Dream Theater The Shattered Fortress

[Music by Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess and Myung, Lyrics by Mike Portnoy]

[X. Restraint]

Freedom calls my name

Serenity keeps me sane

Happiness — it dulls the pain

Honest to see my place

Open to other ways

Willingness to understand

Justice but do not judge

Courtesy for others’ flaws

Kindness — it’s not that hard

Self-restraint of tongue and pen

Inventory — my daily friend

Analysis let down your guard

Look in the mirror

What do you see?

The shattered fortress

That once bound me

Faithful ascent, through darkest fires

I’ve found the path to take me higher

You’re smart enough for me to trust go live your life now

Just keep these steps in your life and you’ll know how

If you’re not sure, ask yourself,

“Have I done to them as I would have them do to me?”

Look in the mirror

What’s that you see?

The shattered fortress

Fly now be free

Faithful ascent, through darkest fires

I’ve found the path to take me higher

I once thought it better to be right

But now I have finally seen the light

Sometimes you’ve got to be wrong

And learn from mistakes

I live with serenity now

Not self-righteous hate

[XI. Receive]

(Help me be a channel of Thy peace

That where there is hatred, I may bring love;

That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

That where there is discord, I may bring harmony;

That where there is error, I may bring truth;

That where there is doubt, I may bring faith)

Now that you can see all you have done

(That where there is despair, I may bring hope;

That where there are shadows, I may bring light)

It’s time to take that step into the kingdom

(That where there is sadness, I may bring joy)

All your sins will help to make you strong

(That I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.

That I may seek to understand than to be understood)

And help you break right through the prison wall

(That I may seek to love, rather than to be loved,

for it is by self-forgetting that one finds,

it is by forgiving that one is forgiven)

Keep all of me,

The desires that once burned me deep inside

Help me live today

And help to give me grace

To carry out your way

I am ready, help me be all I can be

I am ready, help guide me and keep me free

[XII. Responsible]

I am responsible when anyone, anywhere

Reaches out for help, I want my hand to be there

I am responsible when anyone, anywhere

Reaches out for help, I want my hand to be there

[Dedicated to Bill W. and all of his friends]

Dream Theater Surrender To Reason

In moments of pain

Where heart and mind collide

Self reflection helps me decide

I believe the sacrifices in life

Give more than they take

Visions flowing slowly shedding light

Memories swimming in the sea of time

Pieces to the puzzle falling into place

That with which we struggle through we’ve learned to embrace

Love show the way, alter my state of mind

Wash away the sorrow

Grace lead the way

When boundaries are found

Surrender to reason

Life gives you brighter days

Through sacrifices made

My spirit travels like the wind and waves

My heart and mind unite

Mistakes resolved give sight

The river’s currents slowly turns the stone

Restless angels

Help me find my way

Restless angels

Help me find my strength

Restless angels

Help me find my way

Restless angels

Let love show the way

Let grace be the way

Surrender to reason

Dream Theater Raise The Knife

Have I thanked you for your time?

Or will your life go unrewarded

Again?

Never asking for a dime

You just gave all of yourself

Until I turned my back on you

My friend

The powers that be made you a martyr

Conspiracy led you to slaughter

I tried to control it but as soon as I showed it

I was shot down again

Once again outnumbered

Appreciation slumbered

You can ask yourself why

But that look in your eye

Doesn’t pass the test

You’ve been laid to rest my friend

Again

Tortured artist bears his soul

Seems the pressure took its toll

Lived a life so punishing

Now he keeps the publishing

Spilling your guts out to a pad and pen

Communication to your silent friend

Raising the knife

To a picture of a life

(I once knew)

There comes a time

Compromising my life

(Just won’t do)

I cannot lie

I can’t try anymore

(To reach you)

I just can’t fight

Raise the knife

Raise the knife

Cut through

I remember once you were the quiet type

Content to sit and watch the motions of your life

With false sensitivity

You cut yourself open so people would adore you

They all bought into your contrived sincerity

And how you wore your heart and soul right on your sleeve

Laughing sarcastically

You turned your back on the people who adored you

Self-absorbed exhaustion

Self-esteem distortion

Self-infused extortion

Self-serving abortion

I’ll take the blame for these things that I say

‘Cause I had the heart and the will and the courage to stay

Every day

I won’t walk away

Reading through all the digests you show me

I notice the way that you think you control me

Doubting my future, you don’t even know me

But I never walked out on you

Raising the knife

To a picture of a life

(I once knew)

