Ayreon - Condemned To Live Lyrics




[The Historian:]
I can't believe it really happened, it's all slowly sinking in
I left behind a hopeless race to fight a war they cannot win

[The Chemist:]
My petty life, it seems so trivial, a whole world is about to die
If all those billions fade away, then who am I... to stay alive

[The Historian:] Condemned to live, doomed to leave my world to die
[The Chemist:] The guilt weighs heavy on my mind
[The Historian:] Trapped in this void, deprived of dignity and joy
[The Chemist:] Their secret hopes and dreams destroyed

[The Diplomat:] We're about to start our journey, so focus on what lies ahead
[The Chemist:] Liquid Eternity
[The Diplomat:] We have the chance to save our future, we're alive, the past is dead
[The Chemist:] The Source will set us free
[The Diplomat:] We need to find a way to thrive there, preservation of our race
[The Chemist:] Liquid Eternity
[The Diplomat:] An alteration, gene mutation, transformation of our strain
[The Chemist:] The Source will set us free

[The Counselor:]
Condemned to live, doomed to leave our world to die
The guilt weighs heavy on our mind
Trapped in this void, deprived of dignity and joy
Their secret hopes and dreams destroyed

[The Opposition Leader:] Condemned to live, doomed to leave our world to die
[The Biologist:] A fate we could not avoid
[The Opposition Leader:] The guilt weighs heavy on our minds
[The Biologist:] But we had no other choice
[The Opposition Leader:] Trapped in this void, deprived of joy
[The Biologist:] Now we need to think of ourselves
[The Opposition Leader:] Their secret hopes and dreams destroyed
[The Biologist:] We need to break out of this hell!





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Ayreon Condemned To Live Comments
  1. Tom Scott

    This song (and album!) is so cool. This song is one of my favorites!

  2. DarkOneRRp

    I always get chills when Michael Eriksen starts his part, so good! And Tommy Karevik's voice is the 8th world wonder as always

  3. MetalForTheMasses

    For the best riff of the album, press 4:42 and 5:45 !

  4. Io Io

    Lyrics in italiano:

    [Lo Storico:]
    Non posso credere che sia successo davvero,
    tutto sta lentamente sprofondando
    Mi sono lasciato alle spalle una razza senza speranza
    a combattere una guerra che non possono vincere

    [Il Chimico:]
    La mia insignificante vita, sembra così banale,
    un mondo intero sta per morire
    Se tutti quei miliardi svaniscono,
    allora chi sono io… per rimanere vivo

    [Lo Storico:]
    Condannato a vivere,
    Condannato a lasciar morire il mio mondo
    [Il Chimico:]
    Il senso di colpa è pesante nella mia mente
    [Lo Storico:]
    Intrappolato in questo vuoto,
    privato della dignità e della gioia
    [Il Chimico:]
    I loro sogni e speranze segrete distrutti

    [Il Diplomatico:]
    Stiamo per iniziare il nostro viaggio,
    quindi concentriamoci su ciò che ci aspetta
    [Il Chimico:]
    Eternità Liquida
    [Il Diplomatico:]
    Abbiamo la possibilità di salvare il nostro futuro,
    siamo vivi, il passato è morto
    [Il Chimico:]
    La Source ci libererà
    [Il Diplomatico:]
    Dobbiamo trovare un modo per prosperare,
    e preservare la nostra razza
    [Il Chimico:]
    Eternità Liquida
    [Il Diplomatico:]
    Un'alterazione, una mutazione genetica,
    trasformazione del nostro ceppo
    [Il Chimico:]
    La Source ci renderà liberi

    [Il Consigliere:]
    Condannati a vivere
    Condannati a lasciar morire il nostro mondo
    Il senso di colpa è pesante nella nostra mente
    Intrappolati in questo vuoto,
    privati della dignità e della gioia
    I loro sogni e speranze segrete distrutti

    [Il Leader dell’Opposizione:]
    Condannati a vivere
    Condannati a lasciar morire il nostro mondo
    [Il Biologo:]
    Un destino che non potevamo evitare
    [Il Leader dell’Opposizione:]
    Il senso di colpa è pesante nella nostra mente
    [Il Biologo:]
    Non avevamo altra scelta
    [Il Leader dell’Opposizione:]
    Intrappolati in questo vuoto, privi di gioia
    [Il Biologo:]
    Ora dobbiamo pensare a noi stessi
    [Il Leader dell’Opposizione:]
    I loro sogni e speranze segrete distrutti
    [Il Biologo:]
    Dobbiamo fuggire da questo inferno!

