Ivory Gate of Dreams

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Fates Warning is an American progressive metal band, formed in 1982 by vocalist John Arch, guitarists Jim Matheos and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman in Hartford, Connecticut. Fates Warning has experienced numerous line-up changes. From 1982 to 1996 — and temporar… more »

I. Innocence 

II. Cold Daze
The coldness of confusion  Hangs in the morning air as
 Brazen bells ring reality 
To announce the conqueror dawn
 Removed from nights fleeting trance  Plunged headlong into cold days
 Where in a circle we wander 
The barren wastes of our pasts 

III. Daylight Dreamers
 Daylight dreamers awaken on
 Deserts of desperation  Lonely lives learn to live on
 Islands of isolation  Surrounded by violent oceans
Of hate and hopeless sorrows
 Daylight dreamers envision  Tranquil seas in save tomorrows  Dreaming through the darkened day
 Along tempest torn strands  Desperately grasping the grains 
Of hope that flit through our hands 
As they fall we tighten our hold
 While the waves claim the final few
 Taken without ceremony 
They drift out of view
 Washed away with the tides of time
 Slipped through our fingers as dreams do

IV. Quietus 
From sleeping visions
 Daily were torn
In waking hours
 Hopes are forlorn 
Is all we do and all we dream  Doomed to drown in a hopeless stream?
 Wishing life were made of lasting visions
In eternal sleep
And if that rest were filled with sorrow  Still we'd sleep 
In the madness of a silent eternity
We'd find solace in
 False visions that protect us
From reality  Enter ivory gates through midnite skies
 Daylight dreamers in private parades
 Perform before perpetual dawn
As dusk engulfs the gate of horn.
 Ivory towers appear beyond the gate
 Invisible fortressess of escape  Traversed by ramparts made of hopes and fears  Impervious to reality 

V. Ivory Tower
 Behind sullen doors  Untouched within
Safe from summer storms
And winter winds
 Relentless tempests
Can weaken walls
 Towers falter when
 Reality calls
 Untouchable by all without 
Lost in the silken web youth may weave  Tangled threads seem a stronghold 
But illusions can deceive 
A cold daze plagues the air
 Driven by aging winds
The walls give way to the rush
And let reality in

VI. Whispers on the wind
 Misty morning on a windswept plain
 Embers of a fortress all that remain 
The seeds of life that burned within
Have flown like whispers on the wind
From the sleepers world
I look towards darkening skys
 Through the violet haze of summer storms
The sun leaves tired eyes

VII.Acquiescence
 Betrayed by innocence  Deceived by delusions  Plagiarized promises
Pale into empty hopes
 Ivory towers bow down
In reference to daylight 
As dreamers awaken
In sleepers somber shade  Ocean waves shift leaving
Only memories  Final traces of hope
Are swallowed in the deep
 Despair sends a certain calm
A vague sense of relief  Released from all our longings  Silently we'll sleep 
Hope leads to quiet desperation
When reality obscures the dream  Makes the mind a grave of memories 
That wander like the lonely breeze
 Whose whispers echo through ruins rust
Of towers torn and dreams turned to dust

VIII. Retrospect

Written by: J. MATHEOS

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