Tear Jerker / Dream Theater

This progressive metal band can really do Tear Jerkers.
  • A Change of Seasons. Epic at 23 minutes and will reduce you to a blubbering mess.
    • Even worse; Mike Portnoy dedicated the song to his deceased mother.
  • "Disappear", "Vacant", and "Space-Dye Vest". "And I'll smile and learn to pretend/And I'll never be open again/And I'll have no more dreams to defend/And I'll never be open again?" God-damn.
    • The Budokan DVD version of "Disappear" is worse. The singer wrote it during a case of Creator Breakdown, and it's easy to see when they play it on that particular DVD, that he's very, very close to breaking down at the end of the song.
    • Space. Dye. Vest. in spades. Without a doubt is considered by fans to be the biggest Tear Jerker within Dream Theater's early years, being completely somber to Awake and being considered by fans to be Kevin Moore's swan song after he left Dream Theater.
      • Hits the heartstrings that the band felt that the song was "100% Moore" that they didn't feel it was possible to play the song live until several years later.
    • "Love is an act of blood and I'm bleeding a pool in the shape of a heart" is one of the most depressing and effective metaphors for a breakup this troper has ever heard.
  • Not to mention "Goodnight Kiss", a song about postpartum depression. And that is merely the pinnacle of the suite of depression that is Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. Parts of Scenes from a Memory also qualify, especially Scene V: Through Her Eyes and Scene IX: Finally Free, bridges the gap between Nightmare Fuel and Tear Jerker.
    • Heck, the entire song Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is a tear jerker, especially if you know people who suffer from one or more of the disorders talked about in the song... the entire song is about people who have such crippling mental instabilities that they can never lead really normal lives. About to Crash? Bipolar disorder. War Inside My Head? Combat-related PTSD. The Test That Stumped Them All? Schizophrenia, leading to the sufferer getting locked in a padded room. And it just keeps going on, for the rest of the song's 42 minutes.
      • It's even more affecting if you actually suffer from one of the disorders depicted in the song yourself. As a sufferer of autism-spectrum disorders, it's almost impossible to get through "Solitary Shell" without tearing up at least once. The only way to do it is by completely ignoring the lyrics.
  • "The Ministry of Lost Souls" is depressing, sad, heartwarming, and disturbing all at the same time. For those who don't know: A man dies to save a woman from drowning, but she's unable to enjoy her life because she loved him too much. His spirit returns to take her with him. The final "Don't turn your back on paradise" can give one the chills.
  • "Hollow Years". Just "Hollow Years".
  • "Take Away My Pain", written by John Petrucci in memory of his father who had recently passed away, also qualifies. It's considerably more upbeat than other Dream Theater "Tear Jerkers", but the lyrics are still pretty touching.
  • From the Black Clouds & Silver Linings album: "The Best of Times" is Tear Jerker of the heartwarming variety: the drummer wrote it as an ode to his dying father (who passed not long after hearing a version of the song the drummer sang himself), reminiscing about how great it was when they were together.
    • The lyrics make it worse, to the point where those troper comes close to crying every time at this part:
    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
    My heart is bleeding bad,
    but I'll be okay
    Your spirit guides my life each day
  • Then there is "The Spirit Carries On". This song is REALLY a tearjerker, though it's most likely Tears of Joy that are coming out of your eyes.
  • Also, the end of Metropolis, Pt. 2.
  • The song "Wait for Sleep" from Images and Words. The melancholy melody and instrumentation is bad enough, but according to Kevin Moore, it's a song about grief over a loved one's death and trying to fill a spiritual void. Bring tissues before you start listening to it.
  • "The Silent Man" from the album, Awake.
  • "Anna Lee".
  • A Dramatic Turn of Events gives us "Beneath the Surface", which has caused many a fan to tear up.
  • The piano outro to the song "Illumination Theory" off of the recent self titled album. Just pure heart string tugs on how emotional it sounds.
  • For that matter, the music video for "The Enemy Inside" begins with people talking about how hard it was losing people close to them, then when it cuts to the video we have shots between the war and a veteran returning from post-traumatic stress disorder. You really need to watch the video to see how heartbreaking it really is.
  • How does nobody not mention Repentance? Being another song in the Twelve-Step Suite, it speaks of Mike's alcoholism, but this part of the Suite speaks about making grave mistakes, taking them with stride (even though it's painful...) and learning from them. The song's pretty emotional, but the big kicker is in the middle part where it has several of Mike's friends, such as Jon Anderson, Corey Taylor, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Steven Wilson, and several others speaking of their mistakes and admitting them. Talk about heartbreaking (especially from those who didn't think some of their favorite musicians made mistakes like that)..
  • "Vacant" can also be an example, particularly after learning the story behind the lyrics (James LaBrie's anxiety after his daughter had a seizure and fell into a coma for a few days). The follow-up track "Stream of Consciousness" can also qualify, as can the album closer, "In the Name of God", about the Branch Davidian siege in Waco in the '90s.