scenes from a memory act 2

december '99, by Fabien Labonde, a french fan

code used for notation :
notes : from 1 to 7 (example : G minor scale : 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 = G A bB C D bE F)
chords : A = (135) Am = (1b35) A4 = (145) A7=(135b7) Amaj7 = (1357) Adim = (13b5) Amdim =(1b3b5)

words written in bold : references to Metropolis Part One ( MP1)
riff numbers written in bold : "re-usable riffs" : riffs heard in several songs.
0’00 8.1 acoustic guitar line in D  SCENE SIX
HOME
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY JOHN PETRUCCI
0’14  8.2 ascending melody in D minor (1 b3, b3 2, 2 4, 4 b3, b3 5, 5 4, 4 b6, b6 5) crescendo + undecipherable effects . belltree on the end.  
0’40  8.3 sitar interruption D4 (similitude with Surrounded intro)  
0’43  8.4 guitar arpeggio/sitar melody on a defective scale ( a kind of Phrygian D with a major third : 1 b2 3 4 5 b6 b7. I'll call it oriental scale), cymbals and belltree.  
1’03 8.5 sitar solo going on, cymbals and belltree. Bass riff in D.  
1’25  8.6 = 8.5 + drums with snare roll, soft synthchoir pad  
1’46  8.7 = 8.5 's riff in D . first two beats emphasized with wah and cymbals.  
2’08  8.8 wah wah oriental melody, ( two - or more - guitars + sitar) bass plays a simple line on D and Cm, its rhythm is based on drums.  
2’30  8.9 "Sad But True" riff, drums are regular (??)  
2’34  8.10 = 8.9 charleys play 2.2 ( i.e. MP1 1’43)  
2’40  8.11 = 8.9 verse. doubled voices  Shine lake of fire. Lines ( cocaine ?) , take me higher.
3’03  8.12 = 8.9 verse. drums play now the same rhythm as riff, sound effects (guitar or KB ?), 3/8 snare fill at the end directly quoted from MP1 (2'10).  My mind tastes desire.
Confined, and overtired.
3’25  8.13 pre-chorus in A oriental scale (1 b2 3 4 5 b6 b7). keyboards play chords. Living this charade is getting me nowhere.
I can’t shake this charade this city’s cold blood calls me
3’46  8.14 in Gm, bass and guitar on three notes (1 2 b3 1 b3 1 2 b3 1 b3...) Cf 5.5, 5.17 and 5.18. home
Home! It’s what
3’51  8.15 = 8.13  I long for. Back
3’57  8.16 = 8.14 in Gm. the riff is slightly different.  home! where I be-
4’02  8.17 Ab Fm with John Petrucci giving a masterclass !!  long.
4’08  8.18 = 2.9 The Sleeper’s chorus : Cm Ab Fm Eb Bb, (=MP1 3’10) piano plays "Metropolis watches and…" on the second time. Background Voices : "love deceit death " Cf.MP1. tambourine.  The city. It calls to me,
decadent scenes from my memory.
Sorrow, eternity
my demons are coming to drown me.
4’28  8.19 Cm Ab/C Amdim Ab Fm Db Bbm G5 C5.
voice line (b3 2 1, b3 2 1 " I’m falling! I’m crawling! " is reminiscent of Scarred : " distractive reactive ") . tambourine. In the first half, drum play 5.5, snare hits the beat in the second half, double bass drum fills.
 Help - I’m falling! I’m crawling!
I can’t keep away from its clutch!
Can’t have it, Deserve it
