Ayreon - The Two Gates (Into The Electric Castle) Lyric Video-0

Ayreon - The Two Gates (Into The Electric Castle) Lyric Video-0

The Two Gates is the seventh song on the second CD of Into the Electric Castle, and the fifteenth song of the entire album. Its length is 6:28. It is preceded by Evil Devolution, and followed by "Forever" of the Stars.


The Voice presents the survivors with the final challenge: They must choose from one of two gates, a golden one and an old plain one. One gate will bring them home, while the other leads to oblivion.

The Barbarian, in his arrogance, chooses the golden gate, and tells the others not to follow him. As he enters the gate, sure that Valhalla awaits him on the other side, he fades into oblivion. The others go through the other gate, relieved of their safety. They wonder what the purpose of their quest was.



And so it's come to this. Two Gates - two portals await. Let your choice be guided by collective wisdom. Ah, hath the prospect of freedom ever tasted so good? One gate completes the circle; one step away from your own dimension, your cherished time. One gate severs all connections: one step away from the dreamworld of everlasting ebony. You call it Oblivion.
It is a brave soul who makes the first choice.

Behold these gates, the first one plain and old
Behold these gates, the second forged of gold
The gate of old spells out disgrace and shame
The gate of gold calls out my noble name

I challenge death to meet me at this gate
I challenge Odin to pronounce my fate
And if I thrive I've overcome this land
But if I fail I'll die a worthy man

ROMAN: Open the gate, we're now on our own
ALL: Enter the gate to your destiny
ROMAN: Will it be fortune or fate, the truth shall be known
ALL: Enter the gate to your destiny

Cowards whine beyond the olden gate
Valhalla shines beyond the golden gate
I walk alone so dare not follow me
But choose your own and die in agony


BARBARIAN: (fading into oblivion †)

We have been saved, our journey has ended
But tell us why, why this ordeal?
What was your aim, or was it just some game
Have we been humbled, or did we prevail?

We've been enslaved, our wounds have not mended
And who are you, what magicians or gods?
What was your plan, we don't understand
Did we pass, or did we fail?


"Evil Devolution"
Into the Electric Castle Next:
""Forever" of the Stars"