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She never really had a chance on that fateful moonlight night
Sacrificed without a fight a victim of her circumstances

The Shattered Fortress
from Black Clouds and Silver Linings (2009)

Information:
This song is the last 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.

The Shattered Fortress discusses steps ten through twelve of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program, and reprises many of the musical themes from previous songs in the series.

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

During [XI. Receive], Mike speaks the Eleventh Step Prayer (also known as the St. Francis Prayer):
Help me make 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;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
that I may seek to comfort rather than to be comforted;
that I may seek to understand rather than to be understood;
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.



Music by Dream Theater
Lyrics by Mike Portnoy

The Shattered Fortress Appears on: Black Clouds and Silver Linings
Lyrics:

[X. Restraint]
Freedom calls my name
Serenity keeps me sane
Happiness it dulls the pain

Honest to 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

Fateful 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

Fateful 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

(Help me be a channel of Thy peace
That were there is hatred, I may bring love
That were there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness
That were there is discord, I may bring harmony
That were there is error, I may bring truth
That were there is doubt, I may bring faith)

[XI. Recieve]
Now that you can see all you have done
(That were there is despair, I may bring hope
That were there is shadow, I may bring light)

It's time to take that step into the kingdom
(That were 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, rather 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 ways

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
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