Band Members
Ray Alder - Vocals
Jim Matheos - Guitars
Frank Aresti - Guitars
Joe DiBiase - Bass
Mark Zonder - Drums and Percussion
Parallels
(1991)
Track Listing
01. Leave The Past Behind 6:14
02. Life In Still Water 5:44
03. Eye To Eye 4:06
04. The Eleventh Hour 8:12
05. Point Of View 5:07
06. We Only Say Goodbye 4:56
07. Don't Follow Me 4:42
08. The Road Goes On Forever 6:32

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Liner Notes
parallels was recorded at metalworks studios, toronto during the summer of 1991
produced and recorded by terry brown
assisted by stu "rue" young, john bailey, and trevor sadler
mixed by terry brown
executive producer - brian slagel

drum technician - syl coutu
pre-production studios - bill's place rehearsal & recording n. hollywood,
street brothers studios, toronto,
metalworks studios, toronto
pre-production recording by rick "elvis" andersen at metalworks and george hideous, fidel horrendous, sal mortadeli,
arthur letsgoberg, and mike white at inn on the lake "studios"
computer sequencing - john bailey
background vocals on "life in still water" by james labrie courtesy of dream theater

equipment supplied by
steinberger (nancy carter)
gms drum company (rob, tony, brian)
zildjian cymbals (mike, annemarie, john d.)
dean markley (troy iwamoto)
rotosound

mastered at masterdisk by bob ludwig
sonic solutions - scott hull

art direction & design - hugh syme
band photos - dimo safari
front cover photo - scarpati
legal representation by joe serling and paul ungar for serling, rooks, & ungar
merchandise by winterland

parallels is dedicated to the memory of ann dibiase

thanks to the perfect symmetry road crew(s)

american tours 1989 & 1990
tour manager live sound, and tour buddy - ted "theo" keedick
guitars and backline - takumi "taco" suetsugu, robert "make my gig" burns
drums and backline - john-boy fearing
drivers - russell fine, howie "yehman" sauerwald, louie viaz, and joe "sarg" mooney
merchandise reps - tony "prince of merchandise" mintz, and steve "t-shirt puke" sickett

european tours 1989 & 1990
tour managers - reg halsall, ute "his is why we leave you now" phillips
live sound - ted "h.b." keedick, winnie pulst
monitors - achim "lemmy" fiegert
lights - stolly pulst
guitars and backline - johnny allen, david forest, klaus pachura, takumi suetsugu
drums and backline - john stewart, thomas muller
drivers - barry barney, detlief schweizer

those who've helped us along the road...
brian slagel, mike faley, tracy clachrie, mike rittberg, lori meadows, and everyone at metal blade, rob cavallo and everyone at warner brothers, derek simon, terry brown, gil moore, alex, andy, kendra, graham, and the staff at metal works, hugh syme, dimo safari, steven goldman, cheryl valentine, ted "betty davis ash" keedick, john blythe and barrett carr, bridgette lurich, the dibiase family, glen sherman, jill sutherland, the aresti family and the ivory tower, andy sommers, alexandria dorrie, bob chiappardi, mike moses, eric lemasters, jackson charvel (steve and james), gibson u.s.a. (dave timmons), pro rack (fred and mark), ada (eric shultheis), dunlop (jim dunlop), pat brown at pro-mark, remo, john good at d.w., steve grom and jack schwartz at fender-sunn, melody music (jerry and don), grant at musicians supply, doug at l.p., bob and pat at long and mcquade, roy burns, joe bob richardson, jim huth, marjorie kahn, belinda hammond, rosemary burns, chip flynn, joe lalli, karen kloack, neils schroeter, bill (theres a dark cloud of gloom hanging over my shoulder) metoyer, john stix, naomi koller, barbara seerman, and g.p.m., 5.0s, rob balderrama, john guerra, eric lary, and the gang at 40-g, vic, j.b., lori, liz, and mom rangel, chris black, alex solca, keith clark, joey vera for filling in, the turk family, dick baker, jack pelligrinelli, debbie o'mara, rob sagar, sue johanson, a big hello to our friends in sanctuary, dream theatre, watchtower, pantera, powermad, and dead on, a big meow to ariel, fafner, dylan, beemer, bill, becky, jane, fendi, molly, klaus, guidry, libby, abercrombie, and vinny (where are you?) and one small woof to jack. and to our parallels, laurie matheos, dona fischer, amy motta, maggie and jenny, shelley ann robbins, and YOU.

