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The Shattered Fortress
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Length 12:49
Working title Unknown
Release date {{{Release}}}
Lyrics Mike Portnoy
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Coliseu do Porto, Oporto, Portugal, on Jan. 15, 2014
Total live plays 94
Recorded Avatar Studios
Other appearances Breaking the Fourth Wall
Previous song Wither
Next song The Best of Times

The Shattered Fortress is the fourth track on Dream Theater's 10th album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings. This song concludes and features the final three movements of the 12-step suite. A lot of riffs are reprised from previous movements. The eleventh movement, "Receive", contains a narrated version of the St. Francis Prayer, commonly used in Alcoholics Anonymous groups. The low voice reading it is the same voice that reads the spoken word at the end of Repentance. Over this then, the "Now that you can see" lyrics from This Dying Soul are reprised. This is then followed by a reprise of The Root Of All Evil's Chorus. Movements X & XI are bridged by a long keyboard solo, Movements XI & XII are bridged by an extended guitar solo. The end of the song is a reprise of the bass riff from the beginning of The Glass Prison, finally collapses onto a B note before sections of the intro to The Root Of All Evil can be heard echoing and the piece finally resolves into static, just as the 12-step suite began!

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 7-string guitar in standard tuning (B-E-A-D-G-B-E).



Calls my name
Keeps me sane
It dulls the pain

To see my place
To other ways
To understand

But do not judge
For others' flaws
It's not that hard

Of tongue and pen
My daily friend
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 fears
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 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.)

Now that you can see all you have done
(That where there is despair, I may bring hope.)
(That where there is shadow, I may bring light.)
It's time to take that step into the kingdom
(That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.)
All your sins will help to make your 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 way

I am ready
Help me be all I can be
I am ready
Help guide me and keep me free


I am responsible
When anyone, anywhere
Reaches out for help
I want my hand to be there

I am responsible
When anyone, anywhere
Reaches out for help
I want my hand to be there