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16 May 2008 @ 08:51 pm
Song of the Week #12 - Ayreon "Day 20: Confrontation"  
From Carrie Underwood to Ayreon :-)

Arjen Lucassen is a brilliant writer, instrumentalist, and producer and this song is the last track on the 2004 2-CD concept album, The Human Equation, the story of a man who is in a coma as a result of an auto accident. He just learned of his wife and best friend's affair prior to the accident. There are 12 vocalists on the album representing the man, his wife, best friend and the other voices being those inside his head as he lays in the hospital - rage, passion, love, fear, pride, agony, etc. You'll hear almost all of them on this track as the album climaxes in a whirlwind ending as our main character overcomes his internal struggle and is poised to break out of his coma to face reality again [cue dramatic music].

This is the final song of the story - so you might be a touch confused, but just ride the wave - it's best heard on a powerful stereo, but make do with what you have.

Enjoy.





James LaBrie (Dream Theater) as Me
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) as Fear
Eric Clayton (Saviour Machine) as Reason
Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn) as Love
Irene Jansen (ex-Karma) as Passion
Magnus Ekwall (The Quill) as Pride
Devon Graves (Dead Soul Tribe/ex-Psychotic Waltz) as Agony
Marcela Bovio (Elfonía, Stream of Passion) as Wife
Mike Baker (Shadow Gallery) as Father
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Stream of Passion/Ambeon/Star One) as Best Friend
Devin Townsend (ex-Strapping Young Lad/ex-The Devin Townsend Band) as Rage

Day 20: Confrontation
[Best Friend] See his mouth, he tries to speak
He cannot move, his voice is weak...
[Me] My dear friend can you hear me now?
I'll try to tell you how I feel
[Best Friend] I feel the pain inside of you
Tell me please, what can I do?
[Me] Listen well to what I have to say
I have to tell you...of my betrayal

[Me] I reveal the facts, it was clear
It spelled the end of your career
[Best Friend] Yes, I always felt that it was you
I repressed the thought although I knew the truth
[Me] The truth is out, I feel relieved
You hate me now, you've been deceived?
[Best Friend] Oh no, in a way we are even now
Come back to us...somehow

[Wife and Love] Cross that bridge to the other side
Follow your heart, you can't go wrong
Come with me, I will be your guide
And lead you back where you belong

[Agony] Welcome to reality, be ready for the pain
Welcome to reality, will it be in vain
Welcome to reality,
Nothing much has changed since you were gone

[Passion] Rise up and show the world you can be a better man
Rise up and show the world you care, yes you can
Rise up and show the world you're taking your chance
Rise up and show the world!
[Agony] Welcome back!

[Reason] Welcome to reality, wake up and rejoice
Welcome to reality, you've made the right choice
Welcome to reality, and let them hear your voice, shout it out!

[Pride] Rise up and show the world your battle is won
Rise up and show the world the old you is gone
Rise up and show the world your new life has begun
Rise up and show the world!
[Reason and Agony] Welcome back!

[Fear] Here inside the question burns
Are you sure of your return?
[Me] I am sure I deserve this chance
Now I understand it all
[Fear] It all seems so unreal to you
Can you decide what to do?
[Me] Yes I can, oh I will survive
Look at me...I'm alive

[Wife and Love] Cross that bridge to the other side
Follow your heart, you can't go wrong
Come with me, I will be your guide
And lead you back where you belong

[Best Friend] There is so much to see, there is so much to live for
[Wife] Come with me, my love
[Reason] You feel her warmth, glowing on your skin
[Love] You're never alone, I knew we could make it
[Fear] Aaaaaaaaarrrrgh!
[Passion] Can't you feel that fire, can't you feel it burn?
[Agony] Be ready for the pain, ready for the pain!
[Pride] Well rise up, your battle has been won, your new life has begun
[Me] I'm alive, I won't look back, aaaaah!

The Human Equation program aborted.
Have a nice day.
Dream Sequencer system offline.

Emotions
I remember...



More Ayreon:
5 minute trailer for new 2008 album: 01011001
"Day 18: Realization"
"Day 14: Pride"