Repentance

Album: Systematic Chaos (2007)
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  • Hello, mirror
    So glad to see you my friend, it's been a while

    Staring at the empty page before me
    All the years of wreckage running through my head
    Patterns of my life I thought had torn me
    Revealing hurt for shame and deep lament

    Overwhelming sorrow now absorbs me
    As the pen begins to trace my darkest past
    Signs throughout my life that should have warned me
    Of all the wrongs I've done for which I must repent

    I once thought it better to regret
    Things that I have done, then haven't

    Sometimes you've got to be wrong
    Learn the hard way
    Sometimes you've got to be strong
    When you think it's too late

    Staring at the finished page before me
    All the damage now so clear and evident
    Thinking 'bout the dreaded task in store for me
    A bitter fear at the thought of my amends

    Hoping that the step will help restore me
    To face my past and ask for forgiveness
    Cleaning up my dirty side of this un-swept street
    Could this be the begin of the end

    I once thought it better to regret
    Things that I have done, then haven't

    Sometimes you've got to be wrong
    Learn the hard way
    Just when you're through hanging on
    You're saved

    If we are painstaking about this phase of our development
    We will be amazed before we are half way through
    We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness
    We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it

    We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace
    No matter how far down the scale we have gone
    We will see how our experience can benefit others
    That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear

    We will lose interest in selfish things
    And gain interest in our fellows
    Self seeking will slip away
    Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change

    Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave us
    We will intuitively know how to handle situations
    Which used to baffle us, we will suddenly realize that
    God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves

    Misinterpreted promises, we think
    Helping for any one's touch
    For that to portray, I'm sure
    You're only one

    You're only as sick as your secrets
    But the truth shall set you free
    The truth is the truth
    All you can do is live with it Writer/s: JOHN MYUNG, JOHN PETRUCCI, JORDAN RUDESS, KEVIN JAMES LABRIE, MICHAEL PORTNOY
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Keewa from Fairbanks, AlThe spoken word extracts aren't excerpts from any letter, as posted earlier.
    Dream Theater got famous friends in and asked them "Have you done something you regret?" and recorded the responses, a la Pink Floyd.
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