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Raise the Knife
Cleaning Out the Closet
Length 11:35
Working title
Release date 1999
Lyrics Mike Portnoy
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded March 1996
Other appearances Score
Previous song Eve
Next song Where Are You Now?

Raise the Knife is a song by Dream Theater originally recorded during the Falling Into Infinity sessions and later released on the Fan Club CD Cleaning Out the Closet in 1999. They, also, recorded it live at Radio City Music Hall in the end of their 20th anniversary tour, on April 1, 2006. They included it on the live album/DVD Score.

The lyrics were written by Mike Portnoy in the aftermath of former keyboardist Kevin Moore's departure after the release of Awake.


[Verse 1]
Have i thanked you for your time?
Or will your life go unrewarded
Never asking for a dime
You just gave all of yourself
Until i turned my back on you
My friend
The powers that be made you a martyr
Conspiracy led you to slaughter
I tried to control it but as soon as i showed it
I was shot down again
Once again outnumbered
Appreciation slumbered
You can ask yourself why
But that look in your eye
Doesn't pass the test
You've been laid to rest my friend
Tortured artist bears his soul
Seems the pressure took its toll
Lived a life so punishing
Now he keeps the publishing
Spilling your guts out to a pad and pen
Communication to your silent friend

Raising the knife
To a picture of a life
(I once knew)
There comes a time
Compromising my life
(Just won't do)
I cannot lie
I can't try anymore
(To reach you)
I just can't fight
Raise the knife
Raise the knife
Cut through

[Verse 2]
I remember once you were the quiet type
Content to sit and watch the motions of your life
With false sensitivity
You cut yourself open so people would adore you
They all bought into your contrived sincerity
And how you wore your heart and soul right on your sleeve
Laughing sarcastically
You turned your back on the people who adored you
Self-absorbed exhaustion
Self-esteem distortion
Self-infused extortion
Self-serving abortion
I'll take the blame for these things that i say
Cause i had the heart and the will and the courage to stay
Every day
I won't walk away
Reading through all the digests you show me
I notice the way that you think you control me
Doubting my future, you don't even know me
But i never walked out on you