  5. QoS2

    This is the coolest song I've ever heard. I'm having a prog rock nerdgasm.

  6. Benjamin Belzile

    I wish I could listen to this for the first time again. Amazing song one of my favorites on CD1

  7. Ivanyi Attila

    James Labrie!!!!

  8. Master Of Puppets

    they keep playing this in rotation, and im nauseated freshly each time.

  9. Master Of Puppets

    yep, these guys take it where the sun fails to shine, no bout a doubt it

  10. Simon Wilkins

    I'd listen to this song again, but I just listened to it on the CD last night while playing Moe Ninja Girls.

  11. Daniel Badra

    "If all those billions fade away, then who am I to stay alive?" so beautiful!

  12. Master Of Puppets

    hear it again, epic geyscream

  13. Lucien Immink

    This is thé song on the album for me.

  14. Ryszard Grodzicki

    I thought I hear Simone Simons' voice here but then I realized it's impossible. The more I listened to it the more I was assured it must be her voice. And it really IS! Unbelievably great combination of voices here, I'm truly amazed.

  15. Charalampos Douvletis

    One of the best song I have ever heard. Intro is amazing, melodies excellent!

  16. WM Station to Station

    having the edge required to win, and to live that, with no remorse for the opponent is real however " weighing heavy on the consience " is real too... holy moley

  17. Nathalie Reyes

    love this song!!!

  18. John Cahill

    What a fantastic song and album. My one request is to never have Floor and Simone sing in the same song. No offense to Simone, she seems quite lovely, but her voice comes off as weak when compared to Floor.

    Zestful Zeitgeist

    just die, fucktard

    John Cahill

    EPICAN, just an opinion. Lighten up.

    André Luiz Zacarias

    I think the exact opposite. The difference between them is whats make this so amazing! They are both goddesses, but diferent kind

  19. Pierre-Yves Marti

    One of my favourite song on this excellent album. The parts of Simone Simmons and James LaBrie are just "divine" :-)

  20. Kaylin VW

    I hear a river of time vibe in this?

    André Luiz Zacarias

    I think is more like The Sixth Extinction

  21. Creature Violence

    "If all those billions fade away, then who am I... to stay alive"

    I get chills from that every time x3

    André Luiz Zacarias

    Me too!

  22. Hans Wurst

    That's Ayreon's best piece of music so far!!!!

    Master Of Puppets

    its a piece of something, but not musick

  23. Anders Midnatt

    Fan-fucking-tastic masterpiece! Floor, Simone... Wow!

  24. Dan R

    Amazing work, great music! Love to listen to Ayreon for almost a decade already! Best wishes from Bulgaria

  25. Master Of Puppets

    sounds like pansy

  26. Master Of Puppets

    hear it again, by accident . if he dont take it where the sun dont shine, id be shocked.

  27. Erratus Enigma

    [The Historian:]
    I can't believe it really happened, it's all slowly sinking in
    I left behind a hopeless race to fight a war they cannot win

    [The Chemist:]
    My petty life, it seems so trivial, a whole world is about to die
    If all those billions fade away, then who am I... to stay alive

    [The Historian:] Condemned to live, doomed to leave my world to die
    [The Chemist:] The guilt weighs heavy on my mind
    [The Historian:] Trapped in this void, deprived of dignity and joy
    [The Chemist:] Their secret hopes and dreams destroyed

    [The Diplomat:] We're about to start our journey, so focus on what lies ahead
    [The Chemist:] Liquid Eternity
    [The Diplomat:] We have the chance to save our future, we're alive, the past is dead
    [The Chemist:] The Source will set us free
    [The Diplomat:] We need to find a way to thrive there, preservation of our race
    [The Chemist:] Liquid Eternity
    [The Diplomat:] An alteration, gene mutation, transformation of our strain
    [The Chemist:] The Source will set us free

    [The Counselor:]
    Condemned to live, doomed to leave our world to die
    The guilt weighs heavy on our mind
    Trapped in this void, deprived of dignity and joy
    Their secret hopes and dreams destroyed

    [The Opposition Leader:] Condemned to live, doomed to leave our world to die
    [The Biologist:] A fate we could not avoid
    [The Opposition Leader:] The guilt weighs heavy on our minds
    [The Biologist:] But we had no other choice
    [The Opposition Leader:] Trapped in this void, deprived of joy
    [The Biologist:] Now we need to think of ourselves
    [The Opposition Leader:] Their secret hopes and dreams destroyed
    [The Biologist:] We need to break out of this hell!

  28. Mr. 7

    Great album. Album of the year so far! 👍

  29. Gilbert Arcand

    Song structure man, song structure... This is head and shoulder above anything else, just like Arjen, he's head and shoulder above us, quite literally ;)

  30. Luca Mingoni

    my favourite

  31. Axel V

    so much power, beautiful as always ! ♫

  32. Jose Vega

    If all those billions fade away , then who am I... to stay alive
    That line really hit me!

  33. Steven Castillo

    In fact, this song mentions the Fourth Extinction
    "a whole world is about to die"
    "doomed to leave my world to die"

    Steven Castillo

    Well, maybe Bruno, but they develop the Liquid Eternity, so I think that they achieve the immortality before die.

    Bruno Henrique Azevedo Borges

    Steven Castillo But the entire new species will be immortal? Or just these nine (since the tenth is a machine)?

    Steven Castillo

    I think that on the ship were more people, and in the"Bay of Dreams" the Propet said: "I see our children, they look like you and me. They await their destiny, I can almost hear their screams". So I think that on Planet Y there was no extinction, only redemption to machines and liquid eternity.

    Bruno Henrique Azevedo Borges

    Steven Castillo That can be related to humans at Planet Earth too, but I see your point.

    But I always remember these lyrics from The Sixth Extinction:

    It's the end of the chain
    (destruction is the feeling)
    It's the end of our game
    (We've seen it all before)
    Is the end of man's evolution
    (The end of evolution)
    For nobody hears the echoes of the wind

    Seems gloomy. And, other than the line of the president in The Human Compulsion, it is implied that the Forevers forgot about Alpha.

    Steven Castillo

    Well, That´s a great argument, So we need an album that explains what happened in Planet Y, before 01011001 but after The Source. And we need The First and Second Extinction

  34. n_vselm

    What the hell!!! Who the heck is that guy that disliked this amazing song!?

    Matt DePuy

    Arjen's evil twin brother.

    Kaylin VW

    The 'Frame probably...

  35. J. S.

    Could become one of my favourite tracks by Ayreon

  36. Master Of Puppets

    folks that like this also bang their sisters

  37. Master Of Puppets

    shrieking, taint lickers .

  38. Shawn Langford

    Hands down my favourite song from the album.

  39. omme Knakrich

    this and the rest of the album are my favorite song
    also The Source and the other Ayreon albums are my favorite albums

  40. Yia

    Thank you Arjen for putting these out here. I am ordering the album. I looked for it at Grimeys in Nashville. They didn't have it, however they had that live Human Equation. Which I picked up. I got to order this album directly from you.

  41. Rodrigo Veloso

    Muy bueno

  42. Dark

    seriously he is genius ! hands down and hats downs to the musical composer genius arjen !

  43. Brandon Blume

    The section with Tommy on this track is one of the highlights of the whole album. Tommy's performance here is one of my favourites of his from the whole album as well. But every time he shows up in a track it's phenomenally magical. So much passion in his voice and effortless range, drive, and versatility!

    Simon Wilkins

    Brandon Blume which Tommy is the question.

  44. Qurida Pearson

    L🎶O💕V E🎶I💕T•ღೋ♪•♫

  45. Spyro44

    Tommy Karevik has become one of my favourite singers, because of Seventh Wonder. But on this album, he seems to be on another level. I was blown away by how good he can be in this style, which is easy to forget, as IMO Kamelot's style is not allowing him to reach his best.

    Kami Rossel

    I think he's just making a (pretty good) imitation of Roy Khan for Kamelot, to keep the most purist fanbase happy. But yes, he's a real talent when he allows himself to shine

    Spyro44

    Don't get me wrong, I really like his Kamelot material, but I think if Kamelot did more songs, like from the Karma era, Tommy could use more of his range.

    Palkys

    Spyro44 you summarized my thoughts on Tommy. My favourite singer, like, by far!

  46. Animalbaars

    Oh man, that chorus gives me goosebumps. The drumming on it is so powerfull. Amazing album this. Can't get enough of it

  47. XanderAlmara Visser

    If anybody dares to hit the thumbs down button.... love this part!

  48. Zestful Zeitgeist

    Oh Simone <3

  49. Keltani

    The part from 4:42 or so sounds a bit like Over The Hills and Far Away to me (especially the Nightwish version), nice.
    Beautiful song, so melancholic.

    Niki

    Yeah, a little bit but sounds similar xd

  50. 2k1curt

    best track on the album, there are a few other exceptionally great tracks as well but this one is perfect.

    Master Of Puppets

    for a buttfugger mabey

  51. Stuart Smith

    Just no filler on this album is there. :)

  52. eef Tijssen

    wow very nice song
    great vocals of michael eriksen and offcourse tommy

  53. Janne Laulaja

    One of the best songs from the album.

    Nikke Kallio

    I agree

  54. Palkys

    I must say Tommy just KILLS it in every song he's in. God, that voice, man...

    Dave Mason

    I must say they all do. Uber vocals.

    Palkys

    Definitely! But he's the main reason I bought the album, though.

    Zestful Zeitgeist

    i wish Arjen let Simone and Tommy duet in a song there. A dialogue between Counselor and Opposition Leader make sense.

    Master Of Puppets

    thats him/her being sodomized

  55. igor igor

    fuckin' genius

  56. Tretboot

    Oh wow, someone did upload the new Ayreon Album on the day of release to YouTube! Wait, what channel is this on? Wait WHAT?!? Arjen you are crazy!!! Your "Teasers" were already more then whole Albums by other artists... Wow, just wow! Did not expect this, and it deeply reminds me that i did not preorder and HAVE HAVE HAVE to get the Album, so curious about the 5.1 mix!

    ShadeDust

    Well you are in for a treat, when you get the album ;)

    serenity pillows

    I preordered it on vinyl so I could hear it on release day. The day came, it arrived signed!!!! By the man himself :)

    Goes to show if you want it free you get it but if you pay your respects and give your support it won't go unnoticed.

    This is such a good album

  57. Ana Wise

    This is beautiful music! 😄❤️

  58. Mamãe e Geek

    Another wonderful Arjen's creation! Congrats!!! ❤👏👏👏

  59. Darkkat07

    good job!

  60. jonatan fredes

    A "sixth extinction" atmosphere right there...

    Keltani

    Ah right! I was trying to figure out what it reminded me of. But yeah, it makes a whole lot of sense storywise.

    The Unknown

    jonatan fredes I thought the violin was strikingly similar the first time I heard it...

    Graal Otonami

    Wouldnt that be the FIRST extinction though?

  61. rodrigo52410

    What a wonderful job !!!!
    Congratulations and I wish you every success !!!!!
    Today and always!!!

    Hugs from Brazil

  62. ShadeDust

    Together with "Sea of Machines" this is the best track on the album!