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Sleeping Giant
A View from the Top of the World
Length 10:05
Working title N/A
Release date October 22nd, 2021
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Hangar 11, Tel Aviv, Israel, on Jan. 14, 2023
Total live plays 61
Recorded DTHQ
Other appearances
Previous song Invisible Monster
Next song Transcending Time

Sleeping Giant is the fourth track off of Dream Theater's fifteenth studio album, A View from the Top of the World. It's also the first track on a Dream Theater album to go over 10 minutes, but under 15 minutes since Breaking All Illusions on A Dramatic Turn of Events.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 6-string guitar in standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E).

Lyrics[]

Some will be driven by conflict
Others will fight the good fight
Some will rely on the darkness
Some will rely on the light

Some elevate with compassion
Yearning for knowledge and peace
Some motivate through aggression
Selfishly serve their own needs


Shadows disappear at night
Buried out of fea
Driven underground
Hidden lies the rage inside
Like a ticking bomb
That doesn't make a sound


People will obsess
With suffering and death
Questioning their own desires
This morbid fascination renders us possessed
By our violent and destructive side


When we lay our armor down
Fragments of our love
Slip through the cracks of hate
But the raging storm below
Will never go away
If it is not embraced


Shadows disappear at night
Buried out of fear
Driven underground
Hidden lies the rage inside
Like a ticking bomb
That doesn't make a sound


Shadows disappear at night
Harmless as a dove
Clever like a snake
Hidden lies the rage inside
Like a sleeping giant
One we dare not wake


Standing under the eclipse
Are we sheltered and concealed
Or bathing in its glow?
Our desires and ambitions
And our need to believe there is good in this world
Spin a common thread
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