The 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 temporarily in 2010 — Matheos and DiBiase were the only original members of the band, with Matheos being the only constant member. Their current lineup consists of guitarists Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti, vocalist Ray Alder and bassist Joey Vera. Drummer Bobby Jarzombek has been part of Fates Warning since 2007 but is only a live member. As a pioneer of the American progressive metal movement, Fates Warning rose to international fame in the 1980s and was ranked as one of the … more »


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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

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

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Written by: J. MATHEOS


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