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The Path That Divides
The Astonishing
Length 5:10
Working title
Release date January 29, 2016
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci
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Previous song Begin Again
Next song Machine Chatter


The Path That Divides is the twenty-fifth track from Dream Theater's thirteenth studio album The Astonishing.

AnalysisEdit

Arhys realizes his mistake, and decides that he won't betray Gabriel. He confronts Daryus at Heaven's Cove and fights him. Xander, who had followed Arhys there, watches the entire scene unfold. The song ends with Daryus killing Arhys.

LyricsEdit

[NARRATOR:]
The evening stars shine brightly
Over Heaven's Cove
As night descends in silence
The fated scene unfolds
Consumed with trepidation
Arhys hears his brother's voice

[GABRIEL'S VOICE:]
As you're facing the path that divides
I will always be here by your side

[ARHYS:]
I feel my pulse begin to race
Beads of sweat drip down my face
I have made a grave mistake
What have I done?
My blood for my son?

It's not too late!
I won't betray him!

[DARYUS:]
I knew the day had come
And you could be tempted
To give up the Chosen One
And finally end this
Do anything for your son
A terminal weakness
But now you're as good as done

[ARHYS:]
I didn't have a choice
And I was defenseless
I didn't believe his voice
And fighting was senseless
But now I can see the truth
I've come to my senses
I shouldn't have trusted you

[NARRATOR:]
Arhys was never aware
His son had followed him there
Confused and deathly afraid
X watched his hero be brave

[ARHYS:]
On the path that divides
You were there by my side
There will be no betrayal tonight!

I found courage and strength
In the words you once sang
Tore the truth from the lies
On the path that divides

[DARYUS:]
You dare defy your prince?
Well, you just threw your life away
Along with Xander's dreams
You chose the wrong man to betray!

[NARRATOR:]
Two hungry warriors
Clash in the shadows of the night
But there's a cost with every fight
And Arhys' fight for hope
Cost him his very life
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