The Decision Tree (we're alive) is the fifth song on the first CD of Into the Electric Castle, and the fifth song of the entire album. Its length is 6:24. It is preceded by Time Beyond Time, and followed by Tunnel of Light.
The Voice compliments the adventurers on getting as far as they have, and warns them they need to decide which of them will have to be sacrificed, as only seven of them are allowed to carry onwards.
The Barbarian starts boasting of his accomplishments, arguing he shouldn't be the one to be sacrificed. The Highlander calls him out on his claims, and argues The Barbarian is nothing but a man of empty stories.
Ah, my friends! So light of foot. So swift. You have come this far. And now - here beneath the ancient, omniscient boughs of the Decision Tree - one of you must depart this world of flesh. Only seven may continue. Only you can decide...
Let it be known I won't be the one to die here
Honour and glory are heaped upon my name
Let it be clear I'm not the one who cries here
What about the tall one, the one who's lost to shame
I've followed princes, I've raised their bloody banners
I've killed and wounded on the side of right
I've reaped the harvest, scattered fields with ashes
I've buried children, sowed the seeds of hate
- I've followed princes
- I've followed kings
We will strive for our freedom
- I will take their lead no more
- I will not lie
- In shallow graves
We'll arrive in our Eden
- (I'm nobody's slave)
Let it be known, by Thor the god of lightning
I have been chosen to do battle at his side
Let it be clear I was born to go down fighting
What about the craven, the one who's lost his pride
Don't speak to me of honour, pride and glory
I've tasted blood, seen your type before
You talk of battle but all you tell are stories
You'd see me buried in a shallow grave
- ALL (CHORUS) + HIGHLANDER
"Time Beyond Time"
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"Tunnel of Light"