It’s calling me back to my home
4’48  8.20 Voice ends on the first degree ( re) guitars quote MP1 in Dm (instead of Em in MP1 : 1’25), drums play live ternary version.  
4’59  8.21 = guitars and sitar play 8.8, bass plays 8.5 (first three bars) and 8.8's last bar.  
5’19 8.22 = 8.5, drums play jungle pattern from MP1 (after the intro 1’21, or verse 2). Vocals also quote MP1 verse 2. Keyboard plays 8.6 chords ( higher notes : la / sib / sol / fa# / la / do /sib /la) "I remember the first time she came to me. She poured out her soul and it cried. I remember I was told there’s a new love that’s born for each one that has died."
5’40  8.23 = 8.7, Keyboard plays 8.22 I never thought that I could carry on with this life,
but I can’t resist myself no matter how hard I try.
6’00  8.24 = 8.13 + 8.14 + 8.15 with guitars doubled + 8.16 + 8.17. cymbals follow riff rhythm. interesting drum fills (6'25 on sextuplet 16th notes, 6'29 in 32th notes). 4th note delay on "Home" Living their other life is getting them nowhere.
I’ll make her my wife, her sweet temptation calls me home. Home! That’s what I long for, my home!
Where she belongs.
6’40  8.25 = 8.19 The Miracle’s chorus. Piano and Vocals quote Metropolis Part One 8’39 (both words and melody) Her ecstasy means so much to me,
even deceiving my own blood.
Victoria watches and thoughtfully smiles,
she’s taken me to my home
.
7’01  8.26 = 8.18. Notice drum fills (7'10 with snare rolls)  Help! He’s my brother but I love her.
I can’t keep away from her touch…
Deception, dishonor
It’s calling me back to my home!
7’22 8.27 Fade out voice on fifth degree (la)with a strong echo. Sitar solo. Bass and plays riff 4 times. Snare rolls (sounds a bit like 8.6). tambourine marks the beat.  
7’42 8.28 sitar solo Riff 4 times. Casino sounds. Drums cymbals and rim shot. Guitar gets more disto.  
8’03 8.29 sitar solo Riff 4 times.Casino sounds + Happy woman. Guitars get more disto . Snare rolls. Tambourine.  
8’23 8.30 sitar solo Riff 4 times. Guitars get heavier, sound effects more present. Woman gets happier.!  
8’44 8.31 Synth Solo on riff Gm  
9’04 8.32 Synth Solo on 8.7. tambourine.  
9’24 8.35 oriental Guitar Solo on 8.31  
9’44 8.36 Guitar Solo on 8.7 in A. tambourine. Notice the final drum fill.  
10’05 8.37 Guitar Solo on 8.14 + 8.15 + 8.16 + 8.17 . Sounds like a fret sound at 10'24  
10’26 8.38 = 8.18 Nicholas’ chorus  Her story, it holds the key.
Unlocking dreams from my memory.
Solving this mystery
is everything that is a part of me.
10’45 8.39 = 8.19 . excited guitars at the end Help- regression, obsession!
I can't keep away from its clutch
Leave no doubt, to find out
it’s calling me back to my home.
11’07  8.40 = 8.7 Vocals end on the first degree as in 8.20.  
11’26  8.41 = 8.21  
11’47 8.42 faster. 7/8+7/8+7/8+8/8 sitar on an oriental scale (1 b2 3 4 5 b6 b7 )
ethnic percussion and bass/guitar/drums hits
 