There comes a time

Compromising my life

(Just won’t do)

I cannot lie

I can’t try anymore

(To reach you)

I just can’t fight

Raise the knife

Raise the knife

Cut through

Raising the knife

To a picture of a life

(I once knew)

There comes a time

Compromising my life

(Just won’t do)

I cannot lie

I can’t try anymore

(To reach you)

I just can’t fight

Raise the knife

And live my life

Without you

Raising the knife

To a picture of a life

There comes a time

Compromising my life

I cannot lie

I can’t try anymore

I just can’t fight

Raise the knife

Dream Theater Whispers On The Wind

[Gabriel:]

If I still had something left

I’d surely use my gift

To give her one more breath

To see her smile again

And yet my gift is gone

Along with all her dreams

It vanished with a scream

My fragile voice has all but disappeared

I’ve nothing left to give

The words I wish I’d said

Just whispers on the wind

And now all hope is dead

Dream Theater Another Won

It was the mortal passion

The flame that lit the fire

The beauty of the starlight

Brought the cruelty of desire

A lovers link was broken

Another’s vengeful plan

Was contrived through jealous hatred

For a cross of God and man

I hope it will turn out so

But I can’t help being afraid

Perception is hindered by lust

To be sure of the choice you have made

Grant me this request, please

Just promise me your word

Attest to the mighty river

Let the truth be heard!

She asked to see the power

His realm of life and love

His godly immortality

The thunder roared above

Her words were so quickly spoken

Lest he stop her from the deed

I gave you my word, now my love

Your grim request I shall heed!

Leaving his maiden

He rose to the sky

Returning in splendors

To earth he did fly

Subject to presence

Too brilliant to face

Another had killed passions grace

Dream Theater The Best Of Times

[Music by Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess and Myung, Lyrics by Mike Portnoy]

Remember days of yesterday

How it flew so fast

The two score and a year we had,

I thought it would always last

Those summer days and west coast dreams

I wished would never end

A young boy and his father,

Idol and best friend

I’ll always remember

Those were the best of times

A lifetime together

I’ll never forget

The morning shows on the radio

The case of the missing dog

Lying on the pillows at the old 812

Watching Harold and Maude

The record shops, the stickball fields

My home away from home

And when we weren’t together

The hours on the phone

I’ll always remember

Those were the best of times

I’ll cherish them forever

The best of times

But then came the call

Our lives changed forever more

“You can pray for a change

But prepare for the end…”

The fleeting winds of time

Flying through each day

All the things I should’ve done

But time just slipped away

Remember seize the day

Life goes by in the blink of an eye

With so much left to say

These were the best of times

I’ll miss these days

Your spirit lit my life each day

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

These were the best of times

I’ll miss these days

Your spirit lit my life each day

My heart is bleeding bad

But I’ll be OK

Your spirit guides my life each day

[In Loving Memory of Howard Portnoy 1940-2009]

Dream Theater Burning My Soul

[Lyrics: Mike Portnoy]

A thorn in my side, a chip on my shoulder

A lump in my throat, the size of a boulder

The chill up my spine, can’t get any colder

And you wonder why I can’t smile

A knot in my gut, an ape on my back

In the heat of the moment, I’m knocked off the track

You drop the ball, I pick up the slack

And you ask me why my hairs gray

Twisting, turning

Losing all sense of yearning

Living and learning

The pressure keeps on burning my soul

I say it’s green and then you tell me it’s red

Keep your thoughts and ideas

Locked inside of your head

We’ve got someone

Who can think for you instead

And he sounds just like the last one

Twisting, turning

Losing all sense of yearning

Living and learning

The pressure keeps on burning my soul

Responsible thinkers

Throw caution to the wind

But I find myself

Speaking from within

I can’t live my life

Walking on eggshells

To stay on your good side

Using your words

Controlling my life

Can’t you see it’s my words

That gives you your life

So I hurt your feelings

Well I’m really sorry

But I don’t give a shit…

Twisting, turning

Losing all sense of yearning

Living and learning

The pressure keeps on burning my soul

Dream Theater Far From Heaven

No one truly has the answers

Every day

I struggle through it once more

Keep things bottled up

Never speaking my mind

Misinterpreted

I’m doing just fine

Every day I

Put a brave face on

Serves me well

Feeling helpless

Facing it alone

Hard to tell

That I

Can’t change who I am

How I feel

There’s no end

I have done

What you asked of me

Leaves me nothing to live for

Coming undone

Way too high a price

I should pay

You keep your pride

While I die inside

Every day

No I

Can’t lie anymore

Won’t pretend

I’ve done

All I can

You can’t imagine

The hell I’m going through

Not asking you to save me

I’m too far from Heaven

Nothing you can do

To change me

But accept me

As I am

Dream Theater Metropolis – Part I – “The Miracle And The Sleeper”

