Repentance

Lyrics by: Mike Portnoy
Music by: Dream Theater
Repentance is the 4th part of a 5 part epic that dramatizes the 12-step program of alchoholics anonymous in reference to Portnoy's own experience. The first three songs were The Glass Prison. This Dying Soul and The Root Of All Evil. Repentance deals with the 8th and 9th steps of the program, in which the person must first make a list of all the people they wronged while they were under the influence of substance abuse, and the personally apologize to those people. The song features several people from the music industry that are friends of Portnoy, whom he asked to record apologies (to whomever) for his song. They are: Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Steve vai, Chris Jericho (Fozzy), David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), Steve Hoggarth (Marillion), Joe Satriani, Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Jon Anderson (Yes), Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), Daniel Gildenlow (Pain Of Salvation)

[VIII Regret]
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 adorned me
Revealing hurtful 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 than I haven't
Sometimes you've got to be wrong
And learn the hard way
And 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 about the dreaded task in store for me
A pit of 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 unswept street
Could this be the begin of the end

I once thought it better to regret
Things that I have done and haven't
Sometimes you've got to be wrong
And learn the hard way
And just when you're through hanging on
You're saved

[IX Restitution]

[Quotes by various artists]

The truth is the truth and the only thing you can do is to live with it.

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