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Take the Time
Images and Words
Length 8:21
Working title Grab That Feel
Release date July 7, 1992
Lyrics Dream Theater
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Sundance, Bayshore, NY, USA, on Nov. 17, 1990
Total live plays 531
Recorded Bear Tracks Studios
Other appearances Chaos in Motion
Previous song Another Day
Next song Surrounded

Take the Time is a song by Dream Theater. It is the third song from their second album, Images and Words. Take the Time is the third radio single release from the album and its second video release. It is the only song from Dream Theater that feature lyrics from all 5 members of the band.



"Hold it now!"
"Wait a minute..."
"Come on!"

Just let me catch my breath...
I've heard the promises
I've seen the mistakes
I've had my fair share of tough breaks
I need a new voice, a new law,
a new way
Take the time, reevaluate
It's time to pick up the pieces,
Go back to square one
I think it's time for a change

There is something that I feel
To be something that is real
I feel the heat within my mind
And craft new changes with my eyes
Giving freely wandering promises
A place with decisions I'll fashion
I won't waste another breath

You can feel the waves coming on
(It's time to take the time)
Let them destroy you or carry you on
(It's time to take the time)
You're fighting the weight of the world
But no one can save you this time
Close your eyes
You can find all you need in your mind

The unbroken spirit
Obscured and disquiet
Finds clearness this trial demands
And at the end of this day sighs an anxious relief
For the fortune lies still in his hands

If there's pensive fear, a wasted year
A man must learn to cope
If his obsession's real,
Suppression that he feels must turn to hope

Life is no more assuring than love
(It's time to take the time)
There are no answers from voices above
(It's time to take the time)
You're fighting the weight of the world
And no one can save you this time
Close your eyes
You can find all you need in your mind

I close my eyes
And feel the water rise around me
Drown the bear of time
Let my senses fall away
I can see much clearer now, I'm blind

"Ora che ho perso la vista..."
"Ci vedo di piu..."

Find all you need in your mind
If you take the time


Take the Time, as it has multiple lyricists and is laden with metaphors, can be a bit daunting to analyze. Closer inspection reveals it to be autobiographical, particularly about the period of time since When Dream and Day Unite. The song refers to the band's many struggles. An example of this is "I need a new voice" referring to the band's need for a new vocalist and "Go back to square one" referring to the band basically having to start from scratch.


Take the Time is an anthemic song, though it contains different sections and an extended length, being fairly progressive. The song is somewhat known for its chorus, which is popularly sung live by the audience.


A video was shot for Take the Time and a radio-edit was released, though neither were used. The video is for the most part a performance video with some mild conceptual elements.

The sampled voice saying "Ora che ho perso la vista, ci vedo di più" used during the song is from the film "Cinema Paradiso". The voice saying "Wait a minute..." is sampled from the ending of Frank Zappa's "Dancin' Fool", "Hold up!" is sampled from "Christmas Rapping" by Kurtis Blow, and "Come On!" comes from "Power to the People" by Public Enemy.

The song was remixed for use on Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs).

Take the Time was originally known as "Grab That Feel".

Live Performances[]

Take the Time is a popular song live, and often has much audience participation in the vocals. Performances are usually extended, with the solo sections lengthening the song upwards of 14 minutes long.