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"Lad did you know a girl was murdered here?"
"This fatal tragedy was talked about for years"

The Killing Hand
from When Dream and Day Unite (1989)

Information:
Portnoy speculated that this song describes a story about war. The narrator, who witnesses horrible atrocities and sees the names of the dead on a wall eventually realizes it was he who had caused all of the atrocities and then finds his own name on the wall.

Music by Dream Theater
Lyrics by John Petrucci

The Killing Hand Appears on: Live at the Marquee, When Dream and Day Unite

Tablature:

The Killing Hand
Author: Unknown
Type: Guitar


The Killing Hand
Author: William O'Donnell
Type: Guitar


The Killing Hand
Author: Guillermo Serrano Malacon
Type: Guitar

Live at the Marquee version

Lyrics:

[I. The Observance]
An Angel's kiss now fallen
Descending scarlet cuts the sky
Faded names left on the wall
Honor the fighting leave life to
die

Remembered is the sacrifice but
No praisal of blood still flowing
Who were the leaders?
what controlled the Killing Hand
that caused this mouthing?

Crossing over...

[II. Ancient Renewal]
Lowered deep into the sea
Being a waits to cleanse his soul
senses weakening time is still
Motionless by stiffening cold

The wheels race back and
Scorch his mind
Travelling all to find the land
Revelation warms a touch
And now he will begin to
Understand

[III. The Stray Seed]
Extended a view to yesterday
Manifestation for none the same
Walking amidst a frightening still
No sound, no smoke, no scorching
Flames

He is risen...

Sipping his poison the raven sings
Yet another to add more bodies
fallen
King from below
this one controls
the Killing Hand that caused this
mourning

Is it all over?

[IV. Thorns]
Evil genius this secret plan
Mercy dealt with the losing hand
Will he ever fall?
Can he end it all?
Our savior must make his stand

Only a Propher of years to come
Wanting mortality I'm all alone
He heard my voice
It was my choice
I've stopped the Killing Hand

[V. Exodus]
When I go back again
Will it be the same?
I've stopped the cries
But now they know my name

The sea is calling me
my spirit must return
As I get closer,
was it really worth
what I have learned?

I'm in the valley
And the saddened chimes I hear
Race towards the wall to find
one more name appears

No one is left now
my one and only land
I laugh at what I've done
I am the Killing Hand
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