for tour and fan club information write to the ivory tower, p.o. box 231190, hartford, ct. 06123-1190
to ensure response please include a self-addressed stamped envelope or international reply coupon.
[Note: The Ivory Tower fan club no longer exists, do not send anything to this address.]

Metal Blade Records
(9 26698-2)
Miscellaneous Album Notes
Metal Blade reissued Parallels on 3/16/2010 as an "Expanded Edition"
The album was remastered and also included a second disc of demos/live recordings and a DVD of live material, promo videos, studio footage, and a documentary.

Lyrics
Top of Page leave the past behind
(matheos)
and here we are again
the door is closed behind us
and the long road lies ahead
where do we go from here

it's time to make a change
lets trace the problem to its source
no more riding the waves
on a river thats run its course

I stood at the door to a new beginning
two choices before me and I was afraid

leave the past behind
the long road lies ahead
bury your pride and say goodbye
leave the past behind

tied to a fading memory
of something lost in time
afraid to make the change
scared to leave the past behind

I stood at the door to a new beginning
the future called and frightened I turned away

leave the past behind
the long road lies ahead
close your eyes, forget the fear
leave the past behind

we stand at the door to a new beginning
two choices before us don't be afraid

leave the past behind
the long road lies ahead
close your eyes, forget the fear
leave the past behind

leave the past behind
the long road lies ahead
close your eyes, forget the fear
leave the past behind

Top of Page life in still water
(matheos)
feeling the weight of unseen chains
this routine is growing thin
it's a narrow path that we walk
and the walls are closing in
caving in
is there room still for us to grow
within the bounds we've come to know

beneath the dust of our days
hides the key to our emotions
and it's been a while since we've been moved
without going through the motions
no emotions
is there time still for us to show
feelings we forgot long ago

living life in still water
blinded by what we've become
YOU get tired of screaming
when you're not reaching anyone

I think its time now for YOU to know
holding on is easier than letting go

living life in still water
blinded by what we've become
YOU get tired of screaming
when you're not reaching anyone

living life in still water
blinded by what we've become
YOU get tired of screaming
when you're not reaching anyone

Top of Page eye to eye
(matheos)
I saw YOU once again last night
through a sea of sullen faces
admiring eyes following
the path that the spotlight traces

eye to eye
and the miles still divide
eye to eye

what was it YOU saw last night
when YOU gave yourself to me
was it the thread of a common bond
or the touch of cold reality

eye to eye
and the miles still divide
we can move each other to tears
but we can't see
eye to eye
and the miles still divide
each of us alone in silence
when we meet
eye to eye

all we can really share
is the coldness we feel
and the silent memory
of the moment we met

eye to eye
and the miles still divide
we can move each other to tears
but we can't see
eye to eye
and the miles still divide
each of us alone in silence
when we meet
eye to eye
and the miles still divide
we can move each other to tears
but we can't see
eye to eye

