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E=MC² is the sixth song of the second disc of 01011001 and the fourteenth song of the album. The length is 5:51. It is preceded by River of Time and followed by The Sixth Extinction.

Plot Edit

Ayreon - E=mc2 (01011001) Lyric Video

Ayreon - E=mc2 (01011001) Lyric Video

A scientist from Earth in 2084 receives the technology to send messages into the past, sent to him in a dream by Forever. The scientists send a message into the past, but apart from a minor note in ancient lore, nothing changes. The message triggers the events from The Final Experiment, the first Ayreon album. The song ends with the same final line: "The outcome of The Final Experiment has been placed in your hands", which also concludes the eponymous album.

Characters/singers Edit

Wudstick: Human Scientist that receives the knowledge of time travel technology in a dream.

Marjan Welman: Another scientist that works with Wudstick, who is painfully aware that this is probably their final chance at averting the nuclear apocalypse.

Lyrics Edit

(Wudstik:)
It all came to me in the wake of a dream
Bending space, reversing the stream
The knowledge is mine to influence time
And avert our decline (we'll avert our decline)

We could use this to salvage mankind
Send projections into the past (telepathy time)
Etch humanity's fate in their minds
Let them know man won't last (It all came to me in the wake of a dream)

(Marjan Welman:)
This may be our last chance
If we want man to survive
A mirror reflection
Show them our world as it dies

Cut through the barrier
And do what no one has dared
Let's break the equation… E=mc²

(Wudstik:)
Our first try was a minor success
No control, I can but guess
We have to move now; don't know just how
No mistakes are allowed

(We can make no mistakes)

I have sent it but nothing changes
Just a line in some ancient lore

(Medieval times)

I don't know just how far it ranges
Everything's like before

(It all came to me in the wake of a dream)

(Marjan Welman:)
This may be our last chance
If we want man to survive
A mirror reflection
Show them our world as it dies

Cut through the barrier
And do what no one has dared
Let's break the equation… E=mc²

(Digitalised Voice:)

The outcome of The Final Experiment has been placed in your hands

Previous:
"River of Time"
01011001 Next:
"The Sixth Extinction"