The Glass Prison

album: "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" (2002)
[music by Myung, Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess]
[lyrics by Mike Portnoy]



Cunning, Baffling, Powerful
Been beaten to a pulp
Vigorous, Irresistable
Sick and tired and laid low
Dominating, Invincible
Black-out, loss of control
Overwhelming, Unquenchable
I'm powerless, have to let go

I can't escape it...It leaves me frail and worn
Can no longer take it...Senses tattered and torn

Hopeless surrender...Obsession's got me beat
Losing the will to live...Admitting complete defeat

Fatal Descent...Spinning around
I've gone too far...To turn back round

Desperate attempt...Stop the progression
At any length...Lift this obsession

Crawling to my glass prison
A place where no one knows
My secret lonely world begins

So much safer here...A place where I can go
To forget about my daily sins

Life here in my glass prison...A place I once called home
Fall in nocturnal bliss again

Chasing a long lost friend...I no longer can control
Just waiting for this hopelessness to end


Run - fast from the wreckage of the past
A shattered glass prison wall behind me
Fight - past walking through the ashes
A distant oasis before me

Cry - desperate crawling on my knees
Begging God to please stop the insanity
Help me - I'm trying to believe
Stop wallowing in my own self pity

"We've been waiting for you my friend
The writing's been on the wall
All it takes is a little faith
You know you're the same as us all"

Help me - I can't break out this prison all alone
Save me - I'm drowning and I'm hopeless on my own
Heal me - I can't restore my sanity alone

Enter the door...Desperate
Fighting no more....Help me restore
To my sanity....At this temple of hope

I need to learn...Teach me how
Sorrow to burn...Help me return
To humanity....I'll be fearless and thorough
To enter this temple of hope

Believe....Transcend the pain
Living the life....Humility
Opened my eyes....This new odyssey
Of rigorous honesty

Serenity....I never knew
Soundness of mind...Helped me to find
Courage to change...All the things that I can

"We'll help you perform this miracle
But you must set your past free
You dug the hole, but you can't bury your sole
Open your mind and you'll see"

Help me - I can't break out this prison all alone
Save me - I'm drowning and I'm hopeless on my own
Heal me - I can't restore my sanity alone


Way off in the distance I saw a door
I tried to open
I tried forcing with all of my will and still
The door wouldn't open
[replaced with "but" in this line]

Unable to trust in my faith
I turned and walked away
I looked around, felt a chill in the air
Took my will and turned it over

The glass prison which once held me is now gone
["now" is not heard in this line]
A long lost fortress
Armed only with liberty
And the key of my willingness

Fell down on my knees and prayed
"Thy will be done"
I turned around, saw a light shining through
The door was wide open

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