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Pale Blue Dot
Distance Over Time
Length 8:25
Working title Song 9
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 128
Recorded Yonderbarn
Other appearances Distant Memories
Previous song Out of Reach
Next song Viper King

Pale Blue Dot is the ninth track off of Dream Theater's fourteenth studio album, Distance Over Time. It is the final track on the regular edition of the album. The song refers to Earth in a photograph taken by Voyager 1. The photograph itself has come to be called “Pale Blue Dot” (thanks to astronomer Carl Sagan). The song is influenced by Sagan’s talk at Cornell in 1994 that unveiled this photograph to the public.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 7-string guitar in standard tuning (B-E-A-D-G-B-E).

Lyrics[]

So far away from home, beyond a distant reach
Faint whispers from the edge, returning piece by piece
A lonely point of light, captured in a final glance
A solitary hint of life, discovered if by chance

God creators, dream destroyers
Spineless cowards and fearless warriors
Hopeful children, mothers and fathers
Our blood-filled rivers fueled by hate
We worship heroes, kings and saints
But who's out there to save us from ourselves?

All you will ever know, all life that ever was
All you despise or love, living out their lives
This isolated speck, hurtling through the cosmic dark
Would seem to go astray if we were washed away

God creators, dream destroyers
Knowledge seekers and bold explorers
Hopeful children, mothers and fathers
All on this place we call our home
Adrift in space, we're on our own
But who's out there to save us from ourselves?
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