Top of Page the eleventh hour
(matheos)
I know it's getting late
but I feel I need to explain
all the laughter and the lies
can't stay the fear or hide the pain

somewhere along the way
we exchanged our dreams for selfish pride
there was a common goal
but somehow that vision has died

is it so hard to understand
the facts that YOU ignore
we've grown so tired of trying
wasting our time criticizing
and nothing's easy anymore
nothing's easy anymore

is it too late to understand
the writing that's on the walls
while we watch time slip through our hands
we're deaf to our own demands
when the eleventh hour calls
the eleventh hour calls

and nothing's easy anymore
when the eleventh hour calls
the eleventh hour calls

I know it's getting late
but I feel I need to explain

Top of Page point of view
(matheos)
looking out on a familiar scene
there's no agreement in what we see
your perception lacks clarify
and my perspective is blinding me

side by side
divided they stand

parallel lives running parallel with YOU
to the point where our horizons divide
my opinion is just a point of view
and your position is the other side

caught up in our convictions we forget
how our senses distort things we see
we can't accept our differences
but we can always disagree

side by side
divided they stand

parallel lives running parallel with YOU
to the point where our horizons divide
my opinion is just a point of view
and your position is the other side

where I stand is not so far from YOU
a different opinion is just another point of view

parallel lives running parallel with YOU
to the point where our horizons divide
my opinion is just a point of view
and your position is the other side

parallel lives running parallel with YOU
to the point where our horizons divide
my opinion is just a point of view
and your position is the other side

parallel lives running parallel with YOU
to the point where our horizons divide
my opinion is just a point of view
and your position is the other side

Top of Page we only say goodbye
(matheos)
today was the end of a dream
as I watched your shadow disappear
another moment for the memory
as we lose another year

thought I heard YOU call my name
but YOU only said goodbye

always somewhere we only say goodbye
going nowhere
we only say goodbye
there's never time to say
all the things we need to say
when it's too late
we can only say goodbye

tonight I felt your presence again
as we shared the sorrow we've always known
but I heard the distance in your voice
and I knew I was alone

tried to tell YOU my deepest thoughts
but I only said goodbye

always somewhere we only say goodbye
going nowhere
we only say goodbye
there's never time to say
all the things we need to say
when it's too late
we can only say goodbye

across the miles
both of us reaching we try
but it's so hard to touch
when we only say goodbye

always somewhere
we only say goodbye
going nowhere
we only say goodbye
there's never time to say
all the things we need to say
when it's too late
we can only say goodbye

always somewhere
we only say goodbye
going nowhere
we only say goodbye
there's never time to say
all the things we need to say...

Top of Page don't follow me
(matheos)
through another late night confession
told to a captive audience
and YOU listen with your ear to the door
waiting for pearls of wisdom to fall
like open secrets overheard
through the cracks in the wall

with calculated candor YOU play the part
of a trusted confidant
moving closer for a better view
looking for more than eyes can see
on the tattered pages
of an open diary

if YOU want to know
just what I see
look at yourself
and don't ask me
and if YOU want to know
where we're going
keep your distance
and don't follow me

like an old friend with nothing left to say
you'll find i'm not who YOU thought i'd be
as YOU contemplate the silence
waiting for pearls of wisdom to fall
from the still uncertain heart
that beats behind the wall

if YOU want to know
just what I see
look at yourself
and dont ask me
and if YOU want to know
where we're going
keep your distance
and don't follow me

if YOU want to know
just what I see
look at yourself
and dont ask me
and if YOU want to know
where we're going
keep your distance
and don't follow me

if YOU want to know
just what I see
look at yourself
and don't follow me

Top of Page the road goes on forever
(matheos)
its so cold in the shadow of distant lights
and the chilling wind slows our pace and tests our will
still a voice whispers it will be over soon
and there we find the courage to climb the hill

sometimes I lose sight of where i'm going
fanned by a flame I can't remember
but distant lights still burn bright
and the road goes on forever

year after year with renewed ambition
we scale the walls to find there's nothing there
still idle hands clutch the empty page
with the passion of a desperate prayer

sometimes I lose sight of where i'm going
fanned by a flame I can't remember
but distant lights still burn bright
and the road goes on forever

and here we are again
the doors close behind us
and the road goes on and on and on and on...

sometimes I lose sight of where i'm going
fanned by a flame I can't remember
but distant lights still burn bright
and the road goes on forever
forever...

Top of Page
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