11’54  8.43 = 8.42 doubled by guitar, drums (notice the rim shots)  
12’01  8.44 = 8.43 . drums add toms. Tambourine hits the beats. Last bar 7/8.  
12’07  8.45 = 2 bars 4/4 in Cm oriental ( scale = 1 2 b3 #4 5 6 b7 ) Drum pattern.  
12’11  8.46 = 8.44 : 4 bars 7/8 in D . Second half : melody doubled.  
12’17  8.47 = 8.45 : 2 bars 6/4 + 7/16 . China hits the beat.  
12’23  8.48 = in D. 4/4 +3/16 ( three times) + 6/4 .
bass plays riff in the second half.
 
12’33  8.49 4/4 + 3/16 (twice) + 7/8 bass plays riff too  
12’43  8.50 C chord then fade out in D + MP1 intro sound (0’03)  
 
 0’00 9.1 D5 kb sound with strong attack
SCENE SEVEN
THE DANCE OF ETERNITY
MUSIC BY DREAM THEATER
 0’04 9.2 Reverse bits of MP1 (7’16). panoramic .  
 0’13 9.3 Riff quotation (guitar and shaker) with 4th note - echo (0’21 in MP1)  
 0’16 9.4 Bass drum hits the beats. Bass flanged percussive riff = 2.2 / samples of MP1’s break (4’32) transposed one semi-tone higher.  
0’24 9.5 snare then guitar. Riffs end as 2.2  
0’33 9.6 Kb arpeggio 8/8 7/8 6/8 6/8 8/8 7/8 6/8 6/8 ;
chords played by guitar : G Ab G F E C F# G Ab G F E C Eb
 

 

0’45 9.7 riff 8/8 7/8 7/8 6/8 Cf MP1's central break (4'22). Kb plays 9.6 chords.  
 1’00 9.8 four breakriffs on G Ab G Cf 9.6. 13/16 15/16 17/16 7/8  
 1’07 9.9 = variation of 9.6 Kb arpeggio in D Eb D C B G C# D Eb D C Ab 8/8 7/7 6/8 6/8, 8/8 7/8 8/8.  
 1’19 9.10 5/4 Piano break  
 1’22 9.11 = 9.8 three breakriffs in reversed structure : 17/16 15/16 13/16  
 1’27 9.12 Kb plays bits of descending scales : 5 notes then 10 notes then 6. Bass drums and guitar play a composed 4/4 bar : 3/8+3/8+2/8  
 1’29 9.13 MP1 bass line (6’34)  
 1’33 9.14 F# 7/4 7/4 7/4 5/4 Mp1 riff Kb arpeggio . drums binary then ternary  
 1’45 9.15 5/8 Mp1 break (7'20) = end of riff 2.14  
 1’47 9.16 B5 One note 11/4 riff Cf 5.21 strong reverse noise at the end.  
 2’03 9.17 B5 The mirror- like variation on 9.16. Still 11/4.  
 2’08 9.18  = 5.21 ( but 11/4) arpeggio organ and guitar  
 2’18 9.19 riff = 4/4 variation on the beginning of 2.14 . unisson guitar and synth  
 2’27 9.20 = variation 9.19 Riff octave below . kb chords. Guitar ends on a sweep  
 2’35 9.21 = variation of 9.20 faster. Em F#m B. Piano ragtime melody ( playing the guitar’s sweep of 9.20) with walking bass ( guitars sound like Jungle George!) and swing drums.  
 2’42 9.22 = variation of 9.21 Piano chords. Em Cdim B, Em Am B5.  

2'51

9.23 Guitar solo compressed doubled by kb . Em Dm Am F Em Dm Am F Em F G  
 3’10 9.24 Bass disto solo end on chords. Hits by guitar piano and drums on Am. Bass drum hits the beats. Last bar 3/4.  

3'23

9.25 4/4 Riff in Em on an ascension scale. Same rhythm for guitar, snare, bass and piano . Bass drum hits the beat.  
3'38 9.26 Same riff piano/guitar/bass. snare/cymbal hit the beat.  
 3’53 9.27 Riff transposed in D. kb plays sequenced chords. Notice the hi-hat !!!  
4'07 9.28 Riff ascension from D to A. cymbals play riff also.  
 4’21 9.29 break in E 7/16 7/16 7/16 4/4.  
4'25 9.30 chords ascension. A. 5/8 5/8 7/8 5/8 7/8 5/8 5/8 7/8  
4'33 9.31 5/4 break  
4'35 9.32 = beginning of 9.6 Kb 8/8 7/8 6/8 6/8 8/8 7/8 arpeggio played by guitar in G.  
4'46 9.33 Ternary melody doubled by kb on seconde half . Em. 9/8 + 9/8 + 6/8 + 9/8 + 9/8 + 12/8 ( twice)
 
