"The Enemy Inside" as written by John Petrucci, John Myung, Kevin James Labrie, Michael Mangini and Jordan Rudess....
Over and over again
I relive the moment
I'm bearing the burden within
Open wounds hidden under my skin

Pain is real as a cut that bleeds
The face I see every time I try to sleep
Staring at me crying

I'm running from the enemy inside
Looking for the life I left behind
These suffocating memories are etched upon my mind
And I can't escape from the enemy inside

I sever myself from the world
And shut down completely
All alone in my own living hell
Overcome with irrational fear

Under the weight of the world on my chest
I buckle and break as I try to catch my breath
Tell me I'm not dying

I'm running from the enemy inside
Looking for the life I left behind
These suffocating memories are etched upon my mind
And I can't escape from the enemy inside

I'm a burden and a travesty
I'm a prisoner of regret
Between the flashbacks and the violent dreams
I am hanging on the edge

Disaster lurks around the bend
Paradise came to an end
And no magic pill
Can bring it back again

I'm running from the enemy inside
Looking for the life I left behind
These suffocating memories are etched upon my mind
And I can't escape from the enemy inside


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Ashram, Octavarium64

"The Enemy Inside" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General CommentGreat song that I feel really captures the emotion of the song's meaning (post-traumatic stress being suffered by a soldier).

    The fast tempo and heaviness marry well with the feelings of the song's nature and really take you on a ride. The video clip is quite awesome too.

    Love lyrics from a band that have some meaning, well at least something that is outside of the norm.
    sokornyon August 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningSo this one is talking about a soldier who returned home with PTSD, clearly "stated" in the final scene in the official lyric video.

    I would say that in this context, the lyrics indeed convery this as well.
    Idanon August 07, 2013   Link

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