|Scene Three: II. Fatal Tragedy|
|Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory|
|Release date||October 26, 1999|
|First live performance||Docks, Hamburg, Germany, on Nov. 8, 1999|
|Total live plays||404|
|Other appearances||Metropolis 2000, Live Scenes from New York, The Making of Scenes from a Memory|
|Previous song||Scene Three: I. Through My Words|
|Next song||Scene Four: Beyond This Life|
Scene Three: II. Fatal Tragedy is the fifth track off of Dream Theater's fifth studio album, Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. It is a continuation of the previous song, Through My Words, and it is a part of Scene Three of the album.
John Petrucci recorded this song using a 6-string guitar in standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E).
Personnel[edit | edit source]
- Mike Portnoy - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
- John Petrucci - Guitar, backing vocals
- John Myung - Bass
- Jordan Rudess - Keyboard
- James LaBrie - Vocals
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
[Nicholas:] Alone at night I feel so strange I need to find All the answers to my dreams When I sleep at night I hear the cries What does this mean? I shut the door and travel to another home I met an older man, he seemed to be alone I felt that I could trust him He talked to me that night; [Man:] "Lad, did you know a girl was murdered here?" "This fatal tragedy was talked about for years." Victoria's gone forever Only memories remain She passed away She was so young [Nicholas:] Without love Without truth There can be no turning back Without faith Without hope There can be no peace of mind As the night went on I started to find my way I learned about a tragedy A mystery still today I tried to get more answers But he said, "You're on your own." Then he turned away and left me As I stand there all alone He said, "You'll know the truth As your future days unfold." Without love Without truth There can be no turning back Without faith Without hope There can be no peace of mind [Hypnotherapist:] "Now it's time to see how you died. Remember that death is not the end... ...but only a transition."
Analysis[edit | edit source]
In this song, Nicholas travels and meets an older man, who tells him the story of a young woman who was murdered there. Nicholas learns that this woman is Victoria. He continues to talk to the man, but the man tells him "You're on your own," and leaves Nicholas behind.