"Endless Sacrifice" as written by John Petrucci, Michael Portnoy, John Myung and Jordan Rudess....
Cold
Lying in my bed
Staring into darkness

Lost
I hear footsteps overhead
And my thoughts return
Again

Like a child who's run away
And won't be coming back
Time keeps passing by
As night turns into day

I'm so far away
And so alone
I need to see your face
To keep me sane
To make we whole

Try to stay alive
Until I hear your voice
I'm gonna lose my mind
Someone tell me why
I chose this life
This superficial lie
Constant compromise
Endless sacrifice

Pain
It saddens me to know
The helplessness you feel
Your light
Shines on my soul
While a thousand candles
Burn

Outside this barren room
The rain is pouring down
The emptiness inside
Is growing deeper still

You're so far away
And so alone
You long for love's embrace
To keep you sane
To make you whole

Try to stay alive
Until I hear your voice
I'm gonna lose my mind

Someone tell me why
I chose this life
This superficial lie
Constant compromise
Endless sacrifice

Moments wasted
Isolated
Time escaping
Endless sacrifice

Moments wasted
Isolated
Time escaping
Endless sacrifice

Over the distance
We try to make sense
Of surviving together
While living apart

Striving for balance
We rise to the challenge
Of staying connected
In spite of circumstance

All you've forsaken
And all that you've done
So that I could live out
This undying dream

Won't be forgotten
Or taken for granted
I'll always remember
Your endless sacrifice

Moments wasted
Isolated
Time escaping
Endless sacrifice

Moments wasted
Isolated
Time escaping
Endless sacrifice


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Octavarium64

"Endless Sacrifice" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is my first review here on Song Meanings.

    I just wanted to say this is the first song i have ever heard of Dream Theater, basically my introduction to one of the greatest bands ever.

    The song is just so beautiful and heartfelt and meaningful!
    wobo woboon December 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA classic DT song, what a gem.

    This lyric is about all the sacrifice of JP's wife so he could live his dream - to be with Dream Theater, to produce music and play it all around the world.

    Edited by YtseJam on May 31 2004, at 02:32AM

    Idanon April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is mine and my Girlfriends song...
    SlayerMaggoton June 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYtseJam is absolutely right but the song is deeper than that. The first verse "cold lying in my bed" is from JP's wife's perspective and the chorous is shared between their mutual feelings. The second verse is wrote through John's eyes on tour.
    Haaaaayneon August 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for the info, YtseJam, didn't know that
    f15x28on December 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've been revisiting the "Train of Thought" album and I must reiterate my first comment here.

    This song is a GEM in DT history. Simple a-m-a-z-i-n-g feeling to it. I love it. :)

    I feel more connected to it now than before due to some personal longing to a certain person... sigh...
    Idanon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it's great. What a kick-ass chorus too.
    Squid Viciouson April 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy personal favorite Dream Theater song! i think it has the best lyrics of all their songs.
    Friendly Hippoon May 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe beginning of it sounds a bit like the beginning of welcome home (sanitarium) by metallica, or is that just me?
    shanimal_caton July 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, one of my favorites from Train of Thought (behind As I Am). Dream Theater continues to impress with excellent musicianship and brilliant lyrics. I can certainly relate to this song on a very personal level ...
    maidenfan13on February 02, 2007   Link

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