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The Fifth Extinction is the first song of the second disc of 01011001 and the ninth song of the album. The length is 10:31. It is preceded by Web of Lies and followed by Waking Dreams .

Plot Edit

Ayreon - The Fifth Extinction (01011001) Lyric Video

Ayreon - The Fifth Extinction (01011001) Lyric Video

Part I - Glimmer of Hope: As the comet carrying the DNA of Forever approaches Earth, Forever yearns for the future, and relishes in what they will soon all experience.

Part II - World of Tomorrow Dreams: In order to prevent unnecessary harm, Forever decide to take a closer look. Upon inspection, it appears Earth is populated with dinosaurs, which are all likely to die in the wake of the comet impact. Several Forever object, and feel that they should not cause this kind of mass extinction. However, other Forever argue that the dinosaurs are inferior, due to their lack of sentience. They decide to carry out the plan, and the comet collides with Earth.

Part IV - From the Ashes: As the destruction from the comet subsides, and the ashes lower, it appears Forever were successful in creating their offspring; Humans are born and will populate Earth.

Part V - Glimmer of Hope (Reprise): It seems Forever were successful in their intent to reignite their own spark of life through a new humanity.

Note: This song spans the length of roughly 65 million years, from the extinction of the dinosaurs, to the dawn of men.

Roles: Edit

Anneke Van Giersbergen: Forever ♡

Bob Catley: Forever ❊

Steve Lee: Forever ☯

Jørn Lande: Forever Bird

Tom Englund: Forever ϟ 

Hansi Kürsch: Forever 🕈

Jonas Renske: Forever ⛧

Daniel Gildenlöw: Forever ®

Lyrics Edit

[Part I - Glimmer of Hope]

[Anneke Van Giersbergen:] Through their eyes we will see
[Bob Catley:] With their hands we will create
[Anneke Van Giersbergen:] In their world we will be free
[Bob Catley:] With our minds we'll shape their fate

[Steve Lee:]
Now the die is cast, the first step taken
A glimmer of hope lights up our lives
Visions of the past, dreams forsaken
Forming right before our eyes
We're alive

[Anneke Van Giersbergen:] Through their pain we'll learn to live
[Bob Catley:] Remember all life has to give

[Jørn Lande:]
Now the die is cast, the first step taken
A glimmer of hope lights up our lives
Visions of the past, dreams forsaken
Re-ignite the sparkle in our eyes
We're alive! So alive!

[Part II - World of Tomorrow Dreams]

[Tom Englund:]
I see a planet, perfect for our needs
Behold our target, a world to plant our seeds

[Steve Lee:]
There must be life
First remove any trace of doubt!
They may all die; don't you think we should check it out?

[Daniel Gildenlöw:]
We have no choice, we waited far too long
This is our planet, this is where they belong

[Jørn Lande:]
We may regret this
Is this the way it's supposed to be?
A cold execution, a mindless act of cruelty!

[Bob Catley and Hansi Kürsch:]
In the World of Tomorrow Dreams
Our future lies
In the World of Tomorrow Dreams
Our hopes will rise

[Tom Englund:]
I see mainly reptiles
A lower form of intelligence
Mere brainless creatures with no demonstrable sentience

[Jørn Lande:]
What makes us superior; we did not do so great ourselves!
A dying race, imprisoned in restricted shells

[Bob Catley and Hansi Kürsch:]
In the World of Tomorrow Dreams
Our future lies
In the World of Tomorrow Dreams
Our hopes will rise

[Part III - Collision Course]

Instrumental

[Part IV - From the Ashes]

[Tom Englund:] And as the smoke slowly rises
[Jonas Renkse:] Our planet's bare and cold
[Tom Englund:] But as the black sky brightens
[Jonas Renkse:] A wondrous world unfolds

[Daniel Gildenlöw:] We're at the dawn of a new age
[Bob Catley:] As we hear the final cries
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] Ready to enter the next stage
[Bob Catley:] From the ashes we will rise

[Steve Lee:] And as the smoke slowly rises
[Hansi Kürsch:] Our planet's bare and cold
[Steve Lee:] But as the black sky brightens
[Hansi Kürsch:] A wondrous world unfolds

[Floor Jansen:] We're at the dawn of a new age
[Jørn Lande:] As we hear the final cries
[Floor Jansen:] Ready to enter the next stage
[Jørn Lande:] From the ashes we will rise!

[Part V - Glimmer of Hope (Reprise)]

[Daniel Gildenlöw:]
Now the die is cast, the first step taken
A glimmer of hope lights up our lives
Visions of the past, dreams forsaken
Re-ignite the sparkle in our eyes
We are alive


Previous:
"Web of Lies"
01011001 Next:
"Waking Dreams"