[Images: Dream Theater]

[Words: Petrucci]

The smile of dawn

Arrived early May

She carried a gift from her

home

The night shed a tear

To tell her of fear

And of sorrow and pain

She’ll never outgrow

Death is the first dance, eternal

There’s no more freedom

The both of you will be

confined to this mind

I was told there’s miracle for

each day that I try

I was told there’s a new love

that’s born for each one that

has died

I was told there’d be no one to

call on when I feel alone and

afraid

I was told if you dream of the

next world

You’ll find yourself swimming

in a lake of fire

As a child, I thought I could

live without pain without

sorrow

As a man I’ve found it’s all

caught up with me

I’m asleep yet I’m so afraid

Somewhere like a scene from a

memory

There’s a picture worth a

thousand words

Eluding stares from faces

before me

It hides away and will never be

heard of again

Deceit is the second without end

The city’s cold blood teaches us

to survive

Just keep my heart in your eyes

and we’ll stay alive

The third arrives…

Before the leaves have fallen

Before we lock the doors

There must be the third and

last dance

This one will last forever

Metropolis watches and

thoughtfully smiles

She’s taken you to your home

It can only take place

When the struggle between

our children has ended

Now the Miracle and the

Sleeper know that the third

is love

Love is the Dance of Eternity

Dream Theater This Dying Soul

[Lyrics by Mike Portnoy]

[IV. Reflections of Reality (Revisited)]

Hello, Mirror – so glad to see you my friend, it’s been a while

Searching, Fearless – where do I begin to heal this wound of self-denial

Face yourself man!

Brace yourself and trace your hell back

You’ve been blinded, living lie a one way cold existence all the while

Now it’s time to stare the problem right between the eyes you long lost child

I wanna feel your body breaking

Wanna feel your body breaking and shaking and left in the cold

I want to heal your conscience making a change to fix this dying soul

Born into this world a broken home

Surrounded by love yet all alone

Forced into a life that’s split in two

A mother and a father both pulling you

Then you had to deal with loss and death

Everybody thinking they know best

Coping with this shit at such an age

Can only fill a kid with pain and rage

Family disease pumped through your blood

Never had the chance you thought you could

Running all the while with no escape

Turning all that pain in to blame and hate

Living on your own by twenty one

Not a single care and having fun

Consuming all the life in front of you

Burning out the fuse and smoking the residue

Possessive obsessions selfish childish games

Vengeful resentments

Passing all the blame

Living out a life of decadence

Acing without thought of consequence

Spreading all your lies from coast to coast

While spitting on the ones that matter most

Running power mad with no control

Fighting for the credit they once stole

No one can ever tell you what to do

Ruling other’s lives while the can’t stand the thought of you

A living reflection seen from miles away

A hopeless affliction having run astray

I wanna feel your body breaking

Wanna feel your body breaking and shaking and left in the cold

I want to heal your conscience making a change to fix this dying soul

Now that you can see all you have done

It’s time to take that step into the kingdom

All your sins will only make you strong

And help you break right through the prison wall

[V. Release]

Come to me my friend (Listen to me)

I’ll help this torture end (Help to set me free)

Let your ego go (I can’t carry this load)

You can’t go through this alone (I feel so hopeless and exposed)

You’ll find your peace of mind (Give me some direction)

You can no longer hide (Break out of this isolation)

Let humility (Openness, honesty)

And become what you can be (A healing tranquility)

Help me

Save me

Heal me

I can’t break out of this prison all alone

These tormenting ghosts of yesterday

Will vanish when exposed

You can’t hold onto your secrets

They’ll only send you back alone

Your fearless admissions

Will help expel your destructive obsessions

With my help I know you can

Be at one with God and man

Hear me

Believe me

Take me

I’m ready to break right through this prison wall

Dedicated to Bill W. and all of his friends