5'04 9.34 Ternary variation on melody . 15/8 + 15/8 + 5/8 (twice)  
5'16 9.35 Riff on 9.34 faster . 6/8 8/8 6/8 8/8 , 6/8 5/8 6/8 7/8  
5'30 9.36 Composed riff G# 5/16 + 5/16 + 5/16 + 6/16 on four notes ( 5 3 #4 3 1) sounds like 2.17  
5'33 9.37 Riff = 9.35 G# with same odd time signatures. Ternary drums on 2nd half.  
5'46 9.38 = 9.36 Composed riff,
G# 5/16 + 5/16 + 5/16 + 6/16 ,
E 5/16 + 5/16 + 5/16 + 5/16
A 5/16 + 7/16 + 5/16 + 6/16
C 5/16 + 5/16 + 5/16 + 7/16
(Cf. MP1 7’32)
 
  9.39 riff sounds like Rush's FREEWILL / Hell’s kitchen B (6/8 + 6/8 ) C# (6/8 + 7/8) A (6/8 + 6/8) F# (6/8 + 9/8 rallentando) .The 1 5 #4 3 2 melody quotes parts of 2.17. Cf. 9.36  
 6’13 9.40 Final Break  
 
0’00 10.1 = 2.12 arranged for piano C#m B G#m A + bass and drums ONE LAST TIME
MUSIC BY DREAM THEATER LYRICS BY JAMES LABRIE
0’38 10.2 = same chords as 10.1 played by soft stringpad. verse . guitar, snare and bass drums play ostinato in C# It doesn’t make any sense, this tragic ending.
In spite of the evidence, there’s something still missing.
00’58 10.3 = 10.2 verse. Ostinato go on. guitar : mute arpeggio in C#m. organ plays chords. Heard some of the rumors told, a test of one’s wealth.
Did Victoria wound her soul, did she bid him farewell?
1’13 10.4 = 10.1 chorus : guitar clean arpeggio with b-string and e-string ringing (typically Petrucci : Cf.3.9 and A mind besides itself) One last time, we’ll lay down today.
One last time, until we fade away.
1’32 10.5 = 10.4 chorus. guitar : disto . background vocals on " time " and " fading away ". One last time, we’ll lay down today.
One last time, we slowly fade away.
1’49 10.6 =F#7 break = 2.10. 7/4 8/4 7/4 8/4. Guitar has same harmonic ambiance as in MP1 (5’52). Bass pentatonic riff announces 10.7  
2’05 10.7 = 10.6. 7/4 8/4 7/4 8/4 jazzy tune with slap pop on bass. Guitar = 2.10 sounds like MP1  
2’22 10.8 = 2.5 played 1.5 times + F#m E Here I am inside his home.
It holds so many clues to my suspicion.
And as I’m standing here right now,
I’m finally shown what I have always known.
Coincidence I cant believe
as my childhood dreams slowly come true.
  10.9 D E  
2’50 10.10 half time feel G A Bm G#m. vocals + guitar melody. Piano plays the first ternary chromatic transition from A to B, guitar bass and drums play the second ternary chromatic transition ( shorter) from B to G# Are these her memories awakened through my eyes
This house has brought back to life.
3’07 10.11 F ternary chromatic transition to G/F Ab Bb/Ab bells An open door. I walk on through into his bedroom.
3’15 10.12 Cm Cm/Bb Fm Fm/Eb Fm6/D Fm/Db. drums faster . bells. Rallentando. Feeling as cold as outside,
the walls disappear as a woman is screaming
A man pleads forgiveness, his words I cannot
3’30 10.13 Cm hear.
3’36 10.14 Danny Elfman- like piano tune  
  10.15 end on D.  
 
0'00 11.1 Verse on 1.6 piano. very smooth voice.
D D/F# G D Dmaj7 Bm Bm/A E/G# A4 A
 SCENE EIGHT
THE SPIRIT CARRIES ON
MUSIC BY DREAM THEATER LYRICS BY JOHN PETRUCCI

Where did we come from? Why are we here?
Where do we go when we die?
What lies beyond? What lay before?
Is anything certain in life?

