno gates
  +
In the hour of darkness
  +
The moment I feared has passed
  +
The moment I lost my faith
  +
Promising salvation
  +
My soul is my own now
  +
I do not fight for you,
  +
Dark master
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<pre/>
 
==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
 
The lyrics were inspired by a manhwa (a type of Korean comic, similar to the Japanese manga) named ''Priest'', a horror comic which tells the story of fallen angels, which is what inspired the Dark Master character from the song. In an interview, Petrucci summarises, "It's a story about somebody who loses himself and end struggles with the darkness, symbolized by the Dark Master. And the story ends up really being the darkness within and goes through the different faces where he has to fight demons and things like that.
 
The lyrics were inspired by a manhwa (a type of Korean comic, similar to the Japanese manga) named ''Priest'', a horror comic which tells the story of fallen angels, which is what inspired the Dark Master character from the song. In an interview, Petrucci summarises, "It's a story about somebody who loses himself and end struggles with the darkness, symbolized by the Dark Master. And the story ends up really being the darkness within and goes through the different faces where he has to fight demons and things like that.
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In the Presence of Enemies
Systematic Chaos
Length 09:00 (pt. 1), 16:38 (pt. 2), 25:38 (over all)
Working title The Pumpkin King
Release date June 4, 2007
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Avatar Studios
Other appearances Chaos in Motion
Previous song The Ministry of Lost Souls (Precedes Pt.2)
Next song Forsaken (Follows Pt.1)

In the Presence of Enemies one of five Dream Theater songs that eclipses the 20 minute mark. Featured on their ninth studio album, Systematic Chaos it is split into two parts - the first and last tracks, because the band believed that it was a great opener and a great closer for the album. Some people class it as an epic. It's heavy throughout, with a five minute instrumental intro. Part 2 begins in a more atmospheric way and features haunting piano, and chanting during "The Slaughter of the Damned."

Personnel

Lyrics

PART 1

"I. Prelude"

(Instrumental)

"II. Resurrection"

I saw a white light
Shining there before me
Walking to it
I waited for the end
A final vision
Promising salvation
A resurrection
For a fallen man

Do you still wait for your God
And the symbol of your faith?

I can free you from this Hell and misery
You should never be ashamed, my son
I can give you power beyond anything
Trust me you will be the chosen one

I was forgotten
A body scorned and broken
My soul rejected
Tainted by his blood
Beyond redemption
A sinner not worth saving

Forever taken
From the one I loved

Do I still wait for my God
And a symbol of my faith?

I can lead you down the path and back to life
All I ask is that you worship me
I can help you seek revenge and save yourself
Give you life for all eternity

Servants of the fallen
Fight to pave the way
For their saviour's calling
Of this wicked day
Through a veil of madness
With a vicious play
One man rises up
Standing in their way

Redemption
Redemption for humanity

PART 2

"III. Heretic"

Welcome tired pilgrim
Into the circle
We have been waiting
Everyone's gathered for your arrival
All the believers

Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Demon heart bleed for us

I've been waiting for you,
Weary preacher man
You have been expected
Now we can begin
Let this hollow day of judgment reign

I have known you father,
And your sacred quest
Blessed soldier fighting
You shall never rest
I have known you, but do you know me?

Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Demon heart bleed for us

(My soul is yours dark master, I will fight for you)
Dark master within,
I will fight for you
Dark master of sin,
Now my soul is yours
Dark master, my guide,
I will die for you
Dark master inside

I cannot see his face
But I could feel his spite
A presence from the dead
Abandoned by the light
This shadow will consume him from within

This power that I sense
The rage behind those eyes
Is just a shrouded ghost
A spirit deep inside
The body and the soul both threats
For they are one

Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Demon heart bleed for us

My soul is yours dark master,
I will fight for you

Dark master within,
I will fight for you
Dark master of sin,
Now my soul is yours
Dark master, my guide,
I will die for you
Dark master inside
Dark master, Amen,
I belong to you
Dark master within

"IV. The Slaughter of the Damned"

Don't,
Bother trying to find them
They will be coming to you
Fight,
Fight and destroy
Until you can't take anymore

Slay!
Spill the blood of the rebels
They are the children of hell
Flesh,
Of the undead
Stopping at nothing to kill

Sin,
Caught in a moment of weakness
Committed the greatness of all
Sold,
Half of my soul
And now its too late for you

I judge us, my eyes see
I judge and I am just
For I speak of the beast
That lives in all of us

Unwelcome ones
Your time has come

Lord,
You are my god and my shepherd
Nothing more shall I want
Walk,
Through the abyss
Into the shadow of death

Fear,
There is no evil to fear now
For I know you are with me
My,
Cup overflows
With my enemy's blood

I,
Decay in the house of the lord
Forever, amen
Death,
Will follow me
All the days of my life

I judge as,
My eyes see
I judge and I am just
For I speak of the beast
That lives in all of us

Unwelcome ones
Your time has come

Servants of the fallen
Fight to pave the way
For the savior's calling
On this wicked day

Through a veil of madness
With a vicious play
One man rises up
Standing in their way
It's time for your reckoning

"V. The Reckoning"

(Instrumental)

"VI. Salvation"

My soul grows weaker
He knows and he waits
He watches over me
Standing at the inferno gates
In the hour of darkness
The moment I feared has passed
The moment I lost my faith
Promising salvation
My soul is my own now
I do not fight for you,
Dark master
<pre/>
==Analysis==
The lyrics were inspired by a manhwa (a type of Korean comic, similar to the Japanese manga) named ''Priest'', a horror comic which tells the story of fallen angels, which is what inspired the Dark Master character from the song. In an interview, Petrucci summarises, "It's a story about somebody who loses himself and end struggles with the darkness, symbolized by the Dark Master. And the story ends up really being the darkness within and goes through the different faces where he has to fight demons and things like that.

==Tone==
The song is very progressive in tone, with several solo sections included in both parts, most notably an extended unstrumental section during Part 2. The intro to Part 2 is very atmospheric and is remeniscent of horror movie soundtracks. Both section are also quite heavy, with the pop element almost entirely absent.

==Appearences==
*[[Systematic Chaos]] - Original recorded version
*[[Chaos in Motion (cd)|Chaos in Motion]] - Live version
[[Category:Songs]]
[[Category:Systematic Chaos Era]]
[[Category:Epics]]
[[Category:Songs over 15 minutes of length]]
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