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Awake What did the band say about Awake?
These are messages from the band to the fans on the Japanese version of Awake:

"Being prepared was a key element that contributed to the successful recording of Awake. Unlike our previous studio releases, this one had the benefit of hundreds of live performances shaping sounds and developing new ideas for equipment and instrumentation. This, coupled with a trusting relationship with our producers, resulted in a truer expression of creative vision. We are very pleased with this recording and excited about playing it live."

- John Petrucci

"I had a great time recording, and working with John and Duane was a pleasure because not only do they get amazing sounds, but they truly understand the music."

- James LaBrie

"With the recording of this album, sonically I think we've all made individual improvements. Each of us has a distinct sound, you can hear each instrument by itself and also hear how they all work together."

- John Myung

"Upon finishing the never-ending world tour for Images and Words, the five of us found ourselves bursting with creative excitement ready to explode. The shrapnel of these ideas is what you are now listening to. I feel that Awake is our most diverse and complete work to date, and I hope it is as enjoyable for you to listen to as it was for us to create."

- Mike Portnoy

"I had fun experimenting with keyboard sounds with John & Duane. I'm very happy with the raw quality we came up with."

- Kevin Moore

What is 6:00 about?
"... that actually was inspired by a story that James told me about one of his friends. He told me about one of his friends who he used to work with at a factory... James, I guess he worked with him like years & years ago. Anyway, this guy is still working at that factory & he [James] just met him like, I guess, recently, and he was talking to him about how he's got all these great benefits now and everything, but... and so that struck me as... that struck him, you know, it's kind of affected him and I thought about it too, and I was just thinking about how people kind of let life live them instead of living life sometimes, you know. And just get caught up in just being secure and having money, you know, to survive, which is a noble thing for some people. But some people don't even give themselves a chance, you know, this guy happened to be a musician who still had a dream about becoming a serious musician and making a career out of it, but it was obvious that he was never going to do anything about it. And this is kind of like a 'do something about it' song."

- Kevin Moore

With the benefit of hindsight, 6:00 seems to actually be about Kevin's thoughts about leaving the band and the indecisiveness that preceded it.

What is Caught in a Web about?
"... a person that's... it's not male or female, it could be either. And it's dealing with a person who has suppressed their feelings for so long and has finally had enough of it and feels that the only way that they can really live life to it's fullest is to live from the inside out. And that's basically what this person has come to terms with. And they're sick of society inducements and they feel the only way that they can go on with life is to live it the way they feel is the truth..."

- James LaBrie

Who is Cassandra in Voices?
The verse goes:

Maybe I'm just Cassandra fleeting
Twentieth Century icon bleeding
Willing to risk salvation
To escape from isolation

Cassandra was a figure in Greek mythology who was the object of the god Apollo's affections. He gave her the power to tell the future, but when she would not return his love, he made it so that no one would ever believe the prophecies she gave, although they were right.

The Fleeting part comes in because she foretold the downfall of the city of Troy, but no one she told would believe her. So she knew it was going to happen, but couldn't warn anyone. 'Fleeting' means that she's trying to do something even though she knows it won't work, not 'fleeing' as in running from something.

Who sings back-up on The Silent Man?
As noted in the album's liner notes, John Purdell (Awake's producer) sang the backup vocals. John Petrucci sings them live.

What is Lie about?
According to KM, it's connected to the theme of "The Mirror" with betrayal and disillusionment the main theme. There also seems to be religious symbolism in the lyrics.

What is LSOAD about?
"... that song is more or less just reflecting the duality that exists between a man and a woman; the spiritual side of the relationship & how they both can compliment one another."

- John Myung

What is Space-Dye Vest about?
"I was looking through a clothing catalog and saw a picture of a girl modeling this piece of clothing called a space-dye vest. And, so, I fell in love with her [laughs] for some strange reason & so the minute I did that, the minute I was just like obsessed with this person, I was like, 'why am I doing that?' and I noticed that I was doing it a lot lately. And I think the prime reason that I was doing that, and this is what I figured out at the time, was that I had just come out of a relationship where I'd gotten dumped, basically, and so I think the situation was that I wasn't finished giving all that I was ready to give, so I was just, like, throwing it around, you know, just aiming it in different directions. It was a total case of projection. And this song is just trying to sort it out and just kind of admitting that I'm just kind of lost. So it's kind of a dark song. It was very cathartic though."

- Kevin Moore