0'26 11.2 = 11.1 = 1.6 Piano + soft synthpad
D D/F# G D Dmaj7 Bm Bm/A E/G# A4 A
They say life is too short the here and the now,
and you’re only given one shot.
But could there be more? Have I lived before?
Or could this be all that we’ve got?
0'48 11.3 chorus. melodic bass appears : G A D Bm G Em If I die tomorrow, I’d be all right because I believe
that after we’re gone, the spirit carries
1'06 11.4 last note of chorus ends on D. acoustic guitar appears . piano and bass are very melodic. Cymbals.drums fills at the end. D D2 D4 Em .D D2 D4 A4 on.
1'27 11.5 = 11.1. = 1.6. blues guitar as in 7.2. tambourine.
D D/F# G D Dmaj7 Bm Bm/A E/G# A4 A
I used to be frightened of dying.
I used to think death was the end.
But that was before, I’m not scared anymore.
I know that my soul will transcend.
1’50 11.6 = 11.5 = 1.6. blues guitar as in 7.2
D D/F# G D Dmaj7 Bm Bm/A E/G# A4 A
I may never find all the answers,
I may never understand why.
I may never prove what I know to be true,
but I know that I still have to try.
2’13 11.7 = 11.3 chorus . chorused guitar. If I died tomorrow I’d be all right because I believe
that after we’re gone, the spirit carries
2'30 11.8 last note of chorus ends on D. transition in D organ on.
2'32 11.9 transition D7 organ Leslie, drum fill  
2'36 11.10 = Victoria's chorus II. Em D# D E G Em Move on, be brave! Don’t weep at my grave!
because I’m no longer here.
But please never let your memory of me disappear.
2'53 11.11 = guitar solo : long notes, pentatonic and blues feeling, speed scales. Bm Bb D E G A Bm Bb D D/F# E  
3’46 11.12 = guitar solo on chorus, drums breaking rhythm. G A D Bm G A  
4'00 11.13 = guitar solo (sounds like Voices) Bm (8 bars with excited drums) G Em C A  
4’26 11.14 = 1.6 = 11.6 twice. verse with choir and female voice choruses, organ. Lyrics are "mirrors" of 1.6 (rimes)
D D/F# G D Dmaj7 Bm Bm/A E/G# A4 A
D D/F# G D Dmaj7 Bm Bm/A E/G# A4 A
Safe in the light that surrounds me.
Free of the fear and the pain.
The question in mind has helped me to find
the meaning in my life again.
Victoria’s real!
I finally feel
at peace with the girl in my dreams.
And now that I’m here, it’s perfectly clear
I’ll find out what all of this means.
5'11 11.15 = chorus with choir and organ. If I die tomorrow, I’d be all right because I believe
that after we’re gone, the spirit carries on
5'29 11.16 last note of chorus ends on A. D G Em D G A. guitar adds a melody . female vocale ooohh and aaahh. choir and organ.  
6'14 11.17 = piano plays 11.4 ( =11.16) and ends by playing the guitar’s melody of 11.16. End of vocal solo.  
 
0’00 12.1 Spoken  SCENE NINE : FINALLY FREE
MUSIC BY DREAM THEATER LYRICS BY MIKE PORTNOY

You are once again surrounded by a brilliant white light.
0’06 12.2 Folk Guitar arpeggio = 1.6 Regression

