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The Glass Prison
from Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)

This song is the third in a multi-album series about Mike Portnoy confronting his own problem of alcoholism. You can visit an analysis of the entire series at the DTFAQ as well as an analysis of only The Glass Prison.

The Glass Prison discusses the first three steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program, as the song is dedicated to Bill W., the founder of AA. Mike Portnoy said the following about it: "It's about battling addiction and recovery and those were some things that I have dealt with in my personal life over the past few years. All three of the movements are written directly about the first three steps in twelve step recovery of Alcoholics Anonymous. So the first step in the first section of the song is admitting being powerless, the second step is needing the help of others, came to believe a power greater than ourselves to restore sanity. The third section is being willing to turn your life over to a higher power and handing over your will. So the three sections are directly out of the first three steps in AA."

Portnoy listed "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" by Megadeth and "Mouth For War" by Pantera as inspirations for the song. It was also the first song that the band decided to write all-out heavy for the entire song.

Alcoholism series:
1. The Mirror
2. Lie
3. The Glass Prison
4. This Dying Soul
5. The Root Of All Evil
6. Repentance
7. The Shattered Fortress

Music by John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
Lyrics by Mike Portnoy

The Glass Prison Appears on: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Graspop Festival 2002


The Glass Prison
Author: Carl Stelcel
Type: Guitar

The Glass Prison
Author: Fernando
Type: Guitar

The solo only

The Glass Prison
Author: Greg
Type: Guitar


The Glass Prison
Author: Wulfie3D
Type: Guitar


The Glass Prison
Author: DaveRockz14
Type: Bass



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
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

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

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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