|Release date||June 7, 2005|
|First live performance||De Schans, Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands, on June 11, 2005|
|Total live plays||82|
|Recorded||The Hit Factory|
|Other appearances||Score, Romavarium (fan CD)|
|Previous song||Never Enough|
Sacrificed Sons is the seventh track off of Dream Theater's eighth studio album, Octavarium.
Written about the events of 9/11, as depicted in the live video. The intro consists of a D#/Eb minor chord underneath authentic news samples from the original coverage of the destruction of the Twin Towers. The remainder of the song is in E minor.
John Petrucci recorded this song using a 6-string guitar in standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E).
[Audio samples from 9/11] "This has all the appearances of an extraordinarily well-coordinated and devastating terrorist attack." "Terrorism against our nation will not stand. The government will hunt down those responsible." "Terrorism means striking terror in the hearts of people; that has been accomplished." "...looking in awe, amazement, shock, and grief and anger at what they were seeing in front of them." "There has just been a huge explosion. You can see, uh, a billowing smoke rising, there was a cascade of sparks and fire and we see this extraordinarily big, frightening scene behind us." "There is panic on the streets. There are people screaming and running." "Good Lord. There are no words." "...3000 Palestinians [unintelligible], chanting 'God is good.'" "This is just a horrific scene and a horrific moment, but just look at that. That is about as frightening a scene as you will ever see." "But there are times in your life that are life changing, where your life can never be the same and this appears certainly to be one of them." Walls are closing Anxiously Channel surfing Frantically Burning City Smoke and fire Planes, we're certain. Faith inspired? No clues A complete surprise Who'll be Coming home tonight? Heads all turning Towards the sky Towers crumble Heroes die Who would wish this on our people? And proclaim that his will be done Scriptures they heed have misled them All praise their sacrificed sons All praise their sacrificed sons Teach them what to think and feel Your ways So enlightening Words they preach I can't relate If God's true Love Are acts of Hate Who would wish this on our people? And proclaim that his will be done Scriptures they heed have misled them All praise their sacrificed sons All praise their sacrificed sons God on high Our mistake Will mankind be extinct? There's no time Time to waste Who serves the truth For Heaven's sake?