D D/F# G D Dmaj7 Bm Bm/A E/G# A4 A

Allow the light to lead you away from your past and into this lifetime. As the light dissipates you will slowly fade back into consciousness, remembering all you have learned. When I tell you to open your eyes you will return to the present, feeling peaceful and refreshed. Open your eyes Nicholas
0’29 12.3 = 12.2 variation + fanfare + footsteps + door + car + engine D D/F# G Em A/C# A F#/A# Bm G# F#/G E D#  
0'55 12.4 G#m . bells. guitar arpeggio (sounds like Metallica's Call of Ktulu) . Car noise  
1’06 12.5 G#m weird theme on strings . storm noise. second time (strings arpeggios) ends on C#  
1’34 12.6 piano variation of 12.4 : 7/8 7/8 7/8 4/4  
1’43 12.7 verse + piano G#m C#m G#m E C#m G#m C#m G#m F# E
Friday evening, the blood's still on my hands…
to think that she would leave me now for that ungrateful man.
Sole survivor. No witness to the crime.
I must act fast to cover up; I think that there’s still time.
2'07 12.8 electric and acoustic guitar double voice melody C# B F#  He'd seem hopeless and lost with this note.
They’ll buy into the words that I wrote.
2’21 12.9 The Miracle’s chorus : piano and acoustic guitar, tambourine, stringpad : G#m D#/G E C#m B F#  This feeling inside me finally found my love, I 've finally broke free.
No longer torn in two. I’d take my own life before losing you.
2’43 12.10 = 12.6 drum fill at the end  
2’53 12.11 = variation of 12.9 with rhythm. Victoria verse ( La Brie sounds like Madonna). bass slaps and pops. G#m D# E C# B F#  Feeling good this Friday afternoon.
I ran into Julian, said we’d get together soon.
He always had my heart he needs to know.
I’ll break free of the miracle, it’s time for him to go.
3'17 12.13 Victoria’s chorus= 12.9. guitars plays a countermelody This feeling inside me, finally found my love. I 've finally broke free.
No longer torn in two, he’d kill his brother if he only knew.
3'40 12.14 F# E D# F# E D#. guitars play the vocals' melody Their love renewed they’d rendezvous, in a pathway out of view. They thought noone knew
then came a shout out of the…
4'03 12.15 G# F# C# A ( = 9.23 with E D# ostinato) bells riff. guitar plays bass note then complete riff . crickets. car noise, fight, broken glass Night
4'25 12.16 = 12.15. guitar plays bells riff. dog, glass, four gunshots, a girl yells. Spoken male voice.  "Open your eyes Victoria"
4'49 12.17 = 2.12 = 10.5 . C#m B G#m A . end A G#. Very soft arrangements : long chords on guitar and strings  One last time, we lay down today.
One last time, until we fade away.
One last time, we lay down today.
One last time, we fade away.
5'31 12.18 = guitar solo (Scarred !!!!!) = 2.12 (same chords then A B A/C# B/D#  
5'56  12.19 6/8 verse with guitar melodic riff and scales .
E C#m B C#m
A F# B G#
 As the bodies lie still, and the ending draws near.
Spirits rise through the air. All the fears disappear.
It all become clear, a blinding light comes into view
an old soul exchanged for a new
6'21 12.20 binary. guitars on a vivaldi like arpeggio. C# C#7 C#6 A a familiar voice comes shining through
6’29 12.21 = 12.9 without piano  This feeling inside me
finally found my life, I’m finally free.
No longer torn in two,
I learned about my life by living through you.
6’52 12.22 = 12.13 chorus. synthstrings play guitar’s countermelody. Background vocals. This feeling inside me,
finally found my life, I’m finally free.
No longer torn it two, living my own life, by learning from you.
7'15 12.23 = transition . E D# F# We’ll meet again my friend, someday
7'26 12.24 = 12.5 weird theme with drum fills soon.
8’13 12.25 = 12.24 guitar doubled two octaves higher . pizzicato strings double the arpeggio. Notice drums fills.  
9’00 12.26 = 12.25 guitar doubled one third higher. Notice drums fills.  
9'22 12.27 = 12.26. Notice drums fills. riff filtered.  
9’52  12.28 car stops. Night. fast foosteps. Door and keys. Tv news.  
 10'41  12.29 Radio stops. slow footseps. Hear a car and 12.27 in the background) .Ice in a glass.  
10.59  12.30 pick-up kinda words said in the background
11’03 12.31 = 1.6 on fanfare  
11'13 12.32 fast footsteps, shout  Open your eyes Nicholas
11'19 12.33 pick'up noise  

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