The Best Of Times

by Dream Theater

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[Intro]
Bm D/A F#m Am Em
Bm D/A F#m Am E
Am E Bm D/A
E
 
 
[Solo Violin]
A Fmaj7-5/A A E
F Csus4 C Esus4 E
Am
 
 
[Solo Acoustic Guitar]
Am Dm G C
Am Fmaj7 Dm/F G Esus4 E
Am Dm G C
Am Dsus2/F# Am Bsus4 B
 
 
[Interlude 1]
E B D A/C#
E F#m E/G# A
 
 
[Bridge]
E B G A
E B
D
 
 
[Verse 1]
A  E
 Remember days of yesterday
B
How it flew so fast
    G
The two score and a year we had
  A
I thought it would always last
      E
Those summer days and west coast dreams
  B
I wished would never end
  D
A young boy and his father
A
Idol and best friend
 
 
[Chorus]
F#m           E     Asus2
   I'll always remember
                    B       E F#m
Those were the best of times
E F#m          E    Asus2
     A lifetime together
                 E
I'll never forget
 
 
[Bridge]
B D A/C# F#m
E/G# A
 
 
[Verse 2]
E
The morning shows on the radio
    B
The case of the missing dog
G
Lying on the pillows at the old eight twelve
A
Watching Harold and Maude
    E
The record shops, the stickball fields
   B
My home away from home
    D
And when we weren't together
    Asus2
The hours on the phone
 
 
[Chorus]
F#m           E     Asus2
   I'll always remember
                    B       E F#m
Those were the best of times
E F#m                  E   Asus2
     I'll cherish them forever
           B     C#m
The best of times
 
 
[Interlude 2]
    E6/B C#m/G#        C#m/A
But then came  the call
G#sus4 E C#m    E6/B  C#m/G#     C#m/A    E6/B
            Our lives changed forever more
C#m         C#sus2/D# E           C#m/A
   "You can pray      for a change
G#sus4 E          F#madd9    E   D      A/C#
       But prepare       for the end..."
 
 
[Solo Strings]
Bm Em A D A/C#
Bm Bm/A G A F#sus4 F#m
Bm Em A D A/C#
Bm Bm/A E/G# G A G A
Bm
 
 
[Verse 3]
Bm6                      D   F#m
   The fleeting winds of time
Am Asus2               Emadd9
   Flying through each day   
Bm6                 D         F#m
   All the things I should've done
Am6                       Eadd9
   But time just slipped away  
Am6                         Eadd9
   Remember: "Seize the Day"
Bm                  Bm/A
Life goes by in the blink of an eye
        E/G# F#7sus4      E5
With so much left   to say
 
 
[Chorus]
A      Asus4    Dm6add9/A
 These were the best     of times
A     Asus4      Em
 I'll miss these days
F            Csus4   C         Esus4 E
 Your spirit lit  my life each day  
 
 
[Verse 4]
Bm6                  D    F#m
   Thank you for the inspiration
Am Asus2             Emadd9
   Thank you for the smiles
Bm6             D        F#m
   All the unconditional love
Am6                    Eadd9
   That carried me for miles
Am6                       Eadd9
   It carried me for miles
    Bm          Bm/A         E/G# F#7sus4 E5
But most of all thank you for     my      life
 
 
[Chorus]
A      Asus4    Dm6add9/A
 These were the best     of times
A     Asus4      Em
 I'll miss these days
F            Csus4   C         Esus4 E
 Your spirit lit  my life each day  
A   Asus4    Dm6add9/A
 My heart is bleeding bad
A         Asus4 Em
 But I'll be   OK 
F            Csus4     C         Esus4 E
 Your spirit guides my life each day  
 
 
[Solo]
Am Dm G C G6/B
Am Am/G F G E
Am Dm G C E/G#
Am Am/G D/F# F F6 G
Am Dm G C G6/B
Am Am/G F G E
Am Dm G C E/G#
Am Am/G D/F# F F6 G
C Fm C Gm
G# D#sus4 D# Gsus4 G
C Fm C Gm
G# D#sus4 D# Gsus4 G
C Fm C Gm
 
 
[Fade Out]
G# D#sus4 D# Gsus4 G
C Fm C Gm
G# D#sus4 D# Gsus4 G
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                  [Music by Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess and Myung, Lyrics by Mike Portnoy]

Remember days of yesterday
How it flew so fast
The two score and a year we had,
I thought it would always last
Those summer days and west coast dreams
I wished would never end
A young boy and his father,
Idol and best friend

I'll always remember
Those were the best of times
A lifetime together
I'll never forget

The morning shows on the radio
The case of the missing dog
Lying on the pillows at the old 812
Watching Harold and Maude
The record shops, the stickball fields
My home away from home
And when we weren't together
The hours on the phone

I'll always remember
Those were the best of times
I'll cherish them forever
The best of times

But then came the call
Our lives changed forever more
"You can pray for a change
But prepare for the end..."

The fleeting winds of time
Flying through each day
All the things I should've done
But time just slipped away
Remember seize the day
Life goes by in the blink of an eye
With so much left to say

These were the best of times
I'll miss these days
Your spirit lit my life each day

Thank you for the inspiration
Thank you for the smiles
All the unconditional love
That carried me for miles
It carried me for miles
But most of all thank you for my life

These were the best of times
I'll miss these days
Your spirit lit my life each day
My heart is bleeding bad
But I'll be OK
Your spirit guides my life each day

[In Loving Memory of Howard Portnoy 1940-2009]                
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