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Now the Miracle and the Sleeper know that the third is love
Love is the Dance of Eternity

The Mirror
from Awake (1994)

Information:
This song is the first in a multi-album series about Mike Portnoy confronting his own problem of alcoholism. A detailed analysis of this song can be found at the DTFAQ. Dream Theater often say that their songs don't necessarily have to mean one thing, and two people have analyzed The Mirror from different points of view. You can read their analyses here and here. Finally, you can visit an analysis of the entire series here.

The working title for this song was "Puppies On Acid." That title is now used to describe a short instrumental version of the 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 Dream Theater
Lyrics by Mike Portnoy

The Mirror Appears on: Awake, Graspop Festival 2002, Live Scenes From New York

Tablature:

The Mirror
Author: Unknown
Type: Guitar


The Mirror
Author: Pato Mtz
Type: Bass


Lyrics:

Temptation-
Why won't you leave me alone?
Lurking Every Corner, everywhere I go

Self Control-
Don't turn your back on me now
When I need you the most

Constant pressure tests my will
My will or my won't
My Self Control escapes from me still...

Hypocrite-
How could you be so cruel
and expect my faith in return?

Resistance-
Is not as hard as it seems
When you close the door

I spent so long trusting in you
I trust you forgot
Just when I thought I believed in you...

[Sample is Meryl Streep from the film "Falling In Love".]
"What're you doing?
What're you doing?"

It's time for me to deal
Becoming all too real
living in fear-
Why did you lie and pretend?
This has come to an end
I'll never trust you again
It's time you made your amends
Look in the mirror my friend

[Sample is Jeremy Irons from the film "Damage".]
"That I haven't behaved as I should"
[Sample is Mary Beth Hurt from the film "Light Sleeper".]
"Everything you need is around you. The only danger is inside you."
[Sample is Jeremy Irons from the film "Damage".]
"I thought you could control life, but it's not like that. There are things you can't control."

Let's stare the problem right in the eye
It's plagued me from coast to coast
Racing the clock to please everyone
All but the one who matters the most

Reflections of reality
are slowly coming into view
How in the hell could you possibly forgive me?
After all the hell I put you through

It's time for me to deal
Becoming all too real
living in fear-
Why'd I betray my friend?
Lying until the end
Living life so pretend
It's time to make my amends
I'